Massage Therapist Charged With Sexually Assaulting Rittenhouse Woman at Home

On the left, massage therapist Eric Elliott appears in a mugshot following his arrest for sexual assault. On the right, Elliott stands at his massage booth at the 2015 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties.

Left: Eric Elliott in a mugshot taken after his arrest last weekend. (Philadelphia Police Department) Right: Elliott at his Felicity Massage & Wellness booth at the 2015 2nd Street Festival. (Promotional photo via the Felicity Massage & Wellness Facebook page.)

More than three months after a 23-year-old Rittenhouse woman came forward to the Philadelphia Police Department with allegations that she was sexually assaulted inside her home by her massage therapist, a suspect is in custody. Read more »

You Can Buy an AR-15 in Philadelphia in About 5 Minutes

Photo of an AR-15. (iStock)

Photo of an AR-15. (iStock)

The vast majority of people who own guns use them in a perfectly legal and responsible manner, but folks who seek to maim and murder in large numbers seem to have an affinity for one particular type of weapon: the AR-15. Orlando shooter Omar Mateen selected an AR-15 to slaughter 49 people and injure dozens more inside a gay club over the weekend, joining the list of AR-15-loyal mass killers James Holmes, Adam Lanza, Chris Harper-Mercer, and husband-and-wife terrorist team Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. And thanks to the National Rifle Association, buying an AR-15 in Pennsylvania couldn’t be easier. Read more »

One of Us: Nellie Fitzpatrick

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Nellie Fitzpatrick, but my legal name is Helen Lamphier Fitzpatrick. Helen was my great-grandmother, and Lamphier was my other great-grandmother’s maiden name.

I am a … dog lover, proud wife to Tracie Palmer, and the director of the mayor’s office of LGBT affairs.

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When Your Boss Is Also a Registered Sex Offender

A screenshot of Pennsylvania's Megan's Law website, where Michaela Naughton found her boss Frank Laurenzi on the sex offenders list.

A quick search on Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law website revealed the hard truth about Frank Laurenzi.

Once a promising young cadet in the police academy, Conshohocken’s Francis “Frank” Laurenzi is now a convicted sex offender. In 2014, at the age of 29, Laurenzi pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child. The victim took private ballroom dancing lessons from Laurenzi, and investigators said that he videotaped some of their more than 20 sexual encounters, which occurred when the girl was 14 and 15 and Laurenzi was 27.

Laurenzi will be listed on the Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website for the rest of his life. So does that mean he shouldn’t be able to work at the local pizza parlor? Read more »

New Play Asks: What’s It Actually Like to Be an Immigrant

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

The current presidential saga has brought the subject of immigration to an unfortunate and incendiary head, but what’s it like to actually be an immigrant?

That’s the idea behind this world premiere from frequent Pig Iron Theatre Company collaborator Emmanuelle Delpech, who emigrated from France to Philadelphia in 1998. Read more »

Paging Donald Trump’s Lawyers: Controversial NYC Playwright Bringing New Trump Play to Philly

Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey

New York-based author Mike Daisey has published more than two dozen monologues, with subjects that have included everything from Burning Man to L. Ron Hubbard to Steve Jobs. His work is not without controversy. In 2012, the popular public radio show This American Life retracted and apologized for a story it ran about Daisey’s visit to the Apple factory in China, explaining that “many of Mike Daisey’s experiences in China were fabricated.”

Well, Daisey’s latest work will no doubt be controversial as well. In July, the “master storyteller,” as the New York Times labelled Daisey, will perform his brand new monologue The Trump Card at FringeArts — just in time for the Democratic National Convention. We got him on the phone to discuss. Read more »

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