All Drexel professor George Ciccariello-Maher wanted for Christmas was, as he tweeted, "white genocide." Now all he wants is the controversy over his tweet to go away. Ciccariello-Maher told Billy Penn via email he's received hundreds of threats (you can see a lot of them on Twitter) after making what he called a satirical tweet in reference to people online complaining about an insurance ad with an interracial couple. Conservative news outlet Breitbart picked up the story, much to Ciccariello-Maher and Drexel's surprise, with people calling for both his ouster and his death. We've got the whole story here.
The Sixers lost on Monday, again, falling 102-100 to the Sacramento Kings. DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 30 points, including a go-ahead three pointer time running out. Joel Embiid had his own chance to win the game with a three in the final seconds, but his shot was blocked by Cousins, with a second chance thrown up for an airball as time expired. Embiid finished with 25 points in 29 minutes and after the game, took to Instagram to point out he was TOTALLY fouled on the Cousins block. His IG location for the TOUGH LOSS #TheProcess post? Bullshit Land.
New Jersey's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) paid Dick Clark Productions a reported $12 million to keep Miss America alive, with the plan that the company's New Year's Rockin' Eve would feature Atlantic City for the next three years. Instead, this year's Rockin' will be in New Orleans, not New Jersey's struggling shore destination. Why? Because nobody wanted to pay for a good musical act. Dick Clark Productions won't talk. Live Nation, which was originally involved in the plans, won't talk. The CRDA said the show would have cost "over $1 million" and none of the casinos wanted to be involved. Instead, New Orleans gets a big show with Jason Derulo and Panic! at the Disco, while AC gets...the Spinners, a live broadcast of Times Square on the AC Boardwalk and a Miss America pageant nobody even wants.
Largest anywhere? That's the claim, anyway. Pick from four skate sessions at this Mayfair rink and get ready to toss some snowy ammunition. Also look for face painting, tattoos and Olaf from Frozen.
Where: Rolling Thunder Skating Rink at 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
When: December 27, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $5 admission (skate rental extra)
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Tickets for the Military Bowl between Temple and Wake Forest are still available via the Military Bowl's website, but you better hurry, not because the game will be sold out, but because the game is today, at 3:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The drive from Temple's campus is only about two and a half hours. Sure, Matt Rhule is gone, but the 23rd-ranked Owls are going for their third bowl win in just their sixth both game...ever. For those who can't make the trek, you can watch the game on ESPN.
There's not a lot of new news over the holidays, so if you're stuck hanging out with the in-laws this week while your nieces and nephews see who can break grandma's best crystal first — just put it on a high shelf, grandma, we do this dance every year — here are 15 stories we published in 2016 that you may have missed. From a real-life local 'Creed' to lots of local weed, from political diversity (or lack thereof) to political Candyland, we've got your year in Billy Penn stories you should revisit covered.