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 27, 2014 |
THE EMMY Awards on Monday night were so dull and predictable that when Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" told viewers to check out his wife's website, the resulting traffic crashed it. E! News says that in accepting his third Emmy as Jesse Pinkman, Paul gushed about wife Lauren Parsekian Paul and her cause. "To my wife, my God, thank you for marrying me," Paul said in his speech. "Thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness across the world. We all appreciate it. " "If you guys don't know what she does," he added, "look up 'Kind Campaign.' Do yourself and your children a favor: Kind Campaign.
July 18, 2014
THE UNIVERSITY of Michigan has removed references of playing Villanova in the Legends Classic in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn from its website. On Tuesday, the basketball website included a Nov. 25 game with Villanova on its nonconference schedule and a quote from coach John Beilein about his eagerness to play the Wildcats. A Villanova spokesperson said Tuesday that athletic officials were unaware that any pairings for the event had been set, a fact the organizer, the Gazelle Group in Princeton, N.J., confirmed.
July 13, 2014 |
His plugged-in friends said he was a fool not to buy health insurance on the federal marketplace. Mark Gaines knew they were right. He was, after all, a 26-year-old law school graduate. But if a judge had asked him for a summation of the Affordable Care Act last fall, it would have been a one-sentence brief. "I didn't know anything about it," said Gaines, who lives in South Philadelphia and was working part-time. "I knew that it was going to make [insurance] open to everyone and make it cheaper.
June 8, 2014 |
Temple University is shutting down AxisPhilly, the nonprofit public-service news website that investigates and reports on civic issues in the city, the university announced Friday. The website, administered by the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple, was started in 2012 with a grant of about $2.4 million from the William Penn Foundation, which has indicated it would not renew funding, said David Boardman, dean of Temple's School of Media and Communication. "We needed to do something," said Boardman, who added that the site was nearly out of money.
June 6, 2014 |
A CITY COUNCILMAN may be in hot water if he accepted charitable donations for a worthy cause but failed to alert the federal government of his philanthropic efforts. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose 2nd District includes parts of Center City, Southwest and South Philadelphia, runs a group called Peace Not Guns, which aims to foster a partnership among youth, city agencies and community groups to stem gun violence. Even before he became a state representative, Johnson had a history of community service and advocacy, but a recent discovery about his self-proclaimed nonprofit organization has gotten him into some controversy.
May 29, 2014 |
MORE THAN once yesterday, Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest seemed more than a little surprised to still own the two newspapers and website they bought two years ago. An acrimonious ownership feud ended when Katz and Lenfest bid $88 million yesterday to buy out three other investors in the company that owns the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com. "I would have bet anything I was cashing a big check today," Katz joked to employees after the auction. He then turned serious, adding, "I apologize to each and every one of you for being part of creating some of the chaos.
May 20, 2014 |
Have a complaint about L&I? A new website wants to hear from you. The Special Independent Advisory Commission, which is studying the way the city Department of Licenses and Inspections does business, seeks information from the public as it prepares a comprehensive report. Mayor Nutter appointed 17 people to the commission in October at the urging of city treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose daughter Anne Bryan was killed in the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets on June 5, when the building next door collapsed on it during demolition.
April 28, 2014 |
Moving is on a lot of people's to-do lists as the economy improves, jobs change, schools let out, and older people look to downsize. Make it a little simpler with some planning advice. Lifehacker.com has a "start-to-finish guide for moving to a new place. " By Adam Dachis, this post is for do-it-yourselfers who want to - or must - take on the challenge of moving without professional help. Unless you're relocating from a dorm room, it's usually a really big job. But Dachis breaks it down into simple parts: preparation, packing, labeling, and moving in. Along the way, there are myriad issues, such as how to find cheap packing material, how to know if your stuff will fit in the new place, and how to talk a few, but not too many, friends into helping.
April 18, 2014 |
HE'S BAAAACK! Raymond Perelman, the wealthy Philadelphia philanthropist, is interested in making a third attempt at buying the Daily News , the Inquirer , their websites and Philly.com by providing financial backing to the Newspaper Guild during an upcoming auction of the papers' parent company, Interstate General Media. Bill Ross, executive director of the Guild - which represents reporters, photographers and advertising and circulation employees - revealed Perelman's potential involvement yesterday in Delaware Chancery Court, as Judge Donald F. Parsons Jr. heard another round of arguments about how the auction should unfold.