Sonia Sanchez Named Philly’s First Poet Laureate

Plus: Sixers smoke the Suns, a 78-year-old bank robber gets nabbed by the fuzz, city council members retire for DROP payments, and more of what the city is talking about today

Sonia Sanchez Is Philly’s First Poet Laureate. Fancy. Today at 11 a.m., Mayor Nutter will announce that Sonia Sanchez has been named Philadelphia’s first poet laureate. Sanchez is a writer, poet, teacher and activist. The 77-year-old has written 18 books and has long been considered the city’s unofficial poet laureate. [Inquirer]

Sixers Smoke Suns in Phoenix. The Sixers notched their first win of the young season last night with a 103-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Iguodala, Young and Holiday all scored 15 points as the Sixers dominated an inferior team. [The 700 Level]

Senior Citizen Arrested for Bank Robbery. A 78-year-old Elkins Park man has been taken into custody for allegedly robbing a Warminster bank just before Christmas. [6 ABC]

Councilwoman Marian Tasco Retires to Collect DROP Payment. Tasco is set to collect $478,057 when she retires tomorrow, but will return to office shortly thereafter. Her participation in the controversial program is likely what cost her the race for council president, as many council members indicated they wouldn’t back a president enrolled in DROP. Other participants in the program will also retire briefly and return to work. [Daily News]

Temple Wins on Buzzer-Beater in OT. The Owls bested Buffalo last night 87-85 in overtime when Anthony Lee’s only basket came in the form of a put-back with 0.3 seconds to go. [CBS 3]

South Jersey Pols to “Ocutpi Broad Street” with Mummers. Camden county politicians and county and municipal workers who are a part of the “Golden Schleppers” will participate in Sunday’s Mummers parade for the first time in a decade. The group of politicians hasn’t been in the parade since a member of their group died 10 years ago, but have planned their triumphant return with a play on the Occupy Philly movement. [Inquirer]