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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Interns May Start Making More Than $0/Hour

Interns, City Council wants you to get paid! (FYI: we hate having to always write “sort of” after these blind fits of joy in regards to things City Council tries to do right, but that’s what you can follow this blog’s initial sentence up with.) Just before down da shore leave, Curtis Jones Jr., Bill Greenlee, Wilson Goode Jr., Blondell Reynolds Brown...

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Bill Green Drops Triple Threat, Council Leaves on Vacation

Just before City Council started their summer recess last week, Councilman-At-Large Bill Green went for a late hat trick, introducing or signing onto three separate efforts bring reform to various areas of city government. It’s positive movement, so we’ll try to keep the sarcasm to a minimum. First, Green and Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez released...

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Florida Loophole: More Are ‘Packin’ Heat’ Than We’re Aware Of

Fark.com has a “Florida” tag for a reason. Among other things, it turns out that state’s Dept. of Agriculture is allowed to issue mail order carry permits for Pennsylvanians who’ve been denied the right locally. Some lawmakers are working on getting the law changed, but it’s not going so well. Currently, carry permits may be obtained in Pennsylvania...

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The Philadelphia Energy Authority Was Sort of Passed

Yesterday was City Council’s last meeting until late September and they may have done something potentially awesome, kinda. It’s what we once dubbed the Philadelphia energy public option, and a weak version of the idea passed City Council. So, first off, here’s what you should know about PECO: Rates are about to rise 10 percent. The Inky’s got it: At...

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Let’s Take A Quick Peek At Chris Christie

In spite of Philadelphia Weekly’s news blog’s title, we feel it necessary to shift our sites, momentarily, to New Jersey. Sure, we’ve been holding our fingers all these months, watching Chris Christie from afar, as he pisses everyone off except out-of-state right wing pundits who now see the big dude as a 2012 frontrunner due to his hatred of schools and...

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