You know how sometimes there’s just something in the ether, so that everywhere you turn, a subject comes up over and over again? Yesterday, on Presidents Day, that subject was underwear. In one of those news stories that make you scratch your head and go “Huh,” the Moscow Times reported that women in the streets of Kazakhstan were marching with underwear on their heads to protest a new law that’s set to go into effect on July 1st. (You should check out the link, if only for the photo of the demure young Kazakh male averting his gaze from the lascivious lace display.) Read more »
On Wednesday afternoon, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office issued this one page announcement, stating that the Grand Jury investigation into the death of Chuck Peruto‘s girlfriend Julia Law found no evidence of criminal activity.
In August, Philly Mag profiled Peruto, one of the city’s most famous attorneys, and delved into the investigation surrounding her death.
Update: Peruto has taken to Facebook to respond to the news.
On Wednesday morning, we told you about the National Enquirer cover story that claims that New York playwright David Bar Katz was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s “gay lover.” And on Wednesday afternoon, Katz’s attorney filed a civil suit against the National Enquirer seeking a judgment of $50 million. That’s right: $50 million. Read more »
UPDATE: Under pressure from the growing opposition to the George Zimmerman/DMX boxing match, fight promoter Damon Feldman has indicated that Zimmerman will not appear at the Philadelphia press conference next week.
A lot of people are unhappy about the upcoming celebrity boxing match pitting Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman against troubled rapper DMX, and someone has started a White House petition to stop the fight. Read more »
It would seem that being a playwright in New York doesn’t pay that well, because New York playwright David Bar Katz, son of notorious Philadelphian Harry Jay Katz, has apparently given a (presumably paid) interview to the National Enquirer about Philip Seymour Hoffman, whom Katz found dead on Sunday morning. The story is on the cover of the new issue of the tabloid. Read more »
Nearly 20 years after Harry Jay Katz found a woman dead in his East Falls hot tub, playwright David Bar Katz, his son, found Philip Seymour Hoffman dead in New York City. Read more »
The Wall Street Journal has the first word:
Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said.
The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
In one of his most recent films, God’s Pocket, which played at this year’s Sundance, Hoffman plays a father from South Philadelphia who searches for answers following the death of his son.
UPDATE: The man who found Hoffman dead was David Bar Katz, son of notorious Philadelphian Harry Jay Katz.
Last week, President Obama made a big splashy show of announcing the formation of a task force to fight the “epidemic” of sexual violence on college campuses. He dragged out all the leaky old statistics that activists have been tossing around for years even though they fly in the face of common sense. (Would any father let his daughter attend a school where one in five female students actually got raped?)
There’s no doubt this is a touchy topic. There’s no doubt too many women have their lives ruined by sexual assault. But in the rush to protect them from the stampede of frothing male attackers, there’s collateral damage. The tale of Praise Martin-Oguike at Temple is proof of that.