Former Sixer Battles Teammate in Playoffs

He’s no longer a Sixer, but apparently Evan Turner still exasperates. Yahoo reports: “On the eve of this Eastern Conference series, the wobbling No. 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson.”

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The Confidence Gap: Do Women Lack Confidence, or Does the World Lack Confidence in Women?

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Women lack confidence —  so says a piece in The Atlantic called “The Confidence Gap,” written by two women with impressive careers at ABC World News and BBC America. Confidence, they say, is just as important as competence in getting ahead, and many women suffer from self-doubt. But the confidence gap between men and women doesn’t necessarily reflect the lack of confidence women have for themselves. Perhaps it’s about a lack of confidence the world places in women.

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Former Jenkintown Athletic Director Admits to Relationship With Student

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Jury selection was to begin this week in the case of Mark Citron, the former athletic director for the Jenkintown School District who was accused in 2012 of having a relationship with a 17-year-old female student. But instead of facing a jury of his peers, Citron has elected to plead guilty to corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor. Read more »

Poll: Jersey Still Feeling Effects of Sandy

Newsworks reports: “A new poll finds that two-thirds of New Jersey residents believe the state is not back to normal 18 months after Superstorm Sandy. Just one in 12 of those who say the recovery isn’t complete are optimistic that it will be in the next year, according to the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll out Wednesday. And 13 percent don’t think the state will ever return to normal.”

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Flyers Lose, Fans Flip Off Former Flyer

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My grade school was terrible at basketball. The St. Martha’s teams I played for did not win a game in either 7th or 8th grade. I was not yet five feet tall and not very good, so I didn’t play much. One night we were losing big to St. Dominic’s; I remember it well because it was played in a gym where some parts of the sideline were concurrent with a radiator. There was not much to be excited about. On the bench I asked a teammate what he was doing after the game. “We’re going to Joe’s house,” he said, “to make fun of the other team until we feel like we’ve won.”

When your team loses, moral victories are important. It’s good to have a coping strategy. The Philadelphia Flyers have not won the Stanley Cup since 1975 — a drought so long even St. Martha’s has won a title in that timeframe. Last night, the Flyers lost to the New York Rangers, 4-1, in Game 3 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one, and they’ve outplayed the Flyers for most of it. Last night’s 4-1 Flyers loss was the best the team’s played all series! If you handle Philadelphia’s perennial sports failures by giving up as soon as you just know, now’s a good time to start giving up.

But, oh, what a moral victory Flyers fans had Tuesday night.

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Bariatric Surgery and the Bedroom

Losing a large amount of weight via bariatric surgery comes with a lot of victories, big and small. Many of them have nothing to do with the number on the scale or inside your clothing. Patients might be surprised to learn that one of the areas they may see improvement is in their love lives.

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3 Reasons Republicans Shouldn’t Worry About the Comcast Merger

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Photo | Jeff Fusco

Suddenly, Republicans are worried about media consolidation. And it’s hilarious.

The GOP, you see, is very nervous about Philly-based Comcast and its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The Washington Free Beacon — a conservative publication — this week ran an article featuring conservative fears that the merger could be bad for democracy.

The argument goes like this:

  •  The merger would result in a single company that dominates the market for local TV advertising: Following the merger, Comcast would own majorities in cooperatives that sell local ad time to national, regional, and local advertisers.
  •  Comcast execs give most of their political donations to Democrats.
  •  Thus, Comcast might very well skew the advertising market to Democrats, raising ad rates for Republicans and giving their buddies the pick of the limited ad crop.

“Given that Comcast owns some control of each aspect — national, regional, and local — they could actually grant favors to particular political candidates,” an anonymous advertising executive told the publication.

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