The Philadelphia Police Department is on the lookout for two, possibly more, individuals who robbed one person and attempted to rob another while impersonating Philadelphia Police officers in South Philadelphia in the early morning hours on Sunday.
In the first incident, a 23-year-old woman was walking home at 4:30 a.m. when a man and a woman in a silver Nissan pulled up to her near Fourth and Jackson streets. Both persons got out of the car, and the man flashed a badge and said he was a police officer. The man then told the complainant to come to him and that she would be arrested if she resisted. The woman ran away instead, and the “police” car headed north on 5th Street while the woman who was stopped called police to report a disturbance. Read more »
Laquan McDonald, seconds before he was shot.
If you’re a Pennsylvanian who is angry about what happened in Chicago with Laquan McDonald, you should be furious with what legislators in Harrisburg are trying to do.
McDonald, if you’re unaware, was a 17-year-old black teen who was shot to death during an encounter with police a year ago. Police said that McDonald, armed with a knife, lunged at them. A video released last week shows that actually, McDonald was stepping away from police at the time he was shot. The video shows bullets hitting his body long after he hit the ground.
The good news? The officer who shot McDonald — 16 times, by the way, emptying his gun — will face criminal charges. The bad news? Those charges weren’t brought until just before the video was released, some 400 days after the shooting. The video was released only because a judge ordered it; there’s every reason to believe the officer might not’ve been charged without the video’s publication to the world.
Public scrutiny, it seems, works.
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Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie and Joel Embiid are both key pieces in the Sixers rebuilding plan | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
This Monday we continue our 76ers mailbag series, where we discuss some of the pressing topics around the team.
In this sixth edition of the Sixers mailbag we take a look at whether you should have faith in Sam Hinkie, how important it is for the Sixers to get the Lakers draft pick this year, and what we like (and dislike) about Jahlil Okafor’s play so far.
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant talks at news conference on why he decided to announce his retirement. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today.
Lower Merion’s Kobe Bryant is retiring from the NBA after one of the all-time great basketball careers. His last Philadelphia game is Tuesday.
Bryant announced the end of his 20-year career Sunday with a poem posted at The Players Tribune. “After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant’s career is officially winding down,” ESPN writes. He made his announcement just ahead of the Lakers’ game Tuesday night at Philadelphia — the last time he’ll play here. “It’s going to be beautiful,” Bryant said. “So much of my game was developed from Philadelphia.” USA Today says that as of Sunday night, the cheapest seats in the arena were going for $59. [ESPN | USA Today] Read more »
Dwight Howard’s ability to defend Jahlil Okafor one on one hurt the Sixers offense | Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia 76ers set history Friday night by losing their 27th game in a row, the longest losing streak in any of the four major US professional sports.
The game had a familiar feel to it, as the 76ers blew another late lead, this one a 7 point advantage with 6:41 remaining. That marks the 5th time in the last 7 games that the Sixers had built a 4th quarter lead, but they failed to come away with a win in any of htem.
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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 »
James Harden’s 50 points helped the Houston Rockets come back from a 4th quarter deficit | Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia 76ers have set the NBA record for the longest losing streak in NBA history, dropping their 27th game in a row tonight with a 116-114 loss to the Houston Rockets.
The record includes a ten game losing streak that ended the Sixers 2014-15 season.
The Sixers held a 104-97 lead with 6:41 remaining before the Rockets retook the lead with a 10-0 run.
For the Sixers it was the fourth straight game in which they held a fourth quarter lead and the fifth time that’s happened in the last seven.
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How well Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor fit on the court together has been a popular topic of conversation early on in the Sixers season | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Every week we’ll collect some of the most interesting stories being written about the Philadelphia 76ers. You can check out previous roundups here.
This week we have updates on the Joel Embiid injury, deep dives on how Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are working together, a video review on Ben Simmons, and how much of a burden Okafor is currently carrying.
Let’s get started.
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Jahlil Okafor was reportedly involved in an altercation outside of a bar in Boston | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
After the Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Boston Celtics, the 4th game in their last 6 where they’ve held a 4th quarter lead but still came up empty in the win column, Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor was involved in an altercation outside of a bar in Boston, according to TMZ Sports.
(Note: violence and hard language occur in the linked video. If you are uncomfortable with that, please don’t watch it).
TMZ spoke with a representative of Okafor’s who said that somebody got physical with a fellow Sixers player, and Okafor responded by protecting his teammate.
Later that afternoon, the Sixers sent out a brief statement about the incident.
“We are aware of the report and we are currently working to gather additional information. Until that time, we will have no further comment.”
As of now, Boston police say that no investigation is planned, according to ESPN.
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