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Archive for November, 2010
Old City against development?
Old City Residents Aflutter Over Hotel Development. See Plan Philly's story about a packed neighborhood meeting where hotel development at 4th and Race was debated (among topics: the definition of "billboard" and "nightclub"). Can powerful neighborhood citizens' groups hinder progress in this town? See our story Turf Wars: Neighbors Gone Wild.Vick Makes Humane Society Rounds. The Eagles QB was in Connecticut speaking to kids about the evils of dog fighting. Apparently, to preppy kids dressed in striped Oxfords who say things like: "In my opinion he means what he says and this is a healing process for him." [YouTube, LA
The real must-have for women
Tomorrow will be filled with food and family. Too much work and way too many calories but an annual tradition enjoyed yet again. And as the toasts are made and the meal is enjoyed, I'll reflect upon all the things for which I am grateful. There are many: good health, a loving family, creative work, to be sure. But here are a few more:I am grateful that my girlfriends never tell me that I look like I’ve put on weight, even when the top button of my blouse could put out an eye if it pops and my muffin top is turning blue from lack of circulation.I am grateful that when I vent to my girlfriends about what a shit my husband is or what a pain in the ass my kid is, they never agree, they just listen, because they know that tomorrow I will love my family again.
When both sides in a negotiation refuse to budge, the impasse is usually detrimental to both parties.With that in mind, perhaps I can be of assistance in mediating the exploding conflict involving body-imaging scanners and pat-downs at some of the nation’s airports.
North Broad Street: "Avenue of the Sciences"
It’s time to stop talking about how great we could be and actually start planning how great we will be. We looked at dozens of cities we admire and talked to more than 100 of our smartest citizens to redraw the blueprint. From the fantastical to the no-brainer, we've compiled 20 great ideas to change Philadelphia’s future in the next 10 years. We'll update our list daily in this space, but we're telling you right now: We need your help. We don’t have a monopoly on good ideas. And for Philadelphia to become the Best Damn City in America , everyone who lives here needs to buy into building the future. Leave feedback on our ideas — or submit ideas of your own — in the comments.DUB NORTH BROAD STREET THE "AVENUE OF THE SCIENCES.”By Jane Lipton, executive director, Manayunk Development Corporation
When the Secretary of State says she wouldn’t want to be felt up at an airport, you know something’s about to blow at the TSA.As she made the Sunday talk-show rounds, Hillary Clinton was asked if she would submit to one of the Transportation Security Administration’s controversial new precautionary procedures called, quaintly, the “pat-down.”“Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?” she told CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation.Give ‘em hell, Hil!
Temple football players accused of sexual assault
Spectrum Demolition to Begin Today. The wrecking ball is scheduled to slam into the Spectrum at noon today. The demolition will take up to five months to complete. [6ABC] For Richard Rys’s report from the pre-demolition sale, click here. Or peruse his full oral history of the building, here.Temple Football Players Accused of Sexual Assault. No charges have been filed, but two team members are being investigated. [NBC10]No Floating Casinos. Harrah's Entertainment and the Foxwoods Casino partners are seemingly not interested in using the SS United States, despite enthusiasm from the members of the SS United States Conservancy, including billionaire
Dish up some Javier Bardem
Rent It: Eat Pray Love (PG-13, 2010). Julia Roberts portrays Liz Gilbert, a woman who begins a yearlong, worldwide search for herself. Despite some clunky dialogue, the film is light and focused — buoyed by Roberts’s restrained performance. But for many, the real draw will be the view. Not the beautiful, foreign vistas. Rather, the international smorgasbord of men including Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup, and James Franco. My Grade: B
Seriously, chill out
So earlier today, Philly Mag writer Richard Rys—see disclosure below—penned an anti-Four Loko screed wherein he decided that the caffeinated malt-liquor-esque beverage that is, as these things tend to be, apparently the latest fad for the kids and source of ire for their parents, should be banned because, well, he doesn’t think much of it:
I also hate to sound like some oldhead bitching and moaning about the kids today. But when the FDA announced it was banning these drinks on Wednesday, I couldn’t argue with the crackdown. What happened to change my mind? I actually tried the stuff.…The evening ended with a late-night trip to Little Pete’s for a cheeseburger deluxe, and I finally felt like I was running on empty. What happened the morning after was a complete shock — I woke up with no hangover whatsoever. Maybe that greasy meal helped matters, and thanks to the caffeine, I was wide awake at 8:30 a.m. Still, I expected to feel that old familiar jackhammer in my head, at least. By mid-afternoon, I needed a nap that was more like a coma than a snooze. But otherwise, I emerged miraculously unscathed from my tangle with Four Loko.Of course, I’m not the target audience, most of whom probably wouldn’t be so lucky after a Loko-fueled night. If you traveled back in time and gave me and my 21-year-old pals a few alcoholic energy drinks, someone would have ended up in a hospital, in jail, on the local news, or perhaps all three. Now that Four Loko is synonymous with danger, that’s essentially a challenge for kids to do the dumb things that kids do, like beer-bong two Lokos at once, as one college-age guy demonstrates in a YouTube video. It’s hard to watch that clip, knowing how potent just one can is. So kids, keep doing your keg stands and your Jagerbombs and your shotguns and trust me. One day, when you’re old, you’ll be thankful that Four Loko isn’t on the menu anymore.
When will we opt out of Afghanistan?
You can define a society by what it cares about, by what provokes its people to rise to action. Righteous protests of the past have ended wars and advanced civil rights. Those things now seem unimportant as we rise up to stop men and women in blue gloves from touching our genitals.Specifically, the current outrage in this country is directed at TSA agents for doing their job. Tougher new security procedures at airports have been met with a barrage of media stories, a national protest and a Congressional inquiry. Many passengers don’t like the choice they are given either to go through the new body scanners, which can see the human form and, more importantly, bombs and guns hidden by clothes, or submit to a pretty aggressive pat-down that includes “the privates” we tell our kids not to let strangers touch.
Seeing is believing
The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl.That’s what you wanted to hear after Sunday’s win over the Giants, isn’t it? Now that the Birds have taken over first place in the NFC East, their destiny is most certainly a trip to the Big Game. That’s how it works around here. Win a big game, and glory awaits. Lose one, and depression abounds.If you detect a note of sarcasm in the first two paragraphs, congratulations. No one will be tricking you into buying a $15 iPad this holiday season. But don’t mistake a harmless bit of fan-bating as nay-saying doom. Sunday night’s win over the Giants was indeed a big step for this team, which had attracted the nation’s attention with a humiliation of the Redskins a week ago but which had to get past a quality division opponent in order to prove itself real.