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Archive for January, 2012
Since the start of the new year, 32 people have been murdered in Philadelphia. There have been more than 100 shootings. The city is on edge, a putrid stew of drugs, violence, and malevolence. Mayor Michael Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey have announced a far-reaching—though flawed—crime plan. And what is City Council's big, bold idea for 2012? Extending bar hours in Philadelphia from 2 a.m. until 3 a.m.
Like J. Alfred Prufrock in a social-media world, I have heard the mermaids tweeting, but I do not think they will tweet to me.
Last night, I had a dream. But unlike MLK’s, mine wasn’t about forgiveness and civility. In it, the dignified and decorous First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, was running toward two people standing near Air Force One. While doing so, she was stepping out of her Manolo Blahnik shoes, peeling off her Loro Piana cardigan, pulling out her Roberto Coin earrings, rubbing Vaseline on her face, and yelling “Oh no she didn’t. Oh no she didn’t.” And as soon as she got past her husband and was within arm’s length of Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, she proceeded to slap the shit outta her. But, alas, it was just a dream.
And Now, a Collection of Secondhand Stories About Pat Burrell's Sex Life. A few months ago it was reported that former Phillie Pat Burrell was likely to hang 'em up this off-season. That news was confirmed yesterday afternoon. Pat had some tough times in Philly, but he'll always be remembered for giving the Mets the finger, making a difference in 2008, and providing an entire city with plenty of gossip about his off-the-field escapades, which Deadspin has rounded up. [Deadspin]CHOP Reverses Decision on Transplant for Disabled Girl. The 3-year-old girl diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome who had been previously denied
Philadelphia may be the birth place of independence and America's most sports-crazed city, but it's not necessarily known for its advertising prowess. But, that's all about to change when the first ever Super Bowl ad created by a Philly agency—Red Tettemer + Partners—airs during the third quarter of Sunday's big game. The Century 21 spot features cameos by Donald Trump, Apolo Anton Ohno and Deion Sanders. You know it's bigtime because Primetime is involved. [Philebrity]
Brian Goldman is a senior at Penn. Over the weekend, he was taking a cab to meet some friends when he was punched in the face through the cab's open window. The taxi was stopped at a red light at 15th and Chestnut. Goldman and the cabbie got out of the car and both were attacked by a group of teenagers. Goldman ran and the cabbie hopped back in his car and sped off. Multiple teens were arrested. Brian Goldman has written about the experience for the Daily Pennsylvanian in his Monday column, the Gold Standard. [Daily Pennsylvanian]
A judge has again ruled that Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is competent to take the stand and that his previously tamed testimony in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's sexual abuse scandal will be admissible in court. Defense attorneys argue that Bevilacqua doesn't recognize his longtime aide and that he struggles to remember anything about his grand jury testimony from '03 and '04. If the prosecutors use the taped testimony, the defense attorneys will likely respond by calling Bevilacqua to the stand in an attempt to demonstrate the extent of his dementia to the jury. [FOX 29]
In case you haven't read anything that pertains to Philadelphia sports for the past few months, this is your friendly reminder that the Sixers are relevant this season. So relevant, in fact, that a one Lil Wayne has weighed in on their recent success and has predicted that they'll make the playoffs and be a legitimate contender in the post season. So, it must be so. Now that we've heard from Weezy, consider liking the Sixers to be a local mandate. [The 700 Level]