Owner of PYT: ?uestlove Never Raised or Gave Money to Sabina Rose O’Donnell’s Memorial

Tommy Up, owner of Piazza burger joint PYT, is accusing the Roots drummer of not “donating a penny” to the memorial for Sabina Rose O’Donnell, the PYT waitress who was raped and killed on June 2, despite claims on his Twitter and elsewhere, like this Newsweek article, that he did. Read the whole story at Make Major Moves, our music blog. Music...

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Depression-era Soup Kitchens Making a Comeback

Depression-era Soup Kitchens Making a Comeback

Mary Williams, 57, was laid off three months ago, and is hopeful for a new job, but expects one won't come by any time soon. Bill West is one of thousands of others in the state who are living on unemployment, but he doesn’t know how long that will last—not only because he can’t find a job, but because the Senate is stalling to pass an unemployment...

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Excessive Heat Warning: Head to the Nearest Bar as Quickly & Efficiently As You Can

Excessive Heat Warning: Head to the Nearest Bar as Quickly & Efficiently As You Can

Hot damn! It is 90 degrees right now, everyone. Not as hot as our neighbor Bikram Yoga, but close. Speaking of degrees: Another neighbor, 5000, the burger joint that went up in flames a few weeks back, is up and running again. Get your cooked-to-order meat on. Other helpful information: It is a SIPS day. Normally we wouldn’t take the time to point you...

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Daily News: Gay Panic Defense

Daily News: Gay Panic Defense

The Daily News has some story this morning. It’s about gay panic defense – a temporary insanity-like legal defense in which the defendant is “so offended or shocked by sexual advances from a person of the same gender that the defendant assaults or kills the victim.” Specifically, the case is about the death of Anthony Williams, a former Grays Ferry resident,...

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Sheriff’s Office Asked To Cut Spending (HaHa)

Everyone seems to be hatin’ on the Sheriff’s Office these days (with good reason), and it’s not just us. (We did write about efforts to close the office in this week’s PhillyNow editorial). Mayor Nutter, too. In fact, he asked the office to cut spending by $2 million and got an immediate answer. Guess what it was. Philly.com: An independently...

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Our Verdict On The Boy Scout’s Culture War; Jury Stands In Deliberation

Our Verdict On The Boy Scout’s Culture War; Jury Stands In Deliberation

Scouts Attorney Bill McSwain says the city has bullied the Scouts to change its supposed discriminatory policy. The city and Scouts gave its closing arguments today, which lasted roughly two hours each and centered around the cultural battle that the Scouts thought ended a decade ago when a Supreme Court decision decided to allow the Boy Scouts of America to...

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Guess Who’s Catering the Art Museum?

Guess Who’s Catering the Art Museum?

Your Philadelphia Art Museum food is about to get a wee more hip. Cause everyone’s favorite Restaurateur, Stephen Starr, will now be running the joint! The museum’s got a new press release out: The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today that it has selected the Philadelphia-based STARR Restaurants Catering Group to be the exclusive caterer for Museum...

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Sestak Now Running for King of California; Toomey Says That’s Extreme

Sestak Now Running for King of California; Toomey Says That’s Extreme

Remember Joe Sestak? The guy who won some election over the state’s oldest grandfather? Well, he spoke in California yesterday, for some reason, probably to let his opponents refer to him as a San Francisco “liberal.” Sestak spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California about broad, strange proposals for government, which the Inky called “reason over ideology.” Whatever,...

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Boy Scouts Say ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Works

Boy Scouts Say ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Works

Greg Lattera, an openly gay man and former Boy Scout, still loves the BSA despite its discriminatory policies (photo: Matt Petrillo). The city expected openly gay and expelled Boy Scout Greg Lattera to cry that the Scouts were homophobic in civil court, today, but he let them down as much as he did to the Boy Scouts when he came out on TV while wearing his 32-merit...

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Nutter Heads To New Orleans Because…?

Nutter Heads To New Orleans Because…?

We miss that big sweaty bald head of Mayor Nutter. Yes, we do. While there’s still been lots to talk about, Mayor Nutter has been on the down-low for the past two weeks—either at friendly charity events or absent from the city altogether. Now that he has taken on a new position as the second vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, he’s...

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