January 11, 2016 |
If it's a new year in Philadelphia, it must be time to don one's heaviest coat, commit to a chosen self-improvement project, and of course set about the most grueling and predictable rite of all: deconstructing the latest breathtakingly backward minstrelsy of the Mummers. And this was a banner new year - both for raising false hopes of wholesale Mummer enlightenment and for dashing them in eruptions of dark-ages bigotry. Given that said new year is 2016, not 1916, and the place is the polyglot City of Brotherly Love, whatever special public accommodations still accrue to the Mummers shouldn't anymore if they can't purge their ranks of rank displays of hatred.
March 27, 2015
WHAT Independence Park is to this country - a sacred space embodying our history and identity - LOVE Park is to the city. In many ways, LOVE Park (officially, JFK Plaza) might be considered Independence Park 2.0. It was created in 1965 - the brainchild of uber-city planner Edmund Bacon - with the iconic Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture installed during the country's bicentennial, and since then it has become a nexus for public gathering, public protest - and, unfortunately, too often public urination.
October 5, 2014 |
FOR NEARLY TWO years, Donnie Moore said his North Philadelphia neighbors complained to city and Temple police about loud parties, underage drinking and public urination by Temple students and their guests. But last Saturday, as a noisy student party spilled into Sunday morning, neighbors called once again, and city police shut down the party about 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Then, about 2 a.m., Moore and other neighbors said, a young man shouted into the night from a back yard on Gratz Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue : F--- you, you f---ing n---ers!
August 24, 2014 |
A festering political feud in Chester County was stoked anew this week with the most unlikely fuel - a ticket for public urination. Brian McGinnis, the newly elected head of the county Democratic Committee, was cited by West Chester police one night last month after being spotted in an alley. A group of party members - who also happen to be his predecessor's most vocal supporters - are now calling for his resignation. Their demand, in a statement issued Thursday, stunned McGinnis.
June 7, 2012 |
EVERY NOW and then, you run across a story that brings out the cynic in you, the cynic who shakes his head and mutters, "Only in Philadelphia. " This might be one of those stories. A handful of warrant cops were out doing their usual thing on May 19 — pounding on doors, chasing down fleeing fugitives — when they came upon two guys who appeared to be urinating in a weed-strewn lot at 18th and Cumberland streets in North Philly. Turns out the alleged tinkling twosome, Salim Wiggins and Raymond Stewart, were both off-duty Philadelphia Water Department employees.
May 31, 2012 |
Lauren Cody, a 21-year-old senior at St. Joseph's University, recently moved to a house along "The Wall" in Manayunk. She's looking forward to the storied Philadelphia International Cycling Championship that will occupy Lyceum Avenue this weekend, but, she said, holding a flier from the Philadelphia Police Department, she's been warned against any unruly behavior. Like last year, city officials and community representatives will enforce a zero-tolerance policy for rowdy behavior the weekend of the race, which often sparks a four-day celebration leading up to the Sunday event.
November 21, 2010 |
LANDOVER, Md. - It has been a constant demand of Joe Paterno throughout Penn State's up-and-down 2010 football season, the need to get game-changing plays from the special teams and defense. Late in the third quarter Saturday, with the sputtering Nittany Lions locked in a tie with Big Ten cellar-dweller Indiana in a rather peculiar game, Paterno's players finally heeded his wish. Safety Andrew Dailey blocked a punt that walk-on linebacker James Van Fleet returned 21 yards for a touchdown.
November 16, 2010 |
The immediate status of Penn State freshman tailback Silas Redd is expected to be addressed today by coach Joe Paterno following a disorderly conduct citation Redd received from university police for public urination. Redd was briefly detained by campus cops for allegedly urinating near the Agriculture Engineering Building at 4:13 a.m. Sunday morning, hours after the team returned from Columbus, Ohio, where it lost to Ohio State, 38-14. Such violations usually result in a fine, but Paterno also might elect to impose some form of team discipline.
June 10, 2010 |
When promoters caught wind of a City Council measure a few weeks ago that would have required them to get approval for all events 30 days ahead of time, they launched an online protest petition that got more than 10,000 signatures. Yesterday, at Council's Committee of Licenses and Inspections' hearing, only one promoter came forward to testify. And he was for it. Patrick Rodgers, a promoter and founder of Dancing Ferret Entertainment Group, testified in favor of the bill, which he says is now acceptable to most promoters after compromises were reached with the bill's sponsor.
February 26, 2010 |
Radnor Township police issued a citation early yesterday to Villanova guard Corey Stokes for public urination hours after the Wildcats' victory over South Florida. Stokes, a junior from Bayonne, N.J., was not arrested but will have to pay a fine. Stokes and some teammates just had left an off-campus bar around 3 a.m. when police riding past in a patrol car caught him urinating between two parked cars. In a brief statement, Villanova coach Jay Wright said, "This was a simple mistake by a college student.