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 3:00pm3/24/15 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 2:29pm1/19/15 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 1:20pm1/19/15 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 10:02pm8/17/14 10:02pm

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 6:45pm7/24/14 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 7:00pm7/18/14 7:00pm

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 7:00pm3/08/14 7:00pm

‘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 1:00pm5/19/13 1:00pm