One of Us: Jay Wright

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Jerold Taylor Wright Jr. I’m named after my father, and it’s also my son’s name.

I was raised in … Churchville, Bucks County, just outside Northeast Philly. These days, I live in Berwyn. It’s beautiful. I’ve got horse farms around us, and great privacy, but it’s just 25 minutes to the airport and 15 minutes to work.

My worst subject at Council Rock North was … chemistry, but I was really good at psychology. Read more »

Racing Star Claims Sexual Assault at Philly Hotel Made Her Leave Sport

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Elena Myers is a professional motorcycle racer from California. The first woman to win a professional race at Daytona International Speedway, she is widely considered the Danica Patrick of the sport. But the 23-year-old recently vanished from the racing scene, confounding her hundreds of thousands of Facebook followers, who have been wondering why a young woman with such a promising future would quit the sport she loves. Today, she’s ready to break her silence and tell her story. And it begins on a massage table at a four-star hotel in Philadelphia. Read more »

This South Philly Live Chicken Store Is in Trouble With the Feds

J&B Poultry Market in South Philadelphia (Photo by Claire Hoffman)

J&B Poultry Market in South Philadelphia (Photo by Claire Hoffman)

Most of us buy our chicken at the regular old grocery store. Whether it’s a free-range, no-antibiotics bird from Whole Foods or 69-cents-per-pound leg quarters in the little styrofoam tray from ShopRite, our chicken died well before it got anywhere near the meat department. But at J&B Poultry Market in South Philadelphia, things work a little bit differently. Read more »

Asplundh Tree Execs Charged With Running Undocumented Workers Scheme

File photo of Asplundh workers cleaning up after a 2016 snowstorm. Photo by Frank Eltman/AP

File photo of Asplundh workers cleaning up after a 2016 snowstorm. Photo by Frank Eltman/AP

Willow Grove-based Asplundh Tree Expert Co. is huge, privately owned corporation with more than 36,000 employees and estimated annual sales of $3.5 billion, according to Forbes, which counts it as one of America’s largest private companies. But now, Asplundh finds itself the recipient of some very unwelcome attention thanks to charges just filed in federal court. Read more »

Woman Claims High-Priced Strip Club Fired Her Because She’s White

A dancer on stage at Vanity Grande. (Photo via YouTube)

A dancer on stage at Vanity Grande. (Photo via YouTube)

You may have never heard of Vanity Grand, a strip club in Southwest Philadelphia, but it’s no hole in the wall. The high-priced bottle-service venue at 61st and Passyunk has recently presented events hosted by the likes of hip-hop stars Rick Ross, Future, and 50 Cent, and Meek Mill is scheduled to appear there this weekend. Vanity Grand is the kind of place where Floyd Mayweather goes to literally throw lots of money around. Well, the club now finds itself the subject of a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a woman who used to work there. Read more »

Luxury Jeweler Paul Morelli Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Left: Paul Morelli (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images). Right: Accuser Kathryn Hanegraaf (Lauren Carey Photography)

Left: Paul Morelli (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images). Right: Accuser Kathryn Hanegraaf (Lauren Carey Photography)

Paul Morelli isn’t just any Philadelphia jeweler. His high-priced designs turn up in the style pages of the New York Times, which also heralded the opening of his Madison Avenue location in 2014 by declaring him “no longer fine jewelry’s best-kept secret.” And his pieces, which can cost upwards of $150,000, can sometimes be found in places like Neiman Marcus, Harrods of London, and Bergdorf Goodman, where thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in Morelli jewelry in a daring 2012 heist. (“That thief obviously has good taste,” a Morelli rep told the New York Post.) Remember Rihanna’s see-through dress? Jewelry by Paul Morelli.

In other words, Morelli is a bona fide luxury jeweler. But according to a young woman who once worked for him, Morelli wasn’t a very good boss. Read more »

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