I’m a reasonable woman, by which I mean I don’t get riled easily. I understand that not everything in life, or on the Schuylkill Expressway, will go my way. In the sanctuary that is my own home, however, I expect to have some agency. I don’t.
A few weeks back, my husband Doug put “popcorn” on the shopping list we keep on the kitchen counter. When I did the weekly shopping, I dutifully bought a box of six packets of microwave popcorn. When I went to put it away in the cabinet, I noticed there were already two open boxes of popcorn on the shelf, along with another full box. So … why was popcorn on the shopping list? A fit of artificial-butter-flavor insecurity? A sudden mass craving? Nah. Doug had taken the last packet from yet another open box and mindlessly put popcorn on the list without checking to see if we still had any popcorn. And the reason there were so many boxes of popcorn in that cabinet? This wasn’t the first time.
Read more »
Screenshot from The Resurrection of Uncle Eddie
It has been 23 years since the twisted story of Ed Savitz aka “Uncle Eddie” emerged, a story that involved the Center City attorney paying children and young men for sexual favors, which included buying their feces, smelly socks, and soiled underwear. And now a Philadelphia-area filmmaker has set out to make a documentary about Savitz, not only retelling the old story but also exposing new details about the case. Read more »
A New Jersey man was arrested Friday after he peed in the coin tray of a slot machine at a Pennsylvania casino.
William Compton, a 53-year-old man from Manalapan, New Jersey, reportedly was taken into custody after he refused to leave Parx Casino, and additionally charged resisting arrest by Pennsylvania State Police. Read more »
Courts are still throwing out cases connected to the Philadelphia Police Department’s narcotics unit, even though a federal court found officers in the unit not guilty of corruption charges this spring.
KYW reports that “dozens” of drug convictions have been reversed because of the officers’ involvement. Read more »
Aura Voicu (left) and Silviu Serban (right) have been arrested.
If you used an ATM on the 1800 block of JFK Boulevard in Center City at the beginning of May, you might want to check with your bank to make sure your cash is still there. Read more »
Photo | Jeff Fusco
An “all clear” has been given at the Navy Yard after it was evacuated this morning due to an unspecified “security threat.”
“The threat was reportedly made about 10:30 a.m., and the Navy Yard, in South Philadelphia, and the Naval Support Activity facility (part of the Defense Logistics Agency), in the city’s Lawncrest section, were both evacuated and employees sent home for the day,” KYW reported.
NBC News added: “The U.S. Navy Yard in Philadelphia was placed under heightened security measures Tuesday after the FBI informed the base of a potential threat of a terrorist attack, officials told NBC News.” Read more »
Suspect in Old City burglary (Philadelphia Police Department)
The Philadelphia Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify this fellow, who recently burglarized Mrs. K’s Restaurant, a small lunch counter type of place, in Old City adjacent to Stephen Starr’s Buddakan. Read more »
As soon as I heard about the pair of new studies showing that millennials are getting less sex than their parents did, I knew the kids would twist themselves into pretzels explaining to me how that’s a good thing. After all, we’re the ones who ruined the environment, razed the economy and stuck them all with a hundred grand in college debt, so how could anything that we did ever be good?
The first of those two studies, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, revealed that millennials have had far fewer sexual partners than the boomers or Generation X. In fact, millennials are having sex less than anybody since their grandparents’ “Greatest Generation,” who averaged just two partners apiece. Boomers and Gen X’ers in the study averaged 11 sexual partners. Millennials, the study says, are likely to average eight. Read more »
Sepp Blatter at a reception for members of the FIFA in the Chanclery in Berlin in 2007. 360b / Shutterstock.com
He sounds like the abbreviation for a painful urological condition. Most Americans think she’s a country singer. That’s only part of why it was so improbable that new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch took on president Sepp Blatter’s FIFA this week, indicting nine current and former high-ranking officials of international soccer’s governing body for dirty dealing and bribery. Blatter, who’s been with FIFA since 1975, is known worldwide as the most powerful man in sports; he wasn’t named in Wednesday’s indictments, and he was actually reelected to a fifth term on Friday, giving him the opportunity to say in a speech, “I am the president of everybody.”
Except Loretta. Read more »