November 2, 2014 |
Since Newsies , the Walt-Disney-movie-turned-musical based on New York's Newsboy Strike of 1899 closes on Sunday, I will immediately say that if you like uplifting David-and-Goliath stories set to rousing music and filled with aggressive, gymnastics-propelled choreography, get tickets. Since Philadelphia also launches the 2014-15 national tour, I will offer my criticisms of a show that I enjoyed thoroughly, for as long as I could stand it. Alan Menken's music and Jack Feldman's lyrics strike a single note all night: yearning.
October 23, 2014 |
SUSPENDED Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and his wife yesterday withdrew a defamation lawsuit against the Inquirer and Daily News . McCaffery and Lise Rapaport filed their suit in March over a series of Inquirer articles claiming that Rapaport had received substantial referral fees from law firms while working as her husband's aide. Amy Ginensky, a senior partner at Pepper Hamilton who represents the newspapers' owner, Interstate General Media, said the couple withdrew the suit after editors agreed to publish a letter from the U.S. Attorney's Office about its investigation into the incident.
September 18, 2014 |
The faculty adviser for Neshaminy High School's student newspaper was suspended for two days this week in what appeared to be the latest turn in a nearly yearlong battle over the newspaper's attempt to ban the word Redskin . In an e-mail to the Pennsylvania School Press Association that was obtained by The Inquirer, adviser Tara Huber said that she was suspended without pay for "willful neglect of duties and insubordination," and that the...
August 3, 2014 |
A judge on Friday tossed out a libel suit filed by Carl R. Greene, former head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, against The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. In 2010, Greene was fired from his job as executive director after the authority's board of commissioners discovered that he had secretly settled multiple sexual harassment complaints against him. A year later, Greene filed suit in Common Pleas Court against Philadelphia Media Network Inc., then the owner of the newspapers and their website.
June 12, 2014 |
JUST 10 DAYS after a plane crash took his father's life, Drew Katz confirmed last night that he's selling his stake in the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com to philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, making Lenfest the company's sole owner. "Because of the turmoil of the last 10 days, I have made a decision that it would be in the best interests of The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com for me to sell my interest in the company," the 42-year-old son of Lewis Katz said in an email to local journalists.
June 4, 2014 |
FORMER Philadelphia newspapers CEO Brian Tierney is coming back to advise the new ownership of the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com on gaining more advertising - one of a flurry of personnel moves announced yesterday in the wake of the private-jet crash that took the life of co-owner Lewis Katz. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner and interim publisher, announced Tierney's return in an email to staffers, saying that Tierney will work directly with him in an effort to woo advertisers.
May 22, 2014 |
WHEN INTERSTATE General Media goes up for auction Tuesday, one group won't be allowed to sit in on the proceedings: the media. So says Delaware Chancery Court Judge Donald F. Parsons Jr., who sided yesterday with the wishes of Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, one-half of the warring owners of IGM, the parent company of the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com. Katz and Lenfest wanted the auction - which will be held at the Cira Centre law office of Dechert LLP - to unfold behind closed doors.
May 2, 2014 |
THE OKLAHOMAN newspaper got some flak for describing Thunder star Kevin Durant as "Mr. Unreliable" in a headline yesterday. Not from the five-time All-Star, but from his mother, Wanda Pratt. Pratt, who tweets as @MamaDurant, wrote "Typical Oklahoman on Kevin. UNBELIEVABLE!! KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!" The Oklahoman responded by apologizing. "We take great pride in our headlines about big sporting events and news in Oklahoma," sports editor Mike Sherman said in a statement.
April 26, 2014 |
WILMINGTON - The largest union at The Inquirer will not bid against its owners in an auction for control of the parent company if the bidding starts at $77 million, a lawyer for the union said Thursday. At the start of a hearing that could shape the sale of the company, lawyer Lisa Lori told a Delaware judge there was "no way" the Newspaper Guild or its investing partners were willing to match the $77 million that rival co-owners of Interstate General Media Holdings L.L.C. have pledged as a starting bid. Donald F. Parsons Jr., Delaware Court of Chancery vice chancellor, then heard about 90 minutes of closing arguments from lawyers for IGM co-owners Lewis Katz, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, and George E. Norcross III over the format for sale of the company.