Robert Covington’s 23 points helped the Sixers win their first game of the season | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
It had been 250 days since the Sixers last won a regular season basketball game.
That prolonged drought finally came to an end Tuesday night when the the Sixers won their first game of the season, and first in their last 29, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 103-91 tonight in front of a sold out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.
“I look at those young guys that navigated what we have been through, and they truly stayed together,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said after the game. “I’m proud that they stayed together. That they truly do knock out good days, and we do believe that they will add up.
“I’m pleased for the city,” Brown continued. “We were pleased to come in here and get a win for our fans. They deserved it. Obviously this is a relief, on many levels, but we’re going to get greedy. We want a little more.”
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Sixers point guard Tony Wroten could be close to returning | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The 76ers oft-derided point guard play may be getting a boost soon.
Before the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, Sixers head coach Brett Brown told members of the media that point guard Tony Wroten was close to returning.
“Tony’s getting closer,” Brown said. “We expect you’ll see him in the next 8-10 days.”
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From left: Yao Chen, Patti Smith, Mellody Hobson and Serena Williams. Photos | Annie Liebowitz, Pirelli 2016 calendar
The Pirelli calendar never debuts without a fuss. It is, perhaps, the only promotional calendar that arrives in the mail with some swagger, that doesn’t risk a trip to the recycling bin if your insurance company pulls through with puppies in hats or kittens on windmills.
Usually, that’s because the Italian tire manufacturer casts barely dressed supermodels to ring in each month. This year it’s because … I’m not quite sure yet. But according to yesterday’s New York Times headline, “The 2016 Pirelli Calendar May Signal A Cultural Shift.”
To which I have to say: Really? Read more »
A former military contractor from Philadelphia who admitted his role in a plot to pay $1.2 million in bribes in exchange for defense contracts was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison.
Justin Lee, 37, pleaded guilty in 2011 to one count of conspiracy and four counts of bribery. Lee is the former president of Lee Dynamics International. His father, George Lee, was sentenced in July to 54 months in prison for his role in the scheme. Read more »
Thomas Wessells, via Chesco DA’s office.
And now, a “Porngate” of a different sort: an investigation that began with the firing of a man by a Coatesville firm for viewing pornography on his office computer has ended with the man’s arrest on charges of felony theft, dealing in unlawful proceeds, and related offenses.
Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan announced today that 55-year-old Thomas Wessells, the former director of order fulfillment for Coatesville-based Witmer Public Safety Group (WPSG), has been arraigned and charged with stealing more than $195,000 worth of merchandise from WPSG over the course of eight years and reselling it through an eBay account he maintained. Read more »
Wawa Curry Taste of India’s home page. The convenience store chain Wawa Inc., of Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit against owner Yogi Patel.
A Wawa lawsuit may end up sending a man to prison.
No, the company has not grown so powerful that it has prosecutorial powers. But it did sue Yogi Patel, a restaurant owner in Kissimmee, Florida, over his restaurant: Wawa Curry Taste of India.
Wawa, which owns a trademark on the term — a Lenni Lenape word for goose — sued Patel to get him to change the name of his restaurant. Patel told the Orlando Sentinel that “wawa” means good job or congratulations in Gujarati Indian, his native language.
“Defendant’s use of the name and mark WAWA CURRY, as set forth above, is likely to damage and materially diminish the value of the name and mark WAWA and result in Defendant unfairly benefiting and profiting from the reputation and goodwill that is represented by the name and mark WAWA,” the lawsuit read. Read more »
Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.
On May 12th at approximately 9:30 p.m., Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring hundreds. And within minutes of the crash, Northeast Philadelphia’s Michael Alvaro was allegedly on the phone with authorities, offering his assistance as a DEA agent, a duly authorized federal law enforcement officer offering to help in whatever way he could.
Trouble is, Alvaro doesn’t work for the DEA, and now he has been indicted in Philadelphia’s federal court. Read more »
Photo via Wikipedia Commons.
On Tuesday, the Delaware River Port Authority launched a new discount program for its four New Jersey-Philadelphia bridges, and it could save you $18 each month. Naturally, there are some catches. Read more »
Photo | Dan McQuade
When the National Constitution Center broke ground in 2000, its backers could not have imagined what the building would be used for 15 years later: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane projecting a slideshow of pornography and racist jokes onto a 25-foot-tall screen in its main auditorium.
Kane had the images — the majority of them photos of African-Americans at aformal dance of some kind, with mocking captions — projected onto the screen before today’s big announcement: Kane has appointed former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler as an independent special deputy attorney general to investigate emails sent from state email addresses in the “Porngate” scandal.
“Today you may not be on the list of those that these men looked down upon,” Kane said at the press conference. “But tomorrow, it may be you. It may be your son, it may be your daughter, it may be your neighbor, it may be your coworker. And, to me, that is intolerable, and I will not allow it on my watch — no matter how long that watch lasts.” Kane said those who sent the emails were “stealing our fundamental civil rights.” Read more »
Kobe Bryant will make his final appearance in Philadelphia tonight when the Sixers take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center | Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
You wouldn’t normally describe an upcoming game for an 0-18 basketball team as an event.
But this isn’t just any game, and, right now, this isn’t just any team.
A crazy convergence of events, from Jahlil Okafor‘s legal troubles, to Kobe Bryant‘s recent confirmation that this will be his final season, Kobe returning home for his last appearance in Philadelphia, the 2nd and 3rd picks in this last year’s draft squaring off, the potential to set the longest losing streak to start the season in NBA history, and the team returning from a six game road trip, all combine to make tonight’s match-up with the Los Angeles Lakers quite the event.
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