Mark Segal’s Book-Signing

John J. "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, Business Manager of Local 98, Chris Bartlett Executive Director of William Way, and David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. When Cohen took the podium to pay tribute to Segal, he stated that the only person who bought more books for his "workers' was Dougherty. His two biggest fans.

Wednesday night a room full of movers and shakers gathered at the Independence Visitor Center to pay tribute to a national LGBT trailblazer, Mark Segal, who was celebrating the publication of his long-awaited memoir, And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality. The night began for most of us crossing the NBC10 picket line of striking photographers; John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty was a few steps behind me, shaking hands with a few of the protestors — members of his union — and giving them his support. In comes David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast, NBC10’s parent company. No problem. Cohen and Dougherty exchanged a handshake, and the two talked for a long time, even posing for a photo for me. Both then joined the long line of other guests waiting their turn for the man of the hour Mark Segal to sign their books.

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Report: Phillies Interviewing Kim Ng for GM Job

 Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. | Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Ng is being interviewed for the Phillies’ GM job. | Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Last month, we noted the wording of Phillies president Andy MacPhail on the general manager job: The next GM was “he or she.” And today, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports the Phillies will be interviewing Kim Ng for the general manager job.

Ng was previously assistant GM of the Yankees and vice president/assistant GM of the Dodgers. A four-year softball player at the University of Chicago, Ng has also been an executive for the White Sox. Since 2011, she has been Senior Vice-President for Baseball Operations with the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office. Read more »

“Dwight Schrute” Is Running for President

Dwight Schrute - The Office

A screengrab of Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute in The Office’s “Conflict Resolution” episode.

Dwight Schrute is running for president.

This isn’t a new Office spinoff, though that might actually be a pretty good idea. (I’d be more likely to watch it than Blindspot.) But if you search various names in the Federal Election Commission’s Candidate and Committee Viewer, you’ll find the most fun stuff. There’s a candidate named Kanye Kanyewhat Deezenutz Westrthose Trump running for president next year. (I think it’s supposed to be “Whatrthose,” but that’s quibbling.)

Essentially, anyone can register to run for president under any name. And one person registered as Dwight Kurt Schrute, a character on The Office television show. Read more »

Christie Files Eminent Domain Against “Selfish” Margate City

Chris Christie and Lucy - Margate

Chris Christie photo via the New Jersey Office of the Governor; Lucy the Elephant photo by Dan McQuade

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday filed an eminent domain action against 87 municipally-owned lots in Margate City.

The state has long wanted to build storm-dampening dunes in Margate. The city and many property owners oppose the deal, saying the bulkheads on its beaches protect the city adequately. When Hurricane Joaquin threatened the East Coast, Christie called Margate residents who oppose the dune project “amongst the most selfish people in the state of New Jersey.”

A federally-funded dunes project is planned for Absecon Island, which would build dunes to protect Longport, Margate and part of Ventnor. (Atlantic City is also on the island.) The administration has already received 90 percent of the 4,279 easements required to go forward with several dunes project up and down the state. But it still needs easement approval from 239 property owners, mostly in Margate.

In a statement announcing the eminent domain action, state officials again chastised residents who oppose dune building. Read more »

We Aren’t the Champions

Good day, co-residents of one of the worst sports cities in America, where we wake up every day perusing websites, television, radio and newspapers reading about how awful things are!

“Hope.” It is one of the most relevant words in the English language and here, in Philadelphia, we search every day for it, much like the farmer who tries to find his wife’s needle in the horse manure. Today’s column is about that hope, about analyzing which of the four major sports team brings us the most hope for a future championship – or at least SOME kind of success.

I will break this down analytically based on the following factors: strength of ownership, strength of management, strength of coaching, and finally, strength of talent. And I will rank the teams in order as they accumulate points in my head. Read more »

WATCH: Flyers Make NHL History — In Loss

The Flyers made hockey history last night. Unfortunately, they were on the wrong end of it.

After ending regulation tied at 2, the Flyers and Lightning went to overtime. This year, the NHL is using new rules in an attempt to have games end in OT rather than go to a shootout: 3-on-3! Last night’s game, the season opener for both teams, was the first 3-on-3 OT in NHL history.

And, yeah, the Flyers lost in OT. Tampa Bay’s Jason Garrison scored on a breakaway 2:17 into overtime. It was his second goal of the game. Read more »

Sixers’ Deaths Prompt NBA Action

Darryl Dawkins, left; Moses Malone, right.

Darryl Dawkins, left; Moses Malone, right.

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today.

The untimely deaths of former Sixers greats Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins have shocked the NBA and its players union into action.

“The National Basketball Players Association is working on a program that would fund cardiac screening and supplemental health insurance for its retired players, an initiative expedited by the recent sudden deaths of legends Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone,” ESPN reports.

Health screenings for retired players is said to be imminent. “I wish I could give you an exact timetable, but we have to make sure all the components are in place,” union executive director Michele Roberts told ESPN. “I will tell you we hope to have something sooner than later.” ( reported last week on the trend of NBA players dying from heart disease.) Read more »

Scottie Wilbekin’s Three Pointer Gives Sixers Comeback Win Over Cavaliers

Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points to go along with 3 rebounds in his 2nd preseason game. | Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports

Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points to go along with 3 rebounds in his 2nd preseason game. | Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports

After being down by as many as 19 points early in the second quarter, and 17 points in the third quarter, the Sixers used a 15-4 run to close out the game for a surprising comeback. The run culminated in a Scottie Wilbekin three pointer with 1.9 seconds left that gave the Sixers their first lead of the game, and a surprising victory.

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