September 11, 2014 |
A FORMER EXOTIC DANCER on Monday sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, accusing him of sexual assault after a June 2009 incident in a local hotel. Jana Weckerly, 27, from Ardmore, Okla., said Jones fondled her genitals, forced her to touch or rub his penis, and required she watch as the 71-year-old Jones received oral sex from another woman. Weckerly is seeking more than $1 million in punitive damages. She was not available for comment yesterday. Her Dallas attorney, Thomas Bowers, said his client is in counseling and is taking medicine to help her cope with trauma from the incident.
September 1, 2014 |
As the photo essay opens, a 44-year-old man with a shaved head lies shirtless on his back in bed. The merciless morning light reveals two prescription drug containers on the night table, a medical alert tag around his neck, and a catheter tube snaking out from under the sheets. The man is Fred Schwartz, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994. His nearly deadweight legs and steadily weakening left arm render mundane tasks - such as getting up in the morning - a challenge.
August 27, 2014 |
JIMMY TAYOUN, publisher of the Philadelphia Public Record , tried Friday to shrug off as "just a mistake" a string of racial slurs that appeared in a photo caption in Thursday's weekly edition. Tayoun was singing a different tune yesterday, saying he had fired the employee responsible for adding the slurs to the caption. Tayoun also retracted a claim he made Friday that a freelance photographer who took the photo came up with the "nicknames" - "Me Too, Chinky Winky and Dinky Doo" - for a group attending a fundraiser in Chinatown for City Councilman Mark Squilla.
August 16, 2014 |
The Atlantic City Alliance acknowledged Thursday that the crowd in the photo of the Lady Antebellum beach concert used in full-page newspaper ads to promote the resort had been digitally altered and contained repeated images of some of the same people. But Jeff Guaracino, communications officer for the alliance, a casino-funded marketing group, said the ad did not misrepresent the size of the crowd. The ad's slogan is "We Have Something for Everyone. No Wonder Everyone's Here. " He said the digital changes were made by the alliance's creative director and were designed to incorporate photos from various views, as well as to cover up video towers and alcohol.
August 8, 2014 |
All Billy Cress has to do to become inspired is take a walk. The 29-year-old Fishtown resident walks the streets of Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, Fitler Square, and elsewhere in Philadelphia. He looks at the houses along them, searching for the unusual and the beautiful. And when one catches his eye, he pulls out his iPhone and snaps a photo. He's an Instagrammer. Cress, who works for a soccer retail company in King of Prussia, began posting his photos on Instagram a few years back with the hashtag he created, #phillyhomeportrait.
June 4, 2014 |
The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed lawsuits Monday against seven school districts, including three in Camden County, alleging that they have illegally required government-issued photo identifications when registering children for school. The lawsuits contend that the districts' policies discriminate against immigrant families and violate state and federal requirements. The Camden County districts are Audubon, Gloucester Township, and Somerdale Park.
May 25, 2014 |
When Andy Cliver and Liz Yaeger finished the Wild Half, a Wildwood half-marathon, last Sunday, they didn't know they had a surprise waiting for them: free race photos. Typically, race companies ask for permission to photograph a race, and then sell photos directly to runners with the race getting a percentage of the profits. They aren't cheap, either. Buying just one high-resolution digital photo from last year's Philadelphia Marathon cost $39.95. Many community races offer free photos, but instead of hiring someone, they have a volunteer photographer take pictures and then post the photos on sites such as Facebook or Flickr, and runners can flip through the photos to find themselves and download them for free.
May 3, 2014 |
PAULSBORO However it was conceived, the photo that ended the season of several North Jersey high school wrestlers early has now led to the shutdown of a long-established rivalry between two highly regarded wrestling programs in the state. The Phillipsburg Stateliners and the Paulsboro Red Raiders will not compete in their annual out-of-conference match next year - marking the end of a 15-year staple, Paulsboro officials said Thursday. The decision follows the controversy that erupted in February over a photo featuring several Phillipsburg wrestlers that some deemed racially insensitive.
May 2, 2014 |
TURNING THE BIG 4-0 can be a difficult hurdle. Amanda Schoonover, a South Philly-based actress, was no exception. But instead of hiding from her age the way so many in her profession do, she decided to celebrate the fact that she was entering her fourth decade by posing for some boudoir-style photos. Nothing overly risque or graphic. She wanted to pose in lingerie and strike some 1950s-era style pinup poses. Tasteful images taken by a professional photographer. "I wanted to do something that would make me feel good about myself," Schoonover told me yesterday.
May 1, 2014 |
Vernon and Irene Castle had reached the peak of their fame in 1914. The husband-and-wife dance team starred in Irving Berlin's first Broadway show, Watch Your Step. They helped popularize the Fox-trot as well as ragtime, jazz rhythms, and African American music for dance. But Vernon gave up stage and stardom to fly combat missions during World War I - a decision that led to his death in a plane crash in 1918. D. Willard Zahn of Philadelphia was there and captured the wreckage in one of 57 black-and-white pictures he assembled in an album later passed on to his son, Dick, of Pitman, Gloucester County.