Pumpkin spice pizza in New Jersey, venison sandwiches at Pennsylvania Arby's, cream cheese shoes in Philly, and Craig LaBan's Ultimate Dining guide to the suburbs. If you like what you're reading, it's free to sign up to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback, so please email me, tweet me @tommyrowan, or reach our social team on Facebook.
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Mohammed Jabateh is a 51-year-old father of five, and owner of a Philadelphia-based international shipping company.
He is also the first person found guilty of crimes tied to the numerous documented atrocities that occurred during the protracted, multi-faction civil war that ravaged Liberia between 1989 and 1997.
Jabateh, who was accused of hiding his past as a murderous Liberian warlord in order to seek asylum in the United States, was convicted Wednesday on federal immigration fraud charges — a historic verdict that resonated from Philadelphia's sizable community of West African expats to the Liberian capital of Monrovia thousands of miles away, writes Jeremy Roebuck.
The Sixers looked like a team worthy of all the offseason hype before ultimately falling, 120-115, to the Washington Wizards in the season opener for both Wednesday night at the Capital One Center, writes Keith Pompey. Columnist David Murphy was more emphatic in his evaluation: "It is hardly premature to say that this winter is going to be a fun one in the city of Philadelphia."
It's important to note that the Sixers have plenty of growing to do both individually and as a unit, but as Mike Sielski notes, it won't be hard to watch.
Philadelphia's dining scene attracts much of the attention, but there are exceptional meals to be eaten outside the city.
So Food Critic Craig LaBan scoured the Pennsylvania and Jersey suburbs and produced an Ultimate Dining guide with more than 150 recommendations for the best places to eat and drink. A print version is also available to purchase at philly.com/store.
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