ALEXANDRA WIGGLESWORTH/METRO

Optimistic look at year ahead in Michael Nutter’s budget

What exactly is a tax increase? Does a politician have to use those exact words before the rest of us can consider paying more in total taxes to the city as just that — a tax increase?That was the question buzzing throughout City Hall after Mayor Michael Nutter said no new tax increases will be...

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 3:57 PM

Three most wanted fugitives call West Philly neighborhood home

A tiny stretch of Media Street in Overbrook seemed peaceful yesterday afternoon. Neighbors walking back and forth from the corner store greeted one another as school buses dropped children off to waiting parents. “It’s definitely a close neighborhood,” said 12-year resident Tracy Nelson. “Everybody...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 4:44 PM

Who is pilfering city pay phones?

When an entire pay phone was stolen in Point Breeze last week, it was strange. But stranger still, the detective in charge of the case said the incident is not isolated and even affects a New York company.The Coatesville-based company that owns the stolen phone, National Electric and Telephone,...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 4:21 PM

Kickstarting pizza museum, pride for Philly pie-making

As soon as we stepped into the newly expanded Fishtown space that will soon house Fishtown’s Pizza Brain, the ever-energetic owner Brian Dwyer was eager to give us a slice of his mind.He was both excited and concerned about the recent explosion of publicity surrounding his pizzeria and pizza museum...

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 4:11 PM

Enjoy paradise, Philly: Hawaiian flowers bloom at Flower Show

Less than a month after the Pennsylvania Convention Center was filled with gleaming futuristic automobiles slowly spinning on bright white rotating pedestals, it has undergone another stunning translation.The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, themed “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” has...

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 3:28 PM

Bill Green won’t give up on dream of all electronic governance

In what once again seems to fit into prep work for a future mayoral bid, Councilman Bill Green laid out yet another broad vision for the way City Hall operates: this time with legislation introduced Thursday pertaining to the city’s information infrastructure“Basically, the bills require any...

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 2:55 PM

Irish-Indian war newest fight for Urban Outfitters

The adage “all publicity is good publicity” has proven true for one of Philadelphia’s top companies, Urban Outfitters, whose president Richard Hayne recently received the coveted Edward Powell Award as an example of excellence in the city’s business community.But in contrast to civic excellence,...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 4:16 PM

Franklin County’s Family Cow farms: No raw deal for this milk

The largest raw milk-related disease outbreak in Pennsylvania’s history, which sickened 43 people in four states, was traced back to Franklin County’s Family Cow farms. But advocates of the product say they have no intention to stop drinking it and purveyors say they’ve seen no decrease in demand.“...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 2:53 PM

Drexel duo, Chiddy Bang, wants to put Philly back on music's map

It's rare these days to see a Philadelphia music act teetering on the brink of superstardom, rarer still that they are a Drexel-educated hip hop duo who sample songs by Sufjan Stevens and Kate Nash.But rapper Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege – who, along with producer Noah "Xaphoon" Jones comprises Chiddy...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 4:45 PM

Animal sacrifice not rare

A bag containing two decapitated chicken carcasses was found in a Northeast Philadelphia cemetery Sunday afternoon.The discovery was made on the 600 block of Disston Street in Lawndale. Police said they called in SPCA officers, who concluded that the remains did not seem suspicious and were likely...

Monday, February 27, 2012, 3:37 PM

Old City attack outside club has violence on neighbors’ minds

Philadelphia’s Old City is known for its raucous nightlife, but lately, it seems that blood has been flowing just as freely as booze.Saturday morning’s stabbing, sparked by a closing time argument in front of after hours club Recess, is the second violent incident within a two-block radius in as...

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 4:42 PM

Club Onyx: Violence again spews at South Philly strip joint

Police issued a warrant for a suspect in an early-morning strip club shooting in South Philadelphia Thursday.Kyle Carter, 25, allegedly shot a 26-year-old patron of Club Onyx on the 2900 block of South Columbus Boulevard in the neck on the establishment's front steps around 2:11 a.m.The victim was...

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 4:14 PM

Occupy breakaway group to hold summit in Philly

Philadelphia officials are preparing once again for occupiers gathering in Center City, during what is always a hectic time of year to begin with: the July Fourth weekend.Squaring off with thousands of tourists who will be in town for the annual “Welcome America” festivities, a breakaway faction...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 4:48 PM

State’s chopping block includes Philly disabled

Philadelphia officials met to discuss the question of the proposed 2013 state budget's impact on the city yesterday, and the answer was devastating."Frankly, I don't know how we're going to live with these cuts, especially in light of the cuts to our services in the last four years," said Deputy...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 3:16 PM

Drexel is home to highly advanced robots for next year (VIDEO)

Drexel University is currently housing the largest gathering of humanoid robots, or HUBOs, the world has ever known. But fear not, feeble humans, the campus isn't planning on world domination. They only have seven HUBOs. That number, however, is still monumental in the big picture, one of Drexel’s...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 3:17 PM

Soon you'll be able to fight parking tickets online

Councilmen Bobby Henon and Bill Green introduced legislation yesterday that would save many Philadelphians an untold number of headaches.The bill would allow city residents to contest parking tickets, littering citations and all other code violations through registered mail or e-mail and other...

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 4:38 PM

Former Philly mayoral candidate, Karen Brown, sued on 'Judge Judy'

Former mayoral candidate Karen Brown appeared on a "Judge Judy" episode Monday after being sued for $825 in unpaid campaign services by her former accountant of a week, Stuart London, who admitted on the show that he is not an accountant, at all."He’s looking for his place in the world and he...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 4:21 PM

Poll: Popularity is not Nutter's problem, violence is

A Pew Charitable Trust poll released yesterday showed that — though Mayor Michael Nutter’s job approval rating is at its highest overall since 2009 — residents are not pleased with how his administration is dealing with violent crime.According to Pew, 74 percent of the 1,600 surveyed between Jan. 4...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 4:24 PM

Paralyzed, but still on the road

When Dillon Krapf, 28, who is paralyzed from the waist down, wanted to install hand controls in his Subaru hatchback two years ago so that he could drive, the South Philadelphia man had to travel to the far Northeast suburbs.“When I got the system put in, it really did change my life,” said Krapf,...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 4:10 PM

Ordinary ladies get sexy with the help of photographers

When Jennifer Day, 28, wanted to spice up her relationship, she donned thigh highs and a garter belt, dialed up a photographer and gifted her boyfriend a series of sexy pictures.“They were amazing — I loved how they came out,” she said. Day is not a Maxim or FHM model, but a biology student from...

Monday, February 13, 2012, 4:07 PM