Sixers to Pick Up Team Option for Hollis Thompson

The Sixers will pick up the team option for 2016-17 on Hollis Thompson's contract, according to multiple sources | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will pick up the team option for 2016-17 on Hollis Thompson’s contract, according to multiple sources | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will pick up Hollis Thompson‘s option for the 2016-17 season, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

The option, which has to be decided upon by the end of business day today, is the final year of the four-year contract Thompson signed prior to the 2013-14 season and could pay him just over $1 million for the upcoming year.

Thompson averaged 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 28 minutes per game last season, shooting 38 percent from three-point range in the process. Thompson has connected on 39.1 percent of the 846 three-point shots he’s taken during his three-year NBA career, a skill the Sixers will need when looking to build a half court offense around Ben Simmons.

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Temple’s Provost Removed Amid Aid Funding Shortfall

Provost Hai-Lung Dai

Courtesy Douglas A. Lockard

Temple University’s provost Hai-Lung Dai was removed Tuesday amid a $22 million shortfall in financial aid, the Inquirer reports.

Dai has been “relieved of his administrative responsibilities, effective immediately,” Temple President Neil Theobald wrote in a statement, according to the Inquirer. Dai will remain a member of Temple’s faculty.

The university also announced Tuesday that it faces a $22 million deficit in its financial aid budget for 2016-17. An over-allocation of financial aid was due to an increase in students who qualified for the university’s merit scholarship program, the university said.

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With Just Days Until Deadline, Atlantic City Workers Preparing to Strike

Tropicana Casino, beach-side, in Atlantic City

The Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Elaine Malloy has been a cocktail server at Bally’s for almost 26 years. She makes $8.99 an hour.

“It’s a disgrace to work at $8.99 an hour,” Malloy says, “and try to pay a mortgage, utility bills, clothing, college expenses. Everything in the economy goes up, but unfortunately my wage hasn’t.”

Malloy is a tipped employee, and she says she’s been able to survive on the “generosity of my customers.” But she says it’s hard to make a decent tip rate working at Bally’s because you’re always doing things that aren’t, officially, part of the job, like giving directions to attractions in the casino and the city.

“It’s a disgrace that, when over the years the casinos needed help,” Malloy says, “we the workers decided to give back over $1,500 to help them get out of the rut that they put themselves in. Now they need to help their workers.” Read more »

Activists: We’ll March on DNC, Not Just in a Pen at FDR Park

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A group of activists detail their plans for marches and other protests during the Democratic National Convention next month. | Photo by Dan McQuade

They’re planning a march from North Philly down Broad Street. They’re planning to assail the politicians in town during the Democratic National Convention. They’re even planning a “Clintonville.” And if they’re arrested, they plan to fight back.

Today, the Philly Coalition for REAL (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice, in coalition with other local lefty groups, held a press event on the steps of the city building at 1515 Arch Street. A full lineup of speakers said that, permits or no, they would be marching and protesting at the DNC next month.

Erica Mines, who made national headlines in April when she verbally sparred with Bill Clinton over the 1994 crime bill at an event in Mt. Airy, led today’s press conference.

“We cannot allow this political moment to be whitewashed like the Occupy movement,” Mines said. “We, as black and brown people, we must unify again in solidarity with one another. We must capitalize off of this moment with one goal in mind, and that is to resist the racist and capitalist power structure that allow white supremacy and capitalist oppression to flourish.” Read more »

Boston Marathon Dad Mike Rossi Arrested at Kenny Chesney Concert

Mike Rossi at the Boston Marathon

Mike Rossi at the Boston Marathon

If you had asked us a month ago if we thought that we’d ever write about Mike Rossi again, we’d probably have said, “Who?” After all, it’s been well over a year since the Abington dad was accused of cheating to get into the Boston Marathon, an allegation that he denied. But now Rossi finds himself in trouble after an incident in Philadelphia on Saturday. Read more »

2 PECO Employees Burned in Fire

An electrical fire took place at a PECO substation below intersection of 23rd and Market streets. | Image via Google Maps

An electrical fire took place at a PECO substation below the intersection of 23rd and Market streets. | Image via Google Maps

A flash fire at an underground PECO substation on 23rd and Market streets sent two employees to the hospital yesterday afternoon.

According to CBS Philly, a company employee and a contractor were working on electrical equipment. One of the workers, who is 35, was treated at the Temple University Burn Unit for second- and third-degree burns and is reportedly in stable condition. The second worker, who is 40 years old, was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, having suffered superficial burns to his face and hand. Eight PECO customers lost power as a result of the accident. Read more »

Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Shot Wife With Crossbow

crossbow

Courtesy Philadelphia Police Department

Police have arrested the man who allegedly shot his wife with a crossbow Sunday night in the Torresdale neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Paul Kuzan, 40, was arrested yesterday, according to police. He is charged with murder and possessing an instrument of crime.

Authorities found Kuzan’s wife, 42-year-old Pamela Nightlinger, shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday outside her home on the 3100 block of Willits Road suffering from a crossbow-inflicted wound to her chest. Nightlinger and a witness reported that Kuzan shot her with the crossbow inside the home.

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Pro-Immigration Protesters Temporarily Blocked I-676 Ramp, Got Arrested

A group of protesters temporarily blocked traffic near the Vine Street Expressway in Center City around noon.

The crowd was reportedly protesting the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s treatment of immigrants as well as the Supreme Court’s recent deadlock on President Barack Obama’s immigration plan.

They blocked an off-ramp connecting I-676 to Broad Street for less than an hour, according to CBS. The ramp has been reopened.

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Philly Schools Ordered to Pay $2.3 Million in Discrimination Suit By White Firm

Arlene Ackerman

Former Philadelphia School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman | Photo by Matt Rourke/AP

A federal jury has ordered the Philadelphia School District to pay $2.3 million in a discrimination case that involves late superintendent Arlene Ackerman.

The Newtown-based Security & Data Technologies Inc. filed suit in 2012 claiming Ackerman and the school district chose a different company for contracted work because of racial bias.

SDT had started preliminary work on installing surveillance cameras at 19 schools the state had considered “dangerous” as part of a $7.5 million no-bid contract, according to the Inquirer, when Ackerman offered the work to a smaller, minority-owned firm on an emergency contract.

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We’ve Not Found a Single Wharton Employee Who’s Given Money to Donald Trump

Wharton's Huntsman Hall By WestCoastivieS - via CC0. Donald Trump, Andrew Harnik, AP

Wharton’s Huntsman Hall, by WestCoastivieS via CC0. Donald Trump by Andrew Harnik, AP

Donald Trump often mentions his educational BFF, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He loooooves him some Wharton, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1968 — after having transferred from Fordham University (which gets no shoutouts.)

“I went to the Wharton School of Business,” Trump mentioned in a speech in Arizona last summer — and repeated often.  “I’m, like, a really smart person.”

Two of his kids also attended Wharton as undergrads — Donald Jr. and Ivanka. (A third child, Tiffany, graduated from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences in May.)

But does his BFF love him back?  At all?

According to individual campaign donations, compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, an independent research group based in Washington D.C., employees at Wharton donated exactly zero dollars to the Trump campaign. Zero. Read more »

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