Reading between the lines of the latest Philly jobs report

Reading between the lines of the latest Philly jobs report

Yesterday, we were all delighted to read a Bureau of Labor Statistics report which showed that Philadelphia’s unemployment rate had dropped to its lowest point since December 2008, prompting City Hall to issue a press release patting itself on the back. “Today’s news is yet more evidence that Philadelphia is recovering from the effects of the Great Recession,...

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Flying military robot – not a ‘drone’ – crashes in Lebanon Valley

Flying military robot – not a ‘drone’ – crashes in Lebanon Valley

A flying military robot crashed in Lebanon County near the rural county’s budget hotel Comfort Inn last Thursday.  The robot was then run over by a passing vehicle. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, “an Army National Guard RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle experienced an uncontrolled hard landing” otherwise...

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The Suit Corner is no more

The Suit Corner is no more

Image: Instagram Helping Philly don its best for over 60 years, the Suit Corner business owned by Gary Ginsberg was destroyed by fire today. Choking back tears on NBC10, “60 years in business”-owner Gary Ginsberg lamented, “It is a major catastrophe.” Thankfully, it appears so far that nobody was seriously hurt in the fire and ensuing response.  Businesses...

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Where is NRA on accidental gun deaths?

Where is NRA on accidental gun deaths?

Yesterday a man apparently accidentally shot himself at an NRA and police sponsored event outside Bethlehem Pa. Sarah M. Wojcik of The Express-Times in Easton reports that a “New Jersey man participating in a program at the Steel City Gun Club [in Bethlehem, Pa] was injured…when he accidentally shot his own leg.”  Even more interesting is the fact that...

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Storyteller says he’ll “improve your life 100-fold”

Storyteller says he’ll “improve your life 100-fold”

First Person Arts, is putting on a workshop called “Laugh! Cry! Gasp! – The Anybody Guide to Telling Your Stories,” and it’s being taught by local playwright and comedian R. Eric Thomas (@oureric). Using “writing exercises, performance drills, recordings and other activities to build the storytelling muscle,” it’s all about getting you to find...

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‘Cafe son Sexo’ mixes sex and coffee talk

‘Cafe son Sexo’ mixes sex and coffee talk

People like talking about sex.  People also like coffee.  The folks at the Philly-based Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (Galaei) decided to put these observations together in their regular production, “Cafe con Sexo,” a YouTube talk show about sex. “One Friday morning, all of us had coffee in our hands, and we were having the most hilarious...

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If the tipped minimum wage goes up, can we eliminate tipping altogether?

If the tipped minimum wage goes up, can we eliminate tipping altogether?

As we reported last week, State Sens. Daylin Leach (D-MontCo) and Michael Stack (D-Phila) introduced a bill raising the minimum wage to $12 per hour. It was brought up with fanfare from all over the working spectrum earlier this month. But what really surprised us was Leach’s and Stack’s idea for the tipped minimum wage. Stalled at $2.83 per hour since 1997,...

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5 ways to deal with the (potential) SEPTA strike

5 ways to deal with the (potential) SEPTA strike

by Josh Kruger and Randy LoBasso The possibility of a strike looms larger each time SEPTA’s transit workers’ union and management can’t agree to a new contract. Last night was one of those times. SEPTA director of media relations Jerri Williams says in a statement that TWU “has refused to engage in bargaining since Friday afternoon when SEPTA put an...

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THIS IS AWESOME: $1 slice pizza joint starts pay-it-forward program

THIS IS AWESOME: $1 slice pizza joint starts pay-it-forward program

Mason Wartman at Rosa's Pizza Shop Someone walked into Mason Wartman’s pizza shop on Sunday with a novel idea. The shop’s slices were pretty decent and fresh, and at only $1 each, it had become relatively popular amongst Center City’s homeless population. So, the customer suggested, why not create a system in which well-off customers can donate a slice...

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Free market group still threatening to hit Pennsylvania with ads

Free market group still threatening to hit Pennsylvania with ads

Ninety percent of life is about showing up, and for a while now, the American Future Fund Political Action has been threatening to do so. The Fund itself is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) conservative group which believes free market principles are “under direct attack in America”—and it’s their job to fight back. Which means targeting moderate Republicans...

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