Happy Friday, Philly. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ray Boyd and I look forward to delivering this newsletter to you every Friday morning from now on (Don't worry. Aubrey will be back Monday).
— Ray Boyd
The Eagles begin their playoff quest tomorrow against the Falcons. While there is still time to break things down, our four Eagles beat writers share their predictions for the outcome.
National media has been siding with the Falcons, but one NFL Network host, Kyle Brandt, is calling the piling on lazy and explains why the Eagles will win. Let's just say he's pretty fired up.
The Eagles made history this week when the Vegas odds made them the first No. 1 seed to be listed as an underdog to open the playoffs. A sports psychologist breaks down the dual psyche of Philly fans that makes us believe the best situations will end badly. If that wasn't grim enough, even the forecast is turning on Eagles fans.
It was a discovery that sent shockwaves throughout Philadelphia in 2011 when police found four disabled adults chained up in a Tacony apartment basement. The ringleader, Linda Weston, struck a deal with prosecutors in 2015, to avoid a possible death sentence, later pointing the finger at her lawyers.
On Thursday, Nicklaus Woodard, described as Weston's one-time boyfriend, reached his own deal with prosecutors instead of taking a chance on facing an 85-year sentence.
The plea deal brings an end to the first federal hate-crime prosecution of its kind – one in which the protected victims were mentally and physically disabled adults.
Dr. James Kauffman made his first court appearance Thursday after being charged with arranging for his wife, April Kauffman, to be killed.
Prosecutors say the plot to kill his wife was in connection to the Pagan Outlaw motorcycle gang and was related to a drug distributing ring out of Kauffman's office. They add that co-defendant, Ferdinand Augello, was recorded on several occasions, admitting to an informant the details of the drug ring and the murder.
April's daughter and James' stepdaughter, Kimberly Pack, expressed that she and her mother both had fears about Kauffman and that the details of the slaying were "gut-wrenching."
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