Black Lives Matter: 97.5 Agreed to Apologize for “Dwayne from Swedesboro”

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Black Lives Matter activists in Philadelphia say that 97.5 The Fanatic has agreed to give written and on-air apologies for a series of incidents in which a white producer called into Mike Missanelli’s radio show pretending to be a black man known as “Dwayne from Swedesboro” and playing into racial stereotypes.

The group met with producers, some of whom have been suspended over the matter, on Friday morning, said Asa Khalif, a local Black Lives Matter leader.

“It was good,” Khalif said. “I was very pleased with the outcome of the meeting and I look forward to the rest of the dialogue as well. We touched on some really heavy-hitting things.” Read more »

When You Bite Into a Hamburger and Find a Human Tooth Inside

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It’s been nearly a year since we told you about a claim of gross stuff found in food in Philadelphia — the last time around, it was an allegation of a mouse head in a can of chick peas bought at a Philly grocery store — so we thought we’d bring you this things-that-make-you-say-ewwwwwwww tale of a human tooth allegedly found in a hamburger. Read more »

Obama to Campaign for Clinton in Philadelphia

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

President Barack Obama will return to Philadelphia on September 13th to campaign for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, according to the Clinton campaign. Obama is expected to focus on Clinton’s economic plans. Read more »

Why We Loved Carlos Ruiz So Much

Photo | Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports

Photo | Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports

The ball bounced in front of the plate, and it looked like Roy Halladay’s no-hitter was over.

It was the first game of the 2010 playoffs. The Phillies, riding high off consecutive World Series trips, were looking to make another run. The Phillies grabbed a 4-0 lead after two innings — including an RBI and a run from Halladay — and the game was pretty much over. As Halladay mowed down batter after batter, things got even more special. He was going for only the second no-hitter in postseason baseball.

Of course it looked like it might end on a dribbler in front of the plate. But the batter, Brandon Phillips, dropped his bat in front of the plate. Carlos Ruiz was blocked for a half second. Phillips sprinted toward first. The Phillies were probably still going to win the game if Phillips got on, but the incredible moment of a playoff no-hitter would be wrecked.

Friends and I watched the game upstairs at Jose Pistola’s. The whole bar held its breath when that ball bounced in front of the plate. It seemed to take forever. We shouldn’t have been that worried: Ruiz waited for a beat, scooped up the ball and tossed it to Ryan Howard at first. The no-hitter had been preserved.

“I was lucky,” Ruiz said afterward. “It was hard. He’s a fast runner. I had to throw it hard.” Read more »

Hundreds of State Workers Might Soon Be Outed as Porngate Participants

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Fallout from former Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s Porngate investigation continues.

The latest chapter in the Porngate saga arrived Wednesday when an email was sent to hundreds of state workers that said they would soon be outed as having exchanged pornographic emails, according to Philly.com. This news, as you might expect, has not been taken well. Read more »

Joe Biden to Visit Amtrak’s Wilmington Station Today

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Vice President Joe Biden.

Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the Wilmington, Delaware train station that bears his name today at 3 p.m. to announce new funding for Amtrak. Biden is expected to reveal a $2.5 billion deal to improve efficiency and infrastructure through a partnership between Amtrak and an unidentified firm specializing in high-speed trains, according to NBC 10. Read more »

Sixers Trade Kendall Marshall for Tibor Pleiss, Draft Picks

The Sixers acquired Tibor Pleiss and two second-round picks for guard Kendall Marshall | Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers acquired Tibor Pleiss and two second-round picks for guard Kendall Marshall | Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Philadelphia 76ers have traded point guard Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz for Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks, and cash.

Marshall was on the second year of a four-year, $8 million contract signed last summer. All three remaining years on the contract are non-guaranteed.

With the addition of Jerryd Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez in the summer, along with the surprising play of rookie point guard T.J. McConnell last year, Marshall would have been in a fight to make the opening day roster.

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Someone Made Incredible, Weird, Awful Songs About Pat Toomey and Bob Casey

Yesterday I came across a song by a group called Papa Razzi and the Photogs that had a curious title. “Song About Pat Toomey, Believer in American Values, Etc.” was a 1-minute-26 second-ditty that called him “good ol’ Pat Toomey” and vaguely touted his political qualifications. Papa Razzi, whose vocalist sounds like a country/folk bar singer and also kind of like Pee-wee Herman occasionally, doesn’t really go very deep on anything about Pat Toomey at all: He believes in the constitution, he believes in democracy, he represents Pennsylvania and he loves the country.

I figured it was an an attempt by a Pennsylvania singer-songwriter to help out the campaign he supported and get some attention, but it’s not. This song came out in 2014! What gives? Read more »

Porny Ex-Judge Seamus McCaffery Makes the Rounds With GOP AG Candidate

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L to R: Former Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and Republican Attorney General candidate John Rafferty at a state Fraternal Order of Police event on August 8th.

Seamus McCaffery, the former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice who resigned after getting caught swapping pornographic emails, is still moving and shaking in Philadelphia’s political scene. He tells us he introduced Republican Attorney General nominee John Rafferty to his friends at a state Fraternal Order of Police conference on August 8th.

That’s the two of them cheesin’ in the photo above, taken at the FOP’s city headquarters in Northeast Philly.

“John and I have been friends for 25 years,” said McCaffery. “We go back to law school days.” Read more »

Cops: Drunk Driver Hits Police Sergeant on Main Street in Manayunk

A drunk driver on Manayunk’s Main Street struck a police sergeant who was making a traffic stop this morning, cops say.

Photos on the scene show that the sergeant was knocked out of his shoes. The sergeant remains hospitalized with a broken collarbone, broken ribs and other injuries.

The driver did not stop, but a tow truck driver spotted his banged up Toyota Rav-4 in Roxborough. Police announced today that 21-year-old Colin Murphy, of Schwenksville, had been charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault while DUI, criminal mischief and other offenses. Read more »

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