July 4th Celeb Spotting in Philly

Nicki Minaj outside the Ritz-Carlton. Photo by HughE Dillon

Nicki Minaj outside the Ritz-Carlton. Photo by HughE Dillon

This past weekend Philadelphia celebrated the nation’s birthday the only way it knows — with a big party. There were parades, block parties, festivals, and Friday night’s Jam on the Parkway coordinated by Philly’s hometown band The Roots and headlined by Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, and Ed Sheeran.

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Kyle Beckerman’s Engagement Photos Make Me Ashamed to Be an American

USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. Photo |  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman following the game against Portugal during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Amazonia. Photo | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

I’m a big soccer fan. I was a big soccer fan even before this World Cup. I love watching soccer on TV. (I know — weird, right?) I get into arguments with my husband over Michael Bradley. I think Kyle Beckerman is the hottest thing since sliced bread.

Hold on. Make that “I thought” and “was.” Because I just saw Kyle Beckerman’s engagement photos, and I’ve changed my mind. Read more »

What Ben Affleck’s Blackjack Ban Should Mean for a Second Philly Casino

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Presented for your contemplation: Two seemingly unrelated pieces of gambling news — one local, the other no so much.

• Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board still hasn’t held a vote on a second casino license for Philadelphia. A vote had been expected within 60 days of the close of applications on the matter. Which means that a second casino isn’t a done deal.

• Multiple news reports over the weekend revealed that actor/director/aging pretty-boy/future Batman Ben Affleck has been banned from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas because security caught him “card counting” to gain an advantage against the house. “You are too good at the game,” one of the security guys reportedly told Affleck as his time at the table ended.

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Commencement Speaker Smackdown!

The first round of announcements regarding May college commencement speakers has wound down, and if you think college admissions are competitive, you should see the commencement-speaker arms race. Is our school’s smarter than yours? More famous? Better looking? We took the trouble to arrange the first 20 announcees according to overall desirability as we see it from here.



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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at Wendy’s and Serafina In Philadelphia

On Saturday morning, someone posted this photo on Twitter showing Kanye West and Kim Kardashian hanging out on Friday night, supposedly at the Wendy’s at the corner of 15th and Chestnut in Philadelphia. West is in town for a show at the Wells Fargo Center. An attempt to verify the account directly with the Wendy’s resulted in the Wendy’s hanging up on me. Twice.

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