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 25, 2015 |
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis took the high road yesterday by publicly forgiving a young man who insulted her on the Internet. Joey Casselberry , a/k/a @Big Cass24, is no longer on Twitter, but posted last week: "Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada. " Casselberry, a junior and first baseman for the Bloomsburg University Huskies, was bounced from the team over the weekend after college president David L. Soltz said he was "deeply saddened" by the offensive tweet.
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 29, 2015 |
DEESHA DYER has come a long way from her days of handing out free condoms at Fluid and other local nightclubs. These days, instead of trying to persuade partygoers to get themselves tested for HIV, she's in charge of all of the social functions at the White House. Yeah, you read that right. The White House as in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. As the new White House social secretary, her job is to work closely with first lady Michelle Obama to compile guest lists for opulent dinners honoring visiting dignitaries such as Chinese President Xi Jinping, who's coming in September.
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.