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    Chilling surveillance footage captured the moment a Philadelphia gunman murdered a recent Temple University graduate, shooting him in the neck at point blank range in what police believe was a random and unprovoked attack. Everett Beauregard, 23, who once interned for Congressman Brendan Boyle, took the train from a friend's house on Thursday night and was walking home from his stop when he was gunned down. Philadelphia police first thought the killing was a botched robbery, but now believe the college grad was picked at random.  Recent Temple University graduate, Everett Beauregard, was fatally shot in an unprovoked attack as he walked home to his apartment on Thursday This is the moment that a hooded and masked gunman randomly gunned down Everett Beauregard on a West Philadelphia street After firing into the back of Beauregard's neck, severing his spinal cord, the gunman fled up the block, firing another round at his victim as he ran Investigators released video that shows the gunman -- a male with a slim build, wearing a dark hoodie, black pants and a medical-grade mask --...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers. Tyrese Maxey is emerging as one of the best young stars in all of basketball, not just for the Philadelphia 76ers. His scoring bag is deep; the two-guard is capable of using his speed and athleticism to whizz past slower defenders while also pulling up when his perimeter guards are just a step too far away. Maxey is talented, there’s no question. When the Sixers drafted him with the 21st pick in 2020, they took a chance on his pedigree: Maxey is a former top-10 high school player who slipped after a slow season with Kentucky. And he’s lived up to that pedigree through two seasons in Philadelphia. That’s because even more than his raw talent, he’s shown a willingness to improve his game to reach that All-Star-level ceiling. Maxey also brings an infusion of youth to a roster that is quickly aging. Ben Simmons was replaced by the fading stardom of James Harden. PJ Tucker — now 37 — isn’t getting any younger either. All of these factors should make...
    SOME people seem to forget that there are cameras everywhere. The Minnesota Vikings dropped to 1-1 after their disappointing 24-7 loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. 2Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had one touchdown and three interceptions on the nightCredit: AP 2This Eagles fan later tweeted that she "did not notice him at all"Credit: Twitter/@misseagleLIIna But one despondent looking Vikings fan was clearly momentarily distracted from the action on the field. The male fan wearing Vikings merchandise was caught on camera at a very inopportune moment as he stared at a female Eagles fan posing for a photo in her jersey and yoga pants. One person commented: "Priorities [laughing emoji]" Another had a slightly different take on the image: "He’s def staring at your little back pack don’t you think ??" Read More on FootballDON'T MESS WITH SMITH Ex-Raven Smith Sr warns Steelers about hitting him during warm-upAB NO SHOW Antonio Brown never showed up for Worcester rap performance The fan who posted the image, which was captioned "#FlyEaglesFly" has since seen her post go viral,...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. There is no shortage of heroes in the history of the Philadelphia 76ers. Between old-school legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Dr. J, Charles Barkley, and Moses Malone to newer era studs like Allen Iverson and (briefly) Andre Igoudala, the City of Brotherly Love has seen its fair share of hardwood greats. A few more names might join that legion from the current crop of Sixers. Joel Embiid is on a Philadelphia sports Mt. Rushmore trajectory if he adds an MVP and championship to his already loaded resume. James Harden lacks the time spent in Philadelphia to say the same as Embiid but is a future Hall of Famer nonetheless. And then there’s Tyrese Maxey. Could he be the best home-grown guard to throw on a Sixers uni since Iverson? It’s certainly possible. Ben Simmons was supposed to be that before ultimately flaming out two seasons ago. Maxey is undersized, smooth, scrappy, and is building a rapport with the fans. He has a ways to go before catching Iverson in any stat-competition,...
    A DANGEROUS killer for hire has admitted to "cold-bloodedly" murdering six people and attempting to kill a seventh, prosecutors said. Ernest Pressley, 42, will spend life in prison after pleading guilty to six killings between 2016 and 2018, four of which he did for money from an unidentified drug trafficker, Pennsylvania court officials said Wednesday. 3Ernest Pressley, 42, will spend life in prison after admitting to killing six people and attempting to murder a seventhCredit: Philadelphia Police Department 3Pressley killed four people for money from an unidentified drug traffickerCredit: Fox 29 3Three of his victims were killed in a 24-hour period, including tow truck driver Khayyan FrusterCredit: NBC 10 United States Attorney Jacqueline C Romero announced the Philadelphia man's guilty plea, "By his own admission, Ernest Pressley is an incredibly dangerous individual with no qualms about accepting money to calculated and cold-bloodedly murder anyone," Romero said in a statement. The convicted killer was taken in by officials in September 2018 after he was captured on chilling surveillance footage near where a Philadelphia man was shot and killed in a parking...
    Getty Ben Simmons catches up with Alan Horwitz - Sixers famed 6th Man - during the Nets-Sixers game on March 10, 2022. Apparently, there is a huge misconception out there regarding Ben Simmons. The professional basketball player who refused to shoot – or take hard coaching at any point during his Philadelphia 76ers career – actually loved the City of Brotherly Love. Was he playing with everyone’s emotions this whole time? Simmons, a three-time All-Star over five seasons with the Sixers, recently sat down with JJ Redick’s Old Man & The Three podcast for a bombshell interview. The full version drops on Thursday, September 22 but Redick – a teammate of Simmons for two years – released a snippet. In it, Simmons reveals that he loved his time in Philly and called Sixers fans “unbelievable.” One problem: they have something to say about everything, like his inability to develop a jumper. That, and the local media sometimes rubbed him the wrong way. “People in Philly just want to have something to say about f****** anything! Like, everything, like...
    Philadelphia Eagles rookie Britain Covey had to park in the general parking lot because he wasn’t recognized by Lincoln Financial Field parking lot attendants. The Philadelphia Eagles held their first home game of the 2022 season on Monday night, as they hosted the Minnesota Vikings. As is the case at every home game, there is plenty of tailgating in the parking lot. Speaking of the parking lot, there was a huge gaffe by the attendants. According to Howard Eskin of 94.1 WIP, rookie wide receiver Britain Covey was denied access to the player’s parking lot. Instead, he had to park in the general lot and pay the parking fee. A fan confirmed this as he took a photo with Covey. Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie Britain Covey wasn’t recognized by parking attendants as a player, and paid $40 to park in the general lots. ???? https://t.co/GUXrvih4VV — RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 21, 2022 Eagles rookie Britain Covey had to park in the general parking lot If you needed further confirmation, hear it from Covey himself. Covey said that he had a practice squad...
    A now-former Philadelphia police officer was convicted Wednesday, Sept. 21 in the on-duty killing of an unarmed Black man nearly five years earlier, authorities said. After an eight-day trial, Eric Ruch Jr., 34, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and possession of an instrument of crime for his role in the shooting death of 25-year-old Dennis Plowden in 2017, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.  His bail was revoked and sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17 The DA's office says this trial was the first in the city in which an on-duty police officer was tried for murder. In 2020, a grand jury recommended charges including first-degree murder, NBC10 reports. That charge was eventually dropped.  The events that led to the tragic ending on Dec. 27, 2017, in the Germantown neighborhood, spanned less than three minutes, authorities said. "Eric Ruch killed Dennis Plowden while on duty, by firing his gun directly at Plowden's head, as Plowden sat on the ground with his left empty hand raised and clearly visible," DA Larry Krasner said at a press conference in 2020. "I...
    Three airline workers at Philadelphia International Airport were arrested and indicted Tuesday, Sept. 20 for skimming $283,000 from their employer by manipulating its booking system, federal authorities announced. Taylor Thompson, 27, Tiana Fairfax, 29, both of Philadelphia, and Theodore Robinson, 29, of Upper Darby, each face seven counts of wire fraud in the case, United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero said. The Indictment alleges that between December 2017 and August 2018, the employees, along with two other co-schemers, charged customers who wanted to change their itineraries lower fees than the airline required and pocketed the difference. More than 1,700 flight reservations were affected, thus leaving the airline with more than $283,000 of missing funds, the US attorney said. Thompson allegedly used their supervisory access with a major US airline headquartered in Florida, to change the reservations without assessing the charges, which were only to be waived in extenuating circumstances, such as the passenger's family member's death. Fairfax and Robinson, who worked as customer service agents with the same airline, helped Thompson carry out the scheme, authorities said. At one point, Thompson even...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers are will trot out one of the league’s most loaded rosters next season. With past MVP James Harden and perennial candidate Joel Embiid at the top and burgeoning star Tyrese Maxey, the Sixers have about as fearsome a top three as any in basketball. And the bench improved mightily this summer, bolstered by the additions of De’Anthony Melton, Danuel House, and Montrezl Harrell. Each should help improve a bench that finished 28th in scoring and 27th in assists last season. And then there’s Tobias Harris. Philadelphia’s fourth option is reliable, but he’s certainly no star. In fact, the last individual award that Harris took home was a Second-Team All-SEC honor in 2011, while Harris was a freshman at Tennessee. The only problem? Harris is being paid like someone who consistently earns All-Star nods and All-NBA nominations. His $37.6 million next season is 15th-highest in the league, sandwiched between Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler and Atlanta Hawks stud Trae Young. But Harris isn’t even a top-50 player, let...
    A suspected Philadelphia area drug dealer is facing multiple charges after being busted with a stockpile of guns, drugs, and stolen cars, authorities said. Joseph “Joey” Scott, of Middletown Township, was charged Thursday, Sept. 15 with several drug and weapons offenses and sent to the Bucks County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. Local and state authorities recovered 10 handguns — including two illegally modified to be fully automatic — a bulletproof vest, ammunition, five stolen cars, crystal methamphetamine, and other drugs during the search of the 37-year-old man's Durham Road home and two storage units in Philadelphia. An investigation into Scott was launched in August after two Philadelphia police officers received information that Scott was distributing crystal methamphetamine and fentanyl pills in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Police were also warned that Scott drove various vehicles, possessed several firearms, and was known to always carry a concealed gun, they said. Scott was apparently prone to violence, even being rumored to have shot several people, according to a criminal complaint.  As a result, police conducted surveillance and organized three drug buys...
    A new movie is being filmed in Philadelphia, 6abc reports. The film "Audrey's Children," is based on the life of legendary oncologist Dr. Audrey Evans, who also co-founded Ronald McDonald House Charities in 1974, according to its IMDb page. Natalie Dormer, best known for her roles in the "Hunger Games" films and "Game of Thrones," will play the lead. The biopic will also feature "The Shawshank Redemption's" Clancy Brown, and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star Jimmi Simpson.
    A "BRIGHT and rising" plus-sized drag queen has tragically collapsed and died in the middle of her performance. Valencia Prime was in the middle of hosting her "Prime Time" show on September 12 at a Philadelphia gay bar when she buckled on stage. She was 25. 3Plus-sized Philadelphia drag queen Valencia Prime collapsed and died on stage during a performanceCredit: Facebook/Valencia Prime 3The medical examiner said that she died of heart disease and classified the manner of death as natural causesCredit: Instagram/@valencia_prime 3She was performing at nightclub Tabu that is now hosting a memorial show on MondayCredit: TABU Philadelphia The medical examiner said the young performer died of heart disease and classified the manner of death as natural causes. Bystanders said paramedics rushed to the stage where they found Prime "unresponsive," ABC6 reported. She was taken to Jefferson Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Prime, who identified as a trans woman, dubbed herself as "Philadelphia's Plus Size Dancing Diva" and was performing at Tabu nightclub when she sadly died. read more sun storiesHELLO NURSE OnlyFans star says she was fired...
    Getty Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s fair to wonder what fans would think of Philadephia 76ers forward Tobias Harris if he was signed to a different contract than his five-year, $180 million deal. There are 16 players in the league set to make more than Harris next season. That list includes the obvious: Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, etc. But it doesn’t include Joel Embiid, James Harden, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, and Nikola Jokic. Yes, Harris’ $37 million is a shade under Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis. The only problem? Harris has never, ever, not once made the Finals. Or an All-Star game. Or taken home any individual basketball awards since 2011, when he was named Second-Team All-SEC as a freshman at the University of Tennesee. Harris isn’t a superstar. He’s not even a star. He’s a reliable forward with an average jump shot who somehow landed a mega-deal on par with the game’s greatest players. But is it possible Harris’ time as a starter in Philadelphia could be coming to...
    A man unlawfully entered an elderly woman's home in Philadelphia on Thursday, Sept. 14, and attacked and sexually assaulted her, authorities said. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. in a home on the 7400 block of Devon Street, Philadelphia police said. The man, believed to be between the ages of 17 and 24, walked inside the 71-year-old woman's home through an unlocked door and demanded money, police said. When she refused, the man punched her in the head multiple times and choked her, according to police. He then allegedly forced the resident to take her clothes off, after which he sexually assaulted her. The man fled the scene in the woman's Grey 2014 Toyota Corolla and took her cell phone, and credit card along with him, authorities said. The suspect is described as being 5'5" tall, with short black hair, and dressed in a white t-shirt with charcoal writing and army green pants. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.
    Getty Matisse Thybulle #22 and Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers look ready to rumble this season after a slew of moves this summer revamped the roster. One focus of those roster moves was adding depth to a bench unit that finished 27th in assists and 28th in scoring last season. So GM Daryl Morey got to work adding players like De’Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell, and Danuel House to the second unit. And while the additions might be a boon for Philadelphia, they might spell trouble for one player: Matisse Thybulle. Thybulle’s three-season career in Philadelphia has been a maddening one so far. He’s a defensive ace — 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks last season — but hasn’t become the three-and-D star — 31.3% from deep last season — that the Sixers hoped. That’s why Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report called out Thybulle as a Sixer with lots on the line next season. Thybulle, who started a career-high 50 games last season, needs to show more than just solid defense in order to have...
    A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Philadelphia murder suspect, authorities said. Teryn Johnson, 17, was fatally shot while walking her dog with a friend on the 5300 block of Horrocks Street around 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, according to Philadelphia police and CBS3. She was brought to Temple University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead just after 9:15 p.m., police said. Although no weapons were recovered from the scene, police do have surveillance video that shows the alleged gunman and a suspicious vehicle. Anyone who sees the suspect is asked to not approach them and immediately call 9-1-1. To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to 215.686.TIPS (8477).
    Officials were at the scene of a building collapse Wednesday, Sept. 14 in Philadelphia's Fishtown, according to witness footage. Video being live-streamed on Citizen shows the collapse of the three-story building home to Key Pizza at Memphis & E York streets around 10 a.m. Fox29 reporter Chris O'Connell says a rescue mission was under way as of 10:25 a.m. This is a developing story. Check back for more.
    Officials were at the scene of a building collapse Wednesday, Sept. 14 in Philadelphia's Fishtown, according to witness footage. Video posted to Citizen shows the collapse of a three-story home at Memphis & E York streets around 10 a.m. This is a developing story. Check back for more.
    Blue Bell, Pennsylvania (CNN)Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman and top allies on Sunday hammered Republican Mehmet Oz over past remarks calling abortion "murder" and warned that Oz would be a "rubber stamp" for a national ban."Women are the reason we can win," Fetterman said. "Don't piss women off."The packed rally, which featured aides, volunteers and supporters wearing pink T-shirts with "Fetterwoman" written across the chest and a "Women for Fetterman" sign posted over the speakers, marked Fetterman's most direct effort yet to appeal to suburban voters angry about the Supreme Court's June ruling overturning federal abortion rights.Pennsylvania's Senate seat is a top pickup opportunity for Democrats looking to hold onto their narrow Senate majority, and Democrats across the country have turned to abortion rights to galvanize their base heading into November."If every abortion is a murder, that means that Dr. Oz considers every woman who had to choose an abortion is a killer," Fetterman said. "Think about that."Read MoreA number of outlets, including CNN, recently reported that Oz said during the GOP primary that abortion is "still murder" early...
    Police in Philadelphia have released footage of the suspect wanted in a deadly SEPTA station shooting and are offering a reward of up to $20,000 for anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest and conviction. Two men got into a fight on the trolley platform at 1900 Market Street around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, police said. During the altercation, one male pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot the other several times, killing him. The offender fled up to the 1900 block of Market Street and was lost in the area. Several cameras throughout the subway system captured him. Suspect Description: Black male, 20-30 years old, medium build, last seen wearing a blue Polo shirt, a dark zip-up sweatshirt with a light-colored pattern and light-colored hood lining, dark pants, dark “slides “and a dark backpack. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 215-686-3334/3335.
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers had seven lottery picks during “The Process” — beginning in 2013 with Michael Carter-Williams through the ill-fated Markelle Fultz pick in 2017. And while Joel Embiid (No. 3 in 2014) is the unquestioned best of the bunch, Philadelphia also managed to occasionally hit on the margins. The most recent example of the Sixers finding talent outside the lottery was Tyrese Maxey, who was picked No. 21 in 2020. And what a talent the Sixers stumbled upon. Maxey blossomed as a sophomore, stepping into the void left by Ben Simmons and exploding for 17.5 points per night on over 42% shooting from three. By contrast, the Sixers’ previous pick in the late first round, Ty Jerome, spent time last season on Oklahoma City’s G-League team. Put another way, Jerome failed to crack a squad that won 2 games last year. All of that to say, Maxey’s ascension was far from a guarantee. And Maxey’s strong play is resonating outside the City of Brotherly Love. In a recent re-draft...
    Tiffany Fletcher set out to work at a Philadelphia recreation center Friday, Sept. 9 just like any other day. She went to sit outside on her break around 1:30 p.m., though, when she was caught in the crossfire of a shooting in the 4700 block of Brown Street. The mom of three was rushed to the hospital, where she died that evening, officials said. Mayor Jim Kenney said Fletcher was a "dedicated, passionate, and driven" city employee. “Words alone cannot express the outrage, hurt, and sadness all of her colleagues feel tonight," he said. "I was beyond appalled to learn of this heinous and senseless crime that has completely devastated so many people, especially her family." Commissioner Ott Lovell said: “Rec centers should be safe havens in our city. The use of deadly weapons in and around our parks and playgrounds is unconscionable."
    A motorcyclist was killed and woman was left with a severed arm in a Friday, Sept. 9 crash in Philadelphia, CBS reports. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. at Bridge and Tacony streets, when the 59-year-old motorcyclist struck a Honda minivan attempting to turn, the outlet said citing police. The passenger of the minivan was hospitalized with a severed right arm, and the motorcyclist pronounced dead at the scene. Click here for more from CBS.
    A 43-year-old Bucks County man has been charged with causing at least $1.5 million in damage to old power plants while stealing copper wire, authorities said. The crimes were allegedly committed at four coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania and Maryland, according to US Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero. Michael Garrison, of Croydon, PA, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to destroy an energy facility, eight counts of wire fraud, two counts of destruction of an energy facility, and one count of filing a false tax return, Romero said. Starting in 2018 and continuing until August 2021, Romero said, Garrison broke into shuttered coal-fired power plants that had been decommissioned, including Titus Station in Berks County, Cromby Station in Chester County, Southward Generating Station in Philadelphia, and the Gould Street Generating Station in Baltimore, Maryland, in order to steal copper wire and other metal, which he then sold to scrap yards in Philadelphia.  Between January 2020 and August 2021, Garrison sold stolen scrap on approximately 175 separate occasions to a Philadelphia scrap yard, for...
    An infamous green skateboarding bench has gone missing again after Philadelphia skateboarders lifted it from New York City's Tompkins Square Park, and moved it to Philadelphia's Cecil B. Moore Station Plaza under the cover of night. The bench had been placed in the Plaza, a popular skateboarder hangout near Temple University, last week before university police were contacted by the rightful owner of the bench and assisted in returning it.  The bench has had a reputation for moving around since skater Anthony Van Engelen introduced it to the skating world in a 2003 video. Van Engelen says he doesn't know its current whereabouts.  An Instagram post on Thursday seemingly showed that the bench had made its way to Virginia, as it was pictured near the James River in Richmond with the caption 'the saga continues.' View this post on Instagram A post shared by @ave_bench The bench has had a reputation for moving around since skater Anthony Van Engelen introduced it to the skating world in a 2003 video. Van Engelen pictured competing at the Maloof Money Cup on June 5,...
    Getty Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Many Philadelphia 76ers fans born before the new Millenium can remember where they were when Allen Iverson did that. The 2000 Finals. Iverson staring down a scrappy Ty Lue a few feet away from the corner. A dribble to the baseline, where Iverson was expected to go for a smooth layu-WAIT! Iverson somehow altered the laws of motion, hit reverse, and found the basketball suddenly in his other hand with Lue nowhere to be found. Lue tripping over his own feet after the ball swished through was the icing on the cake. Iverson stepping over the blur of purple and gold on his way back up the court? The proverbial “cherry on top.” Iverson made a living off of that move, his slick crossover. Part Jackson Pollack-painting, part Mozartian Concerto, all poetry in motion. And that very move was honored recently by Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report. “Iverson may have borrowed from or been influenced by Hardaway for his crossover, complete with the hesitation (or carry, if you’re so inclined),...
    Getty James Harden #13 of the drives to the net against Danuel House Jr. A serious problem plagued the Philadelphia 76ers last season. For all the firepower at the top of the roster, for all of Joel Embiid securing the scoring title, for all of James Harden’s 10-plus rebounds a night, the bench unit was a borderline catastrophe. The second unit ranked 27th in assists and 28th in scoring last season, per Statmuse. Part of that is to be expected on truly exceptional teams — massive contracts go to the three or four at the top, leaving little firepower on the bench. It’s why Philadelphia was joined by the Bucks (26th) and Celtics (25th) at the bottom of the league’s bench-scoring barrel. So Daryl Morey & Co. set out on a mission to fix that problem this summer. And by and large, it’s been a success, at least on paper. While we haven’t yet seen this revamped roster take the floor, the additions of De’Anthony Melton, PJ Tucker, Montrezl Harrell, and Danuel House at least look promising. And...
    Getty James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers. When the Philadelphia 76ers traded for James Harden last season, everyone knew the sales pitch. Harden is a generational scoring talent, pick-and-roll maestro, and former MVP. Everyone also knew the risks involved. After all, the only reason Harden was available for Philadelphia was because of his behind-the-scenes desire to get out of Brooklyn. And the only reason he was in Brooklyn was because of his very much not-behind-the-scenes desire to leave Houston. Harden was deemed “an elite quitter” by league insiders, a barb that was fairly well founded. But Harden’s inclusion on a recent all-decade list takes the disrespect to another level. According to Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report, Harden came in at No. 3 on his list of the NBA’s “Best Villians” over the last ten seasons. But the initial reason for Harden’s dubious honors stems not from his recent actions trading Houston for Brooklyn and then Brooklyn for Philadelphia. No, Harden’s “peak villainy” occurred during his time with the Rockets, dubbed “The Rocket Years” by Bailey. “Much of the...
    Getty Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers bowed out of yet another second-round playoff series last season, with the most recent loss coming against the Miami Heat. The loss ignited yet another offseason of searching for the right talent to surround superstar center Joel Embiid. But while depth additions in De’Anthony Melton and Danuel House are nice, as are the welcome additions of “dawg” players in PJ Tucker and Montrezl Harrell, let’s not kid ourselves. Philadelphia’s title hopes rest on the shoulders of one man: Embiid. He’s more than the Sixers’ best player. Embiid is Philadelphia’s very life force; his presence alone is enough to tilt a series in the Sixers’ favor. And, as fans saw last March, the lack of his presence is enough to derail the ship. In a generation of uber-talented big men, Embiid is simply one of the best. And the Cameroonian’s multi-faceted game is one of the reasons he landed so high on NBA Insider Andy Bailey’s latest preseason player rankings. According to Bailey, Embiid is the league’s No....
    by Anthony Hennen   Housing shortages and rising rents are a national problem, and the process for building more housing, especially affordable housing, is only one of many barriers. In Pennsylvania, rents have increased mainly in the southeast and central parts of the state. As The Center Square previously reported, a report from pro-housing group Up for Growth estimated Pennsylvania has underproduced 98,000 units of housing. Statewide, rents increased by 14% from 2020 to 2021. Those increases can turn a bill into a burden for renters, but they also make it harder to build affordable housing meant for low-income families. “The creation of additional affordable housing is challenged by multiple dynamics,” said Christopher Dirr, senior vice president of development at The NRP Group, an affordable housing developer that expects to build 6,000 apartments across the country in 2022. “In a robust market like Greater Philadelphia, affordable housing development competes with market rate development for decreasing land upon which to build.” Just as when a limited housing market means that wealthier renters will get apartments and poorer renters will leave the...
    Getty Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets. Last summer, the Philadelphia 76ers were in an awkward position. Ben Simmons wanted out, but the team lacked any playmakers even remotely close to what the All-Star produced on a nightly basis. Throughout the winter, rumors swirled that guards like Tyrese Haliburton and De’Aaron Fox could be had in a Simmons swap. In theory, the two players would have put at least a band-aid on the playmaking drought created in Simmons’ absence. But rather than needing to look outside to improve, it turns out that Philadelphia’s answer to a Ben Simmons-sized hole was already on the roster. Well, sort of. Yes, the team got a huge playmaking boost by trading Simmons for James Harden. But Philadelphia also benefitted from the meteoric rise of Tyrese Maxey. In his sophomore season, Maxey took a major leap forward. The former Kentucky Wildcat increased his point total from 8.0 per night to 17.5, while also seeing his assists numbers double, going from two helps per game as a rookie to 4.3 last season. Simmons,...
    A 40-year-old Philadelphia woman is facing an identity theft charge after investigators say used a credit card that stolen from a vehicle in Connecticut. Colleen Kane is accused of breaking into a car on Old Kings Highway May 25 in Darien, CT, having smashed a window to steal a purse from the car, local police said. While police were at the scene, the victim received alerts that her credit card was being used, authorities said. Investigators identified Kane, who resides in Philadelphia, as the suspect who was using the stolen credit card, and she was charged with third-degree identity theft, according to the report.  Darien Police Department officers responded to Philadelphia on Tuesday, Aug. 30, to extradite Kane, who was being held on a fugitive from justice charge, the Darien Police Department said. Kane waived extradition and was transported back to Darien. She was held on $50,000 bond and is set to appear in court on Friday, Sept. 9, police said. 
    A man who killed his victim and then apparently dumped his victim's body in a wooded area of Central Jersey was captured nearly two years later in Philadelphia, authorities announced. Juaquan S. Fitzgerald, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 27, whose body was found in a wooded area in Franklin Township on April 29, 2020, Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald said. It was not immediately clear how Fitzgerald was killed. Banks' body was found in a wooded area toward the back of a home near Park Street around 6:40 p.m. that day, police said. The medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide. Fitzgerald was captured Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Philadelphia, and charged with first-degree murder, disturbing human remains and various weapons offenses, authorities said. He was lodged at Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia where he will remain lodged pending an extradition hearing in this matter. Authorities urge anyone with information relating to the homicide to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at...
    Getty Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets walks by head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben Simmons still wears the stink of his forced departure from the Philadelphia 76ers last season. And, if the history of Philadelphia sports fans is any indication, he’ll wear that stink for the rest of his career and beyond. Put simply, Simmons is persona non grata at any Philadelphia establishment. But Simmons was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, a New York basketball team featuring the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. And yet, even in his new digs in the Empire State, Simmons can’t quite shake the Sixers’ loyal or his past. On September 3, Simmons attended the U.S. Open, one of several stars to watch the event. The Open is being held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens, New York. Queens is directly adjacent to Brooklyn, Simmons’ new home, and the two boroughs share a 21-mile border. So when the jumbotron spotted Simmons in the crowd, he was in friendly territory. Or perhaps, he thought so...
    Getty Philadelphia Eagles mascot swoop shows off his Super Bowl ring, a prize the Cowboys haven't won in more than two decades. The bitter rivalry between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys seems to be reaching mid-season intensity a week ahead of the start of the NFL season and six weeks before the two teams meet on Sunday Night Football in Philadelphia. The Dallas Morning News threw some fuel on the fire in their special season preview section, with a full page picture that includes Swoop, the Eagles mascot, taunting a shrugging Michael Gallup. The Cowboys receiver is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he caught just 35 passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns. The illustration cover of the ⁦@dallasnews⁩ football section features #Cowboys stars on the up escalator with those absent on the down. Jerry Jones and Mike McCarty upstairs and a ⁦@SeanPayton⁩ figure waiting down below. Next Sunday it’s #Bucs at #Cowboys Week 1. pic.twitter.com/cAWsr0bvjU — Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 4, 2022 Reactions on social media varied, with Philadelphia fans suggesting that the Birds...
    WE'VE already looked at who could be lifting the Lombardi Trophy next February, but let’s now look at each of the eight divisions in the NFL. Will the usual suspects claim glory? Will any teams go worst to first. 9Von Miller won the Super Bowl with the LA Rams last year, and now he's on a different contenderCredit: Getty Here's a deeper look at the eight NFL divisions and who might win them. (All odds courtesy of Draft Kings) AFC North Ravens: +140 Bengals: +170 Browns: +380 Steelers: +1000 With Deshaun Watson’s 11-game suspension looming heavy, it looks set to be a shootout between the Ravens and Bengals. Cincinnati’s cinderella run last season came off the back of securing a first divisional title for six years. They took advantage of Baltimore’s horrendous injury record: It might not be so easy this time around. That said, it’s hard to look past the fact that Joe Burrow has made the leap to elite QB status – You could also argue that WR Ja’Marr Chase is already there....
    Former President Donald Trump slammed President Biden at a rally on Saturday for Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, in an event that featured other high-profile Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Doug Mastriano.  Trump, who's Mar-a-Lago property was recently raided by the FBI, called Biden an 'enemy of the state' who vilified anybody that voted for Trump.  He focused much of the speech on Pennsylvania's largest city of Philadelphia, where crime has spiked recently , and called on gubernatorial candidate Mastriano to work with Oz to change things.  Trump, who's Mar-a-Lago property was recently raided by the FBI, called Biden an 'enemy of the state' at a Pennsylvania rally Trump was in the state to stump for Senate candidate Dr. Oz On Thursday, Biden gave a major speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia where he launched an incensed attack on Trump and accused him of 'destroying American democracy'. Biden also branded him - and MAGA Republicans who follow him - as 'extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic'.  Trump referenced Biden's controversial remarks on Saturday and said Philadelphia,...
    Getty James Harden (left) and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers. With Joel Embiid entering the prime of his career, the Philadelphia 76ers are poised to capitalize on their window of contention opening. Over the past year, Daryl Morey has worked tirelessly to put a title-winning cast around him. First, he acquired James Harden in exchange for Ben Simmons. Then, he spent this offseason bringing in a complementing cast of role players. While the Sixers are poised to make a deep playoff run, the competition is stiff around them. The Eastern Conference is even more stacked after the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off a blockbuster deal to acquire Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. Another team poised to contend in 2023 is the Boston Celtics. Fresh off making the finals last season, Jayson Tatum and company will be hungry to get back. Ahead of this season, the people at CelticsBlog did a roundtable of possible threats to halt Boston’s chance of getting back to the finals. The new-look Sixers were commonly mentioned following their impressive offseason.  While I agree with the...
    Two children and one adult were hospitalized after a pickup truck struck them and fled the scene in West Philadelphia on Friday, Sept. 1, 6abc reports. A 3-year-old girl, 5-year-old girl, and 43-year-old man were hit near 55th Street and Vine Street around noon, the outlet says. The 5-year-old girl was in critical condition, while the other two victims were in stable condition, according to the outlet. No arrests have been made. Click here for more from 6abc.
    During a campaign speech in Monroeville, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh on Monday, August 29, Dr. Mehmet Oz addressed the state’s problem with drug addiction — which is especially bad in the Kensington area of Philadelphia. Oz, who is running against Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the state’s U.S. Senate race, was obviously trying to convince voters that Republicans would do a better job confronting the crisis. But he has been drawing criticism for coming across as an outsider and for having a less-than-compassionate tone during his speech. Oz told the crowd in Monroeville, “Go down to Downtown Philadelphia — I see a little bit in Pittsburgh now too, but more in Philadelphia — there are whole blocks, multiple blocks and areas you can't go. There are addicts walking like zombies into the street with needles sticking out of their necks.” Ever since he won the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race, Fetterman has been painting Oz as an outsider — often reminding voters that, unlike Oz, he is a lifelong Pennsylvanian. Oz moved to the Philadelphia suburbs from...
    A heckler repeatedly yelled “Fuck Joe Biden” Thursday in Philadelphia as President Joe Biden addressed the country from Independence Hall. In front of the building where the country’s founders drafted the pages of its founding documents, Biden attempted to appeal to the “soul” of America. He began his remarks by casting former President Donald Trump and “MAGA Republicans” as a threat to Democracy. “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal,” he said. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” Biden added his intentions were not to brand every Republican as dangerous. He was just moments into the remarks when a man could be heard faintly but repeatedly yelling, “Fuck Joe Biden!” The heckler was loud enough to draw a reaction on Twitter. Heckler in Biden’s speech is shouting “Fuck Joe Biden!” — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 2, 2022 As President Biden speaks a pathetic microdick Trump loser is screaming “fuck Joe Biden” in the background proving every point he is making. Loser immoral failures....
    President Joe Biden declared Donald Trump is a ‘threat to the country’ in a speech that contained his harshest rhetoric to date about his predecessor in the Oval Office and the MAGA movement. ‘Equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise,’ Biden declared at the top of his remarks before Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. He called out Trump by name, slamming the former president for his false claim the 2020 election was stolen and berating those who support Trump. ‘Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represented extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,’ Biden said to great applause from his supporters. He made it clear he doesn’t think every Republican is ‘extreme’ or a threat but said ‘there's no question that the Republican party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans.’ ‘And that is a threat to this country,’ he said. He berated them for refusing to accept his presidency. ‘MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They did not believe in the rule of law. They...
    Kevin McCarthy issued a stark warning to voters in remarks from Joe Biden's hometown of Scranton on Thursday by telling American families falling behind on their utility bills that 'winter is coming.' The House Minority Leader's prebuttal comes just hours before President Biden will deliver a speech in a primetime address from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The focus on the Keystone State comes as Donald Trump prepares for his Saturday rally there where he will again go to bat for television Doctor Mehmet Oz, who is facing off with the state's Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman in November for the opening Senate seat. With Republican Senator Pat Toomey retiring at the end of his term this year, Republicans are worried that Pennsylvania, a key swing state, could pendulum further to the left by having two Democratic senators. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy delivered a prebuttal to Joe Biden's address to the nation on Thursday – visiting the president's hometown of Scranton to do so Biden will give his address from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pictured: Biden walks to board Air Force One...
    Whole Foods is expanding its footprint in Greater Philadelphia. The popular supermarket chain's new location is being developed in Doylestown Township leasing company Brixmor Property Group said on Facebook. The 237,681-square-foot store will be located in the Barn Plaza, taking a portion of the Marshalls Homegoods box, Brixmor said in the comment section of the post. A Whole Foods spokesperson confirmed the store's development with the Bucks County Courier Times. This will be Bucks County's first Whole Foods Market.
    Joe Biden will continue his attacks on 'extreme MAGA Republicans' on Thursday night in a primetime speech focusing on threats to democracy - the issue that he says prompted to him to run for president.  The president will use his remarks to take direct aim at the Republican Party and, specifically, the supporters of former President Donald Trump, who Biden paints as extremists who want to take away American rights.  And, in his speech, Bidene will frame November's congressional election, in which Democrats are seeking to maintain control of Congress, as part of an ongoing battle for the 'soul of the nation.' He'll use a historic backdrop to make his point: he will speak outside of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, the site where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted by America's founding fathers.  White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said 'the MAGA Republicans are the most energized part of the Republican Party.'  'They just don't respect the rule of law,' she said of 'MAGA Republicans' at her Wednesday press briefing. 'And they are pursuing an...
    Investigators are reviewing evidence from the crime scene of a 27-year-old teacher from Philadelphia that they said may have been staged to appear as a suicide nearly a decade ago. Ellen Greenberg was found in her kitchen apartment with 20 stab wounds on January 26, 2011, by her fiancé Sam Goldberg. Her death was initially ruled as a homicide before Medical Examiner Marlon Osbourne changed it to suicide. Greenberg had 10 stab wounds to the neck and back of the head, with an additional 10 to her stomach, abdomen, and chest. A knife was still plunged into her heart. The case has since been handed to the Chester District Attorney's Office for re-review as evidence suggests the crime scene was staged based on the position her body was found and the angle of dry blood across her face. 'In all my years of experience, and all of the homicides that I've done, and suicides, I've never seen anything like this,' forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht told Fox News Digital as he claimed suicide is 'highly unlikely.' Cops are re-opening a...
    Getty James Harden (left) and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers. When the Philadelphia 76ers traded for James Harden at last year’s trade deadline, the NBA’s newest lethal duo had formed. With Joel Embiid being a perennial MVP candidate, pairing him with the All-Star point guard created a lethal one-two punch. While some might argue Harden has lost a step, he is still one of the most high-impact players in the game right now. Between his elite-level facilitating and still being able to catch fire as a scorer, defenses are forced to give him a lot of attention. When Harden and Embiid are on the floor together, opponents are forced to pick their poison. Both stars command a lot of gravity from the defense, and the numbers back it up. The people at BBall Index recently ranked the top ten players based on their on-ball gravity metric, and the Sixers All-Stars ranked in the top five. Embiid landed second overall, while Harden came in at fourth. Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is the only player who commands more...
    Two state legislators with districts just northeast of violence-plagued Philadelphia announced this week they plan to introduce legislation mandating prison time for anyone convicted of keeping a firearm illegally in the Keystone State.  State Representatives Frank Farry (R-Langhorne) and Kathleen “K.C.” Tomlinson (R-Bensalem) propose sentences of under two years for a first breach of gun-possession restrictions. Recidivists, however, would incur longer terms.   Farry and Tomlinson lamented the failure of prosecutors in the City of Brotherly Love to seek significant punishment in illegal gun possession cases and blamed much of the city’s crime problem on that failure.  “When previously convicted felons defy the law to possess a firearm illegally, the result is too often violence and death,” the lower-Bucks lawmakers wrote in a message to fellow representatives asking for their support. “As crime surges in the City of Philadelphia, more and more dangerous criminals are illegally possessing firearms because they know there are no hard consequences even if they are caught and prosecuted. Is it really any wonder that homicides and other shootings have surged to record levels in the City?”...
    Getty Josh Jobe, left, and Jordan Battle. Former Alabama cornerback Josh Jobe went undrafted after his injury-plagued senior season with the Crimson Tide, but he played his way onto the Philadelphia Eagles after signing with the team as a free agent. Jobe survived the final rounds of cuts on August 30 and made the Eagles’ 53-man roster to start the season. Howie Roseman, Philadelphia’s executive vice president and general manager, told The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Josh Tolentino, “We knew him obviously from the Alabama connection. From Day 1 when he came in here, he came in with the right mindset. Roseman said they discovered Jobe while scouting his Tide teammates DeVonta Smith and Landon Dickerson ahead of the 2021 draft. Both were picked by the Eagles that year. According to The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, Jobe could start the season on the injured reserve with an elbow injury. The Eagles said Jobe has missed practices with the elbow injury and has been wearing a brace. Roseman Told the Inquirer Jobe Is a ‘Big, Long, Physical, Instinctive Corner’ Roseman...