The Worst Parking Lots in Philadelphia

Illustration by Hawk Krall

Illustration by Hawk Krall

Driving in the Philadelphia area is notoriously stressful, from the infamous Schuylkill Expressway to an increasingly clogged Center City and University City with all their construction to the abysmal rush-hour bridge traffic. But at the end of your ride, when you’re just trying to grab a bite or a cup of coffee or hit the grocery store, parking your car is no picnic either. We searched high and low to find the most jam-packed, poorly designed, and just stupidly chaotic parking lots in the area. Park at your own risk. Read more »

PPA Unveils Smartphone Payment App


Starting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the PPA will offer a nice little bribe to the first 5,000 people who pay for their parking using Philadelphia Parking Authority’s new “meterUP” app: An hour of free parking courtesy of everyone’s favorite governmental authority.

Even if you’re not one of those lucky 5,000 parkers, the meterUP app will still offer some nice deal-sweeteners for those who use it. Read more »

12 Philadelphia College Basketball Games You’ll Want to See in Person


Clockwise from top left: St. Joe’s coach Cindy Griffin (Matt Cashore); Temple coach Tonya Cardoza talks with center Safiya Martin (David Butler II); St. Joe’s DeAndre Bembry (Bill Streicher); Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu (Geoff Burke); Temple’s Erica Covile (David Butler II); Drexel’s Tavon Allen (Chris Humphreys); Villanova coach Jay Wright (Charles LeClaire); and St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli (Bill Streicher). All photos USA Today Sports

Philly is a basketball city, especially this Eagles season. With the Sixers still rebuilding, we can at least cling to our historic identity as a college basketball city — home to the Big Five and the shrine that is the Palestra, campus playground for Scottie Reynolds, Jim Lynam, Elena Della Donne, Pepe Sanchez, Theresa Shank, Wali Jones, Jameer Nelson … The local college hoops scene kicks off this Friday. Here are a dozen Philadelphia college basketball games that look to be major matchups in the months to come. Read more »

Porngate Investigator Steps Down Over Conflict of Interest

In this Sept. 13, 2011, photo, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin poses for photographs with the court's other justices at Philadelphia's historic Old City Hall. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, it was deferring action on explicit emails involving Eakin to the Judicial Conduct Board, which is currently investigating. The court issued a statement that said it was taking that approach based on the recommendation of a law firm it hired to review the email scandal involving Justice Michael Eakin. The law firm said Eakin sent emails that included one depicting a topless woman and others with "purported jokes and banter that are offensive." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin. | Photo by Matt Rourke/AP

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:

Porngate investigator Robert Graci stepped down after the Daily News revealed that he once campaigned for Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, a/k/a the guy he was supposed to be investigating.

“Maybe State Attorney General Kathleen Kane was right about that old-boys’ network in Pennsylvania politics,” the Daily News reports. “Apparently, it even reaches into the state Supreme Court. Wednesday, the chief counsel for the state’s Judicial Conduct Board stepped aside from an investigation into a Supreme Court justice’s raunchy emails after the Daily News reported that he was a friend of the justice’s and had played a lead role in his re-election campaign.”

All of the women on City Council are holding District Attorney Seth Williams’ feet to the fire over Porngate.

The women of City Council are joining with the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization of Women on Thursday to condemn “the demeaning, misogynistic and racist emails” swapped by former state prosecutors who now work for Williams, Philly Mag’s Citified reports. After conducting a review of the email chain this summer, Williams said he wouldn’t fire the prosecutors and would instead only force them to undergo “sensitivity training.” Council members Cindy Bass and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez said this week the prosecutors should be canned. “These people make judgement calls on people’s lives every single day,” said Sánchez. “There’s so much questioning of our judicial system, from the police to the attorney general, and we don’t need to further complicate that with the perception that people making decisions about which cases go to trial think it’s okay to do what they did.” Read more »

Career Wardrobe’s 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Show


Career Wardrobe’s 5th Annual Tea & Fashion Show was held Sunday afternoon at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The annual event welcomed women from across generations to support Career Wardrobe while enjoying an afternoon spent together enjoying tea, tea sandwiches, desserts and a fashion show featuring clothes from The Wardrobe Boutique (19th and Spring Garden streets) and Revivals Boutique (Narberth).

There was also bidding on fun items in the silent auction, raffles, empowering speeches and then shopping at a pop-up boutique for fabulous fashions as well as discounted designer shoes. The Career Wardrobe has outfitted nearly 70,000 women since December 1995. They provide dressing consults, resumé review and interview coaching, as well as lessons in beauty basics to women trying to get back into the workforce.

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We Have a Halloween Pet Costume Problem

Right on cue, I woke up yesterday wondering if I might have a problem. Yes, the signs have been there day in and day out, week after week, month to month. But every year, it’s Halloween that really makes me look around my living room — at the cardboard and spray paint and hot glue guns and industrial-size tub of glitter — and think, “Hm.”

I devoted Sunday to drawing up plans for Murphy’s Halloween costume, and I’ll spend every night this week putting the finishing touches on his top-secret get-up. I’ve set aside one evening for tailoring, one for mobility troubleshooting, and another for rebuilding the portions that Murphy will inevitably maul during his many fit sessions.

Murphy, you see, is a dog. Murphy, unlike myself, has very little interest in what he’s being for Halloween this year or who wins the office costume contest. Read more »

Cops: Bro Stole Red Bull from Center City Wawa

Wawa - Red Bull theft suspect

Philadelphia Police released this surveillance image of a man wanted for stealing several cans of Red Bull from the Wawa in Society Hill.

Maybe he got away because Red Bull gave him wings.

According to a release from the Philadelphia Police Department, cops are searching for a brazen thief who entered the Wawa on 2nd Street in Society Hill and stole several cans of Red Bull.

Police released surveillance video of the suspect entering and leaving the store. According to cops, the man walked into the Wawa on September 18th at 3:40 p.m. and began loading all of the cans of Red Bull from a shelf into his backpack. When confronted by a store manager, they say, he left. The police did not say how many cans of Red Bull the man got away with, but said he left the store with the stolen items.

Cops also did not say why the public has been left in the dark on this crime for over a month. Hopefully you, like most smart people, keep an eye on your Red Bull stash at all times. Read more »

Phillies’ New GM Matt Klentak: “I Came Here to Win”

Matt Klentak - CSN Philly screengrab

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak (Screengrab via CSN Philly)

Speaking to reporters in Philadelphia for the first time since being hired as general manager of the Phillies, Matt Klentak sounded like a reality show contestant: He didn’t come here to make friends. He came here to win.

“I would not have left Mike Trout in his prime if I did not believe we could win,” said Klentak, formerly the assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Angels. Well, duh. But he also hinted he did not expect to go through a long, Sixers-like rebuilding process.

“For the timeframe part, I have very ambitious goals,” Klentak said at his introductory press conference. “I’m leaving a very proud and ambitious organization to come here. I didn’t do it to lose. I came here to win … We will win as soon as it is humanly possible to win.”

How quickly that comes depends on the players, said the 35-year-old Klentak, who added he did not intend to make “sweeping changes” in the organization. Read more »

Sixers Mailbag #3: Opening Day Roster, Okafor projections

Nerlens Noel has established himself as a cornerstone of the Sixers rebuild | Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY

Nerlens Noel has established himself as a cornerstone of the Sixers rebuild | Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY

Every Monday we’ll have a Philadelphia 76ers mailbag, where we’ll discuss some of the pressing topics around the team.

In this third edition of the Sixers mailbag we’ll take a guess at the Sixers 15-man opening day roster, we’ll try to project out Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel‘s output this season, take a look at future point guard options, and discuss whether Nerlens Noel is a franchise player.

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