Butkovitz Releases Ominous Numbers On Philadelphians’ Spending Habits

What better person than our city controller to spread some holiday cheer? If you recall, Alan Butkovitz made our Noisemakers list for 2010 for doing a thorough and diligent job as the city’s watchdog. But damn, Alan, can we get a minute to breathe before you ram some more depressing statistics down our throat? In his latest monthly economic forecast, Butkovitz...

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Kensington Strangler Facebook Hoax Goes National

Kensington Strangler Facebook Hoax Goes National

Yesterday we posted a blog on PhillyNow about how the “Catch the Kensington Strangler, before he catches someone you love” Facebook page falsely accused Triz Jefferies of being a serial killer. That story (via the AP and CBS) has since dominated headlines and even made its way to the Drudge Report, where media man Matt Drudge coupled the headline with one...

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DAILY GRINDER: Ask Not What Casey Has Done For You (Just Shrug And Say You’ll Vote For Him)

DAILY GRINDER: Ask Not What Casey Has Done For You (Just Shrug And Say You’ll Vote For Him)

We loved this rumor that circulated yesterday. It was the whole thing about Sestak battling Senator Bob Casey for his seat in 2012. Well, Sestak has since “downplayed” (but not denied) those rumors. But the real story here is the reason why Sestak won’t be running for office: A whopping 13 percent of Pennsylvania Dems think Casey doesn’t deserve a second...

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DAILY GRINDER: Blogging About Typewriters, Another Bomb From Statham, Sestak Can Feel Free To Leave When It Feels Good For Him

DAILY GRINDER: Blogging About Typewriters, Another Bomb From Statham, Sestak Can Feel Free To Leave When It Feels Good For Him

This is either something or nothing, but not neither: About a dozen typewriter enthusiasts showed up at 30th Street Station for a “type in” on Saturday. The event organizer told the AP typewriters last longer than computers, which often become figuratively obsolete overnight. And in the ultimate irony, they blogged about it. On their blog. [Philly Typer] Philly...

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Students At Drew Elementary Help Revamp Cafeteria Food

Students At Drew Elementary Help Revamp Cafeteria Food

Remember back in elementary school when eating cafeteria food meant forcing school district-sponsored slop down your gullet, washed down by syrupy chocolate milk and a cup of soggy peaches or pears floating in a soupy broth like dead fish? Word on the street is that cafeteria food has since improved (there’s really nowhere to go but up), but students at...

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‘Not only should Michael Vick be allowed to own a dog, he ought to be forced to, via court order’: Reactions To (Recent) Vick Controversy

We assume you heard about this: “I would love to have another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process,” Vick said in an interview on TheGrio.com. Michael Vick is currently barred from owning a dog for the rest of his probation. Nevertheless, his comments sparked some controversy over the past couple...

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DAILY GRINDER: A Kinder Society, President’s House Lessons, Pulling the Plug on Electronic Billboard

CNN says while the South Philly High agreement is OK, what really needs to happen – according to their “experts” – are a number of other actions, such as prosecuting the bullies and getting parents to do more at-home monitoring. Oh, and a “kinder, gentler society.” Eureka. [CNN] Clarence Lusane, professor at American University and Huffington Post...

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People Speak, Council Listens– Sometimes

People Speak, Council Listens– Sometimes

Joe Rapone stood in front of City Council and glared ominously back and forth at the 17 members. “There’s something very suspicious here,” he said pointedly, just as his three minute comment time finished. Rapone and several other people testified at Council today against a bill that would change the zoning at the site of a proposed dialysis...

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Scouts’ Honor: Loss In Philly, Win In Washington

Scouts’ Honor: Loss In Philly, Win In Washington

For a city that’s often ahead of the curve as it comes to progressive legislation, today’s announcement regarding the Boy Scouts’ Logan Square Headquarters comes with a particular irony. Philly Clout is reporting Councilman Darrell Clark introduced legislation that would finally cap the controversial year in Philly’s Boy Scout troubles concerning allowing...

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DAILY GRINDER: South Philly High Agreement, Liquor Stores, Duck Boats, Judicial Hellholes

DAILY GRINDER: South Philly High Agreement, Liquor Stores, Duck Boats, Judicial Hellholes

It’s a year later. The U.S. Justice Department has gone through what went on at South Philly High a year ago and they, like everyone else, don’t like what they saw. They’ve made an agreement with the School District of Philadelphia requiring the district to “hire a consultant focused on preventing harassment and discrimination, will serve as a nationwide...

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