Victor Fiorillo writes about anything and everything from crime and politics to personalities and pedicures. No, really. Pedicures. Though you wouldn’t know it to look at his feet. In addition to breaking news on the Philly Post, he writes for Foobooz and Philly Mag.
It wasn't so long ago that Joshua Scott Albert was pissing off much of Philadelphia with StaphMeal, his foul-mouthed gossip blog that took aim at everyone from Marc Vetri to Michael Nutter (with a shot of his own penis thrown in for fun). But these days, the onetime Occupy Philadelphia protagonist is an inmate at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the Northeast, the maximum-security prison he's called home since last September.
On Monday night, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the 43 local winners of over $2 million in grants as part of the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge. Drawn from 1,200 applicants, the winners include everything from Pig Iron Theatre Company and Philadelphia band Dr. Dog (pictured), who will collaborate on a rock opera, to Reading Terminal Market, which will receive $60,000 for a performing arts series there. Below, the winners in alphabetical order.
Recipient: Ars Nova Workshop
To honor Philadelphia’s rich jazz legacy by producing a month-long festival in venues across the city during Jazz History Month
Today marks the first rocket-powered test flight for SpaceShipTwo, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic spacecraft that will take tourists up, up, and away into space--well, sub-orbital space, anyway. Stephen Hawking, Tom Hanks, Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Mário Ferreira have reportedly signed up for future trips, and you can too with the help of Swarthmore's Park Avenue Travel, a travel agency for the well-off.
Park Avenue's Craig Bush explains that he is a "Virtuoso Accredited Space Agent", meaning that he's one of a few dozen people in the world authorized to sell tickets for Virgin Galactic, and, really,...
Philadelphia's 2015 mayoral race may seem like it's way off, but prospective candidates are beginning to test the waters. Last week, less than a month after deciding to call off a run for Pennsylvania governor, super-rich 2007 Philadelphia mayoral candidate Tom Knox announced that he is going to give the mayor's office another shot. And now, the glamorous Dana Spain (seen here with her parents) says she wants the job too.
Thursday was a busy day for multi-millionaire businessman Tom Knox. The failed 2007 mayoral candidate, who recently considered a bid for the Pennsylvania governor's seat before thinking better of it, announced that he wants to enter Philadelphia's 2015 mayors' race. And on the same day, Knox filed a lawsuit against Table 31, the Comcast Center restaurant where he has been a partner since its opening in 2008.
Last night in New York, Olympic swimmer-turned-reality TV star Ryan Lochte spoke out about all the criticism he received after flubbing a recent Fox 29 interview so badly that the anchors couldn't contain their laughter.
While on the E! red carpet, he had this to say: "The more known you get in the public eye, the more haters you're gonna have and that's a given. But, you know what? All the haters, all the name calling goes through one ear (and) out the other and I don't mind it. The way I look at it the more haters I have...
We won't have John Bolaris to kick around anymore. The former TV weatherman, who has had a rather difficult time here in Philadelphia for the last couple of years, told Daily News gossip columnist Molly Eichel that he's leaving Philadelphia in June and moving back to New York City. "I'm a little bit embarrassed that I couldn't land a job in Philly," Bolaris said. "I'm frustrated, but having to leave sometimes comes out better than having to stay."
Below, video from NBC 10's gushy "Bolaris Farewell" from 2002, the first time he left Philadelphia for New York. In the video, Bolaris...