Some say you haven’t really visited Philadelphia until you’ve been to North Philly. Some North Philly residents say you haven’t visited North Philly until you’ve visited the Kensington section. Even though Kensington is not technically a part of North Philly, it is representative of the major toll heroin and crack addiction have had on the North Philly section of the city. Some heroin addicts have set up permanent residence in homemade encampments. Others, are not heroin users at all. They’re just people who may be down on their luck at the moment and have no other place to go. Either way, the city has cracked down on the residents of the encampments and removed them from the area.
Action News On 6 ABC (@6abc) reports, A mass eviction took place in the Kensington section of Philly this afternoon as the city forced people to pack up and move out of the homeless encampments where drug use is rampant. Philadelphia leaders have promised to help transition those residents to new housing or move them to treatment centers.
Street sweepers drove through two of the encampments sites at Lehigh & Tulip Streets this morning. The people who made a home on the underpasses had to make a decision to move to another street to sleep or go to housing provided by the city. Some leaving the camp protested the removal of encampments saying the city’s plan was not well thought out. Others left with volunteers as they headed to city-provided housing.
News flash: The Celtics are a very good team even without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. I’m sure I’m not telling you anything that you didn’t already know….but damn! The Celtics are a really good team, even without a big name being on the roster.
Boston handed the 76ers a 117-101 loss last night in a game whose final score may make you think that the game was closer than it really was. The game wasn’t a blowout all the way through. The 76ers cut into Boston’s lead time and time again, but even still, it always felt like the Celtics were in control of the game last night. It was just an all around ugly night for the 76ers. Brett Brown is going to need to come up with a better answer for containing Terry Rozier than to have Robert Covington trying to guard him. That sh*t ain’t work last night, and it’s not going to work moving forward. Rozier is too fast, too nice with the ball in his hands, and too good of a shooter inside and out, to even think about trying to have Covington guard him. Coach Brown needs to come up with an answer for Rozier before this gets out of hand. On the bright side…..the 76ers missed a lot of shots that they usually make in last night’s game. I doubt that will happen two games in a row. Also, rookie (yes he’s technically still a rookie!) sensation Ben Simmons had an off night. I doubt that will happen two games in a row too. This series will not be a sweep. Look out for an all-out, drag-out, old-fashioned Philly-Beantown 7-game brawl! Check out the highlights (or low-lights if you’re a 76ers fan) below:
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Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney paid incarcerated rapper Meek Mill a visit on Wednesday morning. Meek is currently incarcerated at a prison in Chester. Mayor Kenney joins a host of celebrities, activist, and business moguls who have been to the prison to pay Meek a visit. All of them came to the same conclusion after they paid Meek a visit in the bing. Meek Mill can do more for folks in the community than he can from behind bars.
Philly.com (@phillydotcom) reports, Kenney’s spokeswoman, Ajeenah Amir, said in an email that the mayor believes “Meek would better serve the community outside of prison, and that his case makes clear and urgent the desperate need to continue working with our partners to reform the criminal justice system.”
Kenney reportedly spent about an hour visiting with Meek after being invited to the prison by billionaire owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, Michael Rubin. Meek has been receiving support for release from some major names including: PA Governor Tom Wolf, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Philadelphia 76ers players Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz.
Meek Mill is currently behind bars serving a 2-4 year prison sentence behind a probation violation. A sentence who many have called unjust, considering the circumstances. And a prison sentence that business mogul and rapper Sean “Jay-Z” Carter once called “heavy-handed.”
Dates for Jay-Z and Beyonce’s OTR 2 tour have been announced. The United Sates leg of the tour will begin this summer. Starting in Cleveland on July 25th. The duo will be making their way down to Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly on the 30th. If you’re reading this it’s probably too late! Just kidding. Pre-sale tickets went on sale March 14th. Tickets will be available for the general public to purchase on Monday March 19th (tomorrow). A quick Google search showed that a ticket will probably cost you in a range from $111 (200 level) to around $2940 (front row VIP). Tickets will probably sell quickly, so chances are, if you don’t get yours in the next few days, you probably won’t be going. Good luck in the ticket search.