What makes Philly so special is that we’re part Rocky, part Will Smith, and all heart.
We are the city of underdogs, where everyone rises to a challenge no matter what the circumstances.
And despite some pretty rough news we’ve had to endure during the past week, there is more than a glimmer of hope that Philadelphians get it – both those that are down and out as well as those that want to help them.
The Philadelphia Republican City Committee (RCC) announced this afternoon that former Pa. State Senator Frank “Hank” Salvatore has passed away. He was 92.
Salvatore represented the 5th District in the Senate from 1985 through 2000. Earlier, he was a state representative in the 170th District from 1973 until 1984.
Frustrated by what he believed was an unfair amount of services and benefits Northeast Philadelphia received in return for taxpayers' dollars, Salvatore was a vocal proponent of the secession of the Northeast from the rest of the city and had unsuccessfully lobbied for it to become "Liberty County."
Fast food giant Burger King has introduced a new item just in time for San Francisco Gay Pride 2014. Dubbed the “Proud Whopper,” it’s a classic Whopper is wrapped in rainbow-colored paper inscribed with the words, "We are all the same inside."
The limited edition burger's release was documented in a short "Be Your Way" film, which can be viewed at Burger King's official YouTube page by clicking here.
But don’t rush out to grab one in Philly. Right now, the "Proud Whopper" is available only at one Burger King outlet in San Francisco through the end of today.
Burger King’s LGBT-friendly campaign is in stark contrast to Chick-fil-A’s, which is still trying to move on past CEO Dan Cathy’s anti-gay marriage comments which he now regrets making public.
That’s the only way to describe the kind of animal who would allegedly attack and rape a woman not once – but twice.
It doesn’t matter that it happened in Rittenhouse Square – the crown jewel of Philadelphia. The fact that it occurred on prime real estate shouldn’t make it any less of a high profile crime than if it happened, say, in one of Philadelphia’s poorer neighborhoods.
“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then [I] look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”
That’s a painfully honest statement for someone to make in this politically correct day and age – when acknowledging the fear of a young black man is a no-no to the thought police.
That’s the kind of statement that could make an NBA owner the next Donald Sterling.
Tom Corbett just won reelection.
No. This is not an embargoed, just-in-case story for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.
Nor is this a Republican’s wet dream.
Hypocrisy of the highest order.
That’s exactly what I found with Matt Wolfe – the GOP candidate in tomorrow’s special election for City Council.