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.
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?
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 2, 2001 |
A musical city with a tough audience, that's Philadelphia. Ask any entertainer who has spent time here. "Philly is the hardest audience in the world to please," the multitalented Rich Medina says, but "that makes it great for building your craft. " The City of Brotherly Love obviously has had a positive effect on the DJ-producer-poet, one of the artists featured this weekend in the conclusion of the four-day Philadelity, the mostly local music festival that celebrates stylistic diversity.
October 26, 2001 |
The Philadelity philosophy is built upon a simple belief. "If you ask people what kind of music they like," says Bryan Dilworth, "they say, 'All kinds.' " Along with File 13 Records honcho Matt Werth, Dilworth is the principal organizer of Philadelity, the mostly local music festival whose second edition will take place at clubs around town starting Wednesday. Dilworth, the band-booker responsible for placing acts in the Khyber, Theatre of Living Arts, the Five Spot, and the swank Mount Airy club North by Northwest, among other venues, got the idea a couple of years back for an event that would reach across the Philadelphia rock, neo-soul and DJ scenes.
March 13, 2001 |
City and local high-tech leaders said yesterday they planned to wage a multimedia marketing campaign aimed at convincing college students in the city to stay after graduation. More than 51,000 degrees are conferred each year by the region's colleges and universities, according to a recent report by the Pennsylvania Economy League. But many of those graduates don't hang around Philadelphia - one recent estimate by the state placed the percentage of departing grads as high as 40 percent.
January 6, 2001 |
A former reporter for The Inquirer has settled a lawsuit in which he claimed he was defamed by the newspaper's top editor. Ralph Cipriano, a former religion writer, and Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., publisher of The Inquirer, issued a joint announcement yesterday saying Cipriano's litigation against the newspaper had ended. The terms of the settlement, including any financial details, were not made public. A confidentiality provision was made part of the agreement. Cipriano, 46, and Inquirer editor Robert J. Rosenthal both said they were pleased that the lawsuit had been resolved.
May 10, 2000 |
I've been away, so you'll have to forgive me for being a little out of touch. I could follow the baseball stadium story, what with the newspapers available on the Web and all. But I missed the little flap between Buzz Bissinger and Paul Levy until a pal pointed it out to me. In case you missed it too, these guys, the famous author and the respected Center City District director, are dueling in print over Mayor Street's start and, therefore, over...