Philadelphia City Paper Archives

  • Q&A: Peggy Moffitt

    Like Twiggy’s figure and Cindy’s mole, Peggy Moffitt’s cropped bangs, pernicious smirk and harrowing eyelashes are part of Fashion’s Lexicon of Looks. More than mere model or muse, Peggy Moffitt was/is a collaborator; an equal in the androgynous aesthetic of Rudi Gernreich. Together they made functional, affordable fashion move, literally and figuratively, in...

    • Dec 2, 2023
  • The Departed

    Even as the Philly Mafia has declined in membership and power over the last three decades, it continues to be sought out by other organized-crime groups and gangsters longing to work with an established criminal network. This helps explain why the cops are still keeping an eye on them. It also helps...

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • He says his daughter might be alive if not for school-nurse cuts

    STUDENT DEATH: Laporshia Massey, 12, a student at Bryant Elementary School, became ill at school and died later that day. Sixth-grader Laporshia Massey died from asthma complications, according to her father, who says he rushed her to the emergency room soon after she got home from school on the afternoon of Sept....

    • Oct 10, 2013
  • A million stories, nutter decimation

    Last week, U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn reaffirmed his decision to issue an injunction against Mayor Nutter’s ban on the serving of meals to the homeless and hungry in city parks. His findings, aired in a 56-page opinion, were in some ways unsurprising given the judge’s initial reaction to the testimony...

    • Aug 16, 2012
  • Pizzelle Partyin’ like it’s 1392

    The story goes like this: In the little town of Cocullo, in the province of L’Aquila, Abruzzi, there dwell the serpari. These charmed descendants of Circe may handle the deadly biting vipers of Abruzzi with absolute impunity. Catholic tradition is overlaid onto ancient pagan rites in the annual Procession of San Domenico...

    • Dec 17, 2010
  • Shooting the Messenger

    It’s an impressive document. Compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the action plan is a 618-page list of recommendations for reducing Pennsylvania’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 95.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents by 2020. That’s about the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by 11 billion gallons of...

    • Dec 16, 2009
  • Top 20 Spectrum Moments

    You could call it a bad omen that the roof blew off the five-month-old Spectrum during the Ice Capades in 1968, but I think the arena was just asserting itself. I mean, the frickin’ Ice Capades? To paraphrase Jurassic Park: The Spectrum doesn’t want to be fed — it wants to hunt. Sure,...

    • Nov 3, 2009
  • What does it take to make the NBA

    It is 4:17 on a Thursday afternoon and Dionte Christmas and I are standing underneath the northernmost basket on the main court of Temple’s McGonigle Hall, talking hoops. He’s just come from the final class of his senior year, and he’s decked out in a blue and white button-down and dark navy...

    • Jun 17, 2009
  • Zunegate

    OK. So let’s get things straight. I want to correct what I said yesterday about Obama using a Zune. I claimed that it was his Zune. I don’t know for sure that it was his. It could belong to one of the many Secret Service dudes that were at the gym, Michelle,...

    • Dec 3, 2008
  • Cardio with Obama

    My morning routine usually starts off the same way every day. Wake up, go to the gym, grab a coffee and go to work. But when you get patted down by the Secret Service at the gym first thing in the morning, you know something’s up. I hopped on my usual treadmill...

    • Dec 2, 2008

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