April 8, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Democrats who oppose a bill placing new limits on abortion failed Wednesday to delay a vote on the measure, setting the stage for the full House to consider the legislation as early as next week. Democrats in the chamber tried to postpone until mid-June a vote on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy - except in medical emergencies - instead of 24 weeks under current law. The measure also would sharply curtail medical use of a procedure known as dilation and evacuation.
February 26, 2016 |
In the opening scene of Fuller House - Netflix's reboot, premiering Friday, of the popular ABC series Full House - Danny Tanner (Philadelphia's own Bob Saget) and Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) share a knowing look. The camera lingers on their smiling faces too long for the look not to say something. For their sake, I hope the sound of that look is ka-ching! Danny and Uncle Jesse have less to do in this version of the family sitcom than they did in the original, which ran from 1987 to 1995.
February 4, 2016 |
CYNTHIA KING drove from her home in Stamford, Conn., for the ceremony at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church honoring the first day of the U.S. Postal Service's Richard Allen forever stamp. "This is a historic moment in time," said King, 62, historiographer of the AME church's first district, which includes the region from Boston to Philadelphia. "I had to be here. " The stamp is being released in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the 1816 conference at which Allen called for other African American Methodist ministers to form an independent African Methodist Episcopal Church.
November 25, 2015 |
A bill to save the horse-racing industry in Pennsylvania is on the cusp of passage after it was unanimously advanced by a House committee Monday. The House bill is a slightly amended version of a bill that passed in the Senate over the summer. It represents a compromise worked out by Gov. Wolf, legislative leaders, and industry representatives - an accord that at times seemed close to collapsing. The vote Monday may have made such a collapse less likely. "While we want to take a closer look at some of the other amendments adopted today, we are in a good position to continue conversations as the full House considers the bill," Brandi Hunter-Davenport, press secretary for the Department of Agriculture, said in an email.
August 13, 2015 |
IN TODAY'S lead Tattle item, we not only get info about two of America's favorite child stars, but a brief lesson in why trickle-down economics is a joke. According to USA Today , Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and their fashion empire, Dualstar Entertainment Group, have been targeted in a class-action suit by 40 interns, past and present. Dualstar is the parent company of the twins' fashion labels, Elizabeth and James, and The Row. The suit alleges that Dualstar failed to pay interns for menial tasks, and claims they should have been paid minimum wage because they were doing similar kinds of jobs as their paid colleagues, without receiving any academic or vocational credit.
June 4, 2015 |
Olsen-free 'Full House' Will anyone watch Netflix's Full House reboot without those adorable original stars, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen , who have turned down the opportunity to star in the new version? (In other words, is a life without the Olsen girls worth living?) Their costars seem copacetic. "They're not doing it, and I'm just happy that they're happy," Bob Saget tells E! News. (But will you be happy when the series fails?) Says Saget, "I want my friends to do what they want to do. . . . They have a whole different creative life now. " Honoring R&B legends The Phillies game Friday against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by live music by Odunde 365 and an awards ceremony honoring the O'Jays and R&B and jazz maestro Jean Carne . Part of the 12th annual Phillies African American Heritage Celebration, the event also will feature appearances by Philadelphia Sound pioneers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff . Carne will perform her hit, "Don't Let It Go to Your Head," and Bunny Sigler will sing the national anthem.
April 23, 2015 |
NOT SURE how the big news networks missed this on 4/20, but hip-hop performer Waka Flocka Flame has announced he's running for president. The only thing holding him back? He's 28. Not old enough. This is why you need to pay attention in poli-sci class, kids, to avoid the humiliation of announcing a presidential run before you're eligible. Flame, however, shot a video for Rolling Stone magazine in which he announced his candidacy. "I'm very pleased to announce today, on 4/20, the best day of the year, I will be running for president," he said.
January 14, 2015 |
First impressions suggest the Republicans in control of Congress aren't ready to put aside partisanship and govern if it means making peace with President Obama, who is scheduled to meet with congressional leaders at the White House today. In a resounding rebuke of House Speaker John Boehner's past willingness to compromise with the president, 24 Republicans voted against his reelection last week. Due to a number of absences, Boehner (R., Ohio) didn't need their votes. Still, it marked only the fourth time since 1913 that a speaker was elected without a majority of the full House.
April 12, 2014 |
Bob Saget & the twins There are revelations a-plenty in comic Bob Saget 's new memoir, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian . He explains how he could play a sweet family man on Full House , yet maintain the raunchiest stand-up act this side of Richard Pryor (his favorite comic, Saget tells USA Today). But the most important revelation is about the Olsen twins , who were 9 months old when they joined Full House . "I actually did change Mary-Kate 's and Ashley 's diapers once.
March 5, 2014 |
In an effort to boost the diversity and size of its audience, the Wilma Theater is slashing the price of most tickets to $25 - about twice the cost of most movie tickets. Such a reduction requires a subsidy, and for this one the Wilma landed a gift from a source sympathetic to theater: philanthropist Leonard Haas, an Equity card-carrying actor, and scion of the family whose fortune formed the William Penn and Wyncote Foundations. Through Haas' recommendation, the Wyncote will subsidize reduced ticket prices with a $750,000 grant doled out over three years.