Sam Katz Has More Facebook Friends Than You

Plus new neighborhood news, Jose Garces's exercise regime and more rumors, rants and rhetoric around Philly

He may not have been homecoming king, but today, popularity is not an issue for Sam Katz. The Man Who Wouldn’t Be Mayor may soon hit 5,000 Facebook friends, the maximum allowed by the site. Word is that he’s also killer on Mafia Wars. Seriously …

The folks behind Newtown Square’s Teikoku and Main Line tom yum mainstay Thai Pepper have been sued—in federal court—by a former employee claiming he was fired for refusing to break the law and for complaining to the Department of Labor. With words like “RICO” and “retaliation” in the complaint, this is one sticky bowl of rice indeed.

Yes, that was Jose Garces jogging down Kelly Drive. He apparently thought that because tapas are small, they won’t make you fat—and has taken up running as a remedy. From Iron Chef to Ironman? We’ll see.

What’s a new boss to do when his employees are suspicious of his managerial style and motives? Give them new iPhones! (Oh, and laptops, too.) And that’s just what Philadelphia Media Network CEO Greg Osberg has done for his Inquirer reporters. Word is those crazy kids at the Daily News are up next. Has Byko’s head exploded yet?

And finally, to the Graduate Hospital folks who want to change their lamely named ’hood to Devil’s Pocket, I ask, why not just go for the gusto with Satan’s Streets? Really gives you peace of mind walking around after dusk.

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