Ramsey Takes Another Gig, at U of Cincinnati

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, co-chair,  the President's Task Force on 21 Century Policing, listens to witnesses at the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, co-chair, the President’s Task Force on 21 Century Policing, listens to witnesses at the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has added another item to his fast-growing list of retirement jobs. The latest? He’ll examine campus police practices at the University of Cincinnati in the wake of a controversial shooting there.

The university announced last week that Ramsey will help lead a 12-member team in the project. The review was promised as part of a $5.3 million settlement with the family of Samuel DuBose, a black driver who was shot and killed in July by a university police officer who had pulled him over for not having a front license plate. The officer has been charged with murder and pleaded not guilty. Read more »

WATCH: Boys Rescued After Falling Through Ice

Via Philly Fire News:

Philly Fire News reports: “Three boys playing ice hockey on a frozen retention basin fell through thin ice in Chalfont. One boy was able to get out of the water on his own. However, two boys were stuck on a drainage gate about 40 feet from shore. Fire officials requested a Dive Rescue team to assist and a medical helicopter was placed on stand-by. Crews donned cold water gear and used an inflatable boat to rescue the two boys.” Read more »

Morning Headlines: Knott to be Sentenced in Gay Bashing

Kathryn Knott walks from the criminal justice center Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in Philadelphia. Knott is charged with taking part in a violent attack on a gay couple.

Kathryn Knott walks from the criminal justice center Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in Philadelphia. Knott was convicted with taking part in a violent attack on a gay couple.

Good morning, Philadelphia. The Broncos beat the Panthers, 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. (Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, a Temple alum, scored 10 of his team’s points.) Here’s what else you need to know.

Kathryn Knott is scheduled to be sentenced today for her role in the 2014’s Center City gay-bashing incident.

Knott, you’ll recall, was found guilty in December of misdemeanor counts of simple assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault and reckless endangerment; a jury acquitted her on the most serious charge, felony aggravated assault. As Philly Mag has reported, the incident — which took place Sept. 11, 2014 at 16th and Chancellor — made international headlines. Information trickled out on social media and caused an uproar. Eventually, images of the incident were circulated and police released footage taken from the Republic Bank MAC machine surveillance camera of Knott’s group walking down 16th Street after the incident. Two of Knott’s co-defendants, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan, accepted misdemeanors and received sentences of probation and community service — both men are barred from Center City for the duration of their probation.

One of the victims, Andrew Haught, suffered a broken jaw in the attack, and has a permanent scar on his face. His jaw had to be wired shut with 16 screws, and he missed two weeks of work. Zachary Hesse’s injuries were limited to black eyes. Read more »

T.J. McConnell’s Steady Play Providing Boost for Sixers

 

Sixers rookie point guard T.J. McConnell and associate head coach Mike D'Antoni react during a timeout | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers rookie point guard T.J. McConnell and associate head coach Mike D’Antoni react during a timeout | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

When the Sixers made the trade to acquire Ish Smith, much was made about how Smith could help elevate the play of big men Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, and deservedly so. Both of the Sixers’ prized possessions have been playing substantially better basketball with Smith’s ability to create getting them easy looks at the basket.

A secondary benefit was likely to be the Sixers’ perimeter shooters. If there’s one elite skill Smith has it’s his speed, and his ability to collapse the defense, force the opponent into help rotations, and pass out of that pressure was sure to generate more open looks for guys like Robert Covington, Hollis Thompson, and Isaiah Canaan.

One of the unexpected beneficiaries of Smith’s presence on the roster has been rookie T.J. McConnell.

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Ted Cruz Shares Emotional Story of His Half-Sister’s Overdose Death in Delco

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz. | Photo by Elise Amendola/AP

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz. | Photo by Elise Amendola/AP

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is usually a rabble-rouser when he delivers a stump speech on the campaign trail. Thursday night at a church in Hooksett, N.H., he was anything but as he shared the story of his half-sister Miriam’s drug addiction and an attempt he and his father made to rescue her.

Miriam’s journey from untroubled childhood to addicted adulthood began when Cruz’s father, Rafael, divorced Miriam’s mother — and it ended in a crack house near Philadelphia.  Read more »

Report: Sixers Have Inquired About Clippers Forward Blake Griffin

Could the Sixers acquire star power forward Blake Griffin? A report from Fox Sports Ohio says they have inquired about his availability | Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Sixers acquire star power forward Blake Griffin? A report from Fox Sports Ohio says they have inquired about his availability | Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, the Sixers have had discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers about the availability of star forward Blake Griffin.

The report comes on the heels of a report from Mitch Lawrence of the Sporting News that the Denver Nuggets had inquired about Griffin.

Speculation about Griffin’s availability has increased in recent days after a report that Griffin would miss at least 4-6 weeks because he broke his hand in an altercation with the team’s assistant equipment manager.

Do the Sixers have a chance of pulling off a deal?

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Atlantic City Could Run Out of Money By the End of Month

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Atlantic City’s government could be out of money by the end of the month.

The declaration by the city’s attorney came in response to the Borgata’s announcement that it would not pay its first-quarter real estate taxes.

Atlantic City owes the city $62.5 million after the Borgata successfully appealed its property taxes several years in a row. The government of Atlantic City missed a deadline in December for the $62.5 million payment, which is for 2009 and 2010. The city owes the Borgata an additional $88 million in tax refunds for 2011 through 2015. Read more »

Court Denies Reinstatement of Kathleen Kane’s Law License

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Dec. 1, 2015, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Kathleen Kane isn’t getting her law license back right now.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Kane’s attempt to have her law license reinstated when it rejected her appeal today. The court suspended her law license in September after she was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury. Read more »

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