Good morning, Philadelphia. Hope all who celebrated enjoyed a nice holiday this weekend. If you're still on a bit of a break, I hope you're filling up on some leftover cookies and reveling in the two gifts Philly sports left under the tree.
— Aubrey Nagle
It wasn't pretty, but the Eagles gave fans who spent the holiday at Lincoln Financial Field the best Christmas gift they could have received: a win over the Raiders to clinch the no. 1 seed in the postseason. The 13-2 Birds officially have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
But wary fans are wondering how much that advantage will matter after the defense carried QB Nick Foles through a sloppy game, with "St. Nick" even eliciting boos from the testy crowd. Cornerback Ronald Darby went from goat to hero with a fourth-quarter, last-minute interception set up for Jake Elliot to hit a game-winning field goal with 22 seconds remaining. Then the defense squeezed a touchdown from a turnover on the Raiders' last play.
As columnist Bob Ford writes, the performance "didn't lend confidence that there would be that many games in the postseason for the Eagles." Thankfully, convincing a Bradley Cooper-voiced snowball to make amends with Santa Claus on behalf of rowdy fans must've earned the team a little Christmas magic.
Is your workplace dotted with blue recycling bins that are really used for other trash? You're not alone. Despite city ordinances, most Philly businesses required to recycle are not recycling properly, according to a new review of city records and data.
In fact, nearly four-fifths of them have not filed required recycling plans with the city. To top it off, the city could be losing out on tens of millions of dollars each year from uncollected recycling fines and unenforced rules.
The city's lax enforcement and businesses' lack of compliance could put plans for "zero waste" in Philly by 2035 in jeopardy.
The Miss America Organization has made some major changes after emails sent by the group's leadership ridiculing contestants over their intellect, weight, and sex lives surfaced last week. Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sam Haskell resigned just a day after being suspended for emails dating to 2014.
Chairman of the board of directors Lynn Weidner and president and chief operating officer Josh Randle have both resigned, too.
The Miss America pageant has long been a staple of Atlantic City. "The Miss America Organization is bigger than a handful of people," said outgoing Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian on Saturday. "She has been part of Atlantic City's history since 1921, and she will always be part of our history."
We want to see what our community looks like through your eyes. Show us the park that your family walks through every weekend with the dog, the block party in your neighborhood or the historic stretch you see every morning on your commute to work.