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...
January 17, 2000 |
It would be an exaggeration to say "all eyes" of the music industry will be on Philadelphia the next few days - but not much. At least 1,500 performers and an equal number of industry professionals will be officially in the house for the seventh Philadelphia Music Conference. And several thousand more music lovers (like you and me) will be dropping in to enjoy PMC's nighttime club showcases, each featuring four or more acts striving at their very best performance level. Now the third biggest pop music conclave in the nation, PMC jump starts with a promising event Wednesday night at the Trocadero, "Decades of Philadelphia.
October 8, 1999 |
From the land that brought you the pop group Abba and IKEA furniture comes a new daily newspaper to be distributed for free on SEPTA trains, buses and trolleys. Designed to be read during a 20-minute transit ride, the 28-page publication will resemble a tabloid version of USA Today, offering snippets of local, state and national news, as well as sports, business and features. It will be produced by reporters and editors in Philadelphia starting in January. TPI Metro (short for Transit Publications Inc.)
November 10, 1998 |
Not every business has a skateboard ramp, but then not every business is like Space 1026 on Arch Street in Chinatown. On a recent afternoon, hip-hop bounced off high ceilings and lime green and gold walls; a dangling disco ball cast diamond-shaped shadows; pop-culture paintings on bedsheet canvases decorated open spaces; a cluster of twentysomethings engaged in excited conversations on vintage settees; a grunge-clad newcomer turned out 360s on...
April 2, 1998 |
It's funny, but Paul Levy doesn't look like a no-good, rotten, fascistic, anti-American, Albanian-style communistic, repressive authoritarian. He looks like a regular guy. But looks can deceive, your honor. After all, it was Levy, in his role as director of the Center City District, who just last year suggested that it might be time to do something to regulate the newspaper honor boxes on the streets. Levy thus violated one of the cardinal rules of politics: Never pick a fight with a guy who buys ink by the barrel.
February 18, 1998 |
City Paper, the free weekly paper, said it would publish an article tomorrow conceding that a backstage interview with the star and director of the New York show Freak did not take place as presented. In last week's issue, freelance writer Jim Gladstone wrote that he had met with actor John Leguizamo and Freak's writer-director, David Bar Katz, at the Cort Theatre in Manhattan after a preview performance. Leguizamo was not present, said news editor Howard Altman. His quotes were taken from a published work and patched into dialogue with Katz, Altman said.
January 29, 1998 |
It is, as Joe Klein observes in the New Yorker, the Krakatoa of bimbo eruptions. President Clinton's alleged dalliance with a young intern could bring down his administration. And it raises a question: What are the chances of a major political scandal here? The last juicy local scandal was Abscam in 1979 and 1980, when some FBI agents dressed up as sheiks and plumbed the venality of Philadelphia's political class. The result: Three city councilmen and a congressman took bribes.
December 6, 1997 |
Contending he was libeled, State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has sued the publisher of the City Paper and one of its editors, Howard Altman, over a recent column about Fumo's role on the Board of City Trusts. Fumo's lawsuit objected to Altman's use of language in the Nov. 14-20 issue of the City Paper describing the board as a "goon squad" that is "controlled by" the senator. The suit also cites Altman's characterization of the board's Stephen Girard College Trust as Fumo's "$230 million toy chest," which he uses "as private monopoly money with no accountability to anyone.
August 6, 1997 |
Martinis may be making a comeback - but margaritas, always kind of breezy and a bit wild to start with, never went away. Indeed, they've grown steadily more popular - to the point of being called America's most popular bar cocktail by those in the trade. Certainly the 400 or so people who showed up at Pompano Grille last week to sample entries in the Great Margarita Mix-Off have a special fondness for "Maggies. " A few die-hards even stuck it out through the three-hour mob scene that turned the corner of Fifth and Bainbridge into a mini-Margaritaville although the crowd seemed more South Beach than parrothead.