Hello, Philadelphia. I hope you're enjoying this downright balmy weather we're having, at least compared to the deep freeze we just clawed back from. Today we're gearing up for the Sixers' big London game and recapping a surprise appearance in the city by Bill Cosby.

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Sixers guard Markelle Fultz smiles with teammate forward Dario Saric and guard Ben Simmons late in the fourth-quarter against the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 in Philadelphia.
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Sixers guard Markelle Fultz smiles with teammate forward Dario Saric and guard Ben Simmons late in the fourth-quarter against the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 in Philadelphia.

Today the Sixers play the Celtics, but it isn't any old matchup; they're across the pond in London, playing at the O2 Arena. Stateside, the tip off is at 3 p.m. — and you can watch it on TV or online.

Yes, the NBA is actually a big deal in Europe. But the Sixers are focused on one thing: beating the Celtics. Coach Brett Brown has been quick to stop European media calling Joel Embiid a superstar, whose backup Amir Johnson may be ill tonight. Rookie Markelle Fultz, by the way, still won't be playing.

Reporter Keith Pompey has been in London all week, getting lost in Greenwich, seeing the sights (like Tower Bridge, not London Bridge), and getting hooked on afternoon tea.

Let's Eat newsletter author Michael Klein opened the floodgates by asking readers, "What bugs you about the dining experience?" And from bad manners to wobbly tables, boy, did you answer!

But he couldn't let you off that easy. He asked restaurant folks, "What annoys you about patrons?" and they let their guard down, too. (Pro tip: don't snap your fingers at servers.)

Want to take this insider knowledge for a spin? Be sure to use those holiday gift certificates in a timely fashion — before your eatery of choice shuts its doors.

The plaintiffs are already planning to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. But, for voters hoping for a redrawn map, experts say another case, in which a group of voters filed a lawsuit against the state, is the one to watch.

Just this week, though, federal judges in North Carolina ruled that state's congressional map was unconstitutional because of gerrymandering and ordered it redrawn. Nationally, the issue is far from settled.

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January 11, 2018
Signe Wilkinson
January 11, 2018
"But I know this now: Lt. LeTourneau made a commitment to put other lives ahead of his own on the first day he set foot aboard a fire truck. Whatever words you use to describe courage, Matt lived it." Walt Hunter, former CBS3 investigative reporter and a life member of Narberth Fire Company, remembers fallen firefighter
— Lt. Matt LeTourneau.

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Your Daily Dose of | Games

Plenty of bars have a few editions of Jenga or Connect Four lying around. But a new cafe coming to Fairmount is stacked with board games — 800 to 1,000 of them —  from the owner's collection.