Alan Benyak, an attorney and former judicial candidate, appears in a television commercial for Democrat Tom Wolf's campaign for governor.
But that's not his most famous on-screen role any more.
Buzzfeed.com today reported that Benyak starred as "Mr. Cannibal" in "Breeding Farm," described by the web site as a "twisted porn film."
Mayor Nutter and Councilman Jim Kenney have reached a compromise on how to proceed with the councilman’s bill to end mandatory arrests for marijuana possession.
Kenney’s bill decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana – or under an ounce. The deal reached yesterday afternoon changes the bill already passed in Council but had been languishing on the mayor’s desk for weeks. The changes include amending the bill to include a $100 civil fine for public consumption, which can also be paid off via about nine or 10 hours of community service. The $25 civil fine for carrying over an ounce on one’s person stays the same. No handcuffs. No fingerprinting. No criminal record.
“This is where we wanted to be,” said Kenney.
A group of Temple University journalism students received an unexpected lesson today in how overzealous enforcement could temporarily trample their First Amendment rights in a public space.
About 10 students crossed 15th Street from the Temple University Center City campus to the newly reopened Dilworth Park on City Hall's western apron, planning to shoot video to edit when they returned to class.
Staff members from the Center City District, which manages the park, told the students they could not shoot video without prior approval.
HAD THE trigger been pulled in another section of North Philadelphia's sprawling 35th Police District, there's a chance the deluge of shots - bang bang bang bang bang - might have gone unnoticed, or at least unreported. But the gunfire echoed across a long, leafy driveway in the wee hours on Colonial Street, a winding block of tidy rowhouses in West Oak Lane, just a stone's throw from the Cheltenham Township border.
THE GUARDIAN Civic League, which has championed the rights of Philadelphia's black police officers since 1956, has had its tax-exempt status revoked for failing to file required forms, and it could owe the federal government nearly $100,000 in penalties.
And the congregation of a North Philly church continues to fight with its pastor.
Terry Gillen, a former top aide to Mayors Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell, will formally announce her candidacy for mayor of Philadelphia in her Center City neighborhood tomorrow.
That makes her the first candidate to hold a ceremony making an entrance to the race.
"I think my experience working with Mayor Nutter and Mayor Rendell is a positive," Gillen said today. "I think what people are looking for is someone who knows how to run a city, to be an executive and has experience in urban policy. I think I have all that."
U.S. REP. Chaka Fattah yesterday wondered aloud - into microphones held by reporters - whether federal investigators "have crossed the line" in a seven-year probe of his finances. As a turn-the-tables strategy, this doesn't spin very well.
Speaking on Fattah, the Daily News Editorial Board says: "The practice of elected officials establishing charitable and nonprofit organizations should stop. There is simply no way they can be justified, and given the structure of such organizations, the potential for abuse is stunningly high."
Pal: Journalist's dad, an Overbrook product, in 'shock.' Slain reporter had Philly tie. Dad, raised in Overbrook 'always had hope,' in this report from Morgan Zalot.
Another one? Defendant flips out at trial after cousin claims she molested her daughter. Mensah M. Dean reports.
Temple expands safety patrols: Patricia Madej tells us why the school announced a change only after The People Paper ran stories on safety alerts.
Amid protest, Point Breeze store owner pulls play guns off shelf: 'We are done with that," he tells the DN's Jenice Armstrong. Protesters outside the Point Breeze Super Market persuaded the store owner to stop selling realistic airsoft guns that shoot hard plastic balls. He got the message.
Fattah: 'I'm not a lawyer.' Represenatitive dodges question about illegal campaign loan. Chris Brennan reports.
Teachers await November: Solomon Leach covers the union which now hopes Tom Wolf will help.