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Jay Wright retires
- Villanova's head basketball coach Jay Wright retired on Wednesday night after 21 seasons with the Wildcats. Wright led Villanova to two National Championships, four Final Four appearances and five Big East Tournament titles. While there is reportedly significant interest amongst NBA teams for Wright's services, the Hall of Fame coach says that he is hanging up the clipboard entirely. Fordham head coach and former Villanova assistant Kyle Neptune will take over the program.
Embiid's buzzer-beater puts Sixers up 3-0
- Joel Embiid's buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of overtime gave the Philadelphia 76ers a 104-101 win over the Toronto Raptors and a 3-0 series lead. Embiid had an MVP-like performance, finishing the game with 33 points and 13 rebounds. Eighteen of those points came in the third quarter and helped the Sixers erase an early deficit. Philly now has a chance to close the series out on Saturday.
Proposed law would offer workers a transit tax break
- A proposal from Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym would require businesses to offer a transit tax benefit to workers. This benefit, which would affect businesses with 50 or more employees, would allow for workers to purchase SEPTA passes with their pre-tax salaries. This new law would also help SEPTA rebound from the ridership it lost during the pandemic.
Pew State of the City report shows how Philly is dealing with pandemic recovery
- Pew released its State of the City report which shined a light on how Philadelphia is recovering from the pandemic and what issues the city faces moving forward. Since 2020, Philadelphia has experienced over 300,000 COVID cases and has suffered 5,000 deaths. While the city has gotten unemployment back to pre-pandemic levels, the recovery has not been equally distributed amongst residents. The report also shows that Philadelphia was one of the cities that is most affected by the opioid epidemic.