3 Dead After Apparent Murder-Suicide in Montco

Three were left dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Hatfield Borough on Sunday, authorities said.

In a release today, Montgomery County district attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Hatfield police chief William J. Tierney announced a joint investigation into the killings. Montco first district attorney Kevin Steele said the apparent instigator was 48-year-old Paul Marshall. Read more »

An Incomplete List of Things Deemed the “New Philadelphia Story”


Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal wrote about Rooster Soup Company. Funded in part by a Kickstarter backing, Rooster Soup Co. is the brainchild of Bill Golderer, Steven Cook and Mike Solomonov. Profits from the restaurant, which will open next year, will fund the Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative.

It’s all really cool. But the WSJ’s headline struck me as funny: “The New Philadelphia Story: Eat, Pay, Give.” While there are three people involved in the creation of Rooster Soup Co., much like the three main characters of the 1940 film (and 1939 play) The Philadelphia Story, that’s where the similarity ends. The Philadelphia Story is a screwball comedy of remarriage; none of the particulars in Rooster Soup Co. are marrying, let alone remarrying, each other.

Headline references are supposed to make sense. My father, longtime deputy sports editor at the Daily News has a way with headlines that I will never match. When the Eagles signed Michael Vick in 2009, people suggested a “Vick’s VapoRub” headline to him constantly. Cute, right? The problem is: How the hell would this headline ever make any sense? Only if Michael Vick took up vaping, and it led to a drop in performance, could this headline be plausible. But back in 2009 people still called vaping “smoking e-cigarettes,” so it wasn’t really a possibility. Read more »

Philly Adult Film Star Stoya Accuses Ex of Rape on Twitter


A screenshot of Stoya from Clayton Cubitt‘s video art series hysterical literature.

Stoya, an adult film actor, podcast co-host and writer from the Delaware Valley, triggered a controversy this weekend with two tweets that suggest her pornstar ex-boyfriend, James Deen, raped her.

Deen denied the allegation on his own Twitter feed: Read more »

Philly Orchard Project Gets Anonymous $100K Grant

Philly Orchard Project Facebook.

Philly Orchard Project Facebook.

A latter-day Johnny Appleseed has just given a citywide community orchard program a huge chunk of, ahem, seed money to help it create green infrastructure in neighborhoods that could use some all over Philadelphia.

The $100,000, five-year grant from an anonymous donor to the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) marks two milestones for the 7-year-old organization: the planting of its 1,000th fruit tree and the creation of its 50th neighborhood orchard, both of which took place during 2015. Read more »

Donald Trump Goes After Chris Christie on Twitter: “New Jerseyans Not Happy”


Donald Trump has a long history in New Jersey. He brought three casinos to Atlantic City, then saw them go bankrupt, reducing his ownership share of the lone Trump-branded casino to a minuscule one. His name is also on Jersey City’s Trump Plaza, a residential building.

Well, the businessman and possible next president of the United States has turned his gaze to New Jersey today. Fellow presidential hopeful Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has been rising in polls and making conservatives think he might be the one to dethrone Trump from his GOP frontrunner throne.

Trump’s tweet is in response to the New Hampshire Union Leader‘s endorsement of Chris Christie. “Chris Christie is a solid, pro-life conservative who has managed to govern in liberal New Jersey, face down the big public unions, and win a second term,” wrote Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid. “Gov. Christie can work across the aisle, but he won’t get rolled by the bureaucrats. We don’t need as President some well-meaning person from the private sector who has no public experience.”

I don’t know if I can believe the word of a man who spells his last name incorrectly, and the endorsement may not help Christie that much, but Trump decided he needed to tweet a putdown anyway. Read more »

Montco Teen Reece Whitley Wins ‘SportsKid of the Year’ Award


We are still 249 days away from the next Summer Olympics. But we already know which local athlete Philadelphians will be rooting to make it to Rio next August: Penn Charter swimmer Reece Whitley.

Whitley is just 15, and a sophomore at the school. He’s also 6-foot-8, has won a junior national championship and holds five individual national age-group records in the pool. He’s qualified for the Olympic trials in June. For this and for his “talent, humility, and willingness to mentor younger athletes in his sport,” Whitley was named the Sports Illustrated for Kids SportsKid of the Year today.

Last December, Michael Bradley wrote about Whitley for Philadelphia magazine. “I think his potential is unlimited,” Kathryn Scheuer, director of aquatics at Upper Dublin Aquatic Club, said at the time. “The best thing he has going for him is his joy for the sport. That’s going to feed his desire to get better and to work to achieve his goals.” Read more »

Remembering 5 Times Kobe Bryant Torched the Sixers (and Lost)

January 1, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) grabs a rebound in front of Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday (11) in the second half of the game at the Staples Center. 76ers won 103-99.

January 1, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) grabs a rebound in front of Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday (11) in the second half of the game at the Staples Center. 76ers won 103-99.

Way back in February, Kobe Bryant told The Hollywood Reporter he was playing one more full season before calling quits on his basketball career. It didn’t make much of a dent, though gossip site Just Jared aggregated it.

Last night, in an epistolary poem, Bryant announced he’s retiring at year’s end. It made a huge splash as new information, probably because Bryant did it in such a goofy format or because nobody noticed back in February.

But no matter. It’s Kobe Bean Bryant’s last season in the NBA, and the Philadelphia native makes one last trip to the (Wells Fargo) Center tomorrow night. Will fans boo him, like they did at the 2002 All-Star Game? Probably not, but we can dream.

Unfortunately for Sixers fans, most of the times Bryant has played against the Sixers he’s dominated them. But that doesn’t mean the Lakers always won. Though Bryant usually got the best of the Sixers, here’s a look back at five times Bryant torched the Sixers — and lost. What? This is Philadelphia. Read more »

Police Seeking Man, Woman Impersonating Cops in South Philly

The Philadelphia Police Department is on the lookout for two, possibly more, individuals who robbed one person and attempted to rob another while impersonating Philadelphia Police officers in South Philadelphia in the early morning hours on Sunday.

In the first incident, a 23-year-old woman was walking home at 4:30 a.m. when a man and a woman in a silver Nissan pulled up to her near Fourth and Jackson streets. Both persons got out of the car, and the man flashed a badge and said he was a police officer. The man then told the complainant to come to him and that she would be arrested if she resisted. The woman ran away instead, and the “police” car headed north on 5th Street while the woman who was stopped called police to report a disturbance. Read more »

Don’t Let What Happened to Laquan McDonald Happen in Philadelphia

Laquan McDonald, seconds before he was shot.

Laquan McDonald, seconds before he was shot.

If you’re a Pennsylvanian who is angry about what happened in Chicago with Laquan McDonald, you should be furious with what legislators in Harrisburg are trying to do.

McDonald, if you’re unaware, was a 17-year-old black teen who was shot to death during an encounter with police a year ago. Police said that McDonald, armed with a knife, lunged at them. A video released last week shows that actually, McDonald was stepping away from police at the time he was shot. The video shows bullets hitting his body long after he hit the ground.

The good news? The officer who shot McDonald — 16 times, by the way, emptying his gun — will face criminal charges. The bad news? Those charges weren’t brought until just before the video was released, some 400 days after the shooting. The video was released only because a judge ordered it; there’s every reason to believe the officer might not’ve been charged without the video’s publication to the world.

Public scrutiny, it seems, works.

What’s this have to do with Harrisburg? Read more »

Sixers Mailbag #6: Can Hinkie Lead the Sixers?

Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie talks with Joel Embiid before a game last season | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie and Joel Embiid are both key pieces in the Sixers rebuilding plan | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

This Monday we continue our 76ers mailbag series, where we discuss some of the pressing topics around the team.

In this sixth edition of the Sixers mailbag we take a look at whether you should have faith in Sam Hinkie, how important it is for the Sixers to get the Lakers draft pick this year, and what we like (and dislike) about Jahlil Okafor’s play so far.

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