October 4, 2014 |
You may think that Philadelphia is run by the mayor in City Hall. In fact, there are 10 mini-mayors around town who rule their turf with near-absolute power: City Council's district representatives. They alone determine what projects get built, where bike lanes are located, whether residents can nominate their neighborhoods for historic status, and much, much else. Their power comes largely from their ability to veto zoning bills. That may explain why some Council members remain intent on undermining the new zoning code, which was designed to simplify development in Philadelphia by reducing the need for special bills and variances.
October 3, 2014
I MAKE NO secret of the fact that I'm (an imperfect) Catholic. That makes for interesting conversations with strangers who know me only by what I've written, particularly former Catholics who still can't believe I go to Mass. So many of them wonder why I don't speak out against the horrible scourge of child abuse that became one of the preferred media obsessions over the past decade and a half. I understand why they ask, because to people whose only knowledge of the church was gleaned from the Baltimore Catechism back in the 1960s - before they abandoned the pews (and the Colts abandoned Baltimore)
July 29, 2014 |
SUICIDE SILENCE is off to the type of fresh start no band wants to go through. The deathcore quintet from Riverside, Calif., is touring in support of its fourth full-length album, "You Can't Stop Me" (Nuclear Blast Records), with new singer Eddie Hermida, who came on board in October 2013 after a motorcycle crash killed frontman Mitch Lucker the previous fall. The tour will take them to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
June 20, 2014
ISSUE | COUNTERPOINT Better to face a critic, not silence one A recent letter accused the Pulitzer Prize-winning Charles Krauthammer of being a "shameless apologist" for those who hate President Obama and for the columnist's "mindless criticism" of the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap ("Can't bear Krauthammer," June 16). These epithets do not conform with the accomplishments of the attorney, medical doctor, and syndicated author. Unlike the sycophantic left, Krauthammer's views are worthy of consideration, not censorship.
June 6, 2014 |
BLACK MADAM, the transgender urban Goth singer facing murder and assault charges for injecting silicone into women's buttocks at "pumping parties," has broken her silence. In letters sent to the Daily News, Black Madam, legally known as Padge Victoria Windslowe, said she is remorseful for the death she is charged with causing and wants to plead guilty. But she was emphatic that she did not commit murder because she does not believe she acted with malice in the Feb. 7, 2011, death of British citizen Claudia Seye Aderotimi, 20. "The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office would like to promote [the]
May 16, 2014 |
The slow march Wednesday to an inevitable outcome commenced with A.J. Burnett's 15th pitch. Albert Pujols, one of the game's greatest hitters, smashed a double to right. Dan Baker announced Raul Ibanez's name, and Phillies fans howled to celebrate his return. Ibanez, 41 with a tenuous Angels roster spot, slapped a single to score Pujols. There was silence in the first inning of a 3-0 Phillies loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Apathy enveloped Citizens Bank Park - except when Mike Trout batted - on an overcast afternoon.
May 16, 2014 |
JACQUELINE WONG doesn't live in poverty according to standard guidelines - her income puts her household at about twice the poverty level - but she is struggling to make ends meet. She was laid off twice by the School District of Philadelphia. Fortunately, she has an adjunct position teaching math for Community College of Philadelphia, where she makes $15,000 a year. But it is only part time. She also works a few hours each month as a community consultant with Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., for which she receives $5,000 a year.
May 8, 2014 |
Delco singer silenced on "The Voice" Country singer Audra McLaughlin , of Glenolden, Delaware County, and two other vocal powerhouses, Sisaundra Lewis and Delvin Choice, all got the boot on NBC's The Voice on Tuesday night, leaving five contestants left in the vocal competition. Voice coach Blake Shelton had called McLaughlin, 22, an Interboro High grad, one of his favorite singers in all of country music, but he couldn't save her in the battle for the final 5. B-ball reskeds Gaga Lady Gaga's "artRAVE: the ARTPOP Ball," scheduled to hit the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, has been rescheduled to May 15. She was supposed to perform here on the 12th and in Washington on the 15th.
April 3, 2014
EVEN if her fashion line was in deep financial trouble, to the outside world it seemed that L'Wren Scott had everything: a personal estate worth $9 million, a rock-star boyfriend, fame. But who knows what demons Mick Jagger's girlfriend struggled with before hanging herself with a black silk scarf on a doorknob inside her posh New York City apartment last month? In hindsight, you'd think someone - Jagger maybe - would have sensed just how despondent Scott had become. "She didn't just wake up that day and say, 'I'm going to kill myself,' " said Marcella Daniels, an organizer of a free mental-health conference that starts Friday called "Breaking the Silence on Mental Wellness: Real Talk.