It Looks Like the NFL Draft Will Be in Philly Next Year

The NFL draft logo side by side with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Benjamin Franklin Parkway photo by Spike Brennan (license)

Per several reports, it seems like the NFL Draft will be in Philadelphia in 2017.

In early July, Wendy Ruderman quoted Bob Brady saying it was a done deal to hold the draft at a temporary stage and arena on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said the city hadn’t signed anything, but Brady was insistent: “We are going to showcase the city for the whole country again, and we’ll have thousands of visitors coming in here and all the players, all the sports teams, and all the coaches and managers will all be around. It will be great.” Read more »

Uber’s Exclusive, Air-Conditioned DNC Pickup Lounge Is Riling Rivals

Uber Lounge

Photo | Dan McQuade

Frustrated Lyft and cab drivers are claiming that Uber workers attempted to thwart other vehicles from crossing Wells Fargo Center perimeters Monday to drop off passengers for the Democratic National Convention.

Uber has responded to the allegations by insisting that its workers only prevented Lyft and cab drivers from entering an Uber-exclusive pickup lounge outside the Citizens Bank Park, located in Lot T. Read more »

DNC CELEBS: Anthony Weiner Wears (Red) Pants, Trump Pal Erin Elmore Infiltrates

Left: Who the hell gave Trump pal Erin Elmore credentials for the DNC? Right: Anthony Weiner thinks red pants are the way to go.

Left: Who the hell gave Trump pal Erin Elmore credentials for the DNC? Right: Anthony Weiner thinks red pants are the way to go.

In the July issue of Philly Mag, red hot Rittenhouse mama and former Apprentice contestant Erin Elmore told us that she had taken a job with the Republican National Convention and was bucking for a gig in the Donald Trump White House. And now that the RNC has wrapped up in Cleveland, she’s back in Philly infiltrating the Democratic National Convention. Read more »

10 Pretty Amazing DNC Craigslist Hook-Up Attempts

iStockphoto.com | Sitade

iStockphoto.com | Sitade

We’re living in strange, uncertain times. Scott Baio has a job. Donald Trump is being mistaken for a presidential candidate. Dan McQuade is being mistaken for Brad Pitt. Philadelphians have declined to vandalize perfectly good property. In the immortal words of Peter Venkman, “Dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria!”

One thing you can still count on? When on a business trip, Americans will troll for weird sex on Craigslist. Some things change, but some things, thankfully, stay the same. Here are some safe(ish) for work DNC Craigslist hook-up attempts.  Read more »

Finally: Some DNC Arrests

Protesters scale the DNC security fence on Tuesday, July 26th. (Photo via screenshot of video from Twitter user @rousseau_ist)

Protesters scale the DNC security fence on Tuesday, July 26th. (Photo via screenshot of video from Twitter user @rousseau_ist)

Thanks to the very smart initiative from Mayor Jim Kenney to decriminalize offenses like disorderly conduct, failure to disperse, and public drunkenness in advance of DNC protests, the Philadelphia Police Department has made exactly zero DNC arrests as of Wednesday morning. But if you mess with the United States Secret Service, well, that’s a different story. Read more »

11 Things You Might Not Know About Owney, the Post Office Dog

Owney, the unofficial mascot of the Railway Mail Service in the 1890s. Public Domain

Owney, the unofficial mascot of the Railway Mail Service in the 1890s. Public Domain

Earlier this month, we wrote about how John Wanamaker became Postmaster General of the United States during his long, strange life. In researching that piece, we ran across Wanamaker’s connection with the shorter but perhaps even stranger life of Owney, a stray terrier who eventually was named the Official Mascot of the Rail Mail Service. On this date in 2011, the Postal Service honored Owney with a commemorative stamp. Here, a quick look back at the dog who traveled around the world, became a national hero, and has been celebrated in poems, books and songs. Read more »

There’s a “White People Say: Black Lives Matter” Sign Hanging Over I-676

White People Say: Black Lives Matter

Photo | Philly Showing Up for Racial Justice

A giant sheet reading “White People Say: Black Lives Matter” hangs over I-676 this morning as delegates and other attendees pour into the city for the third day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The Philadelphia chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national organization, claims in a statement that they hung the sign in attempt to convince the “the hearts and minds of the delegates – powerful people pouring in to power breakfasts, panels, and meetings – to stop their silence, and to start working for the value of black lives in Philadelphia, and in their communities at home.” Read more »

2016 DNC, Day 3: We’re Halfway Through!

2016 DNC

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Congrats, Philly! We’re halfway through the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Here’s what happened yesterday: 

In the biggest news of the night, Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman nominated for president by a major party, much to the frustration of a group of delegates who held a protest in the media tent outside the Wells Fargo Center shortly after. Bill Clinton called his wife “the best darn change-maker I have ever known” and bashed the Republican National Convention in his speech. Read more »

Bill Clinton Makes Case for Hillary: “Best Darn Change-Maker I Have Ever Known”

Bill Clinton delivers his keynote address of the second night of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center

Bill Clinton delivers his keynote address of the second night of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center. | Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Bill Clinton delivered a speech in support of his wife Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, saying she is the best choice for the next president of the United States.

“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl,” Clinton began his speech. He told a typical Bill Clinton tale: a funny anecdote about his courtship of Hillary Rodham while at law school.

He talked convention attendees through Hillary’s life, as well as his repeated attempts at getting her to marry him. Eventually, she got a job in Arkansas—and after he bought a house, Hillary accepted his third proposal. “I married my best friend,” Clinton said. “I was still in awe of more than four years of being around her at how smart and strong and loving and caring she was and I really hope that her decision … to marry me was one she would never regret.” Read more »

On the Scene of the Shut Down the DNC Protest

Protestors march protesting police brutality and Hillary Clinton after a rally at City Hall.

Protests continued through Philly today. A large collective of left-leaning groups gathered outside of City Hall this afternoon for a rally called Shut Down the DNC. Topics ranged from Palestine to education to institutional racism, with the latter being most prevalent.

While protests are nothing new to Philadelphia, especially in recent weeks, this one was a little different. Many of the attendees came from all over the country to participate.  Read more »

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