Here's Uber's New PSA About How Safe They Are 

Uber is once again facing some questions about its safety standards, after a Philadelphia woman told police she was raped and kidnapped by an UberX driver. The company didn't learn about the rape until 40 days later, when a reporter from Philadelphia magazine told them about it. » 3/27/15 11:15am Friday 11:15am

Philadelphia Woman Says She Was Raped and Kidnapped By an UberX Driver

A Philadelphia woman told Philadelphia police she was raped by an UberX driver on February 6, who then drove her around for nearly two hours, refusing to let her out of the car. When Philadelphia reached out to Uber for comment, the company was unaware the rape had occurred. That was 40 days ago, and the driver's… » 3/24/15 3:00pm 3/24/15 3:00pm

The New Year Is the Oldest Thing: Inside Philadelphia's Mummers Parade

The New Year, or South Philadelphia's share of it, was being assembled in a warehouse with a bright yellow Cottman Transmission sign at the entrance, right on the corner of 13th and Reed. "You don't want to get a screw in your foot," Jinks warned me. All around us were the raw materials and detritus of fun: brightly… » 1/19/15 2:29pm 1/19/15 2:29pm

Pope’s Philly Visit Causes Serious Wedding Hell

Ah, the unmitigated beauty of a September wedding on the East coast! It's a lovely time of year, the boiling stench of summer having subsided but the chill of deep fall still at arm's length. The weather is reasonably predictable and the leaves are still on the trees. For a wedding, it's a perfect canvas—until the… » 1/19/15 1:20pm 1/19/15 1:20pm

Philly Schools already strapped and bracing for deeper cuts

The Philadelphia school system has been notoriously underfunded, in part because our governor Tom Corbett has slashed state support to the school district because reportedly he wants to crush the teacher's union and move the school system to using primarily privately run charter schools and other types of … » 8/17/14 10:02pm 8/17/14 10:02pm

Least Affordable Cities for Twenty-Somethings: The Bronx and San Fran

It's no secret that life in a big city is expensive and riddled with cheap futons. But what if you can barely afford an apartment that won’t even fit a frugal futon? Welcome to the millennial cost of living in 2014. » 8/01/14 5:20pm 8/01/14 5:20pm

American Apparel Flies Philly Bikini Barista to L.A. for Free Bikinis

Remember last week's story about the woman who was kicked out of a Philadelphia public swimming pool (and driven away via mockery at another) for wearing an American Apparel bikini that—to paraphrase Mel Horowitz—LOOKS LIKE UNDAH-WEAH? Well, there's a happy ending (I guess, if you like American Apparel bikinis),… » 7/24/14 6:45pm 7/24/14 6:45pm

Woman Kicked Out of Philly Pool for Wearing American Apparel Bikini

A Philadelphia barista and water sports enthusiast says she was ridiculed by staff and, eventually, prevented from swimming at a public pool for wearing a swimsuit that looked like "a bra and panties." It was, in fact, an American Apparel bikini, which she demonstrated by letting a male employee pull out the waistband… » 7/18/14 7:00pm 7/18/14 7:00pm

Dick-Flashing Swiss Cheese Pervert Pleads Guilty

The streets of Philadelphia are a little less gross today: The man known as the "Swiss Cheese Pervert" has pled guilty to indecent exposure and been sentenced to probation. » 6/20/14 10:00am 6/20/14 10:00am

Prep School Lacrosse Bros Arrested for Alleged Drug Ring

Some cool lacrosse-playing prep school graduates from the Philadelphia Main Line were arrested Monday for starting a drug ring after police confiscated "a stockpile" of everything from drugs to guns to money around the Philadelphia region. Good use of a quality education. » 4/22/14 10:40am 4/22/14 10:40am

Officials Remove Daughter From Custody Of Mom Seen Nodding Out On Bus

A young girl seen on a viral video showing her mother falling asleep on a Philadelphia bus and putting the girl in danger has been removed from her home by city officials. » 3/11/14 10:30pm 3/11/14 10:30pm

Police Investigating Mom Who Nodded Out On Bus, Put Daughter in Danger

Police have launched an investigation of a Philadelphia-area mother (whose name has been withheld) after a video of the woman nodding out on the bus went viral yesterday. And while video evidence of the mother's behavior is likely going to be something that the police and social workers take into consideration, it's… » 3/08/14 7:00pm 3/08/14 7:00pm

Philly Has a Street Harasser Who Drapes His Dick in Swiss Cheese

A man in Philadelphia (because of course a man in Philadelphia) has apparently taken serial street harassment (and the phrase "dick cheese") to a whole new level grossness by applying slices of Swiss cheese to his exposed penis and asking women to perform various sex acts. On his cheese-adorned penis. » 1/11/14 1:30pm 1/11/14 1:30pm

A Proud Parading Tradition

Members of the Mummers LGBT Liaison Committee wait for the start of the annual New Year's Day parade, in view of City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) » 1/01/14 5:00pm 1/01/14 5:00pm

‘Hero Cop’ Charged with Raping Two Women at Gunpoint

According to several reports coming out of Philadelphia, a former “hero cop” who was once rewarded for his bravery in the line of duty with a seat next First Lady Michelle Obama during a presidential speech is being held on $60 million bail (apparently one of the highest in Philadelphia history) for allegedly raping… » 5/19/13 1:00pm 5/19/13 1:00pm

Why We Need to Talk About the Horrifying Gosnell Abortion Trial

Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell is accused of running a clinic straight out of the Saw horror franchise: standard practices allegedly included snipping the spines of live newborns with rusty equipment, storing feces in cat-food containers and fetus feet in jars, and overdosing patients, particularly… » 4/12/13 2:05pm 4/12/13 2:05pm

Mall Cops Ask Breastfeeding Women Why They're Exposing Themselves,…

It's hard out there for a mom. Recently, a woman in Houston was kicked out of a Hollister store because no human beings should shop there. JK, it's because she was breast feeding. In response, three women decided to stage a "nurse in" at a Hollister store at the Concord Mall in Delaware on Saturday. Just for the… » 1/06/13 11:00pm 1/06/13 11:00pm

Hell Yeah: Philadelphia Installs Condom Dispensers in 22 High Schools

When students return to 22 Philadelphia high schools after the Christmas break, they'll have easy access to condoms. Happy holidays, kids! » 12/25/12 3:15pm 12/25/12 3:15pm

Massive Wedding Brawl Leaves One Dead, Three Arrested

Earlier today, at a wedding at the newly-renovated Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia, an incredibly confusing and enormous brawl broke out between two different wedding parties . It gets real when the bride hits the ground and the insanity just keeps happening on top of her. It's obviously totally awful but I… » 10/08/12 9:30am 10/08/12 9:30am

Philadelphia Flower Show Marred by Appearance of the Dreaded Man-Cave

Over the past week, Philadelphia, the city of steaks and the cheeses who love them, hosted the most venerable indoor flower show in all the land. That is, it had been the most venerable flower show in all the land until this year when somebody decided that what would really propel the event into the 21st century was a… » 3/11/12 8:00pm 3/11/12 8:00pm