As thousands converged on the National Mall for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a hundred or so people gathered on Point Breeze Avenue, passing out chant sheets for their own protest...
For many artists, "art imitates life" is a badge worn with honor. But unlike the pop artist who pens a hit single about all her most break-ups, or the actor who plays an addict on screen before succumbing to real-life demons in his hotel room, Nick Offerman's badge is much more ... dignified.
Eighteen years after Colin Firth's career-defining turn as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, along comes this barely there rom-com predicated on the Firth-driven mania common among a certain literary female set.
With Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's trial still in the headlines and Edward Snowden busily looking for a friendly place to settle down, the issues at the core of Closed Circuit are inherently fascinating and knotty.
Two reports came out today on jobs in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, offering, superficially at least, very different prognoses for the job market in our region. The City Controller's Office found that job availability — that is, the number of jobs for every unemployed person — and wages were up significantly in Philadelphia from a few years ago. But the Keystone Research Center, which released its "State of Working PA" report today, found that statewide, job growth has slowed and wages have declined since 2010.
After an initially strong recovery from the recession, Pennsylvania has ranked 46th in the nation in job growth since January 2011. "We had an early advantage coming out of the recesssion," KRC economist Mark Price says. But due to government policies, "we lost that advantage."
Pennsylvania saw employment growth of 1.3 percent; in Philadelphia it was just 0.3 percent.
KRC found that state budget decisions were the largest factor in weighing down the job market. They estimate that between January 2011 and July 2013, Pennsylvania lost 45,000 public-sector jobs, mostly in elementary and secondary schools. The impact of those layoffs also was felt in the private sector, says Price. "When you're laying off teachers and other public-sector workers, they're not spending money."
Kurt Vile Day | Nobody does sarcastic-but-kinda-serious ego-bombing thing like Kurt Vile. The Fishtown rock 'n' roller called himself a hitmaker right out of the gate. And then there's the allusions to his "childish prodigy" status, the glorious mural, the music video with the parade in his honor... Basically, anybody who says it's "too soon" for this young immortal guitar lord to get his own officially sanctioned "Day" — declared by the motherfucking mayor of Philadelphia, no less — is missing the point. Also, those people best not make their presence known when the boy king addresses his subjects at City Hall on Wednesday. He is a great man, a righteous man. But he is not a forgiving man. —Patrick Rapa 5:30 p.m., free, City Hall Courtyard, Broad and Market streets, cityhallpresents.creativephl.org.
Four months after 68-year-old Don Ly, a Vietnamese immigrant with a wife and four children was killed, his family is still searching for answers. They've been asking for help to spread the word about a $25,000 reward offered for information related to Ly's death.
Anybody who went along with the post-Citizens Bank show gossip from Britain's Daily Mail, that Justin Timberlake was caught at Sigma Sound Studios with another woman, got suckered. The DM Is renowned for printing "scandalous" photos of stars with their lesser known siblings and this series of photos was no different. The lass in question, whom the recently married Timberlake was hiding from the paparazzi was Caroline Timberlake, his sister. Big doy.
On Sept. 9, the Inquirer's opinion section will be cut from two pages to one, according to multiple newsroom sources. That means that editorials will likewise be cut in half, and there will be less space for op-eds and letters to the editor. One of two editorial writers, Melanie Burney, will be moved to an Inquirer bureau in New Jersey.
Most reporters blame co-owner George Norcross, a powerful South Jersey Democratic Party political boss.
"I have heard from a number of credible places that there was a desire to eliminate the entire opinion section — all of the opinion pages —going back quite a while," says one newsroom source. "That at least one person in the ownership wanted that."
A video of the rather violent arrest of Emily Yates, a musician and Army veteran who was protesting U.S. military intervention in Syria at Independence Mall on Friday, went viral over the weekend. Yates, who is being represented by Philly attorney Larry Krasner, is being arraigned this afternoon in federal court. She was touring the country playing gigs and spreading the message of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
The footage, which shows federal officers surrounding Yates and pushing her against a park bench after she asks them what exactly it is she's doing wrong, has been making the rounds on activist websites. Her online collection for a legal defense fund has already raised $9,000.
Upon first inspection of this lot, it seems pretty innocent. A large triangle of land created by the fork between Delaware Avenue and North Penn Street with the first segment of Poplar Street running along the back. It looks like the front lawn of the Yards Brewery, a green space sporting some barely legal billboards. Nonetheless, you should know that this is a perfectly-buildable, privately-owned patch of empty lot.
Where does Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell live? It seems like a simple question, but it might have a complicated answer.
An intrepid reader has furnished the City Paper with a copy of the water bill for 235 S. Melville St. in West Philadelphia, the official residence of the, let's say, mercurial councilmember according to campaign finance documents. According to the bill, no water has been used at that property for the past month. Moreover, it appears from the bill that no payments were made for the previous two months and that no water was used during that time.
So KFC is selling deep-fried corn soup nuggets now (in Japan, obviously; all we ever get in this boring ol' country are lazy-ass ideas like subpar burgers with subpar french fries on top). But we're...