June 12, 2015
CITY COMMISSIONERS Chairman Anthony Clark must have compromising photos of ward leaders or something. Oh yeah, this guy knows where the bodies are buried all right. How else do you explain how the Democratic City Committee endorsed him for re-election in last month's primary? Clark, who heads the three-person panel in charge of Philadelphia elections, was the top vote-getter in the commissioners' race - despite the fact that he hadn't bothered to vote in five consecutive elections until the City Paper called him out last fall.
April 29, 2015 |
DEESHA DYER has come a long way from her days of handing out free condoms at Fluid and other local nightclubs. These days, instead of trying to persuade partygoers to get themselves tested for HIV, she's in charge of all of the social functions at the White House. Yeah, you read that right. The White House as in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. As the new White House social secretary, her job is to work closely with first lady Michelle Obama to compile guest lists for opulent dinners honoring visiting dignitaries such as Chinese President Xi Jinping, who's coming in September.
April 24, 2015 |
THREE PHILADELPHIA police officers are expected to be arrested today over unrelated incidents, a law-enforcement source told the Daily News last night. One of the cops, Officer Christopher Hulmes, is expected to be charged with perjury, the source said. Philadelphia's City Paper reported last summer that Hulmes had lied in court and on a search-warrant affidavit tied to a 2010 drug case - and that the District Attorney's Office dragged its feet on turning over evidence of Hulmes' misconduct to defense attorneys.
March 25, 2015 |
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis took the high road yesterday by publicly forgiving a young man who insulted her on the Internet. Joey Casselberry , a/k/a @Big Cass24, is no longer on Twitter, but posted last week: "Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada. " Casselberry, a junior and first baseman for the Bloomsburg University Huskies, was bounced from the team over the weekend after college president David L. Soltz said he was "deeply saddened" by the offensive tweet.
January 16, 2015 |
Much about restaurants is a matter of taste, but we can all agree on minimizing the involvement of rodents and bacteria. Fortunately, a cadre of city food-safety inspectors stands between Philadelphia's diners and its noroviruses. Unfortunately, their work is about as difficult to trace as a case of food poisoning. It's not just that the city's restaurant inspection reports are tucked away in an obscure corner of the Web , but also that any layman who takes the trouble to find them will be hard-pressed to understand their meaning and import.
October 23, 2014 |
Philadelphia's Democratic machine has supported candidates who have been recorded taking unreported cash from a lobbyist, pleaded guilty to fixing traffic tickets for crab cakes, and faced charges of using state workers to raise campaign funds. But City Commissioners Chairman Anthony Clark, a Democratic ward leader and Philadelphia's top elections official, has come up with a new way to show the party's disregard for the democratic process: He doesn't vote. Clark hasn't voted since the general election in 2011, City Paper reported recently, citing voting records maintained by Clark's own office.
October 14, 2014
DID YOU HEAR the one about the guy whose job is to oversee elections in Philadelphia but never bothers to show up to vote? Sorry to say it is not a joke. As the City Paper reported recently, Anthony Clark, chair of the City Commissioners, hasn't voted in the past five elections. The three commissioners run the city's Election Bureau. Part of their job is to promote registration and encourage people to vote. Yet, Clark hasn't voted since 2011. Maybe he could argue that he is too busy on Election Day to take time to vote.
August 7, 2014 |
"IF YOU have a character who is smelling and tasting green onions and also has a hand on their bottom, your audience understands them better," said Diana Gabaldon , the mega-best-selling author of the Outlander series. Gabaldon was explaining why she needed to travel to Philadelphia in order to write the most recent entry in the series, Written in My Own Heart's Blood , which takes place during the Revolutionary War. If she imbues her characters with more sensory details - from bad breath to some backside-related flirting - her faraway characters become real for her readers, who have gobbled up 17 million copies of her books in print.
May 2, 2014 |
CBS3's Pat Ciarrocchi and 6ABC's Jim Gardner have been inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. They join KYW's Malcolm Poindexter and Larry Kane as the only other broadcast-news anchors in the hall. Ciarrocchi, who celebrated her 32nd year behind the anchor desk at CBS3, has the distinction of being the first female anchor inducted. The Chester County native, who grew up watching Mort Crim , Vince Leonard and Jessica Savitch , joined the station on March 15, 1982, and credits her longevity to a genuine love of the community and desire to tell its story.
June 26, 2013 |
Gov. Corbett has belatedly realized what's been obvious for years: The state's utterly inadequate funding of K-12 education is a massive political liability for him, one that could well sink his reelection. The attention is welcome, even if the deal he is cooking up to bail out the city's schools is an atrocious one for Philadelphia taxpayers. Corbett's epiphany that education matters was likely helped along by two new polls commissioned by organizations frantic to ensure that Philadelphia's public schools open in the fall with something more than a skeleton crew of teachers and a principal.