Tag Archives: City Paper

“The view is nice from here; not scenic or nothing, but nice”

My contribution to City Paper last week: On the quasi-public spaces that have sprung up around Penn, which I’ve noticed over the course of my weirdo writer hours, spent transcribing interviews and reading old news articles I’m sure Rutgers, Camden … Continue reading

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PIFA: Theater and the Birmingham Bombing

My City Paper review of Countdown to “BOOM,” part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, and put on by Kariamu & Company at Temple University. Unfortunately it only ran twice, on on one day. BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: The bombing of … Continue reading

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Penn guards: More than a year since the union vote, still no contract

I haven’t been focused on keeping the blog updated as my stories come out and now I’m playing catch up. Below you’ll find my Philly City Paper update on the Penn security guards struggle to unionize, which I first reported … Continue reading

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Renoir < Spring Breakers

My review of Renoir, from the latest edition of the City Paper. I wouldn’t advise you see it in the theaters. Save your dollars for a second viewing of Spring Breakers. At its best, Renoir captures that wonderfully inviting feeling … Continue reading

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Save the Date: Not even Lizzy Caplan can save it

A few months ago I was assigned to review Save the Date for the Philadelphia City Paper. I got my review copy, watched it, wrote the tiny little article and…Save the Date never opened in Philadelphia. So no article. City … Continue reading

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Obit for Sam Mickey

Over the holidays, City Paper published a very short obituary I wrote for Samantha Mickey, the woman behind the stellar Sam’s Morning Glory Diner in Bella Vista. You should really check it out, particularly if you can go during the … Continue reading

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Get Vaccinated Against HPV, Philadelphia edition

Cross-posted from Keystone Politics, where I’ll be guest-blogging while Jon is getting married.  There are many bad reasons to not get your kid, or yourself, vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection. The list includes America’s obnoxious and dangerous hysteria … Continue reading

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The rest of the story: Caring (poorly) for the elderly poor

My story in today’s Philadelphia City Paper, co-written with Samantha Melamed, didn’t end with wage theft issues. After looking over my initial draft, Samantha dug into the Philadelphia Municipal Court Dockets. There you find that Wakeeta Rowe has more than twenty cases filed against her … Continue reading

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Wage theft and lack of accountability in Philadelphia charter schools

My latest article for the Philadelphia City Paper, co-written with news editor Samantha Melamed, has its origins in the research for my cover story about wage theft back in August. A friend put me in touch with Addison Vawters, a young … Continue reading

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Employers Who Steal From Their Employees Are Major Criminals

My cover story in the City Paper a few weeks ago received a lot of reader feedback. Mostly stories about their own experiences. CP reprinted a couple of letters and emails they’ve received in this week’s edition. The commenter Dissenta wrote: “Sent this article to Philly City Council with … Continue reading

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