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POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2010, 12:32 AM
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy holds up his mock PGN cover at Mark Segal's holiday party Dec. 18, 2010 Photo: HughE Dillon/PhillyChitChat.com

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy was the guest of honor at Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal's annual holiday party Saturday night. Segal presented Murphy a framed mock-cover of the PGN with Murphy's head pasted over a muscular guy in a Speedo with the headline "Murphy peels it off for DADT repeal." The outgoing congressman sponsored the bill repealing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy about gays in the military that the Senate voted to support Saturday and almost every guest of Segal's stopped to congratulate the U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom on the DADT repeal. Gov. Rendell and U.S. Appeals Court Judge Midge Rendell, Mayor Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, Congressman Bob Brady and City Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Frank DiCicco were among guests.

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POSTED: Sunday, December 19, 2010, 11:54 PM
Jamie Foxx with Dana Brajer, Amanda Brajer and Natalie Etskovitz at R2L

Sean "Diddy" Combs and Vivica A. Fox dropped by the Vault Ultra Lounge (470 N. 2nd) after Saturday's Joy to the World gala at the Ritz-Carlton. Comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Meek Mill also partied late at the Vault Saturday...Danny DeVito and wife Rhea Perlman dined Saturday at Davio's (111 S. 17th) where they had a nice bottle of red...Jamie Foxx stopped by R2L Friday night before heading to Vault for his record-release party.


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POSTED: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 8:06 AM
Adult film sensation Mary Carey is not letting her loss in the 2003 California gubernatorial race dampen her political aspirations. Carey, who dances at the Oasis Gentlemen's Club (6800 Essington) through Saturday, has her sights set on the White House. "If Sarah Palin can do it, so can I," the buxom blonde told us yesterday. Of course Carey, 30, would have to wait until 2016 to meet the age requirement of 35.

Carey, who was seen on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," says she has reduced her drinking and now drinks only "beer and champagne," having cut out wine after she threw up following a meal of "half a flatbread pizza and eight glasses of wine."

While Carey is retired from hardcore porn, she still models nude on her website ClubMaryCarey.com and hopes to return to town in February for 610 WIP's Wing Bowl, where she had a great time last year. "I love Wing Bowl. I don't think it would work in any other state that there would be thousands of drunk people at 6 a.m. watching people eat chicken wings," Carey said yesterday.


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POSTED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 9:45 PM
Foxx in the Philly-shot "Law Abiding Citizen"

We hear Jamie Foxx will take in the Sixers/Lakers game Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center before appearing at his record-release party at The Vault (470 N. 2nd). That event is part of this weekend’s Joy to the World festival. 

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:37 AM
Philadelphia's first beloved No. 34 is very excited about Cliff Lee's return to the Phillies.

"It's great for the Philly fans," Charles Barkley told us yesterday. "As a fan, I just think that you want a legitimate shot to win every year.

"The Phillies for the next three or five years are going to have a legitimate shot to win, and that's awesome," said the Sixers legend, now living in Arizona.

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 7:28 AM
James Hong has been turning heads for several weeks since the veteran character actor arrived in town to work on "Safe," an action thriller that wraps filming here on Friday. Hong, 81, whose hundreds of credits include "Blade Runner," "Chinatown" and "Big Trouble in Little China," plays the leader of the Triads, the Chinese mafia. He speaks Mandarin in his several scenes in the film starring Jason Statham.

The Minneapolis-born actor spent time sightseeing with local businessman Alex Wong, who served as a liason to the local Chinese-American community and organized a Sunday afternoon lecture that Hong gave about his career at Joy Tsin Lau (1026 Race).

Hong enjoyed touring the Liberty Bell, lunching at the Reading Terminal Market and dinner at the City Tavern (138 S. 2nd).

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 1:02 AM
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POSTED: Monday, December 13, 2010, 9:05 AM
Sean "Diddy" Combs is expected Saturday night at the Ritz-Carlton to host the black-tie Joy to the World gala to benefit local families in need, organizers say.

Music producer Jermaine Dupri, actors Vivica A. Fox, Boris Kodjoe and Lance Gross, and some cast members from Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" will also attend, according to Nia Ngina Meeks, who is working on the Joy to the World festival weekend of events.

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and Mayor Nutter will speak at the gala along with Joy to the World festival founder Tyrone L. Gilliams. The gala is part of a weekend of toy drives, bowling, concerts and kids' entertainment all designed to help local children and families in need.

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