On Friday afternoon, SEPTA police chief Thomas Nestel held a press conference at SEPTA headquarters to address the now-viral bystander video that showed SEPTA police trying to handcuff a man who had a baby in his arms at the Huntingdon stop of the Market-Frankford El on Thursday during rush hour. Read more »
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m., 6/26/15: SEPTA has released surveillance footage of the incident preceding the bystander video that shows one of its officers grabbing the man’s neck and throat.
ORIGINAL: SEPTA spokesperson Jerri Williams tells Philadelphia magazine that the agency is investigating an incident that was captured on video by a 16-year-old passenger during Thursday’s afternoon rush hour at the Huntingdon stop of the Market-Frankford El. Read more »
Nicki Minaj, left, cursing her way through last year’s 4th of July Jam, and Miguel, the guy the city has chosen to entertain your family this year, as seen on his new album cover.
On a too-humid day late in May, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, a Wawa bigwig, various other city officials and the media, including us, gathered in the African American Museum for an announcement about this year’s Wawa-sponsored Fourth of July concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Last year’s concert, you might remember, was a star-studded devoid-of-patriotism debacle of expletives and other onstage antics not exactly befitting what should be a family event, which is what the concert was in the past with the likes of Earth Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, Hall & Oates and John Legend. The 2014 show was lewd and crude, thanks in part to bona fide international celebrity Nicki Minaj, who—just to give one example—stood in front of the Art Museum and rapped the phrase, “If I had a dick, I would pull it out and piss on ’em.” Read more »
Screenshot from The Resurrection of Uncle Eddie
It has been 23 years since the twisted story of Ed Savitz aka “Uncle Eddie” emerged, a story that involved the Center City attorney paying children and young men for sexual favors, which included buying their feces, smelly socks, and soiled underwear. And now a Philadelphia-area filmmaker has set out to make a documentary about Savitz, not only retelling the old story but also exposing new details about the case. Read more »
Former Pennsylvania senator and current 2016 Presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he isn’t going to keep a contribution from a hate group leader who apparently influenced Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old man who shot nine people dead in a Charleston church. Instead, Santorum is going to donate the money to a fund for the families of the victims of the mass murder. Read more »
Washington D.C.-based organization Trust for America’s Health has released a new study that indicates that Pennsylvanians are more likely to die from a drug overdose than they are from injuries sustained in a car accident. Read more »
On Monday, the right-thinking people of the Union let out a collective you go girl when South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol less than a week after a white man walked into a historic African Methodist Episcopal church and assassinated nine black people. Most Philadelphians shake their head at the notion of such a hateful symbol being so prominently displayed — those crazy rednecks! — but the truth is that we have our own monument to hatred. Read more »
Photo by “Beyond My Ken” via Wikimedia Commons
A Phoenixville man who was terminated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in 2013 has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the bank, alleging that he was fired because of where he was born: China. Read more »
Nicole Angemi via Instagram
When you go into the hospital, you probably don’t expect that your tumor, gangrened leg or, God forbid, dead body will wind up on Instagram. But thanks to one local hospital’s pathology assistant, who moonlights at Drexel University as a teacher, it could happen. South Jersey’s Nicole Angemi routinely shares pathology and autopsy photos with her 350,000-plus followers on Instagram (she swears none of them are her patients), so we reached out to her to find out how a mother of three wound up with such a gruesome hobby. As a condition of the interview, we agreed not to reveal the hospital where she is employed.
See below the interview for a gallery of some of the photos she has shared. Read more »
Burger 21’s Texas Haystack burger
Burger-deprived Philadelphians, your despair will soon end. Your savior? A Florida-based franchise that goes by the name of Burger 21. Read more »