July 8, 2007
Last month, the Great Expectations civic dialogue project, a joint effort of the University of Pennsylvania and The Inquirer, asked citizens of the region to imagine that the next mayor of Philadelphia was sitting at their kitchen table. How would they complete this sentence, "Yo, Mike (or Al), what I really need you to do is. ... " More than 600 essays were received. They can be viewed at the project Web site, www.greatexpectations07.com. The major-party nominees for mayor, Democrat Michael Nutter and Republican Al Taubenberger, have agreed to respond to some citizen essays in print.
March 14, 2006 |
The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and 10 other Knight Ridder Inc. papers are back on the auction block, with a Colorado media mogul, a national journalists' union, and some hometown hopefuls among the potential bidders. Other bidders could yet emerge after McClatchy Co., of Sacramento, Calif., said it would break up the 32-paper Knight Ridder chain that it agreed on Sunday to buy for $67.25 a share, or $4.5 billion in cash and stock plus $2.0 billion in assumed debt. Newspaper officials and analysts cautioned that months of negotiation and uncertainty could lie ahead for readers and employees of Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., the Knight Ridder subsidiary that publishes the region's dominant newspapers, the philly.
December 15, 2005 |
This week, the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth begins in earnest with the opening of a new international exhibition on Franklin's long and storied life at the National Constitution Center. For all his accomplishments, Franklin was first, and perhaps foremost, a newspaperman, publisher of the lively and successful Pennsylvania Gazette. It is bittersweet that such a celebration comes at a time of some peril for his latter-day heirs in Philadelphia, the people who write and publish The Inquirer and its sister publication, the Philadelphia Daily News.
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]
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.
June 3, 2005 |
Electro-folk collective the Wayward Wind, which scored Headlong Dance Theater's "Hotel Pool" at last year's Live Arts Festival, is throwing a record release party for "Wait For Green. " Joining the band are She-Haw's Amy Pickard, the Twin Atlas and Ultramush (9:30 tonight, Indre Studios, 1418 S. Darien St., 215-463-3000, $10 includes CD, www.schwa-disk.com). The unique styles of DiPinto Guitars have fans in David Bowie, Rick Nielsen, Dick Dale and Jack White. The husband-and-wife-owned shop reopens in its new Fishtown location with festivities from local endorsees Ken, the Jukebox Zeros, Jamaldeen Tacuma, the Sparklers and others (3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, 407-409 Girard Ave., 215-427-7805, free, www.dipintoguitars.
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.
September 22, 2003
RE THE Sept. 15 letter from Kendall Wood: At what point did Sam Katz become a racist? Did his campaign throw an un-lit Molotov cocktail through one of Mayor Street's campaign offices? At what point did "Mayor Katz" say, "the white people are runnin' the city"? At what point did Sam Katz have city employees working on his campaign? The answer to every one of these questions is "never. " The reason the recent covers of the Daily News regarding Mayor Street are consistently negative is because of the facts, not the color of his skin.
August 8, 2003
Job-draining tax structure hobbles the city The proposal by mayoral candidate Sam Katz to reduce materially the Philadelphia wage tax offers this city the first quantum leap out of the self-defeating cycle of job-draining tax structure and costly compensatory financial incentives that have been the economic tools for noncompetitive locations for 40 years. In its Aug. 2 article about Towers Perrin's moving of some jobs to New Jersey, The Inquirer noted that Camden County was offering the firm $1,000 for each new employee it adds.
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.