After two years of crafting a land bank bill that would streamline the messy, maddening process of buying land from the city, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez’s legislative magnum opus finally passed a first-reading last week, but far less triumphantly than many would have liked. In the 11th hour, Sanchez capitulated to an amendment by Council President Darrell Clarke that would effectively retain the stifling councilmanic control over the sale of land.
I have a lot of memories from high school. One that sticks out is the gay mime.
Okay, they didn’t actually bring a gay mime into my high school. But, during my sophomore year Sex & Dating class, we watched a video. In it, several mime artists acted out a scene at a party; at the end of it, two of them bump into each other and the one drops a magazine called Gay Monthly. He ran away in shock. (Yes, he actually mimed shock as he ran away.)
I remember we clowned on it — and, by that, I mean the presentation. Was there really a magazine targeted for gays with the incredibly on-the-nose title of Gay Monthly? Why would you carry it around if you were afraid of being outed? And why did my teacher feel the need to show us this scene with mimes?
In November, the men of the Today show stopped shaving to raise awareness for men’s health, specifically testicular and prostate cancer. November is a key ratings month in television and the Beards for Better Balls stunt was attention-getting for a good cause.
But when a couple of the Today men decided to get their prostates checked live on the show. Well, pardon the pun, but they scraped bottom. It was inaccurate, unethical and dangerous. All of which I found out from my doctor when I went in for a physical the other day. He wanted to talk more about Matt Lauer and Al Roker’s prostates than mine.
“I watched it live,” my doctor told me, “and couldn’t believe they were pushing the PSA test.”
The test is no longer recommended or even considered safe by most in the medical world, but you wouldn’t have known that from the Today show-and-tell.
Those of us who follow public transportation in Greater Philadelphia assiduously can rattle off all the ways it falls short of our ideal vision, or lacks what can be found in other large cities.
But truth to tell, this city has a public transit infrastructure that puts those of many other large American cities to shame, and the agencies responsible for running it have by and large done a decent job of keeping us moving on it.
Those of us who use it, that is — and for a city this size, that number is surprisingly small.
That point came home to me in a recent policy discussion where it was brought up that in only four U.S. metropolitan areas do more than 10 percent of residents use mass transit to get to and from work, according to Census Bureau data: New York, Chicago, San Francisco-Oakland and Washington, D.C.*
My response to that statistic: Why isn’t Philadelphia on this list?
Thanksgiving dinner chez Cheney could be an awkward affair this year.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughters are in a nasty public feud over same-sex marriage. Liz is out (pardon the pun) campaigning against the issue in her Wyoming Senate race. Mary, her kid sister, has a wife and two young children.
Talk about a tense turkeyfest.
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This is heresy. Not that the Bills are rivals or anything, but where’s the local pride, JBJ? The Philadelphia Soul ain’t good enough for ya? (Apparently not.)
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is consumed with purchasing an NFL team, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, and is among the parties positioning to purchase the Buffalo Bills when the team comes up for sale.
“When the team comes up for sale,” by the way, is a euphemism for “When 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson dies.” Talk about vulture capitalism! [CBS Sports]
Nate Allen may be the single most maligned player on the Philadelphia Eagles. Here are some recent message board comments about the tackling-averse safety.
- Nate Allen is not a good football player and has the tenacity of a miniature poodle.
- Nate Allen is making a living appearing as an extra in other people’s highlight films
So the Daily News decided to run a piece about Allen’s proclivity for tacking wild boar in Florida during the offseason.