MLB Power Rankings Roundup: Where the Phillies stand heading into final month of season

The Phillies might be in a bit of trouble heading into the final month of the MLB season. Losers of eight of their last 10, the Phils are now 4.5 games behind the Braves for the division lead and 2.5 games out of the second National League wild card spot.

It’s gotten so bad for Gabe Kapler’s team that not even Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola could stop the bleeding on Tuesday night, as the Phils found a new way to lose to the Nationals and are now at risk of being swept out by their division rivals before playing host to the Cubs over the holiday weekend.

And if the Phillies can’t win that series against Chicago, it’ll mark one month since they won at series — tithe Phillies swept Miami in a four-game series from Aug. 2-5. Luckily, it’ll be the last-place Marlins up next for Philly after the Cubs. 

Recently acquired slugger Jose Bautista will make his first start for the Phillies on Wednesday night as Jake Arrieta tries to do what Nola couldn’t: put an end to this losing streak.

Needless to say, the recent losses have been reflected in MLB power rankings nationally, as the Phillies find themselves outside the top 10 across the board.

Here’s a look at the latest rankings… 


Alyson Footer
10 (-1)  ——


10 (-3) Wilson Ramos has been a great addition, although injuries have continued to be an issue. Overall, he is headed toward the second-best season of his career after the 2016 season, when he got injured right before the end of the season. He’s hitting .311; he hit .307 that season. He has an .874 OPS; he had an .850 mark that season. That year, Ramos’ end-of-September ACL injury prevented him from contributing to the Nationals’ postseason run — and they were bounced in the NLDS (again). Will he get his chance to affect a postseason run this year?  —Sarah Langs


Yahoo! Sports
Mike Oz
12 (-2) Have we told you the NL playoff picture is madness lately? You’re right. We droned on about it last week too. These four continue to jostle for position — even the Braves and D-backs are in that group. The Dodgers, after a dive deeper into the standings, have won four in a row and are trying to get past the equally up-and-down Rockies. Both the Phillies and Brewers are trying to rebound from similarly up-and-down Augusts.


Gabe Lacques
11 (-3) Braves beware: Phillies, 41-22 at Citizens Bank Park, play 15 of next 21 at home. 


CBS Sports
Matt Snyder
11 (-3) A 2-4 week against the Nationals and Blue Jays after losing three of five to the Mets. That’s not hitting their stride at the right time. 


Bleacher Report
Joel Reuter
14 (-1) An 11-12 month that includes a 2-6 stretch heading into play Monday has sent the Philadelphia Phillies from a half-game up in the NL East standings to three games behind the rival Braves.

The bullpen has shown significant cracks in recent weeks, and the offense has gone cold to the tune of a .712 OPS in August that ranks 22nd in the majors. They still have seven games remaining against the Braves, including a three-game series in Philadelphia to close the season, but they need to turn things around quickly.

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Crisis in the Vatican

Guests: Massimo Faggioli, Rocco Palmo, Heidi Schlumpf

The Catholic Church is facing another crisis just weeks after a Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse was made public. In a letter published over the weekend, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accuses Pope Francis of covering up sexual abuse by a former U.S. cardinal. Francis supporters argue that the accusations are politically motivated and come from a long time Francis critic with a grudge against the pontiff. But others are calling for the pontiff’s resignation. This hour, we’ll discuss Vigano, the allegations, the rift between conservative and liberal Catholics, and what it all means for the pope’s future and that of the Catholic Church. Our guests are MASSIMO FAGGIOLI, professor of historical theology at Villanova University, ROCCO PALMO, who writes the blog “Whispers in the Loggia,” and HEIDI SCHLUMPF, national correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.

Man charged w/ murder of Playboy model in Ardmore

– A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a former playboy model in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Christina Carlin-Kraft, 36, was strangled to death in her home on the 100 block of Sibley Avenue  on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Police arrested 30-year-old Jonathan Harris on Wednesday in the slaying.

Authorities released surveillance photographs and video related to the person of interest Monday afternoon.

Russia prepares 300,000 troops for its largest war games in nearly 4 decades

Amid mounting acrimony with NATO, Russia’s military has announced plans to hold its “biggest exercises since 1981.” The country’s defense ministry says the massive exercise next month will involve some 300,000 Russian troops, more than 1,000 aircraft and the participation of some Chinese and Mongolian military units.

The military drills are known as Vostok-2018, or “East-2018,” are expected to commence Sept. 11 and last five days near Russia’s eastern border. The vast scale nearly doubles another recent Vostok exercise, which Russia held just months after its 2014 annexation of Crimea — and which at the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin had hailed as “the largest exercises of this kind that we have ever held.”

Speaking with Russian media Tuesday, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu likened September’s upcoming military exercise to an event buried much further in the past — back to an era when the Cold War was flaring hot.

“In some ways, they resemble the Zapad-81 drills,” Shoigu said, referring to the “West-81” exercise that the Soviet Union held not long after President Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration. “But in other ways,” he added, “they are, perhaps, even larger.”

Back in 1981, the Soviets were mired in their own rocky invasion of Afghanistan and confronted with the hard-line rhetoric of the new American president.

These days the U.S. is the country with troops in Afghanistan — but Washington, its NATO allies and the Kremlin are once more embroiled in escalating hostility. That includes the sanctions leveled against Russian entities for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a nerve attack on a former Russian spy, and the country’s interventions in Ukraine.

As relations between Russia and the West have grown increasingly rancorous, with diplomats on either side expelled in waves in recent months, Russia’s neighbors in the Baltic region have grown increasingly wary. Sweden, for one, has distributed pamphlets detailing what to do “if war comes” and last year the country’s armed forces joined NATO powers in their own large collaborative military exercise.

Now, nearly a year after that operation — and nearly a year after the latest iteration of its own regular Zapad exercises — Russia is hailing the approach of more war games.

“Imagine that 36,000 pieces of hardware are operating simultaneously — tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles,” Defense Minister Shoigu said in a statement Tuesday, “and all of them are tests in enthe vironment closely resembling a combat one.”

In comments to Russian media, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov explained the need for such vast drills by pointing to this “international situation, which is frequently quite aggressive and unfriendly for our country.” In fact, he said the exercise is “justified, needed and has no alternative.”

And it gestures toward a warmer relationship with China, which has upped its military budget amid rising tensions of its own with neighbors and the West. According to Russian media, Beijing plans to send more than 3,000 of its troops to participate in the drills.

“This speaks about the expansion of interaction of the two allies in all the spheres,” Peskov added.

“All nations have the right to exercise their armed forces, but it is essential that this is done in a transparent and predictable manner,” NATO spokesperson Dylan White cautioned in a statement to the BBC.

“Vostok demonstrates Russia’s focus on exercising large-scale conflict,” he added. “It fits into a pattern we have seen over some time: a more assertive Russia, significantly increasing its defence budget and its military presence.”

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All Pa. state prisons are on lockdown, all DOC mailrooms are closed and all visits are suspended because staff is getting sick from an unknown 'liquid synthetic drug'

Pennsylvania’s state prisons are on lockdown after employees at ten prisons in recent weeks required treatment from exposure to a yet-unidentified substance described in some cases as a liquid synthetic drug. (Scroll down to read full statement.)

The Department of Corrections announced the step Wednesday, the same day two guards at Somerset state prison and several guards and medical staff at Albion state prison reporting feeling ill.


Pennsylvania is now reporting 29 employees getting sickened starting Aug. 6 in ten western and central prisons. Symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea and skin tingling.

The department says it doesn’t know how long the lockdown will last.

In the meantime, it’s suspending prison visits, closing mailrooms to non-legal mail, using extra caution with newly arrived inmates and requiring all employees to use gloves and other protective equipment.

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Below is a statement released by the state Department of Corrections.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced the immediate lockdown of all state correctional institutions because of reports of multiple staff members sickened by unknown substances over the past few weeks.

“The safety and security of our employees is my number one concern,” Secretary Wetzel said. “Our state prisons, especially those in the western part of the state, have experienced recent incidents in which employees have been sickened and we need to get to the bottom of this issue now.”

Wetzel announced the following steps, effective immediately and indefinitely:

  • All DOC state prisons are locked down.
  • All DOC mailrooms are closed to non-legal mail until further notice.
  • Use of personal protective equipment, especially gloves, is MANDATORY for ALL employees.
  • Training on situational awareness will be held immediately in all institutions.
  • All visits are suspended for the length of the lock down.

Staff also are being advised to use extra caution when parole violators and new commits are received into the prison system.

This state prison system is not alone in its battle against illegal substances and employee/inmate sickness. It was reported just today that 20 correction officers and inmates at Ross Correctional Institution (Ohio) experienced possible opioid overdose symptoms as well.

“We will do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of our staff,” Wetzel said. “The steps taken today, in addition to those announced last week, demonstrate the Wolf Administration’s commitment to the safety and security of all commonwealth employees.

“The state’s Opioid Command Center is giving complete support to this action. And Corrections thanks all state agencies for their support, especially the Pennsylvania Department of Health, for providing additional gloves and personal protective equipment.”


SEPTA Regional Rail fire causes serious delays

– PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fire on the tracks beneath a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia is leading to travel delays.

A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spokesman says the fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon at the Glenside Station is causing service to be suspended on the Warminster and Doylestown lines.

All passengers on the train have been evacuated, but he’s not sure yet how many were onboard.

FOX 29 viewer Ryan Smith was at the scene and sent in some footage from the train station via Twitter.

Philadelphia schools will continue to close early

– Due to continuous heat advisories all this week, Philadelphia schools will have early dismissal again on Thursday.

Students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. and all after school activities will be canceled.

Temperatures are forecasted to be above 90 degrees again tomorrow, the fourth day in a row of above 90 degree temperatures.

Philadelphia schools have been closed early this week already on Tuesday and Wednesday due to excessive heat as well.

Pa. prisons on lockdown as mystery illness probed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s state prisons are on lockdown after staff members at a fourth prison required treatment in recent weeks from exposure to a yet-unidentified substance described as a liquid synthetic drug.

The Department of Corrections announced the step Wednesday, a couple hours after it reported that two guards and three nurses at Albion state prison reported feeling sick and required medical attention.

The department didn’t say how long the lockdown will last. 
In the meantime, it’s suspending prison visits, closing mailrooms to non-legal mail and requiring all employees to use gloves and other protective equipment.

Pennsylvania previously reported five separate cases between Aug. 6 and Aug. 13 in which 18 employees in three other western Pennsylvania prisons showed symptoms that required medical treatment.

Prison staff also is to use extra caution with parole violators and newly arrived inmates.

Pennsylvania prisons on lockdown as mystery illnesses probed

Pennsylvania’s state prisons are on lockdown after staff members required treatment in recent weeks from exposure to a yet-unidentified substance described as a liquid synthetic drug.

The Department of Corrections announced the step Wednesday, following the news that guards and nurses were treated for possible drug exposure inside an Ohio prison.

The department didn’t say how long the lockdown will last.

In the meantime, it’s suspending prison visits, closing mailrooms to non-legal mail and requiring all employees to use gloves and other personal protective equipment.

Pennsylvania previously reported five separate cases between Aug. 6 and Aug. 13 in which 18 employees in three western Pennsylvania prisons showed symptoms that required medical treatment.

Prison staff is to use extra caution with parole violators and newly arrived inmates.

Made in America fest: Everything you need to know

– Philadelphia’s seventh iteration of the Made in America festival kicks off this Saturday, with Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Post Malone among the artists slated to perform.

Here is everything you need to know:


Saturday, Aug. 1 – Sunday, Aug. 2


Performances are slated to begin at 1 p.m., with doors opening at noon each day. Performances will run until around midnight on Saturday and 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.


A number of street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the city. See here for complete details.


Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines:

  • Local train service will operate on a normal weekend schedule throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Regional Rail:

  • Late-night train service will be available on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines on Saturday and Sunday nights departing from Jefferson, Suburban and 30th Street Stations.
  • See here for full details.


  • SEPTA Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area from 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 through 5 am on Monday, Sept. 3.
  • See here for full details.


  • Factory-sealed plastic water bottles 1 per person up to 1 liter
  • Empty plastic water containers 1 per person up to 64 ounces for re-use at water refill stations (drinking water will be available for purchase and there will be water stations for re-filling bottles)
  • Empty hydration packs of any kind (backpacks, waistbands or other hydration items and inserts)
  • One small non-framed backpack or bag subject to search and re-search (all searched bags will be tagged following search)
  • Blankets and towels
  • Umbrellas (small hand-held only)
  • Non-professional cameras, flip-cams, camera phones
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, government issued I.D., cash/debit cards/credit cards are encouraged


  • Weapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permitting, e.g. Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will be confiscated)
  • Masks of any kind
  • Drones
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
  • Food and non-water beverages including alcohol taken in from the outside
  • Pets (except trained service animals)
  • Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)
  • Chairs
  • Glass containers
  • Skateboards, motorized vehicles or scooters
  • Coolers
  • Professional recording devices or cameras (no detachable lenses or tripods meant for   commercial use)
  • Fluorescent plastic lights (glow sticks)
  • Laser pointers
  • Items that would obstruct others’ view of the stages (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc.)


Morning thunderstorms are expected Saturday with highs in the low 80s. Morning showers and thunderstorms are also expected Sunday with his in the upper 80s. To download the FOX 29 Weather Authority App, see here.


For additional information about the festival, see here.

Made in America road closures, parking info

– There are dozens of street closures and parking restrictions that will be in effect across Philadelphia for the Made in America festival Saturday and Sunday. A detailed list of closures and restrictions by date can be found below.

For a full list of festival details, including timing, see here.


Phase 1: 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 – 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4

  • Two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum

Phase 2: 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27 – 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4

  • Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Phase 3: 7 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 – 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4

  • Parking prohibited on Pennsylvania Avenue from 22nd Street to 23rd Street (south side) and Park Towne Place from 22nd Street to 24th Street (north side)

Phase 4: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 – 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4

  • The inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
  • Cross traffic on numbered streets will be permitted

Phase 5: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 – 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4

  • 22nd Street reduced to one running lane between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Phase 6: 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31 – 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4

  • Outer lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
  • 23rd Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 22nd Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Park Towne Place
  • 21st Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street
  • Kelly Drive outbound, from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
  • Outer lane of MLK Drive adjacent to Paine’s Park

Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, traffic headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp. Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue.

Phase 7: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 – 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4

The full extent of road closures around the festival site will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 and remain through the duration of the event.

  • The entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, starting at 20th Street and extending through Eakins Oval (25th Street) and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 21st Street, between Winter and Spring Garden Streets
  • 22nd Street, between Race Street and Fairmount Avenue
  • 23rd Street, between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Avenue
  • 24th Street, between Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues
  • Spring Garden Street, between 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the Spring
  • Garden Street Tunnel
  • Spring Garden St Bridge* (the city will try to keep bridge open during museum operation hours but may be forced to close)
  • Kelly Drive, between 23rd Street and Fairmount Avenue
  • Martin Luther King Drive, between the Falls Bridge and  Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hamilton and 25th Street
  • 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Whole Foods store and 21st Street (the eastern half of the block, from the Whole Foods to 20th Street, will remain open)
  • Park Towne Place, between 22nd and 24th Streets
  • I-676 westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (I-676 eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open)

No Parking

Temporary no parking restrictions will be in place for the streets listed below:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue, between 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)
  • Winter Street, between 20th and 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
  • 20th Street, between Vine and Callowhill Streets (east side of street)
  • 21st Street, between Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Race Street (both sides of street)
  • 22nd Street, between Winter and Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
  • Park Towne Place, between 22nd and 24th Streets (both sides of street)

Sports betting 101: Your ultimate guide to gambling on football in PA, NJ and DE

Hello, PhillyVoice readers. Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad here. I’ve spent the better part of the summer learning the ins and outs of legal sports betting, specifically as it relates to our area — Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. 

While the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a 1992 law which effectively banned sports betting outside of Nevada generated headlines about the dawn of legal sports betting in the U.S., the reality is that this will be a long, slow process, even if sports wagering is already pervasive in our culture. Luckily, our area is poised to lead this charge as the three aforementioned states are among the first to legalize it. The editors here have asked me to put together a guide for each of the three states, so you know where, when, and how you can bet on football this fall.

First up, as the politicians say, the great state of Delaware.


The First State, wholly unironically, earned its moniker when it actually beat New Jersey, the state responsible for bringing the issue to the Supreme Court in the first place, to implement sports betting earlier this year.

On June 5, Delaware began accepting sports wagers at Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway. Governor John Carney placed the first bet – a $10 winner on the Phillies – to get the ball rolling.

Initially, the state’s three casinos will be the only locations where you can place individual game bets. We’re talking physical locations. No online sports betting… at least not yet. State officials are open to considering this down the line, and would be wise to do so, but for now punters will be relegated to one of these three casinos.

Interestingly, Delaware had already allowed gambling on professional football through parlay bets (multi-game wagers). Besides the casinos, action was offered at a wide assortment of businesses, so the infrastructure was in place to accept legal sports wagers, perhaps ex-plaining why Delaware was so quick to implement individual game betting.


Get ready to be exhausted.

Sports betting is legal in Pennsylvania, as the state actually passed a law last year. The prob-lem, however, is the absurd costs that licensed operators will have to incur: a flat $10 million up-front fee to obtain the license, and 36% tax rate.

That cost is prohibitive on several fronts. 

First and foremost, it’s relatively expensive. Consider that in New Jersey the license fee is only $100,000 with an 8.5% tax rate for casino-based betting and a 13% tax rate online.

At the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City in June, where the industry’s leaders, eve-ryone from regulators to sportsbook execs, came together to discuss, among other things, the future of sports betting in the U.S., the case for a tax rate of no more than 15%-20% was presented as the optimum rate to maximize income for the state without sacrificing overall revenue. 

This isn’t just industry self-interest— it’s actually about competitive balance. There is a thriv-ing illegal offshore betting market, which, due to none of its operators having to pay any taxes, can offer attractive odds and a cheap juice (or “vig”), which is the amount sportsbook charges gamblers on losing bets. 

Contrary to what your view of sportsbooks might be, they are low-margin businesses, and a 36% tax rate is highly restrictive. William Hill CEO Joe Asher, whose company is a leading sportsbook in Nevada and backed the opening offerings in Delaware and Monmouth Park in New Jersey, told PhillyVoice earlier this summer that he hasn’t invested in PA and, “The legal market in Pennsylvania could be very small — smaller than it should be — because of this tax rate.”

This is all a long-winded way of telling you that you can’t place a legal sports bet anywhere in Pennsylvania yet.

At that same conference in June, the director of licensing for the PA Gaming Control Board, Susan Hensel, said she expected casino-based sports betting to be live by the start of foot-ball season, with online sports betting to follow sometime in the fall. 

Thus far, however, only Penn National Gaming, which owns the Hollywood Casino at Penn Na-tional Race Course casino in Grantville, and Greenwood Gaming, owners of Parx and the Turf Club, have applied for licenses, though several operators, including Mount Airy Casino Re-sorts and Harrah’s, have indicated that they plan to do so. When you factor in the time it takes to review and approve these applications, it seems highly unlikely that you’ll be able to place a bet anywhere by Week 1 of the NFL season, and certainly not online.

That said, legal sports betting is coming to Pennsylvania, and soon-ish. DraftKings has plans to offer its online sportsbook here, but it will have to partner with a licensed operator to do so. So will FanDuel.

BetStars has partnered with Mount Airy Casino Resort to bring its sports betting brand to PA. 

Though there is much to be determined, it looks like Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Parx may be first to go live, with other casinos and online sports betting to follow perhaps later in the year… maybe in time to bet on another Super Bowl run.

We’ve put together a list of sports betting sites that we will update as online sports betting is offered in PA.

New Jersey

This is where the rubber hits the road.

Sports betting is live and rolling, both in-person and online, in New Jersey.

Thus far, these are the casinos with physical sportsbooks:

•  Monmouth Park
•  Borgata
•  Ocean Resort
•  The Meadowlands
•  Harrah’s
•  Resorts
•  Bally’s
•  Golden Nugget

Additionally, and probably more interesting to this audience, is the availability of online sports betting in New Jersey. So far, three sportsbooks are live and accepting bets:

•  DraftKings Sportsbook
•  SugarHouse Sportsbook
•  PlayMGM

By Week 1, several others are expected to follow suit, including FanDuel Sportsbook, BetStars, and 888sport. 

The latter two may be unfamiliar to U.S. bettors, but BetStars – owned by The Stars Group (PokerStars) – is an established European brand, as is 888. Both of these operators plan to figure heavily in legal U.S. sports betting, as European operators have experience in the space, particularly with live betting, which we’ll get to in a second.

Later in the year, apps from William Hill, PointsBet, and several others are expected to follow suit.

As you might expect, you can bet on a wide array of sports at any of these sportsbooks. DraftKings Sportsbook, for example, offers betting on everything from baseball to college football and golf. All of the expected bets are there, including point spread bets, totals, mon-eylines, props, parlays and, most importantly, live betting.

Live betting, sometimes referred to as in-play betting, allows bettors to place bets throughout the course of a sporting event, greatly increasing engagement. Lines are updated in real-time based on the current score and other factors. What’s more, you can bet on short-term events like quarters, series, plays, at-bats, and perhaps even pitches. And this is where the growth and future of sports betting lives.t

In Europe, upwards of 70% of bets are some form of mobile or in-play bet. All the focus in the ea
rly going here has been on physical sportsbooks, and though they will generate some buzz, especially for Atlantic City, it’s the mobile betting (still backed by these casinos, by the way) that really matters.t

So how does it work in New Jersey?

The good news is that, like the casinos themselves, you don’t have to live in the state to play— you only have to be in it while placing your bet. This is thanks to geo-location tracking built into the apps. So if you work in New Jersey, frequently drive through it, or vacation at the shore, you are eligible to play.

For more, you can check out our guide to NJ online sports betting so you stay updated on the latest sites to go live.

So that’s where everything stands: In Delaware you can bet at three casinos. In PA, you can’t bet anywhere yet, but soon will be able to at select casinos and eventually online. And in New Jersey, the floodgates have opened. You can check out for more.

Delaware police kill paraplegic suspect during raid; cousin calls shooting ‘unjust’

Delaware State Police are investigating the death of 50-year-old Robert Knox, a paraplegic man who was shot by police in Harbeson Tuesday morning.

Police were executing a search warrant at the Harbeson Road residence of Knox’s father after 6 a.m. as part of three-week drug investigation.

Two men were taken into custody without incident, but Knox reached for a handgun as he was being arrested, police said.

Police said a struggle over the weapon ensued, and two officers shot Knox, who was transported to Beebe Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Police first reported that Knox was in bed at the time of the struggle.

Both officers, who have been state troopers for seven and eight years, have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy. The officers were not wearing body cameras, a police spokeswoman said.

According to court documents, 82-year-old Andrew Knox was charged with illegal drug activity and weapons offenses. Because of a prior felony conviction, he was prohibited from owning the weapons.

While the older Knox was detained inside the residence, police seized four weapons and ammunition from his bedroom. Police also seized cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription pills and $23,000 in suspected drug proceeds. Andrew Knox was released on $13,000 unsecured bail, court documents said.

Those documents omitted mention of the fatal shooting.

Knox’s cousin Brenda Saunders, who lives in Philadelphia, said Wednesday the whole family is in shock.

“He’s in a wheelchair. How much struggling could you have done to a person who can’t move himself? So I feel it’s unjust,” she said. “Even with the circumstances of what they found in his home, they could have done a better job, even if he had a gun.

“Nobody deserves to be shot by anybody, period. They just need to take the guns away — just take them away.”

Police also arrested Andrew Ayers, 54, in connection with the three-week drug investigation. He was charged with an array of drug offenses as well as weapons offenses. He was sent to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $100,200.00 secured bond.

Lauren Vidas, a lawyer and lobbyist who worked for former Mayor Michael Nutter, has launched a bid to unseat 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson

Lauren Vidas, a lawyer and lobbyist who once worked as an assistant finance director under then-Mayor Michael Nutter, has launched a long-rumored bid against Philadelphia 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.

“I’ve always been passionate about public service. No one who knows me is surprised I’m running,” she told City & State PA, of her bid for the 2019 Democratic Primary nomination.

The district covers Southwest Philadelphia and many gentrifying neighborhoods in the western portion of South Philly. Vidas, who filed campaign paperwork last week, said she would run on a platform aimed at staunching growing economic inequality in the district.

“You hear about this red-hot economy but people are wondering why their wages are so low and their housing is getting more expensive. There doesn’t seem to be a plan to address that,” she said.

Vidas has a long history in the chamber – she served as a legislative aide to former Council member Bill Green, helping to successfully file suit against her future boss after Nutter sought the closure of numerous libraries as a cost-cutting mechanism. She said the suit “put her on the mayor’s radar” and she would later take a job under Nutter’s finance chief, Rob Dubow.

After leaving the Nutter administration, she worked for years as a lobbyist alongside her father, Ed Hazzouri, at the eponymous firm they co-founded in 2013, and later served on Mayor Jim Kenney’s transition team. Until leaving the position last week to campaign full-time, she managed East Coast client relationships for the government advising firm PFM.

Hazzouri had long handled lobbying efforts for the politically influential law firm Cozen O’Connor. Vidas said her father would play a minimal role in her campaign.

“I made this decision independently to run. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. I do not anticipate nor is there a plan for him to play more than the normal role that any supportive parent would play when their child sought public office,” she said. “I’m not doing this at his urging, but because I want to serve the 2nd District.”

Were she to be elected, she emphasized, she would work with the city’s ethics board to ensure that her family ties would not create a conflict – Hazzouri & Associates still lobbies City Council on behalf of clients like the American Beverage Association. City ethics guidelines would likely require her recusal from legislative matters linked to those entities.

On policy, Vidas described herself ideologically as a “pragmatic progressive” and said she planned to campaign by emphasizing affordable housing issues and education. She said the city should experiment with community land trusts – city-affiliated nonprofit organizations that affordably lease housing to low-income buyers, sharing in equity along the way – and what she terms “strategic upzoning” to add more housing to the burgeoning district.

“The idea that we’re building half-million dollar, single-family housing on Broad Street” – a major city thoroughfare with a subway line running directly underneath – “is just one example where development is happening in a way that’s going to drive up costs for everyone else rather than putting more units on the market,” she explained.

On education, Vidas said she wanted to see more community partnerships designed to send money and other resources to local public schools. She had served on the board of Stanton Community Partners, a consortium of parents and neighbors designed to enhance operations at E.M. Stanton Elementary.

As an openly gay candidate who has worked with the Liberty City Democratic Club, a progressive LGBT political advocacy group, Vidas also said she would pitch a raft of broad progressive policies as gay-rights issues.

“It’s important to recognize that public education could be an LGBT issue if a gay couple wants to send their kid to a neighborhood school. If they’re struggling to make ends meet, the economy is an LGBT issue,” she said.

Vidas is only the second candidate to declare in a City Council district to date – public schools advocate Tonya Bah launched a bid against 8th District Council member Cindy Bass earlier this year. She said this was in part due to advantages enjoyed by district incumbents – more time to fundraise, established neighborhood connections, better name recognition – but that this trend deprived voters of serious discussion about local policy issues.

“There’s a real sense of the power of incumbency. It’s not easy to put yourself out on a limb and run against an incumbent,” she said. “But, regardless of who wins, the district will be better off by having a choice and having conversations that don’t happen unless incumbents get challenged.”

Johnson, first elected in 2011 after the retirement of longtime Council member Anna Verna, was last challenged by local developer Ori Feibush in 2015. Their costly and acrimonious battle divided many in the neighborhood over issues linked to rapid development and gentrification. Johnson won handily, but Feibush would later sue the councilman, whom he has long accused of meddling with development projects.

Vidas appeared to strike a decidedly different tone as Johnson, an ally of state Sen. Tony Williams and a former state rep himself, runs for a third term in office.

“I’m not running against Kenyatta personally; I’m running for the 2nd District,” she said.

Mark Nevins, a campaign advisor to Johnson, said the councilman “looked forward to having a positive conversation with voters” over the coming year.

“Councilman Johnson is going to continue working on important issues like taking on gun violence, expanding access to pre-K for Philadelphia kids, and making sure we create good jobs with good wages and provide affordable housing to every family in the 2nd District, regardless of the neighborhood in which they live.”