Missanelli: Eagles Have No Choice But to Bring Bradford Back

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Here is the current state of the Philadelphia Eagles:

The Birds are operating with basically one man in charge: one Howard Roseman. The Eagles currently have no director of college scouting on board, and they haven’t filled the position of permanent pro personnel director. In fact, they have announced publicly that the position won’t be filled until after the forthcoming NFL draft because that’s when most of the “good” candidates for the position will be available.

In the meantime, a phantom named Tom Donohoe is supposed to be lending a hand in that area, though Donohoe lives in Pittsburgh and it’s not clear whether he even attended the recent Senior Bowl practices and/or game.

Which brings us back to Roseman.

Never before has a man risen from the ashes like Howie Roseman. Dispatched to the equipment room a year ago by team owner Jeffrey Lurie — at the behest of coach Chip Kelly — Roseman hung around long enough to make a triumphant return to the front office. It is clearly his show today. He now gets to play NFL football general manager, his lifelong desire. And it scares me a little, even though Roseman has made a couple of contractual master strokes lately, signing core Eagles players to long-term deals.

Doug Pederson, the new coach, seems to be a mere spectator to the Howie show right now, which is probably the way Lurie wanted it when he re-exalted Roseman. Read more »

11 Things You Might Not Know About Philly’s 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic

A series of illustrations depicting the development of yellow fever. | By http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/obf_images/53/e2/580f86274198cf102623e8d9aba4.jpgGallery: http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/image/L0074835.html, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36302200

A series of 19th-century images depicting the development of yellow fever. | Images courtesy of Wellcome Images via Wikimedia Commons

The summer of 1793 was unusually dry and hot in Philadelphia. The city founded by William Penn — the largest in the nation, with some 50,000 residents — was still the capital of the United States, pending completion of the new city of Washington being built to the south. On the Continent, the French were at war with a number of countries, including Great Britain, Spain and Austria; Napoleon Bonaparte had just been appointed artillery commander of the Republican forces at the siege of Toulon. The American people largely supported the Republican cause, though President George Washington hewed to neutrality.

John Adams would later write that 10,000 citizens were marching in Philadelphia’s streets, threatening to drag Washington from his house and force him to “declare war in favor of the French Revolution.” Adams was convinced that only the arrival of the yellow fever prevented complete political chaos. If so, the cost of prevention was fearfully high. Here are 11 things you might not know about the four months of deadly terror that swept our city: Read more »

Police: Upper Dublin Resident Lost Her Gun While Jogging

Not the missing gun. Photo | Shutterstock.com

Not the missing gun. Photo | Shutterstock.com

Just yesterday we brought you a story about Kensington’s Urban Education Academy’s lockdown after a school officer’s gun was stolen from his car. The officer’s firearm has yet to be recovered, according to Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Tanya Little.

But there’s another investigation into a missing gun, this one in Abington Township. The Abington Township Police Department wrote a Facebook post Monday night warning the public of the firearm lost in the Ardsley and North Hills sections of both Upper Dublin and Abington Townships.

Abington police say that an Upper Dublin resident lost her gun while jogging this past Saturday evening, January 30th. Read more »

11 Philly Botanists (And One Bad Plant) You Might Not Know

This image taken on July 16, 2012 shows Bartram's Garden with a Franklinia tree in the foreground in Philadelphia | Photo by Lee Reich/AP

This image shows Bartram’s Garden with a Franklinia tree in the foreground. John Bartram named the tree for his friend Benjamin Franklin. | Photo by Lee Reich/AP

Did you know that half the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention here in Philly were farmers? Washington had Mount Vernon, and Jefferson had Monticello; James Madison considered farmers the greatest guardians of public liberty. Our founding fathers were keenly interested in breeding and raising the novel trees, shrubs and flowers around them, and on the banks of the Schuylkill, John Bartram and his family established the nation’s first commercial nursery. (Before the Revolution, Bartram served as King’s Botanist for North America for George III.)

Here, for you to contemplate while you page through seed catalogs and dream of spring, is a brief overview of local botanists who left their mark on our world. Read more »

Cosby Lawyers Accuse Prosecutors of Playing “Gotcha” Game

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When defense attorneys for comedian Bill Cosby filed their final motion yesterday before a key pretrial hearing set for Feb. 2, they also accused the prosecutors in the case of playing a “gotcha” game by relying on testimony that a former Montgomery County district attorney had promised not to use.

According to an Associated Press report, current Montco D.A. Kevin Steele said the recently unsealed testimony by Cosby about an incident between himself and Andrea Constand was part of the new evidence that led him to file indecent assault charges against Cosby last month. Read more »

Here’s What Is and Isn’t Running on SEPTA

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That jet-engine snow blower has been hard at work clearing tracks today, but its work isn’t done yet: there’s still half the Norristown High-Speed Line to clear. | Photo: SEPTA Media Relations

Here’s the gist of what SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel had to say when he briefed the media at 7 p.m. about the system’s status for Sunday night and Monday morning: If you plan to use SEPTA to get home tonight, key bus and trolley routes are currently running, and both the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines will have overnight service with some minor adjustments.

Broad Street Nite Owl buses will run overnight, but the Market-Frankford Line will run trains instead. Personnel will be stationed at 15th Street/City Hall to facilitate the timed transfers between the two lines.

The West and Southwest Philadelphia trolley lines that operate overnight will run through the tunnel rather than follow the diversion route as they usually do overnight on Sundays. Read more »

SugarHouse Casino Is Staying Open This Weekend

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Photo courtesy of SugarHouse Casino

The Reading Terminal Market is closed on Saturday. SEPTA is only running the El and the Broad Street Line. The city is bunkering in for the anticipated big snowstorm. We have a huge list of closures due to the snow.

Well, phooey to them. You’ll still be able to lose it all (or maybe win big) at SugarHouse Casino this Saturday. That’s right: As of now, SugarHouse is planning to stay open this weekend. Read more »

Academy of Music Cancels Anniversary Ball Due to Winter Storm Jonas

Photo via the Kimmel Center Facebook page.

Photo via the Kimmel Center Facebook page.

The Academy of Music has cancelled its 159th anniversary concert and ball, which was scheduled to take place Saturday evening. This is said to be the first time in its history that the event, a winter tradition in Philadelphia, has been canceled because of anticipated bad weather.

The board’s news release announcing the cancellation stated that the decision was made “out of respect for the safety of our patrons” and in light of the state of emergency declared by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as well as the snow emergency declared by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

Sources said the board “very reluctantly, but unanimously” voted to cancel the ball “based on the state of emergency declared by Gov. Wolf” at a 1 p.m. emergency board conference call. Read more »

Philly’s Bike Share Is Shutting Down Tonight

For the first time since it launched, Indego is taking its bike sharing stations offline due to inclement weather. Photo | Indego Facebook

For the first time since it launched, Indego is taking its bike sharing stations offline due to inclement weather. Photo | Indego Facebook

If you absolutely must go somewhere this weekend, it appears that one of your only remaining options will be your own two feet: The Indego bike share network announced that it is taking its stations offline at 6 p.m. Friday in anticipation of Winter Storm Jonas. SEPTA is suspending most services stating at 4 a.m. Saturday.

Although Indego operates all year long, we take necessary precautions to protect our riders and equipment,” the statement read. “Safety is our top priority, and stations will be powered down until the snow has stopped falling and conditions are safe.  Once a station is down, you will no longer be able to remove a bicycle, but you will be able to dock a bike.” Read more »

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