Since January, smiling in your driver's license photo has been banned in New Jersey -- and nobody seemed to notice (or care) until now.In New Jersey, there's not a whole lot to smile about -- the brown water, the West Nile, Snooki. All of these things can lead to a perpetual frown. Regardless, a Sic ... More >>
Is that a famous Scientologist we spy?Every Thursday at 2 pm, Scientology staff members race to turn in their weekly statistics. We like to do the same by rounding up the week's Scientology news from around the world and weigh how the church is doing. We're going to start this week with a ni ... More >>
Hard at work on his eighth novel, Deadwood author Pete Dexter still packs a punch
Mark GeisenheynerThere's more news in the brutal murder of East Village man Joseph Shay, 43, and 2-year-old Gregory Bosco Erdmann, which occurred over the weekend at the Shay's Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, country house. The Shay family, including Paul, his wife, Monica, and his nephew Joseph ... More >>
Eight murdered women -- four found on Long Island among ten total bodies and four found in Atlantic City years ago -- have all shown up recently in fake Facebook profiles, the Philadelphia Daily News reports today. The creepy and sparse page for Kim Raffo, for example, found in 2006, features ... More >>
Monsignor William LynnThe Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal veered into uncharted waters Thursday with the indictment of one of former Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's top aides. Monsignor William Lynn, now 60, is accused of shielding molester priests from detection and transferring t ... More >>
A Philly abortion doctor -- he wasn't even an OB/GYN but just a general practitioner -- is accused of the grisly murders of viable babies after he illegally plucked them from the wombs of women in their last trimester. The babies were born alive, say prosecutors, and then Dr. Kenneth Gosnell used ... More >>
cbslocal.comDoes Four Loko go better with beef or chicken? A Philadelphia chef, following in the footsteps of Eddie Huang, has begun stockpiling Four Loko and will be serving tasting menus in which he pairs the dishes with different flavors of the soon-to-be-extinct booze.
Following revelations that he made political contributions in what's apparently a direct violation of MSNBC's Code of Ethics, Keith Olbermann has been indefinitely suspended from MSNBC. If there's any other way to react to a media bombshell like this other than "Wow," we'd sure like to know.
The New York Observer's man-tastic new look! Big ups to Bill O'Reilly. Breitbart wants us all to die, or something. Hugo-a-go-go at the Times Magazine. Pissy paywall battles, angry clowns, the Lloyd Grove Orgy, and more! Press Clips, Day 17, Lunch Edition, right here.
It's that magical time of year again when the uppity nerds of Columbia University bestow upon the people their picks for this year's Best Writing Stuff. And we're going to attempt to add some context to these proceedings as they happen. So, here, we're live-blogging the Pulitzer Prizes. Unfor ... More >>
First, there was Minnesota. Then it was Anaheim. And, of course, through it all, there's always the good laugh at Boston's expense. And while I'm well-versed in spitting vitriol at New England, I'm less inclined to do the same for a midwest city that's never really done wrong by me, or a we ... More >>
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