Ask Liz: (Comcast?) Cable and the 1948 Democratic National Convention

Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis/Associated Press

Political revelers at the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis/Associated Press

I know Comcast’s David L. Cohen is senior adviser to the host committee for the Democratic National Convention to be held in Philly in 2016. Is it true Comcast also had something to do with the last presidential DNC held in Philadelphia? — Media-Minded in Center City

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Philippe Starck to Design Philly Hotel

Phillipe Starck | Photo: James Jennings

Philippe Starck in Philadelphia | Photo: James Jennings

Bonjour mes amis. We have news. Philippe Starck was in town today to talk about his role as exclusive interior designer for Carl Dranoff’s SLS Hotel project at Broad and Spruce. It’s not a total surprise as Starck has been the boutique hotel chain’s key collaborator since its founding. Still, the official announcement has a certain frisson about it.

Property editor Jim Jennings spoke to Starck and was able to get the following through the Gallic fog of his accent:

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Confession: I Wear Maternity Jeans Even Though I’m Not Pregnant

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Heaven: Maternity jeans on sale at the Gap.

I could have at least four different-sized human beings shop in my closet right now, as it is filled with pants ranging from size 0 to size 10. They don’t vary in waistline as much as you’d think because we’re talking about the women’s clothing industry, after all, and a size 6 at J.Crew is in no way similar to a size 6 at Talbot’s. It’s not as though I gain and lose 30 pounds every month. I do, however, gain and lose about eight pounds every month, and that is not insignificant when you’re trying to put an outfit together. (Oh, menopause! When will you arrive?)

Last month, after another morning spent trying on and then shedding pants that wouldn’t button like a waterlogged molting snake, I took my angry menstrual self to the Gap for new jeans. I had recently given a bunch of clothing to Goodwill, and forgotten to keep some big jeans for the fat half of the month. As I browsed the tidy shelves admiringly (I used to work at the Gap, and still remember the folding process as exquisitely satisfying), I thought, “If only they made expandable jeans that would work with me throughout the month, like with a big elastic waistband.” I started thinking I should invent them and become rich. I saw myself on QVC with impossibly terrific hair, chatting with Isaac Mizrahi about the planets, my manicure superb. Then I walked to the back of the store and oh my god there they were I already invented them. In the maternity section. Read more »

Cayman Naib’s Death Ruled a Suicide

The Delaware County Medical Examiner’s office has released its findings today of the autopsy of 13-year-old Cayman Naib, the eighth-grade Shipley student who went missing last Wednesday night. Naib was found yesterday near his family’s property, facedown in a creek bed, covered in snow. It appeared he might have fallen and hit his head after climbing over a wall, but he was also found with a firearm, complicating the forensic picture. Now the death has been attributed to a “single perforating gunshot wound to the head”; the autopsy clearly states that Cayman “shot self in head in an outdoor/wooded area.”

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Missing Newtown Square Eighth-Grader Found Dead


Cayman Naib, the eighth-grade boy who went missing from his Newtown Square home on Wednesday evening, has been found dead. The news was reported on the Facebook page dedicated to finding him. It reads:

It is with a heavy heart that we share news that the family has just learned through the search and rescue team and local law enforcement that Cayman has been found deceased. Please understand that the family is still processing and struggling with this most recent news but that they would like to thank all of the thousands of people over the last five days – friends, family, community, law enforcement, local, county, and federal, search and rescue, fire departments, the school communities, especially Shipley and Episcopal Academy, and even perfect strangers – who have come together to support the family to find Cayman. Read more »

New Information in the Search for Missing Newtown Square Teen Cayman Naib


A Facebook community page has been launched for 13-year-old Cayman Naib, who went missing around 6:30 on Wednesday night from his home in Newtown Square. He left wearing ski pants, a down jackets and hiking boots, but didn’t take his cell phone or wallet. The Facebook page says that his parents have reached out to his friends and are “reasonably convinced” he is not with them. They also note that he doesn’t seem to be using his email.

They do give an ostensible reason for his leaving the house abruptly: he left about a half-hour after his school — The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr — sent him an email about overdue homework. His parents write:

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Missing: Newtown Square Eighth Grader Cayman Naib


[UPDATE] New information about the search for Cayman Naib has come out via a Facebook community page launched to assist in the search. Among the details are that Naib left shortly after receiving an email from his school, and that he was seen walking on Church Road shortly after his disappearance.

[ORIGINAL] One thing we know from missing-persons cases: The sooner the search gets started, the more positive the outcome is likely to be. Police in Newtown Township are now looking for a 13-year-old boy who went missing last night at around 6:30 p.m. Cayman Naib apparently left his Delco home on Harrison Drive without his wallet or his phone, dressed in black ski pants, hiking boots and a gray down winter jacket. But given that it was fairly balmy last night, he might not have anticipated the severity of today’s weather. Read more »

What Does Mayor Nutter’s Final Budget Hold?

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Details of Mayor Nutter’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016-17 began to come out today.

Total expected revenues are expected to be $3.85 billion while total expected expenditures are $3.95 billion, which is a 2.3 percent increase from last year. The overview document that was presented to City Council noted that the city “is implementing a new budgeting system which will replace the more than 2,000 Excel spreadsheets that the city currently uses for its budget.” Bad news for Microsoft, but you know there are dozens, if not hundreds, of workers in City Hall right now who are crying tears of joy. ($29.4 million is budgeted for the Office of Innovation and Technology, so maybe next year they’ll move up from WordPerfect, too.)

Anyway. The big question is: What would Nutter have the city spend these billions on, and why? Let’s break it down: Read more »

State Legislators Want to Bigfoot Philly’s New Sick Leave Ordinance


Pennsylvania legislators met yesterday in Harrisburg to hone a bipartisan amendment that would vitiate the seven-plus years of work that went into Philadelphia’s sick leave ordinance by making it retroactive to January 1st of this year.

SB333, proposed by state Sen. John Eichelberger and state Sen. Lisa Boscola, “would provide for clear state preemption of local mandated leave ordinances.” Such ordinances, a memo from the legislators suggests, represent overreach by local governments, which should apparently be confined to a certain “sphere of power” that doesn’t obstruct the uniform application of public policy. Read more »

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