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.
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.
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.
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 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?
February 1, 2013 |
IT'S BEEN DIFFICULT to write the top of this column when I didn't have anything good to report the next day. I've known the subject of this one for a few weeks and that doesn't make it any easier. This is my last column for the Philadelphia Daily News . I started at the paper in the fall of 1998 as an editorial assistant. And Feb. 10 would have marked my nine-year anniversary of writing the gossip column. The decision to leave was mine alone. The paper's parent company offered voluntary buyouts and it seemed like a good opportunity for me to try something new. I have a few avenues I am pursuing both in and outside of journalism.
February 8, 1996 |
He's ba-a-a-a-ck. Philadelphia journalist Dan Rottenberg, who created the freewheeling format of the Welcomat, a weekly Philadelphia newspaper, has returned as editor of a new Center City newspaper that debuts today and is modeled in part after the Welcomat. Fifty thousand copies of the newspaper, called the Philadelphia Forum, will be distributed free to Center City homes, stores and offices. The start-up becomes the third major Center City alternative weekly, after the City Paper and the Philadelphia Weekly, which changed its name from the Welcomat last year.
July 7, 1995 |
When Vance Lehmkuhl moved to Upper Darby from Florida in 1985, he expected a quiet life. Not quite. "I moved up there just in time to be in the barricade for the MOVE confrontation just across the (Cobbs) Creek," he said. It was not a happy time. When houses started burning on Osage Avenue, Lehmkuhl and his wife contemplated grabbing the stereo (it was not a prosperous time, either) and driving west. The award-winning City Paper editorial cartoonist (and, now, Roxborough resident)
March 27, 1995 |
The guy on the phone was from the City Paper, inquiring about the relationship between Stu Bykofsky and Harry Jay Katz. "Does the Daily News have rules, written or unwritten, which cover situations like this?" he asked. No, I said. But what I thought was this: Rules addressing buddies, boiled blondes and hot tubs? Gimme a break. Howard Altman and Edward Engel of the City Paper went on to write one of the deepest and best stories about a complex relationship between a local media personality, the columnist Bykofsky, and a newsmaker, the playboy Katz, since The Bulletin's stuff about Laura Foreman and Buddy Cianfrani many moons ago. Neither Stu nor the News came away clean in this one. But thanks to the spectacular reporting of the Daily News' Jim Nolan on the death of Valerie Sheridan, The Inquirer looked even sillier.