Brace yourselves, Philly sports fans: this morning we’re adding another crazy anecdote to your mythology. Forget snowballs and batteries. Columnist Mike Sielski wants to remind you of the time Santa threw some punches at a Sixers game. Multiple Santas, actually. Trust me, you’re going to want the full story. It’s hard to follow that up, I’ll admit, but this morning we’re also digging into what a Princeton data broker is doing with data on over 1 million high school students.
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The story of Eagles fans pelting Santa with snowballs in 1968 is too often trotted out as a symbol of Philadelphia sports fandom.
The 2019 Sixers, meanwhile, play the Hornets tonight before their next rematch with the Celtics Wednesday.
Last year, Vermont passed the nation’s first law governing the data mining industry. They now require data brokers to register with the state and disclose whether they posses data on minors.
A Princeton-based company told Vermont regulators it didn’t knowingly posses data on minors. Meanwhile, on its website, it advertised a mailing list of more than a million high school students for sale with names, addresses, high schools, and hobbies of students aged 14 to 17.
New Jersey authorities announced Monday the arrests of 12 men in what was termed a “criminal network” in Camden County allegedly trafficking in untraceable, build-it-yourself AR-15 assault rifles.
The Attorney General’s Office and New Jersey State Police said the investigation began as a probe of cocaine distribution centered in Lindenwold and broadened to include guns.
The men are the first to be arrested under a new state law criminalizing the use of “ghost guns” built from kits sold online.
Is that you, spring? 😍 Great flower spotting, @jeffphl.
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