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POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8:53 PM
Kathleen English, Christie Honigman, Teresa Nino (co-chair of the Young Friends of the Academy Ball, Vasiliki Tsiouris, co-owner of Opa Philadelphia, HughE Dillon, Maria Papadakis, Philly.com, Marisa Magnatta, WMMR Preston & Steve Show and Kristyn Aldrich, Focused Studios. (HughE Dillon/Philly.com)

The Philly DoGooder Awards, held tonight at the University of the Arts to fete the best in non-profit video storytelling, announced that they would be doling out awards to Philly.com's own Leah Kauffman for Innovation in Storytelling and City Representative Desiree Peterkin-Bell for Innovation in Urban Mechanics. But the third award, for Innovation in Community Building, went unannounced.

Drumroll, please...

The award goes to HughE Dillon, the proprietor of PhillyChitChat.com and society photographer for Philly.com and the Philly Post, was handed the award by Mayor Michael Nutter, who said that Dillon created a new platform for sharing stories behind the community, through the lens of his camera and the words on his blog.

POSTED: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 11:26 AM
Miss New York Mallory Hagan is crowned Miss America 2013 by Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Unlike so many of my colleagues in the media, I have no beef at all with the Miss America Pageant which, today officially announced its return, after seven years in Las Vegas, to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, where it was born more than 90 years ago.

I thoroughly enjoyed the weeks I spent in AyCee throughout the 1990s covering the event, and considering all of the dangers lurking out there for young women, I see absolutely nothing wrong with encouraging scholarship and social engagement on their part.

While neither of my two grown daughters ever expressed any interest in entering the Miss A program, I would have wholeheartedly endorsed their decisions to do so had they been so inclined.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 10:16 PM
Philadelphia's Taylor Ivy Rand auditioning in New York for the "American Idol" judges. She went on to the Hollywood Week rounds, which were filmed in mid-December 2012 and aired Feb. 13 and 14, 2013.

Last night’s episode of “American Idol” saw our two Philly gals, Chickies & Pete hostess/Lawncrest resident Taylor Rand and Council Rock North junior Courtney Calle, sent home after the group rounds.

Rand, who sang Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” with her group, received praise from judge Keith Urban. The country star singled out Rand and another girl as excellent performers. But, alas, Rand got the boot along with the rest of their group for not being individual enough. “I got off stage and all the cameras were in my face,” Rand said. “It was like my body was made of glass and [Urban] took me up to the highest balcony and just dropped me.”

Rand’s only regret? She wanted a concrete reason why she was let go, rather than a wishy-washy comment. “[‘Good Girl’] still haunts me,” she said.

POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013, 1:20 PM
Spacey portrays a House majority whip in "House of Cards" what he describes as "sort of the new television series that isn't on television."

Kevin Spacey ate my weekend.

Along with Robin Wright and Kate Mara, his co-stars in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” whose 13-episode first season I gulped down within 36 hours of its Friday debut.

If my Twitter feed — admittedly heavy on drama junkies and TV fans of all stripes — is any indication, I’m not the only one who engaged in some binge viewing after Netflix’s second original series went online.

POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:59 PM
Steven Tyler auditioning on "American Idol."

And so ends the audition portion of the American Idol season with a  beyond-strange hour from Oklahoma City.

The capper came when this buxom blonde walked in to strut her stuff for Keith, Mariah, Nicki and Randy.

POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:54 PM
Brian Williams, left, anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," talks about the program with Steve Capus, president of NBC News, at the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour Friday, July 21, 2006, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Bucks County native and Temple grad Steve Capus is leaving the presidency of NBC News.

In a memo to the news staff obtained by Politico, Capus said that "it has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," and that he'll be leaving in the coming weeks.

 Capus, an ardent sports fan who turned his 30 Rockefeller Center office into a shrine for Philadelphia teams, has been friends with anchor Brian Williams since the two worked together at WCAU in Philadelphia back in the '80s.

POSTED: Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:05 PM
Steven Pasquale portrays Dr. Jason Cole (right) and his evil alter-ego Ian Price (left).

The premiere of the first drama since CBS' "Hack" to be both set in Philly and filmed here did not go terrifically well Thursday.

NBC's "Do No Harm," debuting in the 10 p.m. time slot where "Awake," "The Firm" and "Prime Suspect" all met their untimely ends, averaged just 3.126 million viewers and only about 3 percent of the available audience of 18- to 49-year-olds, the group advertisers pay to reach, according to the preliminary Nielsens.

These are not good numbers, even in the how-low-can-they-go world of broadcast ratings. At 10, CBS' "Elementary" averaged 10.8 million viewers and placed second in 18-49 and ABC's "Scandal," with a bit over 8 million, won the time slot in the target demo.

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