Welcome to Wednesday. It was an emotional night, and today election winners are taking their victory laps as the city mourns a baseball legend.
— Aubrey Nagle
The results are in after yesterday's off-year elections. While our local races didn't include too many surprises, across the country Democratic wins are being hailed as anti-Trump victories.
Democrat Larry Krasner handily beat Republican Beth Grossman in the race for Philadelphia district attorney in what columnist Mike Newall calls a watershed moment for the city. Democrat Rebecca Rhynhart, a newbie to candidacy though not to city government, was elected city controller and Democrat Phil Murphy, a former Wall Street banker, beat out Chris Christie's lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, to become governor of New Jersey.
Virginia saw some major blue victories, too, as Democrat Ralph Northam won a hard-fought race for the nation's other open gubernatorial seat and Democrat Danica Roem became the first transgender person elected to state legislature.
Beloved former Phillies pitcher Roy "Doc" Halladay, 40, known for grace and strength on and off the field, died yesterday when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. As soon as the news broke, fans, former teammates, local athletes, and more took to social media to share their condolences, grief, and fondest memories.
The two-time Cy Young award winner and eight-time All-Star pitched for the Phillies from 2010 to 2013. During that time, he pitched the second postseason no-hitter in baseball history in the 2010 National League Division Series and a perfect game against the Florida Marlins in 2010 — the kind of "remember where you were when" moments fans dream about.
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in state prison Monday for violating his probation in a 2008 gun and drug case. Mill was twice arrested this year and didn't stop booking gigs outside of Philly and Montgomery County as ordered.
Celebs like Jay-Z and Philly's own Kevin Hart voiced support for the rapper while some fans called the sentence unjust. Billionaire Michael Rubin, who testified on Mill's behalf, even said, "For the first time in my life, I've lost complete faith in the justice system."
So is his career over? History shows public support combined with music's legacy of reinvention could give him a boost later on. Columnist Jenice Armstrong says, whatever happens, Mill's a victim of his own ego.
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