Protesters Flying Grumpy Cat Banner Around Comcast Center

Above: The banner behind a plane flying around the Comcast Center today. Inset: A closeup of the message.

Above: The banner behind a plane flying around the Comcast Center today. Inset: A closeup of the message.

UPDATE: The activists behind the Grumpy Cat banner explain why they spent $7,000 on the stunt.

ORIGINAL: The group Demand Progress and two other organizations are flying a banner with Grumpy Cat on it around the Comcast Center today to gloat over yesterday’s FCC vote that affirmed new net neutrality rules.

The banner has a photo of Grumpy Cat and reads, “COMCAST: DON’T MESS WITH THE INTERNET.” The protest was organized by Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and Free Press. Read more »

You Can Own Guns Mayor Frank Rizzo Used to Own

Baby Hammerless .22 short caliber revolver previously owned by Frank Rizzo, via Stephenson's Auction

Baby Hammerless .22 short caliber revolver previously owned by Frank Rizzo, via Stephenson’s Auction

Stephenson’s Auction, a Southampton based auction house, is currently selling numerous firearms and Nazi war memorabilia at auction. Also included in this collection? Three pistols once owned by Mayor Frank Rizzo.

The guns come with certificates of authenticity that call Rizzo “A True Larger Than Life Legend in the History of a Great City.” They’re signed by Rizzo’s son, Frank Rizzo Jr., and were previously sold to a collector. Rizzo died in July 1991 while attempting another run for mayor.

Cindy Stephenson, who owns the auction house, told NBC 10 the guns came from the estate of a man who was “a big Rizzo admirer.” They certificates of authenticity came from a previous sale of the three guns. Read more »

Learn About The History of Music Videos Tonight

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Stephen Pitalo likes music videos. He really likes them. So much so that he has a wide-ranging website about the Golden Age of Music Video, which he says is from 1976 to 1993. And tonight you can learn from his deep knowledge of music videos at The History of Music Videos: Part One at PhilaMOCA.

Pitalo’s multimedia presentation will begin with early jazz films, TV performances and movie musicals before eventually moving into the 1980s and the birth of MTV. It ends with the downfall of hair metal and the beginning of the Seattle grunge and alt-rock scene. Doors at PhilaMOCA (531 N 12th St.) open at 7 pm; the event starts at 7:30 pm. Read more »

Man Steals Desktop PCs From Port Richmond Walmart For Some Reason

Police are looking for a man who stole from a Port Richmond Walmart. Soon, they hope to tell him, “Dude, you’re getting a cell.”

Cops say the man twice went into the Walmart, at Butler Street and Aramingo Avenue, and stole two Dell desktop computers. Like it’s 1999!

One has to wonder why, exactly, this is his plan. Not to give any criminals any plans, but not only could you fence a laptop computer for more money, it would be much easier to carry out! But perhaps laptops are under heavier guard, or this dude is just a serious PC gamer and needs his fix. Read more »

Readers Respond: Here Are 12 More Funny Philadelphia Street Names:

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You can’t write a list without someone commenting that you missed something — and that’s exactly what happened with our Big List of Funny Philadelphia Street Names in this week’s Philadelphia Sunday. But that’s good! Because our readers came up with a bunch more funny Philadelphia street names that I neglected to include in my first edition.

I compiled some of your suggestions from comments and tweets, and now we have an appendix to the original article. Enjoy! Read more »

Here’s Eric Lindros’ $250K Libel Suit Against Ex-Ref

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Philadelphia Flyers Eric Lindros advances the puck toward the Boston Bruins net during the first period of NHL play in Boston Tuesday, November 26, 1996.

In a column in the Huffington Post last July, former NHL referee Paul Stewart wrote of his run-ins with Eric Lindros. Now, Lindros is suing him for $250,000 — Canadian.

The defamation suit, filed in an Ontario court, alleges several stories in Stewart’s column about Lindros are false. The statement of claim says the stories, which did not paint Lindros in a positive light, would cause “reasonable and ordinary readers of the article [to] regard Lindros with contempt or ridicule.”

“He gives a lot of time to charity,” said Geoff Shaw, one of Lindros’ lawyers in the suit. “He donated $5 million to a hospital in Ontario, He raises money for Easter Seals. I know he does events in your neck of the woods as well. He says, ‘My reputation is important to me when I’m giving this time.'” Read more »

Bart Blatstein: I Never Made Threats About Pier Shops

Tower signage at the Pier Shops earlier this month (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Tower signage at the Pier Shops earlier this month (Photo | Dan McQuade)

Yesterday was supposed to be the big unveiling of Bart Blatstein’s plans for The Pier Shops at Caesars, the half-empty mall over the ocean in Atlantic City. But it was abruptly called off late last week after Caesars filed a lawsuit accusing Blatstein “of having taken over the Pier’s lease from [a] third company illegally and without Caesars’ consent.”

Blatstein responded in court Monday to accusations in that lawsuit from Caesars Atlantic City president Kevin Ortzman, which included: Read more »

Comics: Evildoers Must Now Fear Philadelphia’s Newest Superhero, The Black Hood

Panels from Black Hood No. 1, courtesy of Archie Comics

Panels from Black Hood No. 1, courtesy of Archie Comics

In his first incarnation in the 1940s, The Black Hood was at first a NYPD detective who was framed for a jewelry store robbery by arch-villain The Skull. Upon release he was shot and left for dead by his nemesis, only to be nursed back to health by a hermit — who trained him to the The Black Hood, vigilante hero.

In the new Black Hood, out today from Archie Comics’ imprint Dark Circle Comics, the hero is a disfigured Philadelphia police officer, who assumes the role after killing the previous Black Hood while on patrol. He’s also addicted to painkillers. Sounds like a superhero fit for the City of Brotherly Love. Read more »

Report: Revel Sold to Glenn Straub After All

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

After all this, Revel will be sold to Glenn Straub.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that the Florida developer and Revel have struck a deal in principle that would see Straub buy the failed casino.

“All issues are pretty well resolved,” Mr. Straub told The Wall Street Journal. “We’re buying what we originally intended to buy, and the dollar figure will reflect that.” The Press of Atlantic City reports the proposed sale price is $82 million. Straub had previously bid $95.4 million for the property. Read more »

Keith Olbermann Pulled From Air for Penn State THON Tweets

ESPN has suspended Keith Olbermann for the rest of the week after a series of tweets he directed at Penn State students last night.

ESPN and Olbermann have both released statements. ESPN avoids the words “suspension” in its statement, but it’s clear it’s a suspension even if both sides agreed to it.

We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.

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