Seth Williams Petitions Judge to Visit His Mom

Behind bars, disgraced former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has petitioned a judge to allow him one last visit with his adoptive mother – the same elderly woman whose nursing home and friends Williams has admitted to trying to defraud. Read more »

Cops Will Card Drivers During Chestnut Hill’s Harry Potter Festival

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Has the massively popular Harry Potter Festival gotten too big for Chestnut Hill? If you were anywhere on Germantown Avenue during last year’s event, this question will undoubtedly seem rhetorical.

Some 45,000 people packed the streets of the cozy northwest Philly neighborhood in 2016, creating an agoraophobe’s nightmare the likes of which we don’t see outside of Broad Street during the Mummer’s Parade. (With even fewer places to use the bathroom, to boot.) The shops and boutiques that line “the Avenue” were plenty happy with the large turnout; however, locals were quite put off by the congestion and issues with traffic/parking. Read more »

Bucks County Principal Sleeps on School Roof for Good Cause

Principal Tim Long (Image courtesy of Long) | Newtown Middle School (Photo courtesy of Council Rock S.D.)

Bucks County principal Tim Long spent a night out on his school’s roof this week, making good on a pledge to do so if the Newtown Middle School community was able to raise $8,000 for a Houston school impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“Visualize someone going camping … with a tent and [a] circle of chairs,” Long said with a laugh while describing his rudimentary rooftop setup to Philly Mag. With temperatures dipping to the low 50s Tuesday night, Long came prepared by wearing a heavy camouflage coat and Eagles knit hat. “It wasn’t so bad,” he said on Wednesday morning. “The coldest part was early in the morning right before the kids started to arrive.” Read more »

Ryan Howard’s First Big Investment: eSports

John Fazio, Ryan Howard and Wayne Kimmel. | Photo courtesy of SeventySix Capital

Ryan Howard knows a thing or two about sports. The hulking St. Louis native hit 382 home runs in his 13-year career with the Phillies and was even still knocking around in the minors this past season, hoping for another shot in the big leagues. (We’d prefer that he retire in red pinstripes.)

When he’s not swinging for the fences, Howard is hoping to hit it big with SeventySix Capital — the Radnor-based venture capital firm that he joined last May. It’s only fitting that the slugger’s first big splash with SeventySix Capital is an investment in sports … well, eSports that is. Read more »

SEPTA Launches New Express Bus Service This Weekend

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How does having to sit through 80-odd stops on a SEPTA bus before finally reaching your destination sound? Pretty damn awful, right? Well, for some geographically unfortunate riders of the 14 bus in Northeast Philly, that was a daily nightmare.

But SEPTA has now announced that this Sunday, October 22nd, will serve as the launch date for the first route in the transit authority’s new “Direct Bus” plan. Supplementing the 14 bus, the Boulevard Direct will make just eight stops as it shuttles riders the 10 miles between the Neshaminy Mall in nearby Bucks County and Frankford Transportation Center. Read more »

Spitting in Philly’s Face, NFL Decides to Hold Next Draft in Dallas

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Unable to resist capitalizing on the most viral moment in NFL Draft history, the league announced on Wednesday that its premier offseason event will head to Dallas instead of making a return to the City of Brotherly Love in spring 2018.

The only problem? Cranky old Drew Pearson’s rant was heavily propped up by the willingness of Eagles fans to let him have it like only we know how. And those folks who serenaded the old Cowboy with that sweet chorus of boos, you know, reside in Philadelphia – a true football town – mostly. What’s going to happen when we send Brian Dawkins or Seth Joyner up to the podium to give Dallas a taste of their own medicine? Read more »

OPINION: Four Better Takeaways From John McCain’s Liberty Medal Speech

Photo by Peter Van Beever; courtesy of the Constitution Center

Newest Liberty Medal recipient Sen. John McCain set the country ablaze Monday night with his not-so-thinly veiled criticism of President Donald Trump and his supporters in an impassioned speech delivered at the Constitution Center. McCain – a naval pilot who was famously tortured and held captive for more than five years before spending 35 years in government – condemned “spurious nationalism” and the refusal to uphold America’s duty as international leader, going so far as calling it downright unpatriotic.

While that assertion has been grabbing all of the headlines today, the 81-year-old Arizona Republican actually offered more sage wisdom in his address that could serve to benefit politicians and all citizens alike. In this time of uncertainty, McCain’s musings serve as a reminder that larger social mores we have seemingly forgotten can help bring us together and truly get America back on the path to being great. Read more »

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