While we woke up yesterday to rainy but balmy weather, today it’s definitely colder (bundle up), and look out for some snow that could affect your commute. Last night, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held a rally in Central Pennsylvania, just hours after Democrats announced another step in the impeachment proceedings. Outside of politics, the highlight today is a story about a Philadelphia basketball legend who has left Philly, to be an assistant coach for a team with Final Four aspirations.
For the first time in his 65 years, Phil Martelli has a new life away from Philadelphia. He began his career with the St. Joseph’s men’s basketball program in 1985 and became the Hawks’ head coach in 1995, holding that job until spring. St. Joe’s moved on. And so did Martelli.
He wound up in Ann Arbor, Mich., helping a first-year head coach pilot the Michigan basketball program to a top-five ranking so far this season. But despite his success over the season’s first month and change, Martelli acknowledges he hasn’t left Philly behind.
One of Martelli’s fellow Michigan staff members says Martelli still reads the Philly papers each morning while he’s on the treadmills. “Whether you call it the hustle and bustle, I miss it,” Martelli said.
Trump and Pence were in Hershey last night at a “Keep America Great" rally after campaigning earlier in the day in the western part of the Keystone State. Pennsylvania is a crucial state in the 2020 election and one that Trump carried in ’16.
Three students have died by suicide at Rowan University this semester. That’s more than school officials can ever remember happening in such a short time span. And the New Jersey campus is reeling.
Hundreds of students and staff members gathered this week to share their own struggles with mental health. They also expressed concern about Rowan’s ability to make it better.
The only good thing about this weather might be @d_smoove’s pictures.
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“It’s not realistic to expect solutions to Philadelphia’s economic woes to come from a single sector of the city, any more than it would be realistic to expect downtown to solve the citywide problem of homelessness.” — The Inquirer Editorial Board writes about trying to solve homelessness in Center City.