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.
March 16, 1995 |
In the Hindu religion, a cow is a sacred creature. In the Catholic faith, so is the holy image of the Virgin Mary. Blending both in a nightclub's promotion has caused a noisy controversy. In a recent advertisement in the weekly City Paper, the luminous heart in a familiar image of the Virgin Mary was replaced by the logo of the Milkbar - a cow's udder. "It was never our intention to offend anyone," said Jim Lesser, owner of the club that opened in December on Eighth between Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets.
August 14, 1996 |
The story in the Philadelphia Weekly about the long-ago love affair between the burly baseball slugger and the baby-voiced actress was sweet and sentimental. It also was a fake. The July 3 cover story featured supposedly long-lost love letters between Philadelphia baseball star Jimmie Foxx and actress Judy Holliday, written in the summer of '45. The newspaper's editor, Tim Whitaker, said yesterday that the story and letters were invented by freelance writer Tom McGrath.
March 23, 2012
When Albert C. Barnes was calling the shots, the door to his incomparable hoard of modern masterpieces was relatively open to the poor, and closed to the privileged. James Michener, the author, figured this out only after he was denied entry on three occasions. The fourth time he posed as a barely literate Pittsburgh steelworker. Access granted. Well, Barnes is long since dead, and now that the elites have his collection, the time apparently has come for the poor to get out. Instead of slumming it to get in, the city's powerful are clearing the slums, lest the presence of homeless men and women offend patrons of the new and supposedly improved Barnes Foundation, set to open on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in May. The official story is that the new ban Mayor Nutter announced last week on the outdoor feeding of homeless people has nothing to do with the Barnes.
January 4, 2002 |
Who knew a cat and dog, natural enemies, could make such a purr-fect combination. Saturday at the Cruise Terminal of the Philadelphia Naval Business Center, Cozmic Cat - named Philly's best DJ by City Paper and Philadelphia Magazine in 2000 - will captain all on a journey through her trip-hop and acid-jazz at the Hair O' the Dog gala. In its eighth year, this go-around of Hair O' the Dog will benefit an as-yet-unspecified rescue organization and also the Bethesda Project, whose mission is to house and educate the homeless.
November 25, 2005 |
There will be plans of attack and there will be casualties, but there's a difference in this war: The weapon of choice is a laptop. The Philadelphia Laptop Battle 4 at Silk City on Wednesday will be a "mix of DJ battle and battle of the bands," according to Gair Marking of Seclusiasis, which is presenting the contest. The setup is three rounds, in which all contestants will participate. Judging will be based on how live the performance is - "We want some interaction between [participants]
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.
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.
April 14, 1989 |
Marian H. Dominguez Smyth, 64, a former reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin and other area newspapers, died of a heart attack Tuesday at her home in Erma, Cape May County. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Smyth attended Frankford High School and spent much of her childhood in Cheltenham Township. She served as a Republican committeewoman in Upper Moreland Township, Montgomery County, during the early 1960s. Mrs. Smyth got her first opportunity as a writer at Progress Newspapers, when she approached the publication in Hatboro in hopes of getting coverage for a new faction of the area's Republican Party.