Philadelphia's mayors are used to a bit of razzing, good-natured or otherwise, when they're in public. But Michael Nutter got more than an earful last week from firefighters. About 200 descended on the opening of a new firehouse in Tacony to protest the mayor in the ongoing contract dispute between the two sides. But Local 22 spokesman Frank Keel said the protest was only a first step: The firefighters were going to start a drive to recall the mayor. "They're serious about it," Keel told KYW Newsradio 1060 last week, "and the effort is going to begin today."It was short-lived. Turns out Philadelphia's mayor cannot be recalled, a result of a court decision when Philadelphians attempted to recall Frank Rizzo in the 1970s.
We’re doing this interview three days after you got married at the Academy of Music. You’re not the honeymooning type?No, my husband and I work too much. And to be honest, we spent the budget on the wedding. Which was totally worth it. Next year, next year.
The group behind the standardized test that evaluates college readiness has released a report showing that only one in four high school graduates are actually prepared for college. Students take the ACT to asses their college readiness in English, Math, Reading and Science. Only a quarter of students that took the test was prepared for college in all four subjects. Also, the results indicate that the kids get really drunk off of three beers and totally think that their parents should just back off and let them live their lives, you know? [Gawker]
Next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., 6 ABC will air the second episode of the historical documentary Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. The episode—"Fever: 1793"—focuses on the yellow fever outbreak and how Philly was able to survive the wave of death that devastated the city that summer.
Cue the ominous music. What's better than talking trash on an opponent in a political campaign? Flashing white text on a black background to demonstrate how your opponent has been quoted in national publications. This thing is like a really long Law & Order scene break. Dun-dun.
The Philadelphia Police Department has identified the mother of Baby Noel—the baby girl abandoned in a box on a North Philly street. They say that Patricia Crowley, a k a Alisha Bogan or Dina, is wanted for attempted murder.
Former Sixer Sir Charles Barkley has dropped 30 pounds thanks to Weight Watchers. Now, he's signed on to be a company spokesman. Barkley lost the weight by participating in a Weight Watchers online program that helped him change the way he ate. He said he prefers the online forum because guys get embarrassed going to meetings. So, Sir Charles lost the weight, but he did it his way. [Daily News]