Morning Headlines: Eagles Choose Pederson, Eagles Nation Underwhelmed

Plus: Birther barbs at GOP debate, Charles Ramsey goes to college, race and the Oscars, and more.

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:

The Eagles will reportedly name Doug Pederson as their new head coach.

An NFL source told Birds 24/7 yesterday that Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson will be the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Former Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, who now holds down the top job with the Chiefs, said he was “ready” for the job, and Eagles players, former players and sports commentators have generally been enthusiastic about Pederson’s arrival, but Jeremiah Trotter cautioned him that “the fans and media can be tough on you” — and those fans are already giving him raspberries. And though Pederson may be a Reid guy, Birds 24/7 notes that the situations aren’t exactly parallel.

Birther charges caused fireworks at last night’s GOP debate.

There were seven candidates participating in last night’s Republican debate in North Charleston, S.C., but only two really mattered: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The Associated Press reports that Trump questioned Cruz’s eligibility to hold the office of President, given that he was born in Canada to American parents. Cruz fired back by questioning Trump’s “New York values” and noting that the Donald’s lead in Iowa was slipping. The other five candidates on stage last night managed to toss in a few incendiary devices of their own, but the Trump-Cruz grudge match clearly dominated the event.

The latest on Officer Jesse Hartnett. 

Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Harnett remains in the intensive care unit at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center while the investigation into his shooting continues. CBS Philly reports that while neither the police nor the FBI have ruled the shooting an act of terrorism, the FBI is treating it as one in its investigation. Both FBI Director James Comey and Mayor Jim Kenney held press conferences yesterday to address the Hartnett shooting, and Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey also weighed in with remarks. While Toomey tied the attack on Hartnett to radical Islamic terrorism, Casey described it and other recent murders as “a lone wolf problem.”

Charles Ramsey goes to college. 

Former Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has gotten himself a gig in academe. Drexel University announced yesterday that Ramsey will guest lecture at the school, serve as an advisor to its criminology and justice department, and help develop a new master’s program in urban strategy during the course of a two-year fellowship at Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Drexel President John Fry called Ramsey “a transformative force in the Philadelphia Police Department” and said the university would benefit greatly from his knowledge. Ramsey’s faculty appointment is part-time.

That’s mighty white of you, Oscar.

Creed, the latest installment in the Rocky saga, is about the African-American son of Rocky’s original nemesis. So who gets nominated for an Oscar? Jenice Armstrong at the Daily News isn’t the only one riled up about this year’s all-white (or at least no-black) Oscar nominations. This is the second year in a row that no black actors or directors got nominated, and as she noted, black Twitter was aflame last night with outrage: Joy Reid of MSNBC tweeted, “#OscarsSoWhite black people can’t even get nominated for the movies about black people …” Let’s see what kind of fun Chris Rock has with all this when he hosts the Oscar telecast Feb. 28.

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