Meet Joe Khan, the Man Who Wants to Unseat D.A. Seth Williams

Joe Khan announcing his intention to run against District Attorney Seth Williams in the May 2017 Democratic primary. Photo by Morgan Jenkins

Joe Khan announcing his intention to run against District Attorney Seth Williams in the May 2017 Democratic primary. Photo by Morgan Jenkins

On Thursday, former federal prosecutor Joe Khan announced that he will challenge District Attorney Seth Williams in May’s Democratic primary. Prior to his press conference, we spoke with Khan to see what we can expect from the contest. Read more »

After DNA Exoneration, Anthony Wright Sues City and Police

Anthony Wright with his granddaughter after his release from prison in August. Photo by Kevin Monko, courtesy The Innocence Project

Anthony Wright with his granddaughter after his release from prison in August. Photo by Kevin Monko, courtesy The Innocence Project

Less than one month ago Anthony Wright walked out of prison, where he had spent the previous 25 years for the 1991 rape and murder of his 77-year-old neighbor, Louise Talley. DNA evidence has proven that Wright, 44, was not the killer, and now he is suing the City of Philadelphia as well as the police. Read more »

Here’s the LeSean McCoy Lawsuit Filed by Two Philly Cops

Left: LeSean McCoy in a 2016 photo by Keith Allison (Flickr).

Left: LeSean McCoy in a 2016 photo by Keith Allison (Flickr).

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has declined to press charges against former Eagles player LeSean McCoy after two cops were injured in an Old City bar brawl he was involved in. But that doesn’t mean that McCoy is completely off the hook. Read more »

Police Say Philly Cop Tried to Mail Marijuana

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Yes, marijuana is kinda, sorta legal in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t mean you can just go trying to send it through the mail — especially if you’re a cop. But that’s just what one Philadelphia police officer did, according to a statement by the Philadelphia Police Department. Read more »

The Marijuana-Fueled Return of Dan Gross

Photo by Jamie Leary.

Photo by Jamie Leary.

It has been more than three years since former Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross made his very public exit from the paper, where he had been dishing dirt on the likes of Alycia Lane, Allen Iverson, and Michael Nutter for a decade. Since then, he’s quietly been running his own one-man public relations company, but now he’s ready to make his foray back into journalism, although this time, instead of divorces and TV news rumors, he’ll be writing about dabbing, edibles, and Sour Diesel.

Gross, 37, is set to launch Elevated Nation, a news and culture website all about marijuana. Read more »

Dick Sprague Is Suing Ken Smukler Over Chump Change

Left: Attorney Richard "Dick" Sprague (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Right: Ken Smukler in a 2015 photo (Twitter).

Left: Attorney Richard “Dick” Sprague (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Right: Ken Smukler in a 2015 photo (Twitter).

Dick Sprague is the most feared attorney in Philadelphia. Ken Smukler is a behind-the-scenes Democratic political operative who has worked for the likes of Kathleen Kane, Bob Brady, Rick Mariano and Marjorie Margolies back before she was Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law. And now Sprague and Smukler are squaring off in court. Read more »

Philly Jesus Found Guilty of Trespassing Inside Apple Store

Philly Jesus outside City Hall in 2016. Photograph by Victor Fiorillo

Philly Jesus outside City Hall in April 2015. Photograph by Victor Fiorillo

Michael Grant — the man known to most as Philly Jesus — showed up in Municipal Court on Wednesday to face charges stemming from an incident that occurred inside the Walnut Street Apple Store in May. The result: Grant was found guilty of trespassing and sentenced to three months of probation. Read more »

Why the Heck Was Katie McGinty at the Home of Trump Surrogate Erin Elmore?

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty with entrepreneur Craig Spitzer, Trump surrogate Erin Elmore, and their son Royce in Philadelphia on Monday, September 12th.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty with entrepreneur Craig Spitzer, Trump surrogate Erin Elmore, and their son Royce in Philadelphia on Monday, September 12th.

On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump surrogate and former Apprentice contestant Erin Elmore went on Fox Business to talk deplorables and pneumonia, but the night before, she was performing for a much different audience: Democratic fundraisers. Read more »

Fall Weekend Getaway: The Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford, PA

The Porch at John's Cabin at Glendorn | Photo by Sargent Photography

The Porch at John’s Cabin at Glendorn | Photo by Sargent Photography

A curious thing happened this summer. Travel + Leisure put out its annual list of the top resort hotels in the country, and Glendorn, a place in Bradford, Pennsylvania — a teensy rural town about ninety minutes south of Buffalo — crowned the list (and was ranked number six in the world). I was skeptical (the top resort hotel — in rural Pennsylvania? Really?) but also excited: My wife, kids and I were headed there a few days later.

Turns out they nailed it. The Relais & Château woodland retreat is located on 1,500 lush acres adjacent to Allegheny National Forest. We checked into one of the resort’s 12 stand-alone cabins, John’s Cabin, a four-bedroom haven named for oil baron John Dorn, who built Glendorn as his family getaway in the early 1900s. (There’s also a four-room lodge on the property.)

My kids, unimpressed by the accolades and amenities, were far more concerned with the simple things. They scurried outside to a small lake just steps away from our porch and set out to catch sunfish. When this proved unsuccessful, we asked Glendorn’s ruggedly handsome (or so my wife says) activity guide, Shane Appleby, for assistance. Glendorn was also recently named the top Orvis fly-fishing lodge in the country, and with Shane’s guidance, my 10-year-old son — a city kid with a pitiful amount of fishing experience — learned to fly-fish and caught a dozen rainbow and brown trout.

But what do you do with a big cooler of freshly caught fish? If you’re at Glendorn, you send your son to the kitchen in the main lodge — where they serve a $105-a-person prix-fixe dinner — and have him ask the chef to cook them. He obliged; that night, we had trout three ways.

As dinner wound down, my nine-year-old daughter reminded me that I’d vowed to make a fire outside our cabin for the requisite s’mores. I agreed, but wondered if I’d overpromised: I can make a fire about as well as I can rebuild a carburetor. So I was glad to see, as we walked back to our cabin, that the staff had already built us a roaring fire ringed with chairs, complete with a table holding all the ingredients for s’mores.

The next morning we pedaled tandem mountain bikes all over creation, taking breaks to kayak on a larger lake nearby, hang out with Shane at the shooting range, swim in the state’s first heated in-ground pool, and sip martinis (Shirley Temples for the kids) while we embarrassed ourselves in the billiards room. The day was much like Glendorn: a perfect balance of back-to-nature simplicity and over-the-top luxury. The good life indeed. ­

Field Guide: Weekend Getaway in Bradford, PA

Stay: The Lodge at Glendorn, 1000 Glendorn Drive, Bradford; rates start at $375 a night.
Play: The area around Bradford offers some of the best fishing and hunting in the country. For a sight you’ll never see anywhere else, take the 40-minute drive to Kinzua Bridge State Park, where you can stroll on a skywalk next to a partially collapsed railroad bridge above a gorge. If you’re afraid of heights, don’t look down at the glass floor.
Eat: The lodge has the best food for miles—this is very rural Pennsylvania—but a 15-minute drive gets you to Beefeaters, a solid old-school steakhouse in a converted public library. And kids will go crazy for Slice of the 80s (just down the street); think pizza, wings, a Madonna soundtrack and lots of Donkey Kong. Don’t worry: There’s beer.

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