Prosecutors: Brady Campaign Paid 2012 Primary Opponent to Quit

Photo | Jeff Fusco

A former political aide to Rep. Bob Brady’s 2012 primary opponent has testified that Brady’s campaign paid the competitor $90,000 to drop out of the race.

In a federal court hearing last Friday, Carolyn Cavaness, a campaign staffer for Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore, then Brady’s opponent, admitted having a role in the alleged scheme. Her guilty plea was disclosed in court filings made public Tuesday.  Read more »

Eagles Sign … A Canadian Rugby Player?

The Eagles on Monday announced the surprising signing of tight end Adam Zaruba, a star for Canada’s national team in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 26-year-old Zaruba has no professional football experience, but he did play in high school and was also recruited by Simon Fraser University – an NCAA Division II school in British Columbia. The North Vancouver native is listed at 196 centimeters tall and weighs in at 146 kilograms (which I’m told is 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds). Read more »

Highway Robbery: Uber Now Charging for Lost Item Returns

Raise your hand if you’ve ever absentmindedly left something behind in the back of a taxi or Uber, Philadelphia. I’ll bet a fair share of us, myself included, answered in the affirmative.

But get this – Uber is now charging riders $15 for each item returned to them by its drivers. That’s highway robbery. Literally. Come to think of it, this is really more like extortion in the two-bit Mafioso sense. Read more »

OPINION: Where Are All You “Activists” When We Really Need You?

Behind Closed Doors: Philly police are fighting to preserve the status quo on the third floor of the Sheraton. (Photo by Samantha Holender)

For anyone who professes to care about the issues black people face regarding policing, an important event in the relationship between the public and police is happening right now, and nobody is talking about it. Read more »

Police Arrest Climbers on Top of Ben Franklin Bridge

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

Police conducted a high-altitude arrest early this morning after two people climbed on top of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

The incident began shortly after 1 a.m., when police say the duo climbed a 385-foot tower on the bridge to spray-paint graffiti. But the pair got stuck and had to be rescued, according to 6ABC. Read more »

Report: Pa. Woman Legislators More Effective at Passing Laws

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A new report claims that Pennsylvania’s woman legislators are more effective at passing laws.

Researchers at the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University found that during the 2013-14 legislative term, 9.7 percent of bills sponsored by female legislators were passed and signed by the governor, compared to 9 percent of bills sponsored by male legislators.  Read more »

Abby Rosenquist Is First Woman to Win Helium’s Philly’s Phunniest

Comedian Abby Rosenquist, photographed by Joe Karg.

Every year for the last twelve years, Helium Comedy Club has hosted Philly’s Phunniest contest, a weeks-long elimination-style stand-up comedy competition. And every year, the final victor is a man, which has not gone unnoticed by female comedians in Philly and more forward-thinking types in general.

Well, that all changed at Sunday night’s final matchup (I was a judge), where 26-year-old Abby Rosenquist took the top prize, leading to congratulatory Facebook posts like this one from comedian Nicole Yates: “Congrats to Abby Rosenquist for winning the Helium Philly’s Phunniest Contest and busting thru that Bro Wall to be the first Woman to win it! #fuckingyeah”

I got Rosenquist on the phone on Monday afternoon for a quick conversation. Read more »

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