Good morning to everyone but Jared Dudley. Sixers fans may be busy basking in last night’s series-clinching win over the Nets, but this morning we have a look at the road ahead for Philly as they stare down the Raptors. On a more serious note, my colleague Jeremy Roebuck reports on the internet vigilantes (some abuse survivors themselves) holding church leaders to account in the wake of the clergy sex abuse crisis. It’s an important read.
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But this is just the beginning — at least, that’s the hope for fans. The Sixers face the Toronto Raptors next, and many expect Philly to reach at least the Eastern Conference Finals.
The easy win over the Nets may have been fun, columnist Mike Sielski writes, but the Sixers need to put it behind them because the second round will be very different.
John F. Meyers, a former Roman Catholic priest in Philadelphia who was accused of sexually abusing a minor, was recently found to be working for an Arizona charter school system.
Emphasis on “was:” a group of internet sleuths, one a victim of clergy sex abuse herself, uncovered the record last week. Then the charter operator cut its ties with Meyers.
The group that prompted the investigation is just one of many online vigilante and watchdog websites that have sprung up as the clergy sex abuse crisis roils the church.
In a surprising move, former Philadelphia Sheriff John Green pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy charges Tuesday, just days before his planned retrial on allegations he steered contracts worth more than $35 million to a campaign donor in exchange for more than $1 million in benefits over nine years.
His about-face came a little more than a year after a trial in which Green denied those same allegations, and marshaled a defense that earned him acquittals on three of the five counts he faced and deadlocked the jury on the other two.
First the cherry blossoms, now the wisteria. Keep it up Philly.
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“But let’s be honest: The biggest problem surrounding Warren’s 2020 campaign has nothing to do with her. It is, rather, the mistake of everyday voters allowing their minds to be clouded by sexism and the paranoia over getting ‘Hillary-ed’ one more time.” — Columnist Will Bunch on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for president and the sexist way we react to it.