Saturday, December 20, 2014

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:37 AM
(Frank DeFazio)

Just in time for Hanukkah, U-Turn reader Frank DeFazio posted the following entry on his Facebook page yesterday:

“Remember the Walgreens Swastika Hanukkah wrapping paper from last week that made headlines and was eventually pulled from shelves? Looks like our very own Macy's in Center City has a problem they might want to address.”

The incident DeFazio is referring to occurred last week when a customer complained about a blue and silver gift wrap featured in a Hanukkah display in the window of a Walgreen’s store located in Northridge, California.  The customer claimed that the disputed wrap, manufactured by Hallmark Cards Inc., contained a swastika embedded in its design.

POSTED: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:05 PM
Melissa Murray Bailey

Melissa Murray Bailey, a 35-year-old executive who serves as president of the Americas team of the Swedish-based employer-branding company Universum, says she is exploring the Republican nomination for mayor of Philadelphia because she believes she “can bring something new to the city that’s going to allow people to flourish here for many years to come.”

A South Jersey native who has been residing in Society Hill for the past three years, Bailey, who is married with one child, has been running businesses for the past 10 years across North America, Asia and Australia.  

In an exclusive interview with U-Turn, Bailey cited her business experience as a primary asset should she toss her hat in the ring.  (The interview can be viewed here.)

POSTED: Thursday, November 27, 2014, 3:32 PM
Sign outside Cibo on Walnut Street. (Provided)

You don’t have to leave Philadelphia to see the real message and spirit behind Thanksgiving. U-Turn reader Jeff Morrison forwarded me a photo he took of a sign he saw today in front of Cibo Restaurant at 1227 Walnut Street in Center City.

The sign read: “Thanksgiving is a day to share with your neighbor. Cibo invites those less fortunate or without family to share in a traditional complimentary Thanksgiving meal. Dinner will be served from 1PM to 5PM. We look forward to seeing you!”

Morrison, who lives in the Loft District of the Callowhill neighborhood, felt inspired to let U-Turn know about Cibo’s generous offer. “Made me feel humbled that the restaurant opened its doors for total strangers to enjoy a holiday dinner regardless of their current situation, whether they don't have family or are struggling right now,” Morrison messaged me.

POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2014, 11:39 AM
There's only one voter registered in the Working Families Party (WFP) in Philadelphia. (istock)

Much ado has been said about the Working Families Party (WFP) – a party whose political platform is so far to the left that it makes Democrats look like fiscally conservative Republicans.

Don’t believe me?

Among the accomplishments stated on their Website, the WFP gloats that it “raised taxes on the rich.” The party believes “The wealthy few are making money by doing harm to working families.”

POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 3:21 PM
Lisa Haver, with the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, reacts after the School Reform Commission voted to cancel its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer )

I hate unions.

In particular, I hate the teachers’ union – probably more than any other union.

Having just received notice this past Friday from my health-care provider that my coverage is being canceled due to the Affordable Care Act, I have little sympathy for Philly public school teachers – all of whom don’t pay a penny toward their monthly insurance premiums.

POSTED: Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:52 PM
Tom Hall holds a rainbow flag during a rally to support hate-crime legislation at LOVE Park on September 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

I’ve always supported the rights of the LGBT community so it’s disheartening to see members of that same community embrace the type of smear tactics once used against them.

The ugliness emerged after three young adults allegedly attacked a gay couple on Sept. 11 on Chancellor Street near 16th. The full facts of the case aren’t yet known. But that hasn’t stopped a full out assault on social media in an attempt to "slut shame" and try the case online. 

Calling them “faggots.” 

POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 4:16 PM
Philadelphia Police released surveillance video of up to 12 people it identified as suspects walking through Center City on Thursday evening near the time of the attack.

I support hate-crime legislation.

I support adding the words “sexual orientation” to the Pennsylvania hate-crime statute.

But I also support adding some additional protected categories.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 4:14 PM
An angry Ukrainian mob pitched pro-Russian politician Vitaly Zhuravsky into a dumpster.

Getting trashed has new meaning if you’re an unpopular politician in Ukraine. Vitaly Zhuravsky, once a powerful member of former President Viktor Yanukovich's “Party of the Regions,” was confronted by an angry mob outside of Ukraine’s parliament, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. Now a member of the Economic Development Party, Zhuravsky has engendered animosity among many citizens by sponsoring legislation to limit anti-government protests and criminalizing libel.

Protesters, screaming profanities, tossed Zhuravsky into a dumpster, threw a tire on him, and doused him with some kind of liquid.

This bizarre video was brought to my attention my local Realtor Fred Glick, who said that it’s a “new way to handle a politician if you don't like them. Screw social media, this is the new wave!”

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