Police Worried About More Attacks
Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today.
Philly Police are worried that last week’s attack on Officer Jesse Hartnett is the start of something bigger and scarier.
Philadelphia Police remained in a high state of alert over the weekend after last week’s attack on an officer in West Philly. Two developments kept them nervous. First, as Philly Mag reports: A 40-year-old man tried to take a gun from the holster of an officer stationed at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where Officer Jesse Hartnett was recovering from last week’s attack. The man was subdued, and officials said the incident had nothing to do with the attack on Hartnett. Second, police said they’d received a tip that the suspect in last week’s attack, Edward Archer, was affiliated with a group “with radical beliefs.” NBC10 reports the tipster told investigators “the threat to police is not over.” Archer, meanwhile, has been officially charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault on a law enforcement officer, and several related crimes.
Sylvester Stallone won a Golden Globe Sunday for playing Rocky Balboa in Creed.
Stallone’s last nomination had been in 1976, the first time he played Rocky, who is probably the most famous fictional character ever to come out of Philadelphia. “I’m going to try to not get emotional,” Stallone said as he began his speech. “I am the sum total of everyone I’ve ever met, and I’m so lucky I’ve absorbed some of it.” After thanking family, friends, and behind-the-scenes players, he concluded “Most of all, I wanna thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I ever had.” Next up: Oscars? [Rolling Stone]
Rock icon David Bowie is dead at 69. He recorded much of his classic Young Americans album in Philadelphia.
Bowie’s family announced his death on Facebook. The musician was known for changing styles and looks throughout his career — adopting personas as different as “Ziggy Stardust” and “The Thin White Duke.” He was transitioning out of his glam phase when he recorded Young Americans at Philadelphia’s Sigma Studios. Steve Volk wrote about the process for Philadelphia Weekly in 2002. He quoted for WMMR DJ Ed Sciaky, who watched Bowie record the song “Win”: “He’d sing three lines, then have the engineer play them back, keeping the first line every time,” Sciaky said. “It was spectacular, watching him work like a painter, hitting every line the way he wanted.” It was a memorable moment in Philly’s musical history — except for Bowie, who was drug-addled during this era. Notes Volk: “When he returned to Sigma for a radio special in 1997, he signed his gold Young Americans album: ‘With fondest memories (I would imagine), David Bowie.'”
Good news: The Powerball jackpot has climbed above $1 billion. Bad news: You almost certainly will not win it.
Saturday’s drawing came an went without an overall winner — though a $1 million ticket was sold in Pennsylvania — and that means Wednesday’s jackpot will be roughly $1.3 billion. USA Today reports that you shouldn’t get your hopes up, though: You’re statistically more likely to get bit by a shark or hit by lightning — or pick all the winners of the NCAA tournament — than to actually win the thing. Killjoys.
The Eagles continue to search for a head coach. Today they interview … Tom Coughlin?
That’s right: Coughlin, who coached the hated Giants to two Super Bowl wins, will meet with team officials to discuss Philly’s open job. Philly Mag’s Tim McManus writes: “It’s to be seen whether Coughlin finds the Eagles job one worth taking — should the Eagles even get to the point where they offer it to him. But it’s an interesting development nonetheless.” Coughlin would be 70 next season. But he’s not sure if he wants to slow down, saying at his season-ending news conference: “I said I’m not necessarily done with coaching. Thank you very much for asking.”
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