Funeral for Philly Victim of Orlando Shooting Is Today

A funeral service is being held today for Akyra Murray, the Philadelphia teen victim of the massacre in Orlando on June 12th. She was the youngest victim of the 49 shot dead at Pulse nightclub.

It was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. this morning. The Inquirer reports mourners were streaming into Monument Baptist Church at 50th and Locust streets in West Philadelphia by 8 a.m. for the viewing.

Murray, 18, was a 2016 graduate of West Catholic Prep. She had signed to play basketball at Mercyhurst University this fall. Read more »

The Agholor Sexual Assault Investigation Is Now With the D.A.’s Office

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

The investigation into sexual assault allegations involving Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor is now in the hands of District Attorney Seth Williams.

“The [investigative] package has been sent to the D.A.’s Office for their review,” Police Commissioner Richard Ross told Philadelphia magazine on Thursday night. Ross declined to comment further on the case.

A 27-year-old dancer at Cheerleaders Gentleman’s Club accused the 23-year-old wide receiver of raping her inside the club earlier this month. Agholor’s attorney, Fortunato “Fred” Perri Jr., has maintained that Agholor did not commit a crime.

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Sixers Select Ben Simmons With First Overall Pick


The Philadelphia 76ers made official what has long been expected: Ben Simmons is the first overall selection in the 2016 NBA draft.

Simmons has long been rumored to be the guy the Sixers were targeting after the team won May 17th’s NBA lottery. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.0 steals per game during his only season at LSU.

“I’m happy to be part of the family now. It’s a weight off my chest,” said Simmons after a selection that had become a foregone conclusion. “I’ve been looking forward to this day for a while, so I’m glad I’ve made history, not only for myself but my family and Australian basketball.”

Simmons grew up in Newcastle, Australia, before coming to the United States in 2013 to attend Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, the same school Joel Embiid attended. Simmons has another connection to the Sixers in head coach Brett Brown, who coached Simmons’ father, Dave, while in Australia.

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Meet the DNC Host Committee’s “Donkeys Around Town”

During next month’s Democratic National Convention, visitors will likely run into a few colorful donkeys. And they’ll have some local artists to thank for that. The DNC Host Committee unveiled the nearly completed Donkey’s Around Town earlier today.

Each fiberglass donkey (there are 57 in total) represents a delegation that will be in town for the convention. Each state has one, as well as the five U.S. territories, D.C., and Democrats Abroad. The donkeys all have iconic images from the state they represent. The Kentucky donkey, for instance, has a barrel of bourbon on one side and a mask like a thoroughbred race horse. That donkey was done by Downingtown resident Brian Cesario, who also did the Tennessee donkey.  Read more »

Philly Latino Activists: Obama Is “Deporter-in-Chief”

People assemble for a press conference at Juntos in response to today's Supreme Court ruling on immigration

Members of the Latino immigrant community appear at a press conference decrying today’s Supreme Court ruling on Obama’s immigration program.

According to Philadelphia’s Latino immigrant activists, Barack Obama’s primary legacy from his eight years in office can be summed up in three words: Deporter in chief.

Activists and organizers today gathered at Juntos in South Philly to comment on today’s split ruling from the Supreme Court on President Obama’s immigration policy.

The court actually ruled on a program Obama and immigration activists support today. In a one-sentence decision — “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court” — the court announced it had split, 4-all, which means the Obama administration will not be able to implement its immigration plans before the end of his term. Read more »

It’s Official: MilkBoy’s South Street Dumpster Is Perfectly Legal

MilkBoy's controversial dumpster sits between two smaller trash containers on South Street. (Photo by Elizabeth Worthington)

MilkBoy’s controversial dumpster sits between two smaller trash containers on South Street. (Photo by Elizabeth Worthington)

Earlier, we told you of a kerfuffle that had erupted on South Street thanks to a dumpster sitting in front of the soon-to-open MilkBoy South Street, the only business we could find with a dumpster parked on the commercial corridor. MilkBoy partner Bill Hanson swore up and down that his dumpster was legal, while local business owners and residents complained that it wasn’t. And now the city has weighed in: The Milkboy South Street dumpster is 100 percent legit. Read more »

Study: Pa. and N.J. Have High Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Incarceration | DanHenson1 | DanHenson1

A recent report by the D.C. based Sentencing Project found that New Jersey was the most racially disparate state in terms of incarceration, and Pennsylvania was 7th. The study uses data collected in 2014.

The study found that Pennsylvania had 8.9 African American people incarcerated for every white person in 2014. New Jersey had a disparity of 12.2 to one. Nationally, the rate is about 5 to one, according to the study. (Pennsylvania had the third highest and New Jersey 10th for ethnic disparity between Hispanic and white persons incarcerated.)  Read more »

Philly Pools Are Open, Even if Mayor Kenney Won’t Swim

Philly’s swimming pool season officially kicked off yesterday, but Mayor Jim Kenney didn’t quite jump in on the fun.

Not literally, at least.

The mayor officiated the Max Myers Recreation Center pool opening in the afternoon, but he declined to participate in what’s become something of a Philly mayoral tradition: jumping in the water for the first dip of the summer. Read more »

New McGinty Ad Calls Toomey “Senator Elevator”

Republicans running for office have a major problem this year, and his name is Donald Trump. While Trump is popular, this is his first run for public office — and he’s not on the same page as the GOP in terms of messaging. Naturally, the press is grilling downballot Republicans about his comments.

One such Republican running for office is Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. He’s distanced himself a bit from Trump. He was a supporter of Marco Rubio, and voted for Ted Cruz in Pennsylvania’s April primary. He even penned an Inquirer op-ed giving Trump some unsolicited advice while saying he would vote for the party’s nominee.

“I hope to get to the point where I can enthusiastically support Donald Trump,” Toomey later said. “I’m not there right now and I hope we don’t get to a point where I decide I just can’t support him.”

He’s not quite there yet. After Trump’s speech on the Orlando massacre was widely panned, Toomey ducked into an elevator when reporters asked questions. Read more »

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