July 29, 2016
Everyone on staff is helping our celebrity spotting during the DNC. Here are some more highlights: From Elizabeth Wellington : BET Networks and Airbnb hosted a DNC soiree Tuesday night at Coda nightclub (1712 Walnut St.). The jawn - the official name of the party - was packed. Singers Bilal and Raheem Devaughn entertained the well-dressed, packed-to-capacity crowd. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah milled through the space like he was everybody's homeboy along with one of the show's funniest correspondents, Roy Wood Jr. (The two are at Penn's Annenberg Center taping the show.)
July 27, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge ruled Monday that the public does not have a right to know who is funding the Democratic National Convention or how the money is being spent until after the event. "The decision of the Host Committee to withhold information about its donors and their contributions until the end of September may well be unwise, and certainly does not promote the value of transparency, but nothing in the law requires otherwise," Common Pleas Court Judge Abbe F. Fletman wrote. Her 10-page decision rejected freelance journalist Dustin Slaughter's motion that sought to force the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID)
July 25, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - 'It's the uncertainty," explained Moe Slyman with a shrug of his shoulders. Slyman is the friendly owner of an eponymous, 52-year-old Cleveland restaurant known for corned beef stacked so high it rivals anything even New York City has to offer. He was telling me why the noontime line to order his $14 famed sandwich on rye extended only to the door and not around the corner, as is normally the case. While the Republican National Convention had brought in some out-of-towners, many of his normal customers were staying away.
July 21, 2016 |
Kevin Washo, executive director of the Democratic National Convention's Host Committee , attended an early-morning news conference and several afternoon meetings one recent Thursday, dressed in what might be considered boring, conservative blah: a blue blazer, gray slacks, and brown, spit-shined shoes. But the dandiness - for which Washo is becoming known around town - is in the details. His navy blazer is tailored, not the uber-stylish shrunken look. The slim-fit trousers were plaid, flat-fronted, and with a watch pocket.
July 21, 2016 |
Next week promises to be a really big one for Isabella Cobos of Raleigh, N.C. On Tuesday - the day before she turns 12 - she is having surgery for scoliosis. It's all happening here in Philadelphia. And so is the Democratic National Convention. Good luck finding affordable hotel accommodations, her mother has found. Lots of places say they're booked. Some city hotels had rooms - for $350 to $550 a night. "My husband said, 'We'll rent a minivan, and I'll sleep in the back,'" said Melanie Cobos.
July 19, 2016 |
Consternation briefly clouded Anna Adams-Sarthou's features as she sized up the cluster of television crews that cluttered the path to the podium. With the day's stars, former Gov. Ed Rendell and Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., waiting in the wings, the once-aspiring ballerina turned political-communications specialist firmly cleared a runway in advance of Wednesday's news conference to promote a "youth engagement" program in conjunction with the coming Democratic National Convention.
July 18, 2016 |
To many, Marc Lamont Hill is an academic, author, activist, and incisive TV commentator, but now he wants to grab drinks with rapper Cardi B on national television. The 37-year-old North Philly native lends his powerful voice to issues from Islamophobia to race in America, regularly contributing to outlets such as CNN and BET News. Starting tonight, Hill will host a weekly late-night talk show, VH1 Live! , at 10 p.m. on VH1 that will focus on pop culture and current issues. By bridging these worlds, Hill says, he's "really committed to doing late night differently.
July 17, 2016 |
The IRS has turned down the long-running effort by the Democratic convention's Philadelphia host committee to win a tax exemption. Word of the decision, a setback for efforts to raise the last of the $60 million needed to help pay for the July 25 to 28 convention, came Friday from its adviser, David L. Cohen. When the decision came - and why - is less clear. Cohen would say only that the IRS "recently" turned down the application for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the tax code, which the committee had sought for more than a year.
July 16, 2016 |
The Democratic National Convention's host committee went to court Thursday to stop the release of any fund-raising records pending the outcome of an appeal the committee filed at the same time. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee is fighting the release of the quarterly fund-raising reports it is required to file with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID), the public agency that guaranteed it a $15 million line of credit. Last month, the state Office of Open Records ordered those reports released to the public.
July 16, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Tyler Goeddel remembers when he realized he could do it, too. He remembers the radar guns and the pro scouts hogging views behind home plate. Sometimes it was hard for parents to get seats. And Tyler remembers who was standing on the mound. Before his teens, Tyler watched his older brother, Erik, dominate the high school baseball circuit. And he saw the letters that came from "every college in the nation. " "That's what motivated me to know I want to go the same path," Tyler said.