Good morning, Philadelphia. And by "good morning" I mean it's going to snow again today, and it's April now, and it's OK to be sad sometimes. Today we're talking about the pending Bill Cosby retrial, tonight's NCAA championship game starring the Villanova Wildcats, and towns taking a gamble on gambling. Jump on in, just don't forget your hat and gloves today.
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So far, it seems like the expansion is on a roll. The state's mini-casino licenses have already brought in $119.5 million.
But what does that mean for towns like Bensalem, which gets more than a quarter of its general revenues from Parx casino? If the changes hurt Parx business, it would be "almost catastrophic for us," said Bensalem Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo.
It's no longer March, but there's still madness to be had. Tonight, Villanova faces off against Michigan in the NCAA men's basketball championship, their second appearance in three years. And you can bet Nova Nation is pumped up.
The Wildcats may make heading to the championship look easy, but coach Jay Wright says the job is no walk in the park. Michigan's coach is no stranger to Wright or to Villanova — and he called himself the Columbo to Wright's George Clooney.
Will the team receive some spiritual guidance for tonight's game? Perhaps, thanks to the spirit of legendary coach Rollie Massimino.
The retrial of Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges will begin this week. But it won't be a simple repeat of last year's showdown, which ended in a mistrial.
Then, of course, there's the addition of the entire #MeToo movement.
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