“No comment.” That’s basically what I was told when I called City Council Majority Leader Bobby Henon representatives as a regular city resident and asked about the FBI’s Aug. 5 raid of his office. The raid on Henon’s office happened the same day the feds descended on the home of John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty and the headquarters of his Local 98 union. It’s important to note that Henon and Dougherty have had close ties through Local 98 long before the councilman was elected in 2012. According to...
Drake didn’t get turnt up in Philly
On Sunday night, Drake was in Meek Mill territory — performing a show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. According to TMZ, Meek was planning for Drake’s arrival and had members of his crew call all of the clubs in town to turn down the “Hotline Bling” rapper if he wanted to throw an after-party. In addition, TMZ reports that Meek’s entourage also put out a warning to Drake’s people, saying that “there better not be any disrespect when they got to Philly.” This reignited the long-running...
The Foreman Forecast: Gut check time
In the summer heat, the presidential race has seemed at times like an egg cooking on the sidewalk: plenty of sizzle but not going anywhere. That's finally changed. Polls are moving, the candidates are retrenching. Here are my three things to watch this week in politics. 1) HEADING FOR DIVORCE COURT? – Mainstream Republicans have been uneasy for months about the potentially damaging effect of Donald Trump as their nominee. Now it is turning to panic. Democratic skirmishers are forcing them to...
Geek Girl in Hollywood: Fall 2016's best new TV shows
Everyone is heading back to school this week, and despite the fact that I’ve been out of school for years, the lead-up to fall brings out certain things in me — like the overwhelming desire to buy a Kylo Ren notebook and a pack of new pens. I’m also excited for fall TV. RELATED: Geek Girl in Hollywood: Another reason to be excited for Rogue One Of course, TV doesn’t work the way it did when I was a kid. Sure, there’s a fall season, but there are summer shows and spring shows and winter shows....
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Christmas Eve feasts on a budget
Instead of spending Christmas Eve chopping and basting, enjoy perfectly prix-fixed menus sure to make the whole family happy. Atlantic Grill 1341 Third Ave., UES; 49 W. 64th St., UWS For the seafood-loving family, the $59 three-course prix-fixe menu is full of favorites including the Feast of the Seven Fish Winter Seafood Stew. You guessed it, seven fishes in a light saffron broth. Splurge and add wine pairings for $79. You can always take advantage of prix-fixe lunches during the week for $28...
Playing the field
Ronda Rousey nude pics 'leak' (new photo gallery)
Ronda Rousey is set to be featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue this month, but she won't be wearing a swimsuit. She'll be wearing body paint. You can view the photos here and here. The photos were "leaked" on the Internet Monday, but it's highly likely that this is a promotional deal. It will be the second straight year Rousey has appeared in SI's most popular annual issue. Click here to see the UFC star's first SI takes. Also, above is a gallery of some of Rousey's best shots from...
Veteran indie rockers Modest Mouse still worth a watch
When Modest Mouse began their two night sold-out run at Webster Hall last Wednesday with the stretched-out slow burner "Of Course We Know" (off of their new full-length Stranger to Ourselves), it was quickly apparent they're not going anywhere anytime soon. Strangers to Ourselves comes after an eight-year hiatus, and a decade after band-defining single "Float On," but Isaac Brock's trademark yelp-y, staccato voice only gets more refined with age. Now 39, Brock is still the same quirky...
Ask SEPTA: GM Knueppel talks Regional Rail schedules changes
SEPTA GM Jeffrey Knueppel asked to use this week's Ask SEPTA column to address readers about changes to the Regional Rail. SEPTA is embarking on a second round of schedule changes on Regional Rail starting this weekend. The initial Regional Rail adjustments, made in December 2015, were designed to improve on-time performance and reliability system-wide on weekdays. These changes were put into place after SEPTA spent over a year pin-pointing the problems that were leading to unacceptable drops...
Watch Philly woman drive with her feet while she texts
In a newly uploaded cellphone video that is spreading on social media, one Schuylkill Expressway motorist was apparently caught steering with her feet as she needed both hands to text. The distracted driver’s behavior was so reckless that Sarah and Shawn Delong felt they needed to record it.
Obama cheers on crowd, Clinton and hope at 2016 DNC
President Barack Obama painted an optimistic picture of America's future in a rousing speech on Wednesday that offered full-hearted support to Hillary Clinton in her campaign to defeat Republican Donald Trump and become the first woman elected U.S. president. "There has never been a man or woman, not me, not Bill (Clinton) - nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States," Obama said to cheers at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia....
VIDEO: Biden talks ‘unbreakable’ American spirit and Trump’s ‘malarkey’ at 2016 DNC
Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the crowd at the 2016 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, the third day of the four-day convention. Biden spoke about teachers, his late son Beau, his hopes for America and Michelle Obama's DNC speech.
N.Y. police regularly violated rules on probing Muslim groups: watchdog
By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Police Department routinely violated court-mandated rules on handling investigations of political activity, particularly Muslim groups or individuals, the department's watchdog said in a report released on Tuesday. The 64-page report by the Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD found police were non-compliant with a number of rules governing the conduct of probes, including routinely extending investigations after their legal...
FBI probing possible U.S. ties to corruption by former Ukraine president: CNN
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI and U.S. Justice Department are investigating possible U.S. ties to alleged corruption involving the former president of Ukraine, including the work of firms headed by political operatives Paul Manafort and Tony Podesta, CNN reported on Friday, citing multiple U.S. law enforcement officials. The broad-based investigation was looking into whether U.S. companies and the financial system were used to enable corruption by the party of former pro-Russian Ukrainian...
Lifetime is making a Britney Spears biopic because life is truly beautiful
Britney Spears releases her first new album in nearly half a decade on Friday — but she’s got even bigger news. The “Glory” songstress will be subjected to the Lifetime treatment, with a biopic of her earlier career in the works. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two-hour TV flick, aptly named “Britney,” will follow Spears through her “rise to fame, fall from grace and triumphant resurrection” — just like Jesus!
Jetpack pilot rockets out of Colorado Lake in stunt
LAKE SAN CRISTOBAL, COLORADO (Reuters) - Jetpack pilot Eric Scott shot out of the water and navigated his jet pack above a remote Colorado lake before landing safely, all the while strapped to an 800-horsepower rocket. Scott, also known as "Rocket Man," performed the 21-second-long feat at Lake San Cristobal in southern Colorado on Tuesday. Although jet packs have existed for decades now, Scott's stunt highlights how the gadget's technology has evolved. In 2011, Scott used a rocket pack powered...
Actress Leslie Jones' website hacked, nude photos posted
By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) - "Ghostbusters" actress and comedian Leslie Jones' website was hacked on Wednesday and nude photos and personal information including her passport and driver's license were posted, according to media reports. The website, www.JustLeslie.com, was subsequently taken offline. Several accounts of the hacking, which was first reported by TMZ.com, said it appeared the website was accessed through Jones' personal cellphone or iCloud account, which lets users store photos...
Barkevious Mingo, new Patriots LB, is a ridiculous athlete (video)
The Patriots are loading up at linebacker as they landed Barkevious Mingo from the Cleveland Browns in a trade on Thursday. Mingo had 29 total tackles in his rookie year of 2013 with the Browns but had just 26 in 2014 and only 15 last season. Mingo did record his only NFL interception last year against the eventual Super Bowl champion Broncos and Peyton Manning (see video above). Mingo was an absolute beat during his time at LSU (as seen in the above video).
Kasi Bennett, Usain Bolt girlfriend, hot Instagram pics (photos gallery)
Olympic superstar Usain Bolt is well on his way to Wilt Chamberlain territory as he brought approximately 10 women back to his hotel room in London this week. It comes on the heels of several stories that speak of Bolt going on some sort of sex-capade post-Rio Games. His longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, is not happy - according to this Sun report. Above are some of Bennett's best offerings on Instagram.
Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers
Once again, the Phillies have sent a beloved world champion to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team announced Thursday, after Carlos Ruiz had passed through waivers, that he had been sent out west and reunited with Chase Utley. In return, Philly acquired veteran catcher A.J. Ellis, right-hander Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later. In more than one decade playing in red pinstripes, Ruiz was a part of the 2008 World Series winning squad, caught three no-hitters, and was renowned for his...
What you can learn from Billy Bush about your next internship
How do you succeed as an intern? If you’re just starting an internship, you’re likely to walk into your company with a can-do attitude and the confidence to take on any task your employer throws you way. Until, of course, the going gets tough. Then what? Billy Bush, former host of the syndicated entertainment TV show "Access Hollywood" and the new co-host of the third hour of NBC's "Today" show appeared at the Samsung 837’s Mini-Internship series in New York on Wednesday to talk about his own...
How not to fail your fall internship
During an internship, upholding basic standards of professional decorum is key. So is maintaining boundaries, knowing the right time to ask questions, respecting your superiors and — well, there are a lot of workplace rules that you won't fully learn until you're on the job. So before starting that first (or even second) internship this fall, check out this cheat sheet on internship best practices, and heed the expert advice. RELATED: How to ace the end of your internship Curb your...
This principal is teaching Brownsville students that they matter
When Nadia Lopez left the corporate world to join the New York City Teaching Fellows, she didn’t anticipate starting a school in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Now a highly regarded educator and the founder and principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a public middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Lopez is widely recognized for her ability to build bridges in education — whether they be between educators and the communities they serve, or across the many divides that plauge our...