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.
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]
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.
June 22, 2005 |
As of Monday, Mayor Street will get a new chief spokesperson - his fourth since the start of his second term 18 months ago. Street's current acting communications director, Deborah Bolling, was replaced yesterday, eight months after she first joined the mayor's communications office in a lesser role. A terse statement from chief of staff Joyce Wilkerson stated that Bolling would be succeeded by Joe Grace, who for the last year has served as the administration's go-between with City Council.
November 9, 2002 |
Tall and lanky Tyrus Bush, 17, began to sing Eric Clapton's "Change the World" accompanied by karaoke rhythms, and as he crooned the first line - If I could reach the sta-ars - he pulled from his sleeve a sizable silver star and slowly waved it in front of the five judges. "You gave us showmanship!" said singer-songwriter Lauren Hart after the performance. "It felt good; it felt right!" said Boyz II Men singer Nate Morris. Sound, performance, feeling. The five judges seeking 10 finalists in the Philadelphia Idol contest spent all day yesterday considering those qualities.
December 26, 2003 |
When the City Paper ran a "Where Are They Now?" piece about the Low Road in late 2002, Mike Brenner received a flood of e-mails from old fans clamoring for a reunion of the band, which disbanded in 1997. That, coupled with harmonica player Palmer Yale's return to Philadelphia from San Francisco, led the band to book Tuesday's and Wednesday's shows at the Tin Angel. Soon after forming in 1990, the Low Road became one of the city's most popular bands. "The groundswell of support in Philadelphia in our first two or three years was kind of overwhelming," says Brenner, just back from a series of gigs in London with Marah.