Prince’s Death Finally Made Me Understand Celebrity Mourning

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L: Prince at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. in 1985. | Photo by Liu Hueng Shing/AP

When Robin Williams took his own life on August 11th, 2014, you would have thought that it was Mother Teresa who had died. Thanks in part to social media, the grief over Williams’ death seemed to take on a life of its own, quickly growing to levels that one could, without exaggeration, describe as mass hysteria.

But I just didn’t get it. Read more »

One of Us: Derrick Pitts

Illustration by Andy Friedman.

Illustration by Andy Friedman.

My name is … Derrick Hartwell Pitts, Hartwell being my grandfather’s first name.

I grew up in … Nicetown, North Philadelphia. Back in those days, the neighborhood was definitely greener than it is now.

I live in … the Centennial District of Wynnefield Heights. Been there for 12 years. It’s so beautiful and feels like it’s far away from the city while it’s actually almost right downtown. Takes me 10 minutes to get to work.

I went to high school at … Germantown Academy, on scholarship. But I came from the Philadelphia School District: Cleveland Elementary and Gillespie Junior High.

The thing most people don’t get about astronomy is … the extraordinary scale of the universe itself physically and the incredible variety of phenomena that can happen in the universe. It’s not a simple picture. Read more »

Man Wanted for Attempted Rape On Wharton Street

Surveillance images of the suspect in an attempted rape on Wharton Street in South Philadelphia. (Photos: Philadelphia Police Department)

Surveillance images of the suspect in an attempted rape on Wharton Street in South Philadelphia. (Photos: Philadelphia Police Department)

Stop whatever you are doing and take a close look at these surveillance images. Police say that the man seen in these pictures is the suspect in an attempted rape that occurred on Wednesday in South Philadelphia. Read more »

Elderly Pottstown Woman Nabbed After Fleeing Pot Conviction 30 Years Ago

Pottstown fugitive Janet Harden in her new mugshot photo.

Pottstown fugitive Janet Harden in her new mugshot photo.

1.7 grams of marijuana is not a lot of pot. If you’re a conservative roller, you might get two decent-sized joints out of such a paltry stash, but one Pottstown woman finds herself in a heap of trouble 30 years after she fled a conviction for smuggling that amount of the drug into a local jail. Read more »

AccuWeather Claims It Can Predict What the Weather Will Be 90 Days from Now

AccuWeather says it won't rain on the Fourth of July. (Screenshot from AccuWeather.com)

AccuWeather says it won’t rain on the Fourth of July. (Screenshot from AccuWeather.com)

Each year, as winter approaches, we have a bit of fun when the local weather folks deliver their long-range winter outlooks, attempting to tell us that they have a clue what kind of weather we’ll be experiencing by the time we get to February. But those reports are nothing compared a new service being offered by AccuWeather, the 54-year-old State College-based weather forecasting company that’s used by Channel 6 and countless other outlets across the country. Read more »

CCP, Kutztown U. Get Muzzle Awards for “Stifling Free Speech”

Community College of Philadelphia's Mint Building. (Photo by CCPedu via Wikimedia Commons)

Community College of Philadelphia’s Mint Building. (Photo by CCPedu via Wikimedia Commons)

In the movie business, one award that you don’t want to get is the Golden Rasberry. Known as The Razzies, they are bestowed upon the worst films to hit theaters. Well, it turns out that higher education has a similarly tongue-in-cheek award known as the Muzzles, and two Pennsylvania schools have made the cut. Read more »

Standard Tap Sous Chef Heroically Defends NoLibs Against Evil Car Alarm

Taking a break from walking the dogs so they can add their own note. (Photo via Eric Wagner)

Taking a break from walking the dogs so they can add their own note. (Photo via Eric Wagner)

It’s Sunday, and you’re sitting on the Standard Tap roof deck in Northern Liberties, enjoying a thick bloody mary, local eggs, and convivial conversation with your friends when the unthinkable happens: the blaring sound of a car alarm pierces the springtime air and your laissez-faire afternoon. You think to yourself Oh, someone will turn it off in a minute. But then they don’t. And it goes on and on and on and on, driving you deeper and deeper into psychosis.

Such was the horror experienced by brunchgoers this past Sunday at the iconic restaurant. Read more »

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