420 Marijuana Arrests Since City Council Voted to Decriminalize

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Two weeks ago, we told you that there had been 264 people charged with marijuana possession in Philadelphia in the month following City Council’s June 19th vote to decriminalize the possession of small amounts.

And since that report, there have been 156 more arrests, according to court records, bringing the grand total to 420. (Yes, 420.) That’s 420 people who now have criminal records for possession, and the vast majority of them were not charged with any other crimes. Read more »

Damon Feldman Says He’s Suing John Bolaris Over Cancelled Michael Lohan Boxing Match

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On Tuesday, we told you that “celebrity boxing” promoter Damon Feldman was organizing a fight featuring John Bolaris, now of WeatherSavior.com. The opponent was, Feldman claimed, as yet undetermined: He was soliciting challengers via email.

Well, Feldman says the whole thing has been cancelled and that they had settled on Michael Lohan, yes the man responsible for half of the genetic makeup of Disney star-turned-train wreck Lindsay Lohan. And Feldman is blaming Bolaris for the cancellation.

Here is an (unedited) email that Feldman sent around on Thursday night:

Hi I just want to thank you for your coverage on John Bolaris I wasted 2 weeks on putting this together, I have advanced money here to hold venue opponent and more and after picking the venue Marple sports arena for sept 20 , the charity and the Opponent was going to be Michael Lohan who we where going to announce Monday, John said was the only person he would take on and Michael agreed John has pulled out leaving me and my company hanging and in a tough situation as I have put out cash n made promises to people and now John is saying all these different stories why he won’t do it and the Backlash he received , your when he accepted and told me who he wanted to do the celebrity boxing match with. I am very pissed off here but I do want to thank you for helping with this this is very unprofessional what he did and used me for publicity and knew and now pulled out so now I will see him in court this is just disgraceful , thank you Sincerely Damon Feldman

Bolaris broke up with Feldman via text message. “He didn’t even have the balls to call me,” says Feldman. “That just shows you what kind of a guy he is. He punked out of this fight.”

“He’s been asking me to fight for a long time,” responds Bolaris. “And I finally agreed to do it for charity. But then, there was a lot of negative feedback from my friends. They said, ‘You don’t need to do this. You want to be like Octomom and Tanmom?’ But I never signed an agreement.”

Bolaris went on WMMR’s Preston & Steve show this week to discuss the prospect. “Are you friggin’ out of your mind?” they asked.

“I’m trying to rebuild my career,” says Bolaris. “I thought this would be fun. But then I realized it was just the wrong move for me.”

And we agree with that assessment.

Train Geeks Freaking Out Over 30th Street Station Renaming

30th Street Station. Photo | Jeff Fusco

30th Street Station. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Earlier this week, we told you that United States Congressman Chaka Fattah wants to rename 30th Street Station after his barrier-breaking predecessor, William H. Gray III, making it the clunkily named William H. Gray III 30th Street Station that precisely zero people will call it. It’s a nice enough idea and not one that you’d expect people to get up in arms about. But you apparently have never met a train geek. Read more »

Dear Verizon: Take Your Yellow Pages and Shove It

verizon-yellow-pages-shove-it-400It happened last week. I was working from home with The People’s Court on in the background when I heard a dull thump in front of my house. I opened the door, and there it was: the 2014 edition of Verizon’s Yellow Pages, certainly the most wasteful use of paper ever known to man.

Technically, these aren’t the Yellow Pages at all. They’re actually Verizon’s Super Pages.

But, like Band-Aids, Xerox machines and Kleenex, the “Yellow Pages” brand name has become diluted and generified.

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Ori vs. Kenyatta: Gloves Off

MO-metro-ori-kenyatta-illo-400x443Though Philadelphia’s primary election is many months away (May 19th — mark your calendars!), the battle between incumbent one-term City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his challenger, controversial Point Breeze real estate developer Ori Feibush, is already about to reach a boiling point.

Just before the Fourth of July holiday, with City Council members about to go on their annual three-month must-be-nice what-is-this-Denmark? summer break, Feibush filed a federal lawsuit against Johnson, alleging that the Councilman blocked him from purchasing two blighted city-owned properties and from bidding on a large parcel of land, as retribution for Feibush’s campaign for his seat.

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