Gov. Tom Wolf: “Free the Six-pack” in Gas Stations

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Six pack photo by Alan Levine, used under a Creative Commons license

You soon might be able to buy gasoline and beer at the same location — though not at the same time.

In a letter to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board titled “Free the Six-pack,” Gov. Tom Wolf asks the PLCB to allow gas stations to sell six packs of beer at attached convenience stores. The liquor code currently forbids the LCB from approving any new licenses “where the sale of liquid fuels or oil is conducted.”

But, Wolf writes, the LCB should approve 12 such gas station licenses to sell up to 192 ounces of “malt or brewed beverages.” Though the law says the board should not approve such licenses, Wolf says a recent court case has reversed one item in the liquor code: Read more »

Jackie Robinson’s First Contracts Will Be on Display in Philly

Mykalai Kontilai - Jackie Robinson contract

Mykalai Kontilai holds Jackie Robinson’s first contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. (Photo | Dan McQuade)

“For the performance of the Player’s services and promises hereunder the Club will pay the Player the sum of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00) for the season.”

The salary may not sound impressive today, but the year was 1947. And the signature on the next page of the contract is even more impressive: Jack Roosevelt Robinson.

Beginning Thursday, Jackie Robinson’s original professional baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers will be on display at the National Constitution Center for two weeks. The contract is on what its owners call a “Freedom Tour” of the United States, and it will make its longest-scheduled stay in the City of Brotherly Love. Robinson’s first minor league contract with the Montreal Royals, signed in 1946, will also be on display alongside it.

The contracts will be on display as part of the Center’s primary exhibit, “The Story of We the People,” until June 5th. Regular admission is $14.50 for adults; the museum is free on Memorial Day due to a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Read more »

Victim Identified in Hit-and-Run at Northeast Philly Bus Stop

A hit-and-run at Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia claimed the life of 50-year-old Alejo Molina at 12:30 this morning. Police are unsure whether Molina was awaiting a bus or seeking shelter from the rain beneath a SEPTA canopy when a black Lexus crashed into the structure. A witness told police that the driver exited the vehicle and looked at the victim before fleeing the scene on foot. Paramedics pronounced Molina dead at approximately 12:45 a.m, said Captain John Wilczynski, Commanding Officer of the Accident Investigation Unit. Read more »

Shrine to Victims of Illegally Purchased Guns Pops Up in South Philly

Photo | Brian Thomas

Photo | Brian Thomas

Hanging on a fence around a parking lot right outside the Ellsworth-Federal stop on the Broad Street Line, more than 50 t-shirts flap in the wind. They bear the names of victims of gun violence, along with their ages and the date of their death. The memorial, organized by the neighboring National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia and a group called Heeding God’s Call, focuses specifically on those who died from illegally purchased firearms. The groups will hold a dedication ceremony on May 25th at 12:30 p.m. at the site.   Read more »

Bill Cosby Loses Preliminary Hearing, Will Go to Trial

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Montgomery County Judge Elizabeth McHugh ruled on Tuesday afternoon that Bill Cosby will go to trial on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park home. Although dozens have women have made similar allegations against Cosby, this is the only criminal proceeding against him. Read more »

WATCH: Sanders Says Democratic Convention in Philadelphia Could Get “Messy”

Bernie Sanders is expecting Philly to Bern, baby, Bern.

The Vermont senator said Monday that he expects the Democratic National Convention to get “messy” and that “democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle.”

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sanders said he hopes to see a strong showing of inclusive and progressive platforms at the Democratic National Convention scheduled for July 25th-28th at the Wells Fargo Center (a location that protestors claim is, ew, much too corporate)

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Only Phillies Player Who Can Hit Benched for Not Hustling

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

Odubel Herrera went 3-for-4 last night. But it was his only out of the game that made Phillies manager Pete Mackanin upset. That’s because Herrera — who grounded out to the Tigers pitcher, Justin Wilson — lolly-gagged it to first base.

Normally, it wouldn’t have mattered. But Wilson stumbled, and was just as lackadaisical throwing to first as Herrera was jogging to first. Wilson’s throw just beat Herrera, but if Herrera had run it out — he might’ve been safe.

It’s possible to think of it this way: If Herrera had hustled, Wilson would have as well. He would’ve been out no matter what. But Mackanin looked at it this way: Here was a player who needed to be benched. Herrera is the only hitter on the Phillies having a good season; to bench the only good hitter on the team in 2016 would be silly. But: If you wanted to teach a 24-year-old a lesson, this was a good time.

Mackanin did the latter. The Phillies lost. How should we take this? Read more »

Amtrak 188 Survivor Finally Meets His “Guardian Angels”

Robert Hewett (center) finally met the first responders who saved him from the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. (Courtesy Robert Mongeluzzi)

Robert Hewett (center) finally met the first responders who saved him from the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy of Robert Mongeluzzi)

Bob Hewett had a small request when the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic Amtrak crash rolled around earlier this month: He wanted to meet the men who saved his life.

Hewett, 58, was riding in the first car of Amtrak Train 188 when it derailed in Frankford last May. He suffered a litany of gruesome injuries — broken ribs, collapsed lung, a tear in his diaphragm — and spent seven weeks in a medically induced coma.

He still clearly remembers the first responders who pulled him from the wreckage, and the horror of hearing one say to his colleagues, “This guy’s got to go now, the whole back of his head’s coming off.’” Hewett recently told reporters that he just wanted to thank them, plain and simple.

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Hugh Hefner Drawn Into Bill Cosby Allegations

Bill Cosby arrest photo. Hugh Hefner, By Toglenn via CC BY-SA 3.0,

Bill Cosby arrest photo. Hugh Hefner, By Toglenn via CC BY-SA 3.0.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was deposed last Wednesday in a sexual battery civil suit against Bill Cosby, according to Los Angeles civil rights attorney Gloria Allred.

Hefner’s deposition took place at the Playboy Mansion, the site where alleged Cosby victim Judy Huth says Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old.

Huth, who is represented by Allred, sued Cosby in late 2014, claiming he forced her to perform a sex act on him during a 1974 Playboy Mansion party. Huth is one of more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual abuse. Read more »

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