Ben Simmons is big. Like, on-his-way-to-global-superstardom big. At least, that's what his many fans back home in Australia think, according to our new profile on his long-distance supporters. With their enthusiasm, I daresay they'd fit right in as Philly fans. What else are Philadelphians enthusiastic about? Complaining about transportation, from traffic to public transit. Thanks to the city's new transportation plan, which we have details on this morning, you have plenty to talk about today, from bike lanes to congestion.
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Well, at least it feels that way. The Sixers star may be big in Philly, but Ben Simmons is even bigger in his home country. Ten thousand miles away, his jersey hangs in stores alongside those of LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Chris Paul — when they can keep it in stock, anyway.
As if he didn't have enough fans already, Simmons made some new ones Wednesday, too, as he traveled to Philly's William Cramp Elementary School to give away 750 coats.
Meanwhile his teammate Joel Embiid is also on the rise. He just signed a new deal with Under Armour, making him the NBA's richest center.
Carmela Apolonio Hernandez, 37, an immigrant mother of four, left the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning on a rare trip.
She left the church, where she's spent nearly 10 months in sanctuary as her family faced deportation orders after being denied asylum, to visit the Center City office of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. She said she would not leave until Casey agreed to help her and her children legally stay in the U.S.
Instead, the daylong standoff nearly ended in Hernandez's arrest by Philadelphia police as they forced her, her 14-year-old daughter, and their allies off the premises.
On Wednesday Philadelphia released a plan outlining the city's goals for street safety and transportation for the next seven years.
What's on the docket? Well, the city's scaling back its goal of creating 30 miles of bike lanes in the next few years. And soon there will be new ways for residents to provide feedback about transportation — besides Tweeting angrily at SEPTA, that is.
In the meantime, truck traffic is still clogging up Center City and the city is considering all sorts of policy options to help free the streets.
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