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 17, 1996 |
The weekly City Paper's scoop on the cleanup, fix-up, paint-up job on state Sen. Vincent Fumo's Victorian mansion in Fairmount may prove as slippery as a freshly waxed hardwood floor. Fumo is seeking to hold the giveaway newspaper in contempt of court for obtaining off-limits city records detailing renovation work on the 19th century mansion on Green Street. Common Pleas Judge Albert W. Sheppard, who ordered the building permits sealed last year, has not ruled on the contempt charge.
May 19, 2013 |
THE HUSBAND of City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown - who admitted earlier this year to a series of campaign-finance violations - was laid off last week from his job at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority for budgetary reasons, officials say. But a source familiar with the decision said information that surfaced about Howard Brown certainly didn't help. In March the City Paper reported that Brown, 57, who worked with PRA for 10 years as an assistant director of administration, was $4,200 behind in taxes.
April 15, 2011 |
The editorial staff of La Salle University's weekly newspaper, the Collegian, spent Wednesday evening plotting a mildly subversive act. For more than a week, they had been negotiating with officials at the private Catholic university over a potentially embarrassing article about a business management professor. Vinny Vella had the story first. (Click here to read the Collegian's story and here to read an editorial about the the Collegian staff's relationship with administration.)
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.
March 31, 1990 |
The ads for the movie are bad enough, they said. Big yellow signs on billboards and bus shelters that read, Warning: Crazy People Are Coming. Then, the weekly City Paper ran a promotion in Thursday's edition, offering free tickets to a screening of the movie. In order to win, readers were asked to come to the newspaper office yesterday and "prove to us you're crazy. " "I brought my medication and said, 'I'm crazy,' " recounted Laura Van Tosh, angrily shaking a bottle of pills drawn from her purse.
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.
May 24, 1995 |
Nearly 50 years ago, Leon Levin dreamed of creating a Pittsburgh magazine for travelers, something they would find in their hotel rooms, spotlighting local restaurants and goings-on. That magazine never got off the ground. But in 1971, Levin started a weekly newspaper in Philadelphia and he gave it the name he'd hoped to give the travel magazine: The Welcomat. The name was an awkward fit. For 24 years the paper wore it uncomfortably. But that era ended yesterday. With today's issue, the Welcomat has traded in its quirky name to become Philadelphia Weekly, a less original but more accurate name designed to put it in the tradition of alternative city newspapers.
February 24, 2002 |
If you want it sugar-coated, if you want it politically correct, if you want to hear it only the way you want to hear it, don't ask Christa Zaro. "Hey, I'm Italian and from Norristown," Zaro said. "That's the way I am. " And Zaro is that way smack in the center of Salt Lake City. "It's so relaxing here," Zaro said. "It's so easy. It's those mountains that are all around us. You can't get away from them. After these mountains, I could never go back to the Poconos. " So what's a nice Catholic woman, a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy no less, doing a stone's throw away from the Mormon Temple?
August 5, 2010
It's good to see Mayor Nutter move to end the DROP program. Too bad it took a decade and yet another study, this one costing $80,000, to determine the city can't afford this pension perk. City Council should follow the mayor's lead and approve his legislation to end the so-called Deferred Retirement Option Plan. Any measure that is passed, though, will likely grandfather in the six Council members signed up to receive DROP payments next year ranging from $200,000 to almost $600,000.