The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Philly Moved Away From “Racial Math”



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UPDATE: Newspaper Journos Agree to Temporary Contract Extension

Updated with comment from the Newspaper Guild.

A possible strike by Philadelphia’s newspaper journalists has been averted, for at least a month: The union that represents them and Philadelphia Media Network, the company that owns the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, have agreed to extend their expiring contract to June 27. The contract had been set to expire Saturday night.

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Report: Two-Alarm Fire in Camden Mostly Under Control

According to several news outlets across Philadelphia, including CBS3 and Fox29, a two-alarm fire broke out on Kaighn Avenue in Camden early this morning. Pennsauken and Camden fire departments responded to the blaze.

Fox29 reports that, at this time, the fire is mostly under control but smoke still surrounds the three-story building. PATCO, which runs on tracks near the home, has not experienced service delays due to the situation. Read more »

WATCH: Cops Chase Cow on New Jersey Highway

Philly highways may be a mess, but at least they’re generally free of livestock. New Jersey commuters have it tougher: Around 8:30 this morning, motorists on I-295 in Hamilton had to contend with a cow.

The cow was on the northbound side of I-295 in Hamilton near exit 60B, said Arcadio Rivera (who captured the video above). The cow on the highway also led to this tremendous sentence from Action News: “Moments later, video from Chopper 6 showed the cow surrounded by nearly a dozen police vehicles.” Read more »

Will the Sixers Find Their Hero in the Draft?

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The ping pong balls were neither unkind nor kind to the Philadelphia 76ers the other night at the NBA draft lottery.

The Sixers, armed with lucky charms up the ying-yang, Nerlens Noel, and Sudden Sam Hinkie hiding in the shadows, got the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft. That likely means they will take one of the two top rated point-guards in the draft, either D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State, or Emmanuel Mudiay, a high school kid who last year played in a professional league in China rather than play his freshman year for Larry Brown at SMU.

That of course is presuming that the first two teams who will draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Los Angeles Lakers, take the best two big men in the draft, Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Jahlil Okafor of Duke. Read more »

John Bolaris Will Buy You A Beer Down the Shore This Summer

We here at Philadelphia magazine are always interested in the trappings of John Bolaris, the Weather Savior. Whether he’s offering a weather concierge service, feuding with Angelo Cataldi or getting rid of High Pressure Harry, John Bolaris has had quite the 2015 so far.

Now comes this offer from Bolaris: If you see him down the shore and mention “Weather Savior,” he will buy you a beer. Read more »

Temple Physics Chair Charged With Passing Tech to China

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Xiaoxing Xi

Xiaoxing Xi, the physics department chair at Temple University, has been charged by federal prosecutors with passing semiconductor technology back to his native China.

The indictment (see the full document below) alleges Xi — a naturalized U.S. citizen — went to work for a U.S. company in 2002 and 2003, obtaining access to a device that speeds the growth of superconductor film. He later used a U.S. Defense Department research grant to try to purchase the device. The unidentified company licensed the device to him after he signed a document promising not to reverse engineer, reproduce, or sell copies of that device to any third parties.

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PHOTO: Philadelphia Newspaper Strike a Real Possibility

See updates below with PMN’s memorandum to journalists, and the guild’s commentary on that memo.

[Original] We’re still waiting to hear back on the progress of today’s scheduled negotiations between the Philadelphia Media Network and the Newspaper Guild, but we received some photographic evidence this afternoon that the guild is serious about its intent to call a strike authorization vote next week:

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That was the scene this afternoon inside 8th and Market, where Philadelphia Media Network maintains the newsrooms of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. The guild represents journalists at those outlets. Our tipster was clear: No strike has been called as yet. But the signs have been printed. Read more »

Here Are Maps of All of SEPTA’s Proposed Route Changes

Spring is here, which means it’s time for SEPTA’s annual planning ritual. The Annual Service Plan is where SEPTA lays out the route changes it intends to make in its bus and rail lines and puts them before you, the riding public, for feedback.

This year, SEPTA plans changes to 16 bus and rail routes in the city and the suburbs to improve operating efficiency and beef up service. Here’s a map of each proposed change with a brief explanation: Read more »

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