IRS Agent Who Helped Put Seth Williams Away Charged in Sex Crime

Left: IRS special agent in charge Gregory Floyd at a news conference in March 2017 (AP photo). Right: Floyd in his mugshot.

Just seven months ago, IRS special agent in charge Gregory Floyd stood in front of reporters in Philadelphia and announced details in the corruption case against disgraced district attorney Seth Williams. But now, Floyd, the top IRS agent in Philadelphia, finds himself the defendant in a criminal prosecution. Read more »

Here’s What the King of Prussia Rail Extension Could Look Like

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Rendering of KOP rail traveling along Mall Boulevard | Image via SEPTA

SEPTA has released renderings of its proposed King of Prussia high-speed rail extension.

The transportation agency wants the public to weigh in on a potential Norristown High Speed Line spur, which was first proposed in 2015. Project developers are currently considering several different routes for the extension, which would branch off the NHSL’s main line and include several stops in the King of Prussia area.  Read more »

Ivanka Trump Is Coming to Bucks County on Monday

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Ivanka Trump is scheduled to make an appearance in Bucks County on Monday.

The businesswoman’s visit comes less than two weeks after her father, president Donald Trump, touted his tax reform plan just outside Harrisburg.

Ivanka Trump will speak on the same topic as Republicans try their best to enact tax reform by the end of the year. She’ll visit Richboro, where she’ll reportedly attempt to appeal to middle-class families. Read more »

Nicole Cashman: Maven of Messaging

Nicole Cashman | Photograph by Colin Lenton

Over nearly two decades, Nicole Cashman has grown her single-employee start-up shop into one of the most formidable public relations powers in the region. Cashman & Associates, now a 17-person Old City firm, reps bigwig restaurants and hotels (Starr Restaurants [No. 6], AKA), retail and development behemoths (Century 21 Department Stores, Brandywine Realty Trust [No. 16]), national brands (WeWork, SoulCycle) and civic entities (Friends of Rittenhouse Square, Wawa Welcome America). The firm is as well known for organizing high-profile parties for Philly’s best-dressed hobnobbers as it is for cultivating female talent. “PR has a bad reputation for being a hard business to be in and stay in,” says Cashman, who grew up in Jenkintown, Elkins Park and East Oak Lane and graduated from Drexel in 1994. “My goal was for this to be a place where you can not only survive; you can thrive.” Read more »

A Challenge to Our Most Influential Philadelphians

A few weeks ago, this magazine moved its offices from Rittenhouse Square to Washington Square, which means my daily commute in and out of the city has changed a bit. Fortunately, my new route gives me an even broader view of all the construction that’s happening in and around Center City of late: the makeover of the eastern part of Market Street; Comcast’s still-climbing Technology Center; Aramark’s sprawling new headquarters on the east side of the Schuylkill; Penn Med’s new $1.5 billion hospital on the west side … the list goes on.

So here’s a question: Why, with all this hubbub happening in the city, does thinking about Philadelphia so often elicit in me these days a deep … I don’t know … sigh? Read more »

Shani Akilah and Abdul-Aliy Muhammad: Rebels With a Cause

Shani Akilah and Abdul-Aliy Muhammad | Photograph by Colin Lenton

Pink slips for mayoral appointees are rare. But Mayor Kenney’s axing of Nellie Fitzpatrick as his liaison to the LGBTQ community was particularly remarkable because it came, essentially, at the behest of a group of activists who’d been organizing for less than a year. Simply put, Fitzpatrick is gone because of the Black and Brown Workers Collective. The group loudly called for her to step down due to her perceived inaction while anger over racial slurs and discriminatory dress codes in the Gayborhood reached fever pitch. Read more »

Jon Geeting: The Urbanist

Jon Geeting | Photograph by Colin Lenton

Jon Geeting changed Philly with a blog post. Granted, it’s a very small part of the city — one intersection, really — and it took three years, but every wave is preceded by a ripple.

In 2014, Geeting published a photo essay of the spots on South Philly streets where snow accumulated through the winter. He suggested that because these strips of asphalt — “sneckdowns,” a portmanteau for “snow” and “neckdowns” — clearly weren’t being used by vehicles, they could be given over to pedestrians without impacting driving patterns. The post went viral, and this summer, one of the most chaotic intersections on East Passyunk Avenue was transformed — additional stoplight, curb bump-outs, a pedestrian island — based on the locations of Geeting’s snow piles. Read more »

Feminista Jones: The One-Woman Social Justice Crusade

Feminista Jones | Photograph by Colin Lenton

By day, Feminista Jones works at Witnesses to Hunger, a project of Drexel’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities. But her real clout comes from her massive social media following, which spans continents and has made her one of the leading voices in the social justice movement. Jones, a Penn grad originally from New York, connects across multiple channels: writing (she’s sold thousands of copies of her independently published Push the Button; her byline is everywhere from the New York Times to xoJane), podcasting (Give Me Freedom or Give Me Face), tweeting (as early as 6 a.m.), YouTubing, Periscoping and speaking. Read more »

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