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.
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.
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?
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.
April 27, 2010
It is bad enough that a handful of elected city officials have abused the pension perk known as DROP. But now there is more compelling evidence of an even bigger drain the plan is having on Philadelphia's already wobbly pension system. A lengthy story in the City Paper last week detailed a number of red flags regarding DROP, short for Deferred Retirement Option Plan. The plan has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and provided little to nothing in return. The firm that helped the city establish DROP has run into legal trouble in other cities.