Overwatch League Ready For Grand Finals Philadelphia
Overwatch League Ready For Grand Finals In Philadelphia on Sunday’s
When the San Francisco Shock fights the Vancouver Titans at 3 p.m. East on Sunday (televisioned nationally on ABC and broadcasted on Twitch) in the second Overwatch League Grand Finals from the sold-out Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the league will have finished a week of promotions and events in the host city to give the event a week-long Super Bowl environment.
"We let Philadelphia understand we're here," said Daniel Cherry, Chief Marketing Officer for OWL and Activision Blizzard Esports.
Similar to the Super Bowl Week or the NBA All-Star Weekend, Overwatch painted Philly with its orange flags and banners in areas like the Boathouse Row, the Navy Yard, and the subway stations.
In addition to multiple events around the town with products such as Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, State Farm, Fanatics, Xfinity, Upper Deck, Overwatch League has introduced players from all 20 teams to various appearances and charity activities throughout the week. On Wednesday, the club set soil for the city's first special sports arena close Xfinity Live.
On Saturday, the league brings Martin Garrix to EDM star for a free concert. The Overwatch League also accepted the city on social media, taking its championship trophy to various iconic spots in Philadelphia for Twitter and Instagram.
There will also be a unique matchday fan feast outside the Wells Fargo Arena, including an introduction of the Bud Light payload. In the Overwatch match, the payload is the catch-the-flag-like object players need to get and move in many of the game's maps to gain victory. The interactive, real-life payload will be at the parking lot of the arena, and fans will have to push the payload truck to a certain area to unlock the truck and get free beer.
The Overwatch League is the highest increasing sports league in the U.S., according to Nielsen, and claims its average viewer is 24 years aged compared to 42 in the NBA, 50 in the NFL and 57 in the Major League Baseball. Nielsen statistics indicate that 70 percent of OWL spectators drop into the desired demographics of 18-34 years of age and that over 10 million witnessed last year's Grand Finals between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion from the sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn— Cherry said the league wasn't sure what kind of demand the event would have won, even though the league was going blindly into its first marquee event.
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New Report: Philadelphia Poverty Down, Incomes Up
The poverty rate of the city decreased from 25.7% in 2016 to 24.5% in 2018.
Philadelphia's poverty rate, a strong and stubborn indicator of hard times that have long hindered the city's reputation, has dropped to its lowest level since 2008—near the beginning of the recession.
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Average household income here rose at the same time.
The findings included in a voluminous U.S. report. The Census Bureau released Thursday, showing that the poverty rate in the city fell from 25.7% in 2016 to 24.5% in 2018. The number of residents living in poverty in Philadelphia fell by 14,537 — from 391,653 to 377,116 — while the median (inflation-adjusted) household income rose from $43,372 to $46,116.
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In a rare and startling addendum to the report, known as the American Community Survey (ACS), the Census Bureau stated that the data in last year's release depicting poverty, income and other aspects of life in Philadelphia in 2017 were incorrect. Census officials have advised that incorrect statistics for that year will not be used to make comparisons. That admission roiled some of the city leaders, at the same time confirming their suspicions that those figures had been wrong all along.
Like a busted needle stuck in the red zone, the poverty rate in Philadelphia has not dropped below 25% since 2008. Economists, city officials, and some anti-poverty advocates were then pleased to see a positive change in poverty and household income.
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"It's significant improvement, especially the healthy median income gain," said Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics chief economist. "It goes to the strength of the Philadelphia economy, which is about as strong as I have ever seen in terms of growth in wages, unemployment, and number of jobs."
Ira Goldstein, president of policy solutions at the Philadelphia Reinvestment Fund, a financial institution that helps people with low incomes, thought the findings of the ACS were relevant.
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"There's no reason we shouldn't have a lower poverty rate," he said. "The unemployment rate in the city in May was 4.9%, down from 6.7% in 2016, from 653,000 employees to 681,000."
Not surprisingly, the office of Mayor Jim Kenney was pleased.
"It gives us hope and self belief that we are progressing," said Maari Porter, Deputy Chief of Staff Policy and Strategic Initiatives at the Mayor's Office. "But there is no denying that one quarter of the Philadelphians are still too many in poverty."
Still, she cited the beneficial city policies of "supporting people who need assistance with housing and eviction," focusing on the development of the workforce, and expanding pre-K for children.
The lineup of Washington Nationals with Philadelphia Phillies for the first of two today
Washington and Philadelphia are playing a double-header in D.C. today, with the first match at 1:05 PM EDT and the second at 7:05 PM.
Washington Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, filling in for manager Davey Martinez as the skipper followed up with his doctor after last week's health care, speaking to D.C. Press corps on Monday to rival Philadelphia Phillies with their regional rival in the final series this season.
The Philly started the series on the brink of elimination from the National League's Wild Card race, while the Nationals, barring a complete collapse in the last week, were trying to lock up their home field in the final eight games for what looks like it's going to be a win-or-go-home match with Milwaukee.
The respective records of the Nats and Phillies, Hale said, were unlikely to make the match any less intense. "We're playing so much in a league, and there's a contest there," Hale said.
"They're right up the road from us, it's a big rivalry, so I don't believe it would matter what the documents were, we want to defeat them, they enjoy to beat us, we've had some really great battles this year, and I'm hoping all five matches to be battles.
Just like in Miami, they've played us hard, we've won 2 out of 3 and it would have been nice to get the last one, but they've earned it. They came back and defeated us, so I felt like all five matches here are supposed to be the same direction.
Washington began the 9-5 series against Philadelphia in 2019, with a 4-1 mark at home in the nation's capital, and a 5-4 record in Citizens Bank Park, having achieved five of the last six against their regional rivals, and a 7-2 victory in the first of five in Nationals Park.
With their magic number down to 3, the Nationals could potentially lock things up today, but the second-year skipper said he intended the team to approach the double-header the same direction they did the past 155 matches.
Dray Clark, NBC10 reporter and anchor, charged in cases of domestic violence
Dray Clark, an NBC10 reporter, and the anchor was detained on Friday and charged with his girlfriend in domestic violence, police said.
Dray Clark, an NBC10 reporter, and news presenter was detained on Friday and charged with domestic assault involving his girlfriend, police said. Clark, 41, is charged with 16 offenses including simple assault, terrorist attacks, robbery, and harassment.
A female identified as Clark's girlfriend told the police that an argument outside Clark's Chester, Pennsylvania, escalated at the house early Thursday, and Clark struck her several times, put his arms around her neck, and choked her, according to a police criminal complaint.
The lady informed the police that she agreed to enter Clark's house because her young child was there. Inside the house, the criminal complaint said, Clark, escalated physical violence again and squeezed the female.
The police complaint lodged on Friday states that Clark was detained last night in Wilmington, Delaware, and accused of beating the same female.
NBC10 released this statement a short period later: "The station management discovered that Dray Clark had been detained on both domestic violence cases. We take these allegations very severely. Dray will be out of the air immediately, pending the station's investigation."
Clark was charged on Friday afternoon, and an unsecured bail was laid at $20,000.
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Police: Philadelphia middle school students got sick from marijuana-induced Rice Krispies treats:
A student at the West Oak Lane Charter School in Philadelphia took marijuana-laced treats to school on Friday, and gave them to other students, said the principal.
"Some students took some edible marijuana this morning," said Charletta Zeigler, the principal of the K-8 charter, who said she called the police after learning about the incident from other students.
Between the ages of 11 and 13, the students involved, Zeigler said.
Police said the student provided Rice Krispies Treats to at least 15 other students around 9:50 a.m. After the administrators realized what had happened, they arranged to have the students to be medically evaluated at 7115 Stenton Ave. A police spokesman refused to provide extra information, including whether to charge the student, stating it was "still early in the inquiry."
Zeigler said the children posted on social media on Thursday that "it was going to occur." Students informed school officials about the posts on Friday, Zeigler said.
Students were returned to their parents after they had been evaluated, Zeigler said. She said that none of the students were sick, but refused to discuss the details of the incident, citing the ongoing investigation. "We're just making sure the students are OK right now," she said. "We cooperate completely" with the police.
"It's pretty difficult," she said, stopping something like this from happening."What we can do is continue educating our kids and parents." The school left voice messages for parents and sent students home with a letter on Friday, Zeigler said.
One of the oldest charter schools in the city, West Oak Lane opened in 1998 and enrolls more than 1,000 students.
It's far from being the only school to deal with marijuana edibles. Across the country, in the prior year, schools have recorded incidents regarding students offering marijuana gummy bears and cookies to classmates. In some cases, children have been unaware of marijuana-containing candies.
In May, the Cheltenham School District informed parents that students at Cedarbrook Middle School had ingested edibles of marijuana. While there are 20 medical marijuana dispensaries in Philadelphia, cannabis sellers in Pennsylvania are forbidden from selling edibles.
Police: Intruder Attempting to Steal $5,000 Worth Of Marijuana Shot Dead By Home Owners During Botched Robbery
PHILADELPHIA —On Wednesday evening, an intruder was shot dead by a homeowner during a home invasion at an alleged drug house in South Philadelphia. Police are looking for a second suspect who ran out of the scene.
Philadelphia police and medical officers discovered a suspect shot dead inside a house on 2200 block of Darien Street, just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
"They discovered a male person lying on the first floor of the living room, at the bottom of the stairs. He was heavily slumped from his face and body over bleeding, "said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
The police think that the accused and the homeowner were fighting over a gun. Homicide detectives say thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs have been stashed inside the house. The alleged drug house and deadly shooting left people on the edge who are living nearby.
"It's insane," said Philip Tonelli. "It's so near to home." Neighbors claim they woke up to the sound of a few gunshots. Investigators claim it was a violent end to the home invasion.
Police claim the shooting started just as the owner of the house answered by knocking on the door.
"The two armed gunmen forced their way into the property at this time," said Captain Jason Smith of the Philadelphia Police. "There was a fight between the witness and the first gunman to control the gun."
During the fight, the head of the homeowner was hit by a bullet, but he was still able to pick a weapon and shoot the first suspect, killing him. The accused was identified as 27-year-old James Jones.
"Mr. Jones has been charged with six previous convictions, including aggravated assault, robbery, theft, and other offenses," said Smith. A second suspect is gone. He's defined with a husky built as about 6-foot-1. He was seen last wearing black clothes.
Authorities believe that the suspects tried to rob about $5,000 worth of marijuana concealed inside the house. Police are now saying the homeowner is a witness.
"The witness is not expected to face legal action relating to the shooting incident. However, the witness may face legal action relating to narcotics in the house," Smith said.
Police also claim to have recovered a handgun inside the house that was used by the first person who was killed. North Carolina reported that handgun is stolen in 2014.
Acting Philly Police Commissioner Christine Coulter Apologizes for Wearing Controversial L.A.P.D. T-Shirt in the 90s, Councilwoman Calls for Resignation
After Coulter's statement, Cindy Bass, Philadelphia City Councilor, read from a letter to Mayor Jim Kenney calling for Coulter's resignation.
A hearing on racist social media posts by police officers in Philadelphia City Council took a dramatic turn Tuesday when Acting Police Commissioner Christine M. Coulter apologized for the controversial t-shirt she wore in the 1990s, urging the councilwoman to call for her resignation.
The hearing addressed a report, released by the Plain read Project in June, that showed the results of a biennial review of over 3,000 racist Facebook posts and comments from both current and former officers in Philadelphia and seven other U.S. police departments.
The findings resulted in 72 Philadelphia cops being placed on administrative leave, including the suspension of 13 officers with the intent of being dismissed. at least seven officers resigned shortly afterwards announcement was made.
While giving the opening statement during Tuesday’s hearing, coulter shifted the main focus to herself, by addressing a t-shirt she wore 25 years ago. A photo, first reported by Philly.com, shows a coulter wearing a shirt, "L.A.P.D. We're treating you like a King. Some interpreted the words as referring to the heavily advertised, caught in 1991 by four Los Angeles police officers of beating Rodney King's on camera
Coulter initially said the image was taken during a gathering with other officers at the Jersey Shore when she worked within the 25th District, according to Philly.com. At Tuesday’s hearing, coulter said that she didn’t believe at the time that the shirt was referencing the Rodney King incident. She still apologized for wearing it, however.
“It is obvious that it was a bad decision on my part and I would not wear that shirt today,” she said. “Certainly, as I look into the past week and the hurt and damage it has caused people whom I care about to communities that I always care about, I should have known.”
After Coulter’s statement, Philadelphia councilwoman Cindy Bass read from a letter written to Mayor Jim Kenney in which she called for Coulter’s resignation.
“I don't believe that the Acting Commissioner Christine M. coulter will effectively manage the external relationships necessary to address police and community tensions which are fully required of any commissioner,” Bass said in the letter.
Bass asked for coulter to step down straight off, which drew cheers from the crowd during the hearing.
A representative from the mayor's office told that while Kenney believes the shirt was in poor taste, he's glad coulter is taking responsibility for wearing it. The spokesperson also said Kenney hopes coulter is judged on her nearly 30 years of service rather than one poor decision.
"About all this, my heart was broken," Coulter said. "There are people in this room that I have served in their communities who know my heart and know that I have been serving in black and brown communities for 30 years with everything I have ever had to give, never treating people unjustly or unjustly because of their race. I treated people like gentlemen, even people I had to arrest.
Coulter became Philadelphia's top cop last month after former Commissioner Richard Ross' sudden resignation. He stepped down one day after 2 female police officers filed an amended cause alleging Ross didn’t properly deal with their accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination against other members of the department. Ross was also accused of getting an affair with one of the women.
Coulter was listed as a suspect in the federal lawsuit.
Philadelphia's managing director said an all-out search is on for a permanent police commissioner with the goal of hiring one by the end of the year. the city also released a survey residents can fill out online expressing what they need from a new commissioner.
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Phoenix Sweep Giants at the CSAC Opener
CHAMBERSBURG (September 29, 2019)–The Phoenix women's volleyball team opened the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) on Saturday with a sweep over the Giants of Keystone College. The Phoenix (8-6, 1-0 CSAC) beaten the Giants (1-6, 0-1 CSAC) with a score of 25-21, 27-25 and 25-17.
How It Happened:
Keystone pushed the score out to an early lead of 7-2 before Wilson jumped on a 10-5 run to tie the first set up at 12-12. It was dubbed by the two opponents until the match was evened again, 17 apiece this time. That's when the Phoenix would start an 8-4 run to close the set with a final score of 25-21.
Wilson was the one to jump to an early 7-2 lead in the second set. Keystone's going to respond home and record five unanswered goals, touching the count 8-7. Both teams were fighting in this one because in this set alone there were eight ties and lead changes. The Phoenix, scoring two unanswered points, evened things up at 25 pieces. That gave Wilson the set with a 27-25 score.
Inside the Score Box:
Sophomore Tioleaouli Posiulai (Waipahu, HI., University Laboratory School) resulted in both players with 13 hits. Freshman Anika Eigen-Zucchi (Washington, D.C., St. Johns College High School) was followed by 10 and freshman Madison Coy (Indiana, PA., Penns Manor) was able to add four.
Junior Lizzy Farnes (Coconut Creek, Fla., Coral Springs) scored five blocks in the match. Sophomore Jenna Mongold (Mercersburg, PA., James Buchanan) numbered 24 contributions. All in all, Wilson had 32 kills on 78 tries against 12 bugs for a hit percentage of.256.
The Giants completed with 25 kills on 87 tries against 23 bugs for a catching percentage of 0,023. The Phoenix also completed with 12 aces and a total of 4 blocks.
The women's volleyball squad will be home in practice this Thursday, October 3rd, hosting Notre Dame of Maryland University (11-2, 0-0 CSAC) in another CSAC match-up. The match starts at 7 p.m.
Cameras catches dangerous driving in the I-10 working zone
PHOENIX — At first glance, it seemed that they were the kind of incorrect-way drivers that we see so often in the Area. Surveillance cameras reveal two cars heading east on the west side of the I-10 HOV lane.
But it wasn't in the center of the evening, it was at 10:00 a.m. It's a Saturday. ADOT spokesman David Rookhuyzen said the agency workers also found them.
Rookhuyzen said it appears that they were actually drivers who reversed the course to avoid the backup leading to the I-10 closure. "There are a few choices to get around you that do not have to wait in the backup," he said.
Rookhuyzen said some drivers even tried to reach the eastbound lanes through the median. I-10 closed for paving and painting as part of the South Mountain Freeway project on Friday night from 51st Ave. to 75th Ave.
Although the large speed signs on the road indicate of the upcoming closure, most drivers were reportedly caught off guard by the traffic line on Saturday morning.
Cameras showed a number of drivers crossing five lanes of traffic to the 35th Ave off-ramp. A pick-up truck was driving a trailer a couple of feet in reverse until it could cross over to the ramp.
"They're supposed to take another freeway. We've got I-17 or Loop 101 if that works for them," Rookhuyzen said. "The city streets are also an option."
ADOT workers track the highways from their offices and warn DPS when they see illegal vehicles. A DPS cruiser could be seen sitting in the HOV lane within 10 minutes of seeing the pickup truck in turn for several feet.
The closure from 51st Ave. to 75th Ave. ends at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, however, there will be more closures to navigate around as the South Mountain Freeway Project continues. You can always check here or AZ511 to find out in advance which roads are closed.
Rookhuyzen said they would normally be posted on AZ511 on Thursdays for the coming weekend.
The nightlife of Phoenix: What to Do After Dark
Phoenix has an average of about 299 days of sunshine. That's... Lots of sunshine. Phoenix provides the best setting for a variety of things to do, from adventurous activities such as hiking and paddling to spring training ball games, outdoor concerts and all sorts of festivals. Yep, it's pretty damn great to Phoenix. And the scene of the nightlife, well, it's also pretty damn great.
If you've ever passed Tempe Town Lake and thought to yourself, "Wouldn't it be cool to go kayaking at night?"You are not the only one. Turns out there's a group that hits the water a few times a month after dark. No kayak, huh? No problem at all. Everything you need (including glow sticks) is included in the registration fee for the event.
Sipping cocktails in dark, secret places is rationally more fun. There are a lot of ultra-secret drinking dens across the city that provide a chance to do this, such as Undertow, Rokerij, Melinda's Alley, Stardust Pinbar, and Straight Up. Now all you have to do is go out and find them.
Hit the bars of the arcade
Does Phoenix experience a renaissance arcade bar? It sounds like that. There are tens of arcade-themed places around the town that were influenced by the seventies and eighties. Popular shows like Stranger Things hit us all with a strong nostalgic shot and now people flock to the glow of the iconic arcade bar to recall in all those nostalgic vibes.
If you're unfamiliar with the First Friday, please come out of the rock. The long-standing monthly event brings thousands to the Arts Districts of Phoenix Downtown. There's just something miraculous about an eatery with a fantastic view. Eateries such as Top of the Rock, Compass Arizona Grill, Orange Sky, Different Pointe of View, Talavera, and J&G Steakhouse all take you to the next level, literally and figuratively, with their stunning views of the city of the twinkling lights that make up the cityscape of the city or the reaching sunset of Sonoran desert.
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A physical assessment uncovered that DaSilva had ingested various methaqualone cases and furthermore hid some in his rectum. A Brazilian national was held with in excess of 1,000 gram of methaqualone — a sleep inducing drug — worth Rs 2 crore at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, police said Saturday. The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Mumbai Customs got Joao DaSilva when he arrived at Mumbai on September 25. A Customs authority said that the office had gotten data that DaSilva had snuck opiates into India from Brazil.
A physical assessment uncovered that DaSilva had ingested various methaqualone containers and furthermore disguised some in his rectum. The AIU looked for authorization from the court to concede DaSilva to an emergency clinic and recovered the medications. It educated the court Saturday that it had recuperated 1035 grams of methaqualone cases worth Rs 2 crore from the blamed.
Inspectors at the test lobby recognized the pantomime when the biometrics of Dharendrakumar didn't coordinate with those of Kamlesh, recorded prior. The team was captured that day.
Police captured three people for purportedly duping in a Western Railway enlistment assessment, held recently. The WR had recorded an instance of duping and fabrication five months prior against Kamlesh Paswan (48), Dharendrakumar Paswan (23) and Nitesh Tiwari (26). As indicated by the grumbling, Kamlesh had applied for an opportunity for a Class III representative, yet had purportedly sent Dharendrkumar to step through the composed examination in his place. Inspectors at the test corridor identified the pantomime when the biometrics of Dharendrakumar didn't coordinate with those of Kamlesh, recorded prior. The couple was captured that day.
Waghmare, who had joined the BJP before 2009, effectively challenged the 2014 Assembly decisions from Tumsar body electorate on the gathering's ticket. He was before with the Shiv Sena and the NCP. Bhandara police on Saturday captured Tumsar BJP MLA Charan Waghmare and gathering's Tumsar unit president Anil Jibhkate for purportedly offending the humility of a lady police Sub-Inspector at an open capacity prior this month. Following the capture, supporters have called a Tumsar bandh on Sunday. "Both Waghmare and Jibhkate were reserved under a few segments of the IPC for shocking unobtrusiveness and impeding government authorities while performing obligation," Tumsar Inspector Manoj Sidam said.