If You See a Porn Star Having Lunch in Philly, Here’s Why

Porn star Joanna Angel dines at Franky Bradley's with N.A. Poe.

Porn star Joanna Angel dines at Franky Bradley’s with N.A. Poe.

We at Philly Mag get lots of tips about celebrities, semi-celebrities, and straight-up D-listers having dinner at Parc or drinks at Oscars or a workout at the Sporting Club, but it’s not very often that we get a report of a porn star having lunch in town. Well, that’s all about to change. Read more »

PHL Airport Getting Fancy, Exclusive Lounge

New York - Centurion Lounge

The work area at the Amex Centurion Lounge at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport | Photo via thecenturionlounge.com

The PHL Airport is getting a nice lounge. But you’ll have to be an American Express Platinum cardmember to use it.

Travel blog One Mile at a Time broke the news earlier this week: Philadelphia is getting an Amex Centurion Lounge. Ben Schlappig writes that “these lounges are significantly better than what’s being offered directly by U.S. airlines,” and says one is scheduled to open at PHL in early August.

American Express did not immediately return a request for comment from Philadelphia magazine. There are currently Centurion Lounges at airports in Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Read more »

Report: Ben Simmons Debut Could Still Be A Month Away

Ben Simmons has signed his rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, Ben Simmons debut could still be a month away | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, 76ers rookie Ben Simmons could make his NBA debut after the All-Star break.

The 76ers will have off from February 16th through February 23rd for the league’s All-Star break, returning to play on Friday, February 24th against the Washington Wizards.

According to Haynes, Simmons’ debut could come some time “shortly after the All-Star break” and “near March”, although no specifics were provided outside of that.

While Haynes said Simmons missing the entire season because of his injury was still a possibility, he did also report that the foot had completely healed.

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Chris Christie: Eagles Fans “Generally Angry, Awful People”


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie co-hosted a sports talk radio program this morning, filling in for former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. I would say this seems odd, but I am a resident of the state in which the sitting governor routinely participated in an Eagles post-game panel show.

But I can criticize Christie’s choice of descriptors for Eagles fans. Speaking on WFAN’s Boomer And Carton Show, Christie said the Eagles have “sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.” Read more »

President Obama Just Pardoned a Philadelphia Woman

Photo via White House

Photo via White House

While everybody is talking about the big names on President Obama’s just-released pardons and commutations list — most notably, convicted traitor and Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning and hotelier and tax fraud Ian Schrager — there are also some Philadelphians who made the list. Read more »

Casey Grills Trump’s Education Pick on Sexual Assault Allegation Procedures


L: Sen. Bob Casey | R: Betsy DeVos (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

Prompted by Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey yesterday, Betsy DeVos, the woman who will likely head the U.S. Department of Education under president-elect Donald Trump, said she would not commit to following Obama administration guidelines on how schools, colleges and universities should treat sexual assault and harassment allegations.  Read more »

The SEPTA Key Trip Cap Is an Outrage! (Well, Maybe Not.)

Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA general manager, uses a SEPTA Key for the first time at City Hall.

Photo: Brian Thomas

In case you missed the memo — and you shouldn’t have, since SEPTA publicized it widely back in 2013 — if you load your monthly or weekly TransPass onto a SEPTA Key card, your pass now has a ceiling on it.

I knew this, too, but that didn’t make me any less upset when, on December 31st, I tried to board the Broad Street Line at Walnut-Locust only to have the reader tell me my Key card was declined. It seems that I was attempting my 241st trip on SEPTA that month, and the maximum number of trips you can take on a monthly pass is 240. (For weekly pass holders, the number is 56.) Read more »

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