It’s Friday, December 6th, and you know what that means?
SWEET HOLY BABY JESUS, ONLY 19 MORE SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS, except that the “shopping” qualifier is stupid now that every day is a shopping day.
In case your weekend plans involve schlepping all over God’s green earth to find the perfect thoughtful, deeply meaningful gift for Uncle Ebenezer, Cousin Dorothy, your mom, your dad, Grammy, Gramps and your sister’s new baby — stop! Don’t! Sit home on the couch and watch that Law & Order: SVU marathon instead!
You might as well, because research says there is no — we repeat, no — connection between the time and thought and energy you expend on choosing a gift and how much the recipient appreciates it. And don’t bother busting your budget, either, because research also shows that how much you spend on a gift doesn’t count for a hill of beans when it comes to how much the gift-getter likes it. Read more »
When I woke up on Friday morning, I was pretty happy to see that Philadelphia hadn’t surfaced in any of the Thanksgiving Day Walmart fight reports. Good job, Philadelphia, I thought. But then came Black Friday and this battle at the Franklin Mills Mall. There appears to be a small child in a stroller right next to all of the action, which includes a stun gun, various expletives, and lots of hair pulling. Read more »
I know, I know; we celebrate you on the December cover of the magazine. We get to read inside about how you’re remaking the city on your way to taking over the world. But can we stop for a minute and talk about this past weekend at Princeton, please?
There was a bonfire at Princeton last night — the time-honored ritual bonfire celebrating the victories of the football team over archrivals Harvard and Yale. (Sorry, Penn.) How time-honored? Real time-honored. Way back in 1893, the New York Times reported that “the whole college turned out en masse” to construct this bonfire in “the grandest celebration Princeton has ever seen.” But the oh-so-traditional bonfire did not, this year, include the customary ignition of an effigy of John Harvard (though students found smaller ways to include him in the blaze). Why no Harvard effigy? Because, student government social chair Carla Javier told the Daily Princetonian last week, the effigy “represents a human,” and, as the paper went on to note, “various students expressed their distaste for the burning of a human-like figure.”
Over the last two days, we’ve told you about two separate incidents where women have allegedly been attacked by the same man on Broad Street, the man shown in the below photo, which was taken by one of the victims immediately after he punched her.
One incident occurred at Broad and Arch streets and the other at the Erie station on the Broad Street Subway. Both attacks happened in broad daylight, and in both cases, the man has not stolen anything from them. He’s simply punched them and then run away. Some have asked on Reddit and on Facebook whether this is evidence of the so-called “Knockout Game” arriving in Philadelphia. Well, now we have obtained a video. Read more »
George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, listens in court Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
This summer, as George Zimmerman stood on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, one witness after another testified to the genteel nature of “Georgie,” a man who was described as “physically soft” by Adam Pollock, the gym trainer who once instructed Zimmerman in boxing and grappling classes.
Witness after witness poured into the courtroom, testifying that Zimmerman was meek mannered, the type that would never hurt a fly. It was an easy picture to paint, since the allegations that he’d sexually abused his cousin for years were never admitted into court. Neither was the part about Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée filing a motion for a restraining order against him in 2005 because of domestic violence. According to the Miami Herald:
Last Thursday at 3:40 a.m.*, someone exited the Standard Tap in Northern Liberties and walked to his car, which was parked on Poplar Street between Front and 2nd streets. Shortly thereafter, say police, a man approached the car with a handgun. Read more »