One Night Only: Would-Be War Criminal To Receive Liberty Medal

The day is here. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s in town to get the 2010 Liberty Medal, and former President Bill Clinton is here to give it to him. Here’s most of what you should know concerning this thing: •    Don’t drive anywhere near the Constitution Center tonight. Traffic is going to be really slow and there’ll likely be a parade...

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Harrisburg Lives To See Another Day! (And Other Weekend Horrors)

You know what you missed this weekend while you were busy being the man? Harrisburg almost defaulting. Yep. Harrisburg was bailed out helped by the broke state of Pennsylvania yesterday. It was meant to be quiet, but by late afternoon, Governor Ed Rendell was shooing reporters, and even said: “This is not a bailout,” according to Reuters. According to the...

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How Many Apple Stores is Too Many?

PhillyNow column in our Sept. 8 print edition: Everett Katzen knew this day would come. In fact, the president of Springboard Media, a Center City-based Apple computer retailer and reseller, was warned about it years ago. In 2004, his parent company called him up, saying it had decided to open a flagship store in Center City. Not only would such a move double...

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Probe Launched in West Philly Police Beatdown (Video)

Probe Launched in West Philly Police Beatdown (Video)

The police have launched an internal affairs investigation into last Friday’s beating of a man outside a Chinese restaurant in West Philly. Askira Sabur allegedly failed to vacate the sidewalk at the request of police officers and was then pummeled into submission by a cop with a baton while a large crowd looked on. One neighbor captured the beating on...

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President Obama To “Indoctrinate” Students From Philly School Next Week

President Obama To “Indoctrinate” Students From Philly School Next Week

Remember a year ago, the big phony outrage conversation on the right was how the president is “indoctrinating” the children of the United States? It began during the election when President Obama easily won the youth vote, but it continued into his presidency and really heated up when someone posted a  YouTube video showing school kids singing a song that...

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It Begins: Street Did Some Weird Stuff At PHA, Too

It Begins: Street Did Some Weird Stuff At PHA, Too

All you need to know is that the Inky is writing about former Mayor John Street the same way they began writing about Philadelphia Housing Authority head Carl Greene. Calm, but icy. They’re just saying – for now – that the former mayor, as chairman of the PHA board, “insisted that the agency hire [a female] aide who reported directly to him instead of...

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South Philly Animal-Hoarding Case Goes to Court

South Philly Animal-Hoarding Case Goes to Court

The “Nightmare on Earp Street” court case has begun. Nearly two months ago, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raided 739 Earp St. and found what one PSPCA official called “the worst case of animal hoarding” he’s ever seen. Agents seized 85 Chihuahuas, two cats and the remains of two dead dogs from...

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By Air And By Train – Expect To Be Searched

By Air And By Train – Expect To Be Searched

It took almost nine years post-9/11, but the Transportation Security Administration is finally ready to commit. They love us! And as a token of that love, we’re now being randomly searched at PATCO stations! And that’s in addition to their soon-use of full body scanners at Philadelphia International, as we wrote yesterday. Oh, TSA, you shouldn’t have. NBC10...

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Butkovitz Finds Another $83 Million Flushed Down City Hall Toilets

Butkovitz Finds Another $83 Million Flushed Down City Hall Toilets

Another week, another account of wasted money in Philadelphia. A shitload of money, in this case. Yesterday City Controller Alan Butkovitz held a press conference in his office in the Municipal Services Building to reveal the results of the city’s financial statements audit: Control deficiencies, inadequate monitoring, blah blah, government as usual–...

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Greene Saga: After Lawsuit, It. Is. So. On.

Greene Saga: After Lawsuit, It. Is. So. On.

Former Mayor John Street feels betrayed. At least that’s what he said outside city hall late yesterday. He told reporters: “I feel betrayed by Carl Greene because we gave him every support any executive director would want or need” – and he added – “I’m not the only one. Governor [Ed] Rendell feels that way.” Where the hell did we put that...

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