It’s Obvious: The Sixers Should Take Ben Simmons With Their No. 1 Pick

The Sixers would likely decide between Ben Simmons (pictured) or Brandon Ingram if they win May 17th's lottery | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons | Photo by Randy Sartin/USA TODAY Sports

Judging by call volume, the Philadelphia 76ers are the second-most popular sports team in Philadelphia.

People have been gaga over the last three weeks with Sixers talk on a couple fronts: one, who do the Sixers take with the first pick in the NBA Draft: Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram? And two, would you trade Jahlil Okafor to the Boston Celtics for the third pick in the draft?

It’s funny that there’s so much interest in a franchise that has been dead for so long. But hope is a beautiful thing. By stockpiling young talent, the Sixers have become a favorite of sorts to become Philadelphia’s next championship team. I’m on record saying the year 2020 will yield the fruit of four major sports franchises being contenders. There are a lot of folks who think the Sixers might beat that deadline. Read more »

Pa. Turnpike Shut Down in Bucks County

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A truck fire early this morning has slowed traffic to a halt on the Bucks County section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. While no injuries were reported, the incident has triggered a hazmat situation requiring extensive cleanup. All eastbound lanes between Bensalem and Delaware Valley are closed, and drivers are being detoured around the cleanup site. Read more »

Philly Lawyers Lead the Baylor Investigation That Cost Kenneth Starr the Presidency

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Pepper Hamilton’s Gina Maisto Smith (left) and Leslie Gomez (right).

An investigation by two leading Philadelphia lawyers has resulted in top-level personnel overhaul at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Head Football Coach Art Biles has been “suspended with intent to terminate,” according to Baylor’s website. The university’s board of regents has also voted to remove Kenneth Starr as president. He will continue working as a professor at the university’s law school and transition to the role of chancellor. Starr is best known as the prosecutor whose investigation served as the basis for President Bill Clinton‘s impeachment in 1998Read more »

End the Bikers’ Moral Crusade: Build Better Bike Lanes

To avoid situations like the one on the left, Philly needs more bike lanes like the ones on the right. SEPTA/bike showdown photo courtesy of Matthew Kay; bike lanes photo istockphoto.com

To avoid situations like the one on the left, Philly needs more bike lanes like the ones on the right. SEPTA/bike showdown photo courtesy of Matthew Kay via Facebook; bike lanes via iStockphoto.com, wsfurlan

I rode my bike to work this morning, which I often do when the weather’s nice. Other times I walk or take the subway, and sometimes the bus. It’s an immense privilege to have four really decent ways to commute to work, and changing it up occasionally helps keep the drawbacks of each mode from becoming too annoying.

Walking takes too long, the bus is always too crowded, and the subway is dimly lit and boring to wait for. Biking is really the best way, when the weather’s right. Except that there’s always another biker on the road who you just know is looking for an opportunity to educate his fellow commuters on the rules and etiquette of the road.

Drivers have road-rage; bikers have road-righteous-indignation. Read more »

A.C. Will Face Major Budget Cuts if Christie Signs Rescue Bills

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

The future of Atlantic City is now in Gov. Chris Christie‘s hands. Or, rather, his pen.

A pair of state aid packages passed the Assembly and Senate today and are now awaiting Christie’s signature. The bills give the city 150 days to come up with five-year fiscal plan for balanced budgets. If Christie signs them, the city would have to cut roughly $100 million in its fiscal plan.

The city will get about $56 million for the 2017 state budget, with the money coming in state aid and redirected casino funds.

Both bills passed the assembly in the early afternoon. The Senate passed them later in the day.

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Drug-Resistant Superbug Found in Pennsylvania Woman

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A terrifying strain of drug-resistant bacteria has made its first appearance in the United States — in a Pennsylvania woman.

The report, posted online Thursday as an accepted paper in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, says the E. coli found in a woman in the Keystone State “heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.”

A woman, 49, came to a Pennsylvania clinic and was found to have a rare strain of E. coli that is resistant to colistin. Read more »

Philly’s Airport Second Most-Breached in Nation

(Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia International Airport.)

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia International Airport.

An Associated Press investigation has revealed the most comprehensive public tally of breaches at the nation’s large airports, and Philly’s airport is tied for second with Las Vegas’s for the most known breaches.

Intruders crossed the Philadelphia International Airport’s fences, gates and other secured areas 30 times between January 2004 and February 2016, according to the AP. The airport shared detailed information on the breaches only after attorneys for the AP got involved, the news agency reports. Read more »

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