Illustrations by Danny Hellman
On Friday afternoon, the scads of Uber customers in the Philadelphia area received an email announcing the arrival of UberX, the company’s lower-cost alternative, within city limits. The company explained that it had decided to thrust UberX upon the city due to a convoluted situation that may have left hundreds of Philadelphia taxicabs without the insurance they need to operate. Read more »
70% of the week’s outrage was directly attributable to the bracelet bribery scandal, with 20% of the outrage directed at the existence of the alleged bribe and another 50% at the fact that the judge is alleged to have been bought off so cheaply. After all, $2,000 doesn’t get you very far at Tiffany & Co. We would have held out for something more along the lines of this.
Meanwhile, 29% of the outrage was over someone calling Bill Cosby a rapist. And the remainder of the outrage — fully 1% — was over the idea that our beloved Dr. Huxtable-playing, Jello Pudding Pop-pushing, funny sweater-wearing Temple lover could even possibly, you know, be a rapist.
Recently, Media, Pennsylvania-based attorney Francis Malofiy scored a small victory against Led Zeppelin in his “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism lawsuit when a Philadelphia federal judge denied the band’s motion to dismiss the case or transfer it to another jurisdiction. But if a disciplinary panel doesn’t decide in his favor, Malofiy could potentially be disbarred from Philadelphia’s federal court thanks to his actions in another copyright case, one he filed against music mogul Usher.
The Usher suit has been winding its way through the federal court system since back in 2011, when Malofiy, seen here in a publicity photo from his website, sued Usher and others on behalf of a no-name Philadelphia songwriter named Dan Marino, who claimed that he never received proper credit for the R&B star’s perfectly unmemorable 2004 song “Bad Girl.” Here is Usher performing the tune with Beyonce.
I get a lot of weird mail here at Philly Mag, including the occasional letter from the incarcerated and their families and pleading their cases for wrongful conviction. But I’ve never received a letter from an inmate asking Patti LaBelle for money and a letter of recommendation until now.
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While many high school drama programs stick to “safe” material like Our Town and Brigadoon, Philadelphia Quaker school Friends’ Central has decided to stage Angels In America, Millennium Approaches, playwright Tony Kushner’s work about the dawn of AIDS in the United States. The play earned Kushner a Pulitzer in 1993. Read more »
Starting this weekend, Adrienne Truscott, a native of Linwood, Delaware County, is performing her critically-acclaimed show Adrienne Truscott’s Asking for It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy And Little Else in Philadelphia, a production of Simpatico Theatre Project.
Yes, it’s a comedy about rape and one that was the underground hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe. Naturally, we had to get the Brooklynite on the phone to find out what the hell she’s up to here. Read more »
The State Senate battle between Democrat John Kane and Republican Tom McGarrigle for the 26th District seat in Delaware and Chester counties is one of the most hotly contested and most negative races in the entire state, with Kane, the head of Plumbers Union Local 690 since 2007, and McGarrigle, a Springfield businessman, both pumping cash into television ads. You’ve probably seen Kane’s “Homework” ad. It’s one of those campaign advertisements that shows off a politician’s pretty family — in this case, Kane’s wife and their four children — and has them raving about what a great dad he is. But one person who saw that ad wasn’t very impressed: Kane’s 32-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Read more »
[Update 3:29 p.m. Oct. 24] TWU is believed to be unlikely to strike on Monday, but there will be a strike vote on Sunday and a press conference on Monday at 4 p.m.
[Original] TWU Local 234, the largest of the transit unions representing SEPTA employees, has announced a strike authorization meeting for Sunday, October 26th at 3:00 p.m., meaning that the thousands of subway operators, bus drivers, mechanics and cashiers who are part of the union might not show up for work on Monday morning. Read more »
Reputed Philadelphia mobster Joey Merlino has got to be sweating bullets right about now. The United States Attorney in Philadelphia wants to send “Skinny” Joey back behind bars, where he spent nearly a decade after being convicted on racketeering charges. And on Monday, Judge R. Barclay Surrick issued a ruling that puts Merlino perilously close to a return to federal prison. Read more »