Philly Playwright Gets Death Threats Over Play About Mass Shootings, Gun Control

Playwright Ginger Dayle.

Playwright Ginger Dayle in the lobby of the Adrienne Theater, where her play Roseburg runs through July 31st.

Summer is the quietest time of year for most theater companies in Philadelphia, which tend to close out their seasons by May or June at the latest. But here it is July, and New City Stage Company finds itself in the middle of a torrent of controversy, most of which is being generated some 3,000 miles away. Read more »

American Airlines: Request for Criminal Probe Is a “Publicity Stunt”


This photo, an exhibit in the lawsuit by American Airline employees, allegedly shows a worker filling a Deer Park water jug with that chemical. | Photo courtesy of Brian Mildenberg

On Thursday afternoon, dozens of workers from Philadelphia International Airport and their attorney Brian Mildenberg turned up at the office of District Attorney Seth Williams to ask for a criminal investigation into American Airlines for allegedly refilling Deer Park water jugs with toxic chemicals and then eventually sending them back to Deer Park to be filled again with water. Well, now American Airlines is referring to it as a publicity stunt. Read more »

City Employee Indicted in Child Pornography Case


Earlier this week, Grant Shea was the Health and Human Services Program Manager at Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management. Today, he is the defendant in a federal child pornography case.

Shea, 29, was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury and charged with receipt of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The FBI obtained a search warrant for his home in South Philadelphia in May, but it is unclear when that search warrant was executed.

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Guns N’ Roses Sucked or Was Awesome, Depending On Who You Ask

Axl Rose and Slash performing "It's So Easy" at the Guns N' Roses concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on July 14, 2016. (Photo via YouTube)

Axl Rose and Slash performing “It’s So Easy” at the Guns N’ Roses concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on July 14, 2016. (Photo via YouTube)

I told my editor that I would go down to Lincoln Financial Field and write a Guns N’ Roses review. So last night, I sweated my face off with the tens of thousands of other fans, voyeurs, and children of the 80s (and their children) as Axl Rose, Slash, Duff and some hired guns brought the Guns N’ Roses Not in this Lifetime Tour to Philadelphia. Read more »

Former Philly Black Panther Serving Life Sentence Wins $99K Settlement

Russell Shoatz III and Theresa Shoatz celebrate with their father, convicted cop killer Russell Shoatz Jr.

Russell Shoatz III and Theresa Shoatz celebrate with their father, Russell Shoatz Jr.

Just as the New Black Panther Party is enjoying a newfound surge in publicity, a former member of the old Black Panther Party is enjoying a legal victory against Pennsylvania.

Way back in 1973, Russell Shoatz was sentenced to life in prison for the 1970 murder of Frank Von Colln, a sergeant in the Fairmount Park Police Department, later folded into the Philadelphia Police Department by then-Mayor Frank RizzoRead more »

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