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Controversy over the plans for the proposed $135 million, 35,000-seat venue have been brewing for years. Last month, university President Richard Englert said the school would move ahead in its planning process (his predecessor had put the plans on hold indefinitely amid turmoil over the stadium proposal). The idea has garnered skepticism from city officials, and criticism from the school's North Philadelphia neighbors.
The Stompers plan to caricature board members by wearing suits and large paper masks in an effort to draw attention to what they say are conflicts of interest.
The 76ers and Joel Embiid have agreed to a five-year, $148 million extension, showing the team's faith in the center's potential, despite his extensive injury history. As 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey writes: "no other Sixer possesses Embiid's total package of size, toughness, shot-blocking ability, strength, athleticism, quickness and competitiveness."
But, while the Sixers are clearly taking a risk with Embiid, it would be even riskier to let him go, columnist David Murphy writes.
A man has been arrested in the slaying of Winnie Harris, a beloved West Philadelphia activist who was shot to death in her home in February. Nelson Giddings, 39, of North Philadelphia, was arrested in the case that has stymied investigators and frustrated Harris' family and friends for months. Since her death, friends have posted and handed out hundreds of fliers encouraging tipsters to contact police.
In the end, police said, Harris' death was a tragic case of mistaken identity.
Giddings and another suspect, whom police are still seeking, "broke into the wrong house," Capt. John Ryan said. "She was not the target. They apparently killed Ms. Harris in cold blood. It was completely unnecessary."
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