The PA Lottery Now Has a Game for People Too Lazy for Scratch-Offs

Scratchless scratch offs

Images via the Pennsylvania Lottery

Do you, like the man in the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Christmas commercial, think that scratch-off lottery tickets are a “great gift”? But are you just too busy to scratch them off? Think of all the time you waste: You have to find a key or a quarter, you have to scratch off the card, and then you might not even win anything for your troubles!

Well, does the Pennsylvania Lottery have a game for you. On Tuesday, the Lottery introduced Fast Play — basically, a scratchless scratch-off ticket.

“Fast Play launch is a milestone in the evolution of the Pennsylvania Lottery,” executive director Drew Svitko told PennLive. Read more »

Roy Halladay Might Be Returning to the Phillies (to Coach)

Roy Halladay pitching

Photo: SD DIrk (license)

Roy Halladay could be coming back to the Phillies.

No, the 2010 Cy Young winner and perfect-game-thrower won’t be returning to the mound. But longtime Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki reported yesterday that the team and Halladay were looking for a place for him in the organization. “It seems likely he will be roaming Spectrum Field and Carpenter Complex in a Phillies uniform before the end of Spring Training,” Zolecki writes. Read more »

A PGW Rate Hike Could Be On the Way

PGW sign

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Your gas bill could be going up by more than ten bucks a month. At fault? The unseasonably warm winters we’ve been having.

PGW asked the state’s Public Utilities Commission on Monday if it could hike rates by more than $70 million. The city-owned gas utility — the largest owned by a municipality in the United States — says the unseasonably warm winters the last few years, combined with more energy-efficient houses and appliances, have caused a drop in revenues. Read more »

Did Trump Imply Threats to Jewish Centers Were Fake?

Photo by Evan Vucci/AP

Photo by Evan Vucci/AP

In a confusing remark at a White House meeting on Tuesday with the attorneys general of several states — including new Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro — President Trump seemingly implied that a troubling series of threats against Jewish community centers around the country might not be legitimate.

“He just said, ‘Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people — or to make others — look bad,’ and he used the word ‘reverse’ I would say two to three times in his comments,” Shapiro said, according to BuzzFeed. “He did correctly say at the top that it was reprehensible.” Read more »

11 People Arrested at “Tuesdays With Toomey” Protest

Protesters outside Sen. Toomey's office

Photo | Dan McQuade

Updated with a statement from Sen. Toomey’s office.

Eleven people — four men, seven women — were arrested after a sit-in at Sen. Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia offices on Tuesday afternoon. It was part of the weekly “Tuesdays With Toomey” protest.

Protesters said they’d sit in the lobby of Toomey’s offices at 8 Penn Center (17th and JFK) until he scheduled a town hall–style meeting with constituents. He has yet to schedule one, so they said they wouldn’t leave. Cops said protesters would be arrested unless they left. They didn’t, and so their hands were zip-tied. Protesters were taken into the back of a police cruiser. Read more »

The D.A. Candidate Who Wants to Stop Prosecuting Most Low-Level Drug Offenses

Joe Khan | Photo courtesy of Khan's campaign

Joe Khan | Photo courtesy of Khan’s campaign

Joe Khan is a young progressive running for district attorney who wants to ditch cash bail, revamp the civil asset forfeiture program, and stop prosecuting most simple drug possession cases. “I think it’s becoming more and more clear,” he says, “that when we talk about the people buying and using opioids or other drugs, that the approach of treating this as a criminal matter is simply just not making sense and is not being an effective use of our resources.”

If Khan’s platform sounds familiar, that’s because civil rights attorney Larry Krasner and ex-prosecutor Michael Untermeyer are also running for D.A. on some of the same ideas. In order to win, Khan will need to set himself apart from the Democratic field. Read more »

NBC 10 Has Its Sheena Parveen Replacement

Tammy Souza

Photo courtesy of NBC 10

NBC 10 has a new meteorologist — a Sheena Parveen replacement, if you will.

Today the station announced Tammie Souza, who previously worked in the Chicago, Tampa, and Milwaukee markets, would begin her gig as meteorologist during the “first week of March,” working weeknights at 5 and 11.

“Tammie’s engaging personality and passion for weather will be a great addition to the NBC10 First Alert Weather team,” Anzio Williams, vice president of news for NBC10 and Telemundo62, said in a release. “Having covered many severe weather events, including blizzards, tornados, wildfires and hurricanes, her expertise will complement our weather team’s coverage in the Greater Philadelphia region.” Read more »

Fat Tuesday Flashback: The South Street Mardi Gras Riot of 2001

MARDI GRAS

Mardi Gras revelers vandalize a television news van on South Street in Philadelphia late Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001. About a dozen stores were looted or vandalized as police tried to clear thousands of Mardi Gras revelers from a popular entertainment district.

This post was originally published in 2015.

Easter is early this year, which means Lent is about to start when it’s about 20 degrees outside. That will probably prevent any outdoor celebrations of Mardi Gras today, and everything is scheduled indoors. The rowdiest event seems to be a “bead contest” at Xfinity Live! On South Street, Tattooed Mom’s is holding an Arts and Crafts Happy Hour with proceeds going to Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens.

That wasn’t the case in 2001. Read more »

NFL Announces Plans for Fan Festival on Parkway During Draft

A grey NFL Draft helmet and a football

The set-up at City Hall before the announcement the 2017 NFL Draft would be held in Philadelphia | Photo: Dan McQuade

The NFL Draft is in Philadelphia this year. Now the NFL has let us know what they’ll have for us to do between picks.

“In 2015 it was the pope,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “In 2016 it was the DNC. Now it’s the NFL Draft.”

At a press conference held at the Art Museum on Tuesday morning, the NFL unveiled details for a huge, free fan festival along the Parkway during the draft. Read more »

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