March 18, 2016
IT'S BEEN a long time since I've written about the 2006 version of the Scottsboro Nine. About a decade ago, I wrote about them every few months, both during and after the investigation. The case, like Nosferatu, refused to die. But then, other things began to push the memory of that travesty of justice further back into the morning mist of North Carolina, and we went on with our lives. Until the next rape accusation reared its head, and suspicions started swirling about truth, vengeance and the intersection of political correctness and justice.
March 3, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My fiancee and I have known each other since high school. I was the "good kid" with honors and the right parents. She was considered trouble and didn't have the best home life. Rumor had it that she moonlighted as a stripper our senior year, but I always blew it off as false. Fast-forward 12 years: I ran into her recently, and we decided to have dinner. I fell in love with her on that date. A few months went by, and I mentioned the rumors. She wasn't upset and matter-of-factly explained that she did start stripping in high school and continued through college.
February 25, 2015 |
PADGE Victoria Windslowe, a/k/a "Black Madam," sashayed into the courtroom yesterday wearing a hot-pink cardigan, black pants and black high heels. When the fourth witness of the day, Sharnell Saunders, took the stand before the Common Pleas jury, she smiled at Windslowe, who smiled back. But after a while, it was clear that Saunders, 29, wasn't happy. Saunders, who worked as a stripper, hosted "butt parties" at her house on Pastorius Street near Baynton in East Germantown, during which she invited Windslowe to inject her and her girlfriends' butts with silicone to make them bigger.
February 25, 2015 |
"In the world of strippers," explained Sharnell Saunders, where "a bigger butt is money," Lillian's craftsmanship was renowned. "It was hearsay through the strip club," the stripper told a Philadelphia jury Monday. Saunders said she admired the work firsthand on her fellow performers: "Their butts, from the outside, looked like good quality. " Word of mouth yielded a phone number, and in early 2011, Saunders said, "Lillian" came to her East Germantown rowhouse and injected silicone into her buttocks and those of a half-dozen other strippers.
January 29, 2015 |
WING BOWL's key component may be a piece of chicken, but a duck is a much better poultry metaphor for the testosterone-fueled annual bacchanal staged by sports-gabber WIP-FM (94.1). That's because while everything will likely go as smoothly as a duck gliding across a pond - if you ignore the audience's booze-fueled grabbling, puking and general misbehavior - just beneath the surface, parts will be moving constantly to make things look effortless. Friday's Wing Bowl 23 at the Wells Fargo Center will be the result of a year's worth of planning and plotting by about a half-dozen WIP staffers charged with staging what has become a civic touchstone of near-mythic status.
October 3, 2014 |
GOV. CORBETT, already beset by a porn scandal, yesterday pitched on live television a state website listing jobs . . . for, among others, porn actresses, strippers and prostitutes. Debating Democrat Tom Wolf for the second time, Corbett repeatedly mentioned a website listing 250,000 available jobs. The state's Jobgateway.pa.gov pulls content from other job boards, including Craigslist.com. Here are a few of the Craigslist options that came up on the state website: * "Casting Couch - Looking for M.I.L.F.S . . . hot mom & daughter combos!
April 7, 2014 |
What do exotic dancers, Sleepy's mattress delivery men, graduate assistants, FedEx drivers, cleaning contractors, student interns, carpenters, and college football players have in common? They are all struggling, in some legal way, to determine whether they are employees or something else all together. Is the exotic dancer actually an independent contractor, running her own tip-generating business and leasing pole space from an adult entertainment bar? Or is she an employee, working assigned hours and wearing (or not wearing)
October 17, 2013 |
New Jersey, this is so unfair. You have a rock-star governor and, Wednesday, you will likely elect a rock-star senator, both potential presidential candidates. In Pennsylvania, what do we have? Bupkus. OK, two workhorse senators and Tom Corbett, who CapitalWatch noted is "unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents," basically everyone except his wife and Airedales, Penny and Harry. How special is Jersey's special Senate race to replace the late Frank Lautenberg? It's been nasty, brutish, short, and exorbitant, costing taxpayers $25 million so Republican Gov. Christie - who acts as though he fears no man - would not have to appear on the same November ballot as Twitterholic and Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
October 13, 2013 |
Five days before Wednesday's special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, Republican candidate Steve Lonegan fired his top strategist over incendiary comments the aide made about Democrat rival Cory Booker's "odd" behavior in a Twitter exchange with a Portland, Ore., stripper. In a rambling and profanity-laced interview posted Friday by the website Talking Points Memo, longtime Lonegan adviser Rick Shaftan said Booker's messages were "like what a gay guy would say to a stripper. " "It's the way he was talking to her," Shaftan said.
August 8, 2013 |
"WE'RE the Millers" gets by, for a while, on the gravitational pull of its ingeniously simple premise. Jason Sudeikis, a seedy dealer coerced into a dangerous over-the-border smuggling operation, devises the perfect camouflage - earnest Midwestern tourist in an RV, a family of grinning squares in tow. He has no actual family, so he hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway (Emma Roberts) and a neglected teen boy (Will Poulter) to pose as his wife and kids. There's a richly subversive joke built in to this scenario - disparate people thrown together, trying not to drive each other crazy.