An Incomplete List of Things Deemed the “New Philadelphia Story”

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Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal wrote about Rooster Soup Company. Funded in part by a Kickstarter backing, Rooster Soup Co. is the brainchild of Bill Golderer, Steven Cook and Mike Solomonov. Profits from the restaurant, which will open next year, will fund the Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative.

It’s all really cool. But the WSJ’s headline struck me as funny: “The New Philadelphia Story: Eat, Pay, Give.” While there are three people involved in the creation of Rooster Soup Co., much like the three main characters of the 1940 film (and 1939 play) The Philadelphia Story, that’s where the similarity ends. The Philadelphia Story is a screwball comedy of remarriage; none of the particulars in Rooster Soup Co. are marrying, let alone remarrying, each other.

Headline references are supposed to make sense. My father, longtime deputy sports editor at the Daily News has a way with headlines that I will never match. When the Eagles signed Michael Vick in 2009, people suggested a “Vick’s VapoRub” headline to him constantly. Cute, right? The problem is: How the hell would this headline ever make any sense? Only if Michael Vick took up vaping, and it led to a drop in performance, could this headline be plausible. But back in 2009 people still called vaping “smoking e-cigarettes,” so it wasn’t really a possibility. Read more »

The “Supermoon” Lunar Eclipse Is Coming!

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Don’t fritter your iPhone battery tweeting away during Sunday afternoon’s papal Mass or the Eagles game against the Jets; you’ll need it to capture the so-called “supermoon” lunar eclipse that will darken skies hereabouts that night. According to Scientific American, this full-moon eclipse is a big one:

As with all lunar eclipses, the region of visibility for Sunday’s blood-moon lunar eclipse will encompass more than half of our planet. Nearly 1 billion people in the Western Hemisphere, nearly 1.5 billion throughout much of Europe and Africa and perhaps another 500 million in western Asia will be able to watch as the Harvest Full Moon becomes a shadow of its former self and morphs into a glowing coppery ball.

Gad, those scientific Americans can write! Read more »

MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Mission America Targets Gay Homeless Teens, Out Tennis Star Matt Dooley’s Inspiring Video and More.

I trolled the web for LGBT headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to. Here’s what I found: 

BIGOT WATCH: Misson America's Linda Harvey says homeless gay teens only have themselves to blame.

BIGOT WATCH: Misson America’s Linda Harvey says homeless gay teens only have themselves to blame.

BIGOT WATCH

Mission America’s Linda Harvey says gay homeless teens only have themselves to blame.

Mormon leader reiterates church’s opposition to gay marriage.

SCHOOL DAZE

Parent wants Two Boys Kissing book banned from library.

Trans student sues Christian university over on-campus housing denial.

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MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Queen Latifah Marries Gay Couples on the Grammys and More

I trolled the web for LGBT headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to. Here are some of the gems I scouted:

PROGRESS REPORT

Madonna sang along as Queen Latifah married 33 couples during last night's Grammy Awards. Photo courtesy of Kvork Djansezian/Getty Images.

Madonna sang along as Queen Latifah married 33 couples during last night’s Grammy Awards. Photo courtesy of Kvork Djansezian/Getty Images.

WOW: During Macklemore’s performance of “Same Love” last night at the Grammys, Queen Latifah married 33 couples — some gay — while Madonna serenaded

TSA amends screening process, will now “recognize same-sex couples and screen them together in the same way that opposite-sex couples are”

BIGOT WATCH

Oklahoma lawmaker considers banning all marriage to prevent gay marriages

Kan. lawmakers to consider bill allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs

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MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Bachelor Juan Pablo Backpedals After Homophobic Remarks

Every weekend I troll the web for LGBT headlines so you can begin the week on top of your gay-game. Here’s what made the news: 

PROGRESS REPORT

Obama nominates lesbian Staci Michelle Yandle to federal judge bench.

Obama nominates lesbian Staci Michelle Yandle to federal judge bench.

BIGOT WATCH

THE ONGOING MARRIAGE BATTLE IN UTAH

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MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Maryland Sticks Up for Utah, Katie Couric Responds to Angered Transgender Community and More

I trolled the web for gay headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to. Here’s what I came up with: 

PROGRESS REPORT

Israel's first memorial to LGBT victims of the Holocaust was unveiled this weekend in Tel Aviv.

Israel’s first memorial to LGBT victims of the Holocaust was unveiled this weekend in Tel Aviv. Photo courtesy of Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

New Virginia governor bans discrimination against LGBT employees in very first executive order

Israel unveils first memorial to LGBT Holocaust victims in Tel Aviv

Luxembourg likely to get marriage equality by end of year

BIGOT WATCH

RNC Committeeman Dave Agema says Russia’s anti-gay law is “common sense”

Senator Marco Rubio successfully blocks openly gay black judge’s nomination to federal bench

More weekend headlines after the jump

Morning Headlines: District Gets 20 Bids for Shuttered School Buildings

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Another lumbering step forward has been taken in the effort to raise budget money for the School District of Philadelphia. Since last year’s December 17th deadline, the District has received 20 offers for the 28 school buildings for sale, seven of which were “expedited sales” and open to individual bids.

Putting the abandoned buildings on the market and using the money to fill its budget gap has it proponents, but another deadline looms. As the Inquirer’s Troy Graham puts it:

To cover what the city pledged toward the district’s budget deficit, sales worth at least $61 million have to be completed by June 30. If not, the city would have to dip into its funds to make up the difference.

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MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Chick-Fil-A CEO to Receive Equality Award?!

Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy will receive an equality award from TK

Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy will receive prestigious equality award. Wha?!, you ask? Click photo for more.

PROGRESS REPORT

Missouri will allow gay couples to file joint taxes

Kentucky National Guard now allowing benefits for same-sex married couples

NEWS MAKERS

Openly gay teen scientist from Maryland honored by the Vatican as positive role model

Liz Cheney reiterates that she supports “the traditional definition of marriage”

Chick-Fil-A CEO to receive equality award

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GIVE ME HEADLINES: David Beckham’s New Undie Line, Indianapolis Stands Up for Marriage Equality and More

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Indianapolis’s City Council stands up for marriage equality. Click image for more.

Indianapolis City Council votes against legislation banning gay marriage.

BOO

Senator Marco Rubio is headlining a fundraiser for vehement anti-gay group Florida Family Policy Council. This guy is the WORST.

CELEBRITY

Gay Survivor champ Todd Herzog opens up about his very serious alcohol addiction on Dr. Phil.

You’ve gotta watch Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Porsha Stewart on Wendy Williams. This girl.

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