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    The Philadelphia Tribune / 2 h. 17 min. ago
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    The Philadelphia Tribune / 2 h. 45 min. ago
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  • AC/DC Co-Founder, Guitarist Malcolm Young Dies At 64AC/DC Co-Founder, Guitarist Malcolm Young Dies At 64

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    Philly.com / 5 h. 38 min. ago
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    My wife and I are sprucing up our home a little for the holidays.  We needed some floors refinished.  Our contractor recommended, “The Floor Doctor”.  I wasn’t home for the initial consultation but Lisa told me how she was impressed by owner James Porter and his professionalism. I found out how professional and courteous he and his crew are.  They did a wonderful job and finished the work in two days.  When you call, tell him you read about them in the Philadelphia Sunday Sun.  Call 215.913.3090 for free estimates.   Subscribe to the Philadelphia Sunday Sun today.  http://www.philasun.com/subscribe/ To support other Black-owned businesses, visit www.buyblackapp.net and PCOL (Philadelphia Community of Leaders) website at www.philadelphiacommunityofleaders.org. Gary Shepherd is President/CEO of 3rd Floor Media www.3fm.fm, A Division of Gary Shepherd Enterprises LLC. The post Gary Shepherd’s “Buy Black” highlight of the week- The Floor Doctor appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • City unveils rebranded and expanded recycling program, “Philacycle,” on America Recycles DayCity unveils rebranded and expanded recycling program, “Philacycle,” on America Recycles Day

    Mayor Kenney and the Streets Department joined Recyclebank at the ReCommunity Recycling plant in South Philadelphia to officially unveil the City’s latest recycling initiatives. The Mayor announced that Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, Recyclebank and the Office of Sustainability’s Waste Watcher’s Program have merged into a single new program: Philacycle.  The announcement took place on America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. “With this change, Philadelphia is no longer focusing on recycling alone,” said the Mayor. “Through Philacycle, the City will engage residents in new efforts that combine recycling, volunteering in the community and shopping.  This will move us closer to our goal of making Philadelphia 90 percent waste and litter-free by 2035.” The Philacycle program will continue to provide reward points to residents for recycling and educational opportunities.  New opportunities as a result of the rebrand and launch include an expansion of the original incentives and educational opportunities about waste reduction.  Also new are “Philacyclers” — trained volunteers who engage residents and visitors in recycling practices at public events and in their community, thereby helping to divert waste in the landfills.  By helping people to sort and discard their items in real time, volunteers help event attendees and neighbors distinguish and properly place recyclables, compostable items and waste unable to be repurposed. The revamped program includes a new smartphone app which allows residents to access Philacycle.  (The iOS and Android versions can be currently found by searching the name ‘Recyclebank’).  “We are excited to connect residents to additional opportunities to earn rewards and engage others in efforts that support the City’s zero waste goals,” said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams. “This program takes our recycling rewards program to the next level by allowing residents to earn points for more than just recycling.” The Zero Waste approach refers to the management of products and goods as they are generated to minimize the amount of waste that requires disposal by focusing on sustainable production and packaging, maximizing the recyclability and recovery of products and goods generated, and minimizing waste by consumers. Philadelphia’s long-term “Zero Waste” objective is to fully eliminate the use of landfills and conventional incinerators by 2035.  To do this, Philadelphia will reduce waste generation and increase waste diversion by 90 percent by 2035, with the remaining 10 percent utilized was waste to energy. “This is a key opportunity for the City to ramp up recycling while also focusing on waste reduction,” said Nic Esposito, Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet Director. “As Philacyclers model best practices for waste diversion, we hope that the people they reach will begin to think consciously about what it is they are using from the moment of purchase through to its final use.” The post City unveils rebranded and expanded recycling program, “Philacycle,” on America Recycles Day appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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    ABOVE PHOTO: Eve  (Editorial credit:  / Shutterstock.com)   By Mark Kennedy associated press NEW YORK — Philly native, musician and actress Eve has been unveiled as a new permanent host of CBS’ “The Talk,” joining Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood. Eve, whose full name is Eve Jeffers Cooper, replaces Aisha Tyler on the show. The Grammy winner is best known for her hit “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” a duet with Gwen Stefani, her TV sitcom “Eve” and appearances in the “Barbershop” films. Angelica McDaniel, an executive vice president at CBS, called Eve an “accomplished and dynamic performer, musician, wife and stepmother” who will add “a new layer to the show as we continue to evolve season to season.” The post The Talk’ unveils singer and actress Eve as new host appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • Ninth Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast presented by Philadelphia FIGHT, Dec. 1Ninth Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast presented by Philadelphia FIGHT, Dec. 1

    Bishop Ernest McNear and The Faith Leaders’ Network of Philadelphia FIGHT will present the Ninth Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 8:00 to 10:30 AM at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 237 S. Broad St, Philadelphia.     People of faith and faith-based organizations have been at the forefront of the response to HIV and AIDS since the early 1980s by engaging in practical health care, social and emotional support, pastoral care and advocacy with and for those living with the virus, to eliminate stigma and discrimination and to promote access to treatment for all those living with the diease. Each year on World AIDS Day (December 1st), Philadelphia’s faith community comes together at the Prayer Breakfast to offer hope and healing for those who are living with HIV/AIDS. At the event, over 250 people will remember those who have passed and those who are still with us and will also recommit to standing with our sisters and brothers in faith, in activism, in reducing stigma, and in enduring love. The keynote speaker is Bishop Audrey F. Bronson, pastor of Sanctuary Church of the Open Door. The event will also include prayers by Rev. Dr. Chris Kimmenez, national support services director at Healing Communities and Rev. Naomi Washington Leaphart, faith director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. The Philadelphia FIGHT Gospel Choir, directed by David Winslow, the VOICES of Philadelphia FIGHT Inspirational Choir, directed by Ruth Naomi Floyd, and soloist Mildred Lewis will offer prayer and inspiration in song. The Kathanghah Dance Company will perform a selection as well. To RSVP, contact Chantelle Todman Moore at cmoore@fight.org or 215.525.0450, or visit www.fight.org. The post Ninth Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast presented by Philadelphia FIGHT, Dec. 1 appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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  • Legacy of Legends: Dionne Warwick accepts the 2017 Marian Anderson AwardLegacy of Legends: Dionne Warwick accepts the 2017 Marian Anderson Award

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Led by world-renowned, three-time Emmy Award-winning pianistand music director Bill Jolly, the audience was treated to an orchestral performance of epic proportions. In line with Anderson’s mission to give back to the youth, the evening began with a performance by The Young Artist Study-Grant Quintet. The quintet was comprised of members Michelle Cann on piano, Maxwell Chambers on violin, Peirce Ellis on viola, Branden Ellis on double bass, and Eliana Yang on the cello. Legendary music producer Clive Davis introduces Dionne Warwick as she accepts her Marian Anderson Award. (Photo: Bill Z. Foster) The Marian Anderson Award —  named for the legendary soprano from South Philadelphia, whose concert on the Mall on Washington was one of the first salvos thrown in the Civil Rights Movement– is given to an artist of long standing that marries his or her artistry with philanthropy, something that describes Warwick to a tee. 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Foster) Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.—formally of popular 1960s group The 5th Dimension—sang a medley of their hits “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” followed by a duet of “I Know I’ll Never Love This Way Again.” The evening’s concert ended with an incredible performance by Darlene Love. Love moved the audience to tears sharing sentimental stories of singing background for Warwick for 10 years. She also candidly recalled a touching moment where she credited Warwick with getting her back on her feet. Love performed her hot song “He’s a Rebel” before honoring Ms. Warwick with her rendition of the classic “Don’t Make Me Over”. Legendary music mogul Clive Davis presented the award to Warwick. 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The post Legacy of Legends: Dionne Warwick accepts the 2017 Marian Anderson Award appeared first on The Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

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    LABORERS’ District Council Business Manager Ryan N. Boyer.BY TONY WEST Born at 11th & North Streets in North Philadelphia, not half a mile from his corner office today overlooking Broad Street, Ryan N. Boyer has literally seen the building of our city all his life. In fact, he built the building his office now occupies – along with much else around it and much more to come. As business manager of Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Boyer is integral to the construction and rehabilitation boom that is the most-prominent feature of Philadelphia in this decade. But his leadership extends into important public bodies as well. It certainly helped that he was born into his trade. His father, Nate Sabir, was secretary-treasurer of Laborers’ Local 332 when it was guided by its legendary Business Manager Sam Staten, Sr. “These were the men I looked up to when I was small,” Boyer said. “They showed me how a man could find a place of respect in the world.” Laborers had not always been prestigious. A hundred years ago, they performed the simplest tasks in the construction workplace, work often relegated to Blacks and other minorities. But as construction became more mechanized and more complex, Laborers began to occupy more skilled niches in the field. They can do a number of different things, usually in close coordination with other building trades. A particular specialty is highway blacktop. In the Philadelphia area, Staten played a transformative role in this process that served as a national model. He insisted that Laborers concentrate on rigorous technical training for high value-added skills. He and James Harper, Sr. founded a state of the art training center in Exton, Pa. where apprentices could master sophisticated modern construction equipment. By the 1990s, a journeyman Laborer was a solid middle-class worker with an assured livelihood, well represented by a powerful union that held its own with the other building trades. “When my dad got into union organizing, my family’s ascension was very quick,” Boyer noted. “We moved from the projects to Germantown to Overbrook. I saw what a good union career could do.” Education was the family password. His mother, Jacqueline Boyer, stressed its importance, sending him to Gesu School, a nearby private school with a reputation for maintaining high standards in working-class North Philadelphia. He was something of a trouble-maker, he recalls, but bowed to family pressure to keep his grades up. Boyer went from Roxborough High School in 1989 to West Chester University on a full scholarship, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management. After a stint with a real-estate rehabbing company, he joined his father’s union local, working for the Philadelphia Housing Authority from 1993 to 2000. Along the way, he was taken into Local 332’s organizational team, serving as his father’s assistant. It was an easy learning curve: “I did what my father and Mr. Staten told me to do,” shrugged Boyer. On his father’s death in 2003, Boyer took over his job, managing a $5-million budget and negotiating contracts. Wade Stevens was then Business Manager of the Laborers’ District Council, an umbrella body that handles pensions, training, health and welfare, and prepaid legal services for members of Local 332 and three other unions: Local 57, Local 135 and Local 413. Together they play a dominant role in construction throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. On Stevens’ retirement in 2008, Staten briefly stepped in to steady the ship. But he knew he needed a younger leader to seize the rudder. Boyer was tapped to take over. Boyer’s Era Commences Every new leader comes with a style and a mission of their own. 2008, the year of the Great Recession, was a tough time for bold dreams. But Boyer committed himself to a signature project: a new headquarters. “When I took over, it was a really well-run organization that had been operated by my absolute heroes,” Boyer reflected. “I came in with a good team and didn’t want to screw it up. But I knew we needed to keep on that path they had set. I wanted to focus on being data-driven decisions, moving ahead technologically and expanding our footprint in state government.” And LDC’s old office wasn’t up to the job. “It was a three-story walkup – with steps not up to code,” said Boyer. “And we were a building-trade headquarters!” RYAN BOYER played a key role, hosting a joint press conference Monday for Philadelphia political and labor leaders to protest the federal tax changes under review in Washington. Photo by Wendell DouglasSo in 2013, a new, five-story office building was opened. It was one of the most substantial office investments on N. Broad Street between the Vine Street Expressway and Temple University for decades. This new headquarters sent a message: The younger generation of Laborers would not rest on their laurels; instead, they plan to pick up speed in the 21st century. “The building was a gold mine for us,” said Boyer. “Symbolically, it preserves the memory of Sam Staten Sr. But functionally, it created a one-stop shop where all our members’ needs can be taken care of from the same waiting room.” Boyer boosted LDC’s social media as well, pioneering an app to look up benefits online. Others began to take note. In 2010, Boyer became VP of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. On 2012, he was appointed by the Pennsylvania Senate to be its representative on the Pennsylvania Public-Private Transportation Board. In September 2014, he was elected president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter. CBTU is a constituency group under the AFL-CIO that is dedicated to ensuring proper diversity and inclusion within the union movement, and to mentor and train young minorities to assume union leadership. Ryan currently serves on several boards and commissions; such as the Pennsylvania Convention Center Board Authority, Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board (Philly Works) and The Philadelphia Jobs Commission. Boyer is a lifelong technology wonk. He has attended many conferences and seminars on green technology and sustainable energy, researching this new economy – and ensuring new job opportunities for Philadelphians. Education is a passion for Boyer. “Foregone is the day when you send kids who can’t make it academically into the trades,” he insisted. “Our work is necessarily physical. But it has become a more-sophisticated challenge to run a successful apprenticeship.” In this business of education, Boyer thinks his trade has much to bring to the table. “A trade union remains more forgiving than college,” he said. “If you are willing to learn, we will keep working with you.” LDC’s next major project, which it hopes to complete by 2020, is to turn the old William Penn High School campus at Broad & Master Streets into a training center – to be co-administered with Temple University. Quite a step up for a trade union that climbed its way up from wheelbarrows! And quite a step up for lower North Philadelphia as well. When Boyer was growing up there, some thought it was not worth replacing the windows on that stretch of Broad Street. No more; the niversity is hot in Philadelphia and so are the construction trades. LDC’s latest project will be a 50,000-sq.-ft. facility in which 20% of the slots will be reserved for local residents. LDC will deliver the “hard skills,” Temple the “soft skills,” to succeed as a construction craftsman at building the infrastructure of our era. Now the Market and LDC Are up Business is booming for the Laborers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, like most of their brothers and sisters in other building trades. Philadelphia is on a development binge that it hasn’t seen since the 1950s. Somebody has to build all these new buildings and restore all these old ones; and somebody has to do it right. ALL ON the Laborers’ team with Ryan Boyer are numerous area elected officials such as Congressman Dwight Evans, State Reps. Morgan Cephas and Joanna McClinton, and City Council President Darrell Clarke.Laborers have played a key role in nailing this assignment, asserted Boyer. “Our man-hours are unparalleled in their workforce unity; our esprit de corps can’t be beat. We are partners with our construction companies in getting the job done efficiently and expertly.” LDC represents 5,900 members, 900 of whom are pensioners. It manages a pension fund of $1.2 billion – it is jointly managed with 100% member contribution. Its members typically work for union-oriented contractors represented by the General Building Contractors Association, Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, Interior Finish Contractors Association, Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association and many asbestos-removal companies, to name a few. Pension work is vital to the building trades. That’s because few contractors are able to maintain “on-staff” pension funds for the craftsmen they need periodically. That mission is picked up by the unions, which maintain a supply of skilled labor in the marketplace. Without the pension funds of the building trades, little could be built in the United States; and nothing of substance would be built well. “We make money for our contractors by the quality of our work,” said Boyer. “And we make money for our members as well. Our last quarter was the best quarter, in terms of man-hours, in 15 years.” He’s Become Our Bridge-Keeper In 2015, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Boyer to chair of the 16-member board that oversees operations of the bi-state Delaware River Port Authority that the Keystone State shares with New Jersey. The DRPA is a regional transportation agency that serves as steward of the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges and the PATCO subway-surface line. This is a major public responsibility. DRPA’s annual operating budget is around $100 million. Its capital plans run to $655 million. Talk about construction! Boyer has two missions for DRPA in his sights. One is hiring. Traditionally, 75% of its 955 employees were New Jersey residents, he asserted. He wants to shift that balance toward 50/50%. State Sen. Vince Fumo (D-S. Phila.), who was Philadelphia’s previous éminence grise on the DRPA board, favored Philadelphia professional contractors – but not the working men and women who took your toll, fixed your pavement or drove your train. Boyer is more concerned with advancing the bottom of the workforce than the top. The other is the resuscitation of the Franklin Square Station on the PATCO Line. This station was opened in 1936 and closed in 1979 for lack of traffic. But the Old City and Chinatown neighborhoods are popping these days. Many city planners argue that reopening this station will promote keener business and tourist development in a part of town that is already taking off; Boyer is among them. Laborers Are Bipartisan A construction trade has no permanent political loyalties, only permanent interests. Laborers thrive by working with private management and public leaders alike. Construction can advance in counties run by Republicans as well as those run by Democrats. Boyer affirms his relations with all four party caucuses on Capitol Hill are good. “Whoever is going to deliver an environment where construction thrives, that’s whom we will work with and support,” he said. “Give me a job and I won’t need any welfare. Our training fund we pay for ourselves. Our pension fund is fully self-funded.” Boyer is all in with Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. He is comfortable with State Senate Majority Leader Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). He commends State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) and describes State Rep. Jordan Harris (D-S. Phila.) as “up and coming.” Diversity Is Inevitable There is a long-standing habit of hammering the building trades for lack of racial diversity. But Boyer thinks that era is actually over; most folks just haven’t realized it yet. America’s cultural push toward college degrees and away from manual labor has hollowed out the white families that once funneled their kids into the building trades. But the need for buildings is just as big as ever. Therefore, the crafts of the next generation must be filled by Americans of all backgrounds. It’s less about whether we want it to be this way and more about that it has to be this way. Market forces will carry the day. That the Philadelphia building trades discriminate against minorities in hiring today, said Boyer, is “an unfair characterization.” The building trades are the worst self-promoters in the field of diversity, he stated. Boyer cited the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98’s role in funding a charter school targeting Philadelphia minority students. It had trouble enlisting many of its graduates directly into IBEW apprenticeship programs. But that, Boyer said, was because so many of them wanted to go to college. NATIONAL leaders like Vice President Joe Biden and civic leaders like Mayor Jim Kenney seek out Ryan Boyer’s counsel.Boyer is hardly against college: look at his own life. But he believes there is an anti-trade bias in contemporary American society that cannot be blamed on labor unions themselves. Boyer is concerned about the state of urban schools. “The inequality that is built into them is unsustainable for us as a society,” he said. But as the manager of a competent pension fund, he cannot help noticing that pensions in general are not in good shape in the USA at this time – neither Social Security nor in the private sector. The numbers don’t work, he said. He sees no way to cover the shortfall for most people without raising taxes. Likewise for infrastructure – the meat and potatoes of the construction trades. “Professional bodies consistently rate the nation’s infrastructure as ‘D,’” he said. “So we have to make this investment as a nation.” The Future Is Automated Boyer is confident about the present. It’s the future that worries him. “Automation is what keeps me awake at night,” he expressed. “I like technology but automation scares me. How are we going to have enough jobs for the next generation? How do we not get run over?” Boyer notes with some alarm the arrival on the construction scene of the Brokk demolition robot. “What happens when robots do everything?” he asked. NATIONAL leaders like Vice President Joe Biden and civic leaders like Mayor Jim Kenney seek out Ryan Boyer’s counsel.As a result of such concerns, Boyers finds himself becoming a bit crabby about job-eliminating technology breakthroughs. He is a sullen holdout against EZ-Pass, against self-checkout…. Welcome to middle age, Ryan; you are not alone. But the man is bullish on Philadelphia. “We’re going to have a population boom,” he vowed. “The commute between here, Washington and New York is ideal. We are within a day’s drive of 75% of the US population. We have the restaurants, the culture, the diversity. All strong reasons Amazon should come here.” At Day’s End, a Family Man Enlightening as he is when the fate of Philadelphia and society is at stake, Boyer turns into a dull boy when he’s off duty. “The best thing that ever happened to me is that I married well,” he said of his wife Farida. “When I’m not here in the office, I’m home.” Boyer likes sports – particularly his children’s sports. One son, Raghib, plays football for Cheyney. Another, Sultan, swims for Boys Latin School in West Philadelphia. Rydesha and Ryan, Jr. are graduates of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Howard University, respectively. Raki is coming up. Teamwork comes naturally to a Laborer. “We have a great team of guys and gals,” Boyer insisted. “I never look at me, I look at us.” Together, he said, “The Laborers can be the moral conscience of the labor movement. We can create pathways out of poverty for everybody.”

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  • Updated Nov. 16Updated Nov. 16

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  • James Tayoun Passes awayJames Tayoun Passes away

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  • The Multifaceted Life of Jimmy TayounThe Multifaceted Life of Jimmy Tayoun

    COUNCILMAN JAMES TAYOUN (1930-2017) BY TONY WEST My acquaintance with Jimmy Tayoun began in 1983. I was editing the Observer, a biweekly trade newspaper with a line of insider political coverage for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Tayoun was a two-term incumbent city councilman for the 1st District, engaged with a challenger in a fierce Democratic primary race. (South Philadelphia politics in that era was famed for its colorful factions, rivalries, betrayals and grudges.) That’s when I learned Tayoun could chew gum and whistle at the same time. He called me up out of the blue and asked if he could show me an article he had written about his race. This was an odd request. But our newspaper didn’t use bylines and kept our writers and sources confidential. Besides, as a liquor licensee, he was a subscriber to my trade coverage (the liquor industry) as well as my political coverage. I said he could come in. And he did … bringing in a crisp, informative, balanced piece of work that eyed both sides of the campaign with dispassionate clarity. It was excellent work, and it was free. I published it. In that moment, I saw that Jimmy was different from the ordinary pols I dealt with. He was all in as a politician, for sure; but he was equally all in as a journalist. He loved both fields and balked at norms that said you must be chiefly one thing or another. Twenty-three years later, I began to work as a political editor again, this time under Tayoun as my boss. We had both been through a lot in those intervening years, both led complicated lives. Along this journey, I came to see Jimmy in the round. Indeed, it took a holistic understanding of his personality to work with him. He was a man of strong beliefs and principles – but you absolutely could not put him in a box. There was Jimmy the journalist, in print and on radio. Jimmy the nightclub impresario, who brought a dead city to life. Jimmy the political contender, who thrilled to the drumbeat of campaigns. Jimmy the public servant, who devoted himself to helping every person who came with a need or an ask. Jimmy the unionist, who backed labor’s causes to the end. Jimmy the veteran, who gave back to his fellows in service. Jimmy the man of faith, a rock for the church he was born into. Jimmy the family man, head of a huge clan. Jimmy the man of his own people, an Arab Christian community now in far-flung diaspora. Jimmy the sailor, whose chief solace was his shore home and his fishing boat. Jimmy the photographer, a compulsive lifelong snapshot-taker. And Jimmy the talker. You couldn’t just deal with one part of Jimmy Tayoun. Whether you realized it or not, you were always dealing with a whole man, made up of many parts. A Journalist First and Last Tayoun started in the working world as a newspaperman, and a newspaperman he died. AS A YOUNG soldier, Jimmy Tayoun enjoyed a chance to meet with Debbie Reynolds… He graduated from the Temple University journalism school – in time for the Korean War. He was drafted – and wound up working in military newspapers until after the war. He served in several publications around the region, including a stint as sports writer for the Philadelphia Daily News. He started a Lebanese American national newspaper which he later sold. As a politician, Tayoun always treated reporters like colleagues. Like many office-holders, he loved coverage; but it went further with him. He was fond of feeding reporters the headlines for their stories, for instance; and they worked. Decades later, having reached retirement age, Tayoun returned to his roots. He hosted a talk-radio show in the late 1990s. In 1999, he launched his own tabloid publication, the Philadelphia Public Record. Weekly tabloids were still a success story at that time, so it seemed like a conventional scheme, perhaps. But nothing Tayoun did was ever conventional. He ran the paper his way, to suit his varied tastes and to unite his varied connections. He broke all the rules of journalism in the 1990s, by defiantly modeling himself after the journalism of his youth. It didn’t go after a predetermined niche; instead, it created a niche for itself. …HE WOUND UP, however, with Dolores Tayoun. As it turned out, this “old man’s paper” has survived, in an age when print newspapers are either going extinct or are threatened species. It has always paid its way. You are reading it today. So Jimmy was right, while many other publishers who went by the book were wrong. Bring on the Belly-dancers Tayoun’s parents ran a small restaurant catering to a small Lebanese neighborhood near the Italian Market. In the 1950s, following tradition, he spent more time in the family business, eventually taking it over with his brother Eddie Tayoun. It flourished. Jimmy’s newspaper instincts transferred well to that of restaurant host. He had a gift for publicity and boundless self-confidence. Once, he hired a camel to stand outside his Middle East restaurant, which he brashly moved from South Philadelphia to (gasp!) Old City in 1969. Old City then was not Olde City now. It was a stagnant, moldering, former downtown in one of America’s duller big cities. Its nightlife consisted of Bookbinder’s, where old folks in suits ate rich, overpriced seafood. The new Middle East sparked an entertainment explosion in Old City. Its cavernous five-story building on Chestnut Street hosted private party rooms, performance spaces, a comedy club. Its Middle Eastern music and belly-dancers were the hottest new scene in a city that Playboy and hippies had scarcely touched. It was the talk of the town. Others followed – a trickle at first, then a torrent. By 1979, the nearby Khyber Pass was featuring edgy local rock bands. By 1989, galleries were springing up on a business strip once devoted to restaurant supplies. In the mid-’90s, the restaurant closed. Tayoun was not in a position to manage it, so the family sold the property. But the seed had been sown. Today, Olde City has become a major engine of Philadelphia’s nightlife industry, drawing big revenue from locals and tourists alike. Philly’s hipsters owe a debt to Jimmy. Church Politics Opened the Door It was impossible to know Tayoun without knowing how devoted he was to his church and his people – which are one and the same. The Tayouns belong to the Maronite Catholic Rite. Based in Lebanon, they are an ancient Arab Christian community. Cosmopolitan by nature, they are drawn to international trade and emigration. But among their own, they are loyal to and protective of each other – a healthy habit in the Middle East (the region, not the restaurant), as all can see who follow the news today. Belonging to a then-tiny minority early taught Tayoun how to deal with others of different ethnic backgrounds – a skill that paid off well in the rest of his life. JIMMY TAYOUN was a devoted family man. There are hundreds of Tayouns sprawled across two hemispheres, and Jimmy is a family hero to them. He made seven trips to Lebanon and Israel, reinforcing his familial and cultural ties – and also familiarizing himself with the complexities of Levantine life and politics. St. Maron’s Church at 10th & Ellsworth Streets was the heart of the Lebanese community. Tayoun worked for it all his life, funding some of its programs in secret. It was Jimmy’s devotion to St. Maron’s Church that turned Jimmy onto politics, some say. As his daughter, Nora Truscello, tells it, at the same time Tayoun opened the Old City restaurant, he was involved in a serious confrontation with his own priest at St. Maron’s. “The priest was stealing money from the parish and my father caught onto it,” Truscello related. “The priest retaliated by banging the restaurant to city officials.” Restaurants are vulnerable to a host of complaints to City authorities. “My father was ticked off because he wasn’t getting help from elected officials. So he decided to run against them,” said Truscello. In the end, that priest was excommunicated, according to Truscello. So Jimmy won that round. Throughout his life, Tayoun dwelt regularly on the teachings of his church and guided his actions in the world by them. Jimmy married Dolores, a fellow Maronite. Together, they brought six children into the world, five of whom survived: Nora, Jamile, Yasmine, David, Adele and Paul. There are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All Tayoun’s children grew up working in the restaurant. Dirty work, necessary work. “There was none of this ‘You’re the boss’s kids,’” Truscello recalled. “And no age limits. His attitude was anybody could do anything if they only tried.” As a busy father, he was seldom at home. “He gave us no more attention than he would to a total stranger,” said Truscello. “But he gave us no less either – 100% if you needed something.” Through sweet times and bitter, Jimmy and Dolores remained in love. They were partners in politics, partners in faith, partners in family. Everyone who truly knew Jimmy knows Dolores as well. She retired from a fruitful career at the Pennsylvania Lottery. Jimmy Tayoun’s Running Game Tayoun first ran for office, for state representative, as a Republican. That was normal in South Philadelphia in those days; it was traditionally Republican. He got creamed the first time out, in 1967. He didn’t have the connections yet, and connections were all when time came to count votes in South Philly in the 1960s. He was still living in Chestnut Hill, although voting out of his restaurant. Tayoun adjusted. He moved back to S. Broad Street, where his family has lived ever since. He ran as a Democrat in 1969 and won by a narrow margin. He lost his seat in 1970 by a narrow margin, won it back by a narrow margin in 1972. “I’M IN TUNE WITH JIM TAYOUN” – a classic campaign button. Along the way, he learned South Philly politics. Key was taking over the 1st Ward Democratic Committee. Not an easy task, given an unending series of powerful foes: Congressman Tom Foglietta (first R, then D-Phila.), State Sens. Buddy Cianfrani and Vincent Fumo, and IBEW leader John Dougherty. In this messy school, Tayoun mastered Philadelphia street politics to a high level. Observers have noted that he may be the greatest ward leader of all time, both for his canny grasp of electoral mechanics and for his fanatical commitment to constituent service. 24/7, he was at it, at no charge. It was a talent he took with him when he was elected to City Council for the 1st District in 1975. He served in that district until 1984, when he resigned for an unsuccessful run for Congress. Back again in 1987, he won a fourth term. Along the way, Tayoun burnished a reputation for political advice that endured long after he left office. Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.) met Tayoun 40 years ago, when Tayoun was a councilman and Brady was City Council’s sergeant at arms under Council President George Schwartz. “When I ran for 34th Ward leader, Jimmy told me to do it and gave me tips,” Brady recounted. “When I ran for Democratic Party chair, Jimmy nominated me. When I ran for Congress, Jimmy said, ‘Do it, do it!’” Politics can be bruising, however. Tayoun was always ready to mix it up, old school. His florid confrontations in City Council were legendary. “A long, lively chapter in Philadelphia politics has come to a close,” said Council President Darrell Clarke. “Jimmy Tayoun was sharp, occasionally bruising, definitely flawed, and never boring. He certainly had a heart full of love for this city. I will miss running into him – wincing and feeling warm all at once — as he slaps me on the back and says, ‘You’re doing good, Darrell.’ “I like to joke sometimes that Council used to be less boring. When I do, I see Jimmy on the chamber floor, mixing it up with Fran Rafferty and John Street. God forbid we ever go back to that time, but it’s an era I feel lucky to have personally witnessed.” Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, also a ward leader, said, “Jimmy was the common man’s political genius. My father was my political mentor, but when we needed help with something, we called Jimmy. He will remain an abiding influence on my commitment to second chances.” Even more than doing politics, Jimmy loved to teach politics. The influence of Tayoun’s political wisdom and counsel transcended party lines and ideological divides. Marc Stier, of the Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center, commented, “It was impossible to walk away from a conversation without liking him or learning something from him.” “He was a politician’s politician. They came to him all the time for advice, even from other states,” remarked his son-in-law Anthony Truscello. Public Service Was His Mission Tayoun was everywhere in his district in those days. “He kept an office at Democratic City Committee,” recalled Brady. Like his legendary predecessor Congressman Bill Barrett (D-Phila.), he held office hours in the district five nights a week, when any constituent who needed him could consult with him. Seasoned hands say they have never seen a councilman who was more hands-on with his constituents. They were a hardscrabble lot for the most part. Society Hill aside, the 1st Councilmanic District of 1975-1990 was mostly populated by beleaguered blue-collar people in a deindustrializing city. These people were awash. They were often broke, sick, unschooled, addicted, criminal, hopeless. Tayoun devoted his life to his walking wounded. He was rarely home at night because he was always on the job, helping his constituents. He rescued drug overdosers from abandoned factories in Kensington. He soothed conflicts between rival mobsters in South Philly. He coped with the problems of a poor city fallen on hard times. Today’s City Council members would do well to use Councilman Tayoun as a benchmark for their own constituent service. Observers have commented that Tayoun was the most-talented ward leader and the most-talented district councilman in recent history, when it comes to mastery of this demanding field. “He was always for the underdog,” noted Councilwoman and Ward Leader Jannie Blackwell (3rd Dist.). “He always was a great supporter and offered important words of encouragement while I served as a State Representative and later as a Councilman,” remarked Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd Dist.). “He also emphasized the importance of doing constituent services, stressing that anything outside the district wasn’t as important as serving the people who put you into office. “My grandmother always talked about how when he served as a councilman, he would do great constituent services for the people who lived in the Martin Luther King housing project. He was also the councilman when Dr. King visited that housing project, where my family grew up at.” Tayoun drew no distinction between his public service and his home life. “There were always strangers in our house at Christmas, with gifts wrapped for them,” Truscello related. Life of Work, Love of Labor Although Tayoun graduated from college, he identified strongly with the blue-collar world of Philadelphia. He took hard work for granted, but he wanted working people to be able to lead a good life and take care of their families. As a result, he was loyal to organized labor. In his youth, he even served as shop steward for a union of restaurant employees. Throughout his political career, he supported labor’s causes. As a young journalist, he was a union member. As a publisher, he placed the health of Philadelphia’s labor movement at the core of his mission. JIMMY at leisure, sheik-like, contemplating the song of the sirens beside the sea. Life Began down the Shore If you only saw Tayoun in town, you didn’t know the full Jimmy. He loved shore life. Perhaps it was the call of his seafaring Phoenician ancestors. In 1975, he bought a bayside house in Atlantic City that is still in the family. Most summer weekends he spent there with his family and the usual continuous flow of visitors. The family largely lived there all summer. It was all about the water. Jimmy was a competent captain who owned a small fishing boat and spent as much time as possible at sea. He was a strong swimmer as well, who took delight in diving off his dock into the bay to the end of his days. Tools of His Trade The Tayoun clan is devoted to picture-taking. It was a habit that served him well in publicity. As a restaurant promoter, a politician and a newspaperman, he took great pride in a well-planned photo-op. And then there was the telephone. The only time Tayoun’s phone wasn’t ringing was when he was calling out himself. Back in the landline era, his children joked that the home phone was another sibling – and his favorite! When cellphones became the norm, his became a constant presence for others in his company. Planning for his funeral, Truscello thought about burying him with a brand new cellphone, fully charged. After the funeral, Brady smiled and said, “He died the way he hung up on the phone – suddenly.” Tempestuous by nature, Tayoun was quick to swing into action, quick to stand up in a fight – and quick to forgive. He lived for the future, not the past. “He was a great man,” mused Brady. “A pure Damon Runyan character. He didn’t suffer fools gladly but he had a big heart. “I’m sure he’s up there right now, having a fight with Buddy Cianfrani.”

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  • Updated Nov. 9Updated Nov. 9

    Nov. 9-            State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts “Stop & Go Public Hearing” at Christian Stronghold Bapt. Ch., 1-4 p.m. For info: Yolanda Braxton (215) 879-6615. Nov. 9-            State Sen. Art Haywood hosts Town Hall Mtg. at Janes United Methodist Ch., 467 E. Haines St., 6-8 p.m. Nov. 14-          State Rep. Jason Dawkins hosts Weatherization Event at Houseman Rec Ctr., 5091 Summerdale Ave., 6:30-8 p.m. Advice & resources for staying warm & saving money this winter. For info: (215) 744-7901. Nov. 15-          Republican League hosts Dinner at Paddy Whack’s, 2nd & South Sts., 7 p.m. Guest speaker: Dr. Robert Field on ACA & policy changes. For info: Charlie Forshee (717) 372-9083. Nov. 16-          State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts “Meet, Greet, Obtain Constituent Services” at Susquehanna Village, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave, 3-4 p.m. Nov. 16-          Phila. Public Record honors Ryan Boyer as “Public Servant of the Year” at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & dinner. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at door, tables of 10 for $450.For info: events@cityandstatepa.com. Nov. 16-          Sheriff Jewell Williams hosts Fish & Chicken Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 W. Hunting Pk. Ave., 5:30 p.m. Tickets $12. For info: Andrew (215) 609-5876. Nov. 18-          State Rep. Donna Bullock hosts “Is My Home Making Me Sick” Healthy Home Workshop at Prince of Peace Baptist Ch., 1844 N. 32nd St., 2nd fl., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn about lead, carbon monoxide poisoning & other toxins, also pest control & fire hazards. Free. For info (215) 684-3738. Nov. 22-          State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts APPRISE counseling for Medicare open enrollment at 6511 Ridge Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For app’t: (215) 482-8726. Nov. 28-          State Rep. Jason Dawkins hosts Weatherization Event at Ziehler Plg., 200 E. Olney Ave., 6:30-8 p.m. Advice & resources for staying warm & saving money this winter. For info: (215) 744-7901. Nov. 30-          Phila. Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity hosts “Uniting to Fight Poverty Summit” at Arch St. Mtg. Ho., 320 Arch St., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: State Rep. Chris Rabb. Tickets $35. For info: Jennifer.Selpa@Phila.Gov. Dec. 6-            State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts APPRISE counseling for Medicare open enrollment at 6511 Ridge Ave., 1-3 p.m. For app’t: (215) 482-8726. Dec. 7-            State Sen. John Sabatina hosts Holiday Happy Hour at Blue Duck on Broad, 220 S. Broad St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info: (215) 821-7606 or re.elect.johnsabatina@gmail.com. Dec. 13-          Pa. Soc. meets at N.Y. Hilton Midtown, 1335 Ave. of Americas, N.Y.C. For info: (215) 233-2650. Dec. 21-          State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Constituent Meet & Greet at Susquehanna Villa, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave., 3 p.m.

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  • Krasner Cruises; Locals Do Well StatewideKrasner Cruises; Locals Do Well Statewide

    PROMINENT defense lawyer Larry Krasner broke the mold when he won the race for Philadelphia district attorney. He exulted Tuesday night at his victory party at the William Way Center. BY JOE SHAHEELI A united Philadelphia Democratic Party brought home its municipal candidates for district attorney and city controller, Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart. With 98.1% of the vote tallied, Krasner had 147,666 to Republican Beth Grossman’s 50,107. That was actually a good result for Republicans – 25% of the vote – since registered Republicans are only around 15% of the electorate. Grossman ran a feisty campaign throughout the city, taking several positions that showed thoughtful independence. She had solid support from public-safety unions, which were discontent with Krasner’s history of opposition to police and prosecutors. But it was not enough. Krasner spent his campaign touching all bases and making carefully conciliatory comments, allaying fears that he would be too radical in office – while not alienating his progressive supporters who hope he will be radical. CELEBRATING at the Continental Restaurant were, L-R, State Rep. Jordan Harris, Rebecca Rhynhart, Judge Carolyn Nichols and State Sen. Sharif Street.Rhynhart faced no serious contest, taking 83% of the vote. Republican Mike Tomlinson did his best but had no resources and no issue that resonated with the electorate. City controller is a technical officer, whose duties most citizens seldom think about. Important statewide races for appellate judgeships resulted in a partisan wash. The party makeup of Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court remained unchanged while the Dems picked up one seat on Superior Court; Republicans will still form an 8-7 majority on it, however. Republican Supreme Court Justice Sallie Mundy edged out Democratic challenger Judge Dwayne Woodruff by 1,076,701 to 980,462, with 99.21% of the vote tallied. Superior Court’s four openings will be filled by Democrat Judges Maria McLaughlin, Carolyn Nichols and Deborah Anne Kunselman, along with Republican Mary Murray, who appears to have noses past her running mate Craig Stedman for the fourth seat. For Commonwealth Court, Republican Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon and Democrat Judge Ellen Ceisler will both move up. One clear winner in the state judicial races: Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania. McLaughlin, Nichols and Ceisler are city dwellers, and Fizzano Cannon hails from neighboring Delaware County. But the most-striking victory was gender-based. All seven winners in contested races were women. In Philadelphia, a municipal bond sailed through with 69% support. On a state ballot issue – the Homestead Property Tax Assessment Exclusion – Philadelphians turned it down by 61%; statewide, however, it passed with 54% of the vote. The outcome left something for both parties to crow about. Democratic State Committee Chair Marcel Groen remarked, “History was made for Democrats in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Delaware County Democrats were elected to countywide seats for the first time since home rule was enacted. Democrats in Chester County swept all four county row offices – treasurer, controller, clerk of courts, and coroner – and all four are women. Democrats in Montgomery County won both judge seats, picked up a number of township, borough, and school district offices to continue to solidify the strength of the party in the region. And Democrats made huge gains in Bucks County.” Mayor Jim Kenney released the following statement: “I extend my sincerest congratulations to District Attorney-elect Larry Krasner and his team. I look forward to working with him to continue the City’s MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge and our other efforts to make the criminal -justice system more equitable and effective. While we’ve reduced our incarcerated population by nearly 20% in the last two years, there is still important work to do. “I also congratulate Controller-elect Rebecca Rhynhart. As a cabinet member in my administration, and the budget director under Mayor Nutter, she has worked in City government for many, many years. And as someone who was involved in one way or another in developing how much of our current processes operate, she will be a great partner in creating a more efficient and effective government.”

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  • What’s ‘Fair’ for Pa. Natural Gas?What’s ‘Fair’ for Pa. Natural Gas?

    BY DENISE FUREY Pennsylvania House Finance Committee sent a bill to the floor that would levy a severance tax at on the extraction of natural gas. The tax would apply to unconventional (shale) gas wells that are already subject to the state’s impact fee. The excise rate would start at 2 cents per thousand cubic feet (MCF) of natural gas if the price is not more than $3 and increase to a maximum of 3.5 cents if the market price is greater than $5.99. Southeastern Pennsylvania STATE REP. JOHN MURT (R-Northeast) stated, “This is a major step in making the natural-gas industry pay its fair share in helping fund programs necessary to fulfill our obligations to our schools and those with special needs.” I have a few questions for this state rep and others in the Southeast who think the severance tax is a good idea. I understand the desire to make sure the Commonwealth has enough revenues to pay for the proposed budget. However, I would like to ask how one calculates the natural-gas industry’s “fair share.” I know other states have severance taxes such as West Virginia, but that state has a corporate income-tax rate slightly more than half of ours. I do understand that a lot of producers are not paying income tax at this time as they are losing money or breaking even, owing to the low price of natural gas and especially the low price for Marcellus Shale gas due to infrastructure constraints (not enough pipeline capacity). As the natural-gas industry is depressed owing to low prices, revenues from the impact fee this year are expected to be 23% below what was three years ago. The drilling of new wells has decreased because producers are not willing to sink new funds into this depressed market. This new tax would make their losses worse and cause the producers to look at Ohio and West Virginia. One reason why many producers are not currently profitable is because of a lack of pipeline capacity. As of Monday, the price for natural gas at Henry Hub, the benchmark for the US, was $2.77/MCF. The average price in Appalachia was 75 cents/MCF, with the price at the main pipeline connection to the Marcellus Shale at 40 cents/MCF. While I question the wisdom (and fairness) of the legislature picking and choosing which industry to tax, I do not think they should do this without addressing the issues with pipeline siting and development. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has been slow (I am being kind) in the permitting process, especially relating to environmental-impact findings. If the legislators want this tax, they should see the wisdom of ensuring that the price producers receive might get past the $3.00 threshold to the higher tax bracket. Without adequate pipeline capacity, that will not happen. When the producers†products cannot be transported outside of a limited region, a buyers†market emerges. We have already seen what this has done to revenues from the impact fee and jobs lost owing to the scaleback in new drilling. When the government picks winners and losers, there are losers. With this tax, we in the Southeast do not see the job losses owing to low prices. Those jobs are in the Northeast and Western Pennsylvania. The loss in impact-fee revenues has little impact here as we receive only a small portion of those taxes. Most of the funds rightly go to the communities affected by gas development and extraction operations. However, we only need to look to Marcus Hook to see the negatives of the government picking winners and losers. A number of powerful federal legislators care more about soybean farmers in the Midwest than refinery workers at Philadelphia Energy Solutions. The Environmental Protection Agency, under pressure from U.S. senators, decided last week to continue a rules that mandates certain levels of bio-fuels be included in gasoline and fuel oils. It has already cost jobs at the plant and more jobs are expected to be lost, according to workers union representative RYAN O’CALLAGHAN.

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  • Updated Nov, 2ndUpdated Nov, 2nd

    Nov. 2-            Mayor Jim Kenney hosts Breakfast for Judge Carolyn Nichols at Bank & Bourbon, Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., 8-9:30 a.m. Event Sponsors $5,000, Sponsors $2,500, Patrons $1,000, Guests $500. RSVP by Oct. 30. For info: Vanessa Gervasi DeRose (609) 635-3375 or vanessagervasi@gmail.com. Nov. 2-            Committee of Seventy hosts City Controller Debate at 123 S. Broad St., Su. 1800, 12-1 p.m. Limited seating; event will be livestreamed on Seventy’s Facebook page. Nov. 2-            182nd Dist. Progressive Caucus hosts Social at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., 6-8 p.m. Nov. 2-            University City Republican Committee hosts Fall Reception at 4256 Regent Sq., 6:30-9 p.m. Donations $40, VIP Tickets $75. Nov. 3-            Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown hosts “Bringing City Government to Phila. Sr. Citizens” at W. Phila. Sr. Ctr., 1016 N. 41st St., 10 a.m.-12 m. Nov. 3-            S. Phila. Lions Cl. hosts Fundraiser at Waterfall Rm, 2015 S. Water St., cocktails 7 p.m., dinner & entertainment 8-11 p.m. Featuring comedian Chris Morris. Tickets $50. For info: Barbara Ricci (215) 336-3932. Nov. 4-            State Rep. Morgan Cephas hosts “Love Your Park Day” & Shredding Event at Rose Plg., 1300 N. 75th St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Park cleanup. Up to two boxes for shredding. Recycling bins for pickup. Aid for government programs. For info: (215) 879-6625. Nov. 4-            42nd Ward Democratic Committee hosts Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 W. Hunting Pk. Ave., 3-7 p.m. For info: Sharon Vaughan (215) 313-7019. Nov. 4-            Green gubernatorial candidate Ken Krawchuk hosts Fundraiser at Jerry’s Bar, 129 W. Laurel St., 4 p.m. Nov. 5-            Phila. Licensed Tavern & Merchants Ass’n honors State Rep. Morgan Cephas & State Sen. Shirley Kitchen at Awards Banquet at Regal Ballrm., 5411 Oxford Ave., cocktails 7 p.m., dinner 8 p.m.-12 a.m. 3-hr. open bar. Gowns & tux. Tickets $85. For info: (215) Bernard Lopez (215) 317-9232. Nov. 7-            General election day for DA, controller, judges. Nov. 8-            State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts APPRISE counseling for Medicare open enrollment at 6511 Ridge Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For app’t: (215) 482-8726Nov. 8-        Brehon Soc. honors State Rep. Mike Driscoll as “Brehon of the Year” at Top of the Tower, Logan Sq., 51st fl., 6-9 p.m. Complimentary light food &, open bar & live music. Tickets $50 at door, $40 in advance, Brehon law students $25. For info: quinlan@blankrome,com. Nov. 8-            Councilwoman Cindy Bass hosts Community Hearing on ending School Reform Commission at Lutheran Theol. Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., 6-8 p.m. For info: (215) 686-3424. Nov. 9-            State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts “Stop & Go Public Hearing” at Christian Stronghold Bapt. Ch., 1-4 p.m. For info: Yolanda Braxton (215) 879-6615. Nov. 9-            State Sen. Art Haywood hosts Town Hall Mtg. at Janes United Methodist Ch., 467 E. Haines St., 6-8 p.m. Nov. 15-          Republican League hosts Dinner at Paddy Whack’s, 2nd & South Sts., 7 p.m. Guest speaker: Dr. Robert Field on ACA & policy changes. For info: Charlie Forshee (717) 372-9083. Nov. 16-          State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts “Meet, Greet, Obtain Constituent Services” at Susquehanna Village, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave, 3-4 p.m. Nov. 16-          Phila. Public Record honors Ryan Boyer as “Public Servant of the Year” at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & dinner. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at door, tables of 10 for $450.For info: events@cityandstatepa.com. Nov. 16-          Sheriff Jewell Williams hosts Fish & Chicken Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 W. Hunting Pk. Ave., 5:30 p.m. Tickets $12. For info: Andrew (215) 609-5876. Nov. 22-          State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts APPRISE counseling for Medicare open enrollment at 6511 Ridge Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For app’t: (215) 482-8726. Nov. 30-          Phila. Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity hosts “Uniting to Fight Poverty Summit” at Arch St. Mtg. Ho., 320 Arch St., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: State Rep. Chris Rabb. Tickets $35. For info: Jennifer.Selpa@Phila.Gov. Dec. 6-            State Rep. Pam DeLissio hosts APPRISE counseling for Medicare open enrollment at 6511 Ridge Ave., 1-3 p.m. For app’t: (215) 482-8726. Dec. 13-          Pa. Soc. meets at N.Y. Hilton Midtown, 1335 Ave. of Americas, N.Y.C. For info: (215) 233-2650. Dec. 21-          State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Constituent Meet & Greet at Susquehanna Villa, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave., 3 p.m.

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  • Council President Clarke Remembers Jimmy TayounCouncil President Clarke Remembers Jimmy Tayoun

    Jimmy Tayoun presenting Council President Clarke with the 2016 Public Servant of the Year Award. City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) issued the following statement on former Council member and Pennsylvania House Representative James “Jimmy” Tayoun, Sr.:  “A long, lively chapter in Philadelphia politics has come to a close. Jimmy Tayoun was sharp, occasionally bruising, definitely flawed, and never boring. He certainly had a heart full of love for this City. Jimmy represented an era of politics that is probably best left in the past, but I will miss running into him — wincing and feeling warm all at once — as he slaps me on the back and says, ‘You’re doing good, Darrell.’ “Jimmy was no fool. If you screwed up, he let you know it – often with a bullhorn by way of the Public Record. But if you did something good, especially something that helped people who really needed help, he would compliment you just about every time you saw him. “I like to joke sometimes that Council used to be less boring. When I do, I see Jimmy on the Chamber floor, mixing it up with Fran Rafferty and John Street. God forbid we ever go back to that time, but it’s an era I feel lucky to have personally witnessed. Jimmy Tayoun will never be forgotten. I want to express my condolences to his beloved wife, Dolores, and their family – and thank them for sharing Jimmy with the rest of us.” Tayoun passed away early wednesday morning. He was 87 years old.

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  • Editor’s Note: The Passing of Jimmy TayounEditor’s Note: The Passing of Jimmy Tayoun

    This morning, we received word that our founder, executive editor, friend and mentor, James Tayoun, Sr., passed away at the age of 87. We will provide full coverage of his life and accomplishments in next week’s paper. Our deepest condolences to the Tayoun family and to everyone whose life was positively impacted by Jimmy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Saint Maron’s Church at 1013 Ellsworth Street, 19147. You can reach the church at 215-389-2000. The viewings will be Friday Nov. 3rd, 6-9 pm and Saturday Nov. 4th from 9-10:30 am at Saint Maron’s. The liturgy will take place at 10:30 am. Please check phillyrecord.com regularly for updates and more information.

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  • 9/11 Health info forum being held this weekend
9/11 Health info forum being held this weekend

    Many people in the New York City area are still feeling the effects of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. On top of the devastating amount of loss we had all felt that day, many who were close to the financial district during that time period have contracted cancers and other illnesses that are directly connected to the toxins from the debris created in the attacks.  On Saturday, November 18th, PS 124 on Division Street in Chinatown will be holding an informational health forum for people who "who may be eligible for medical treatment and compensation because they went to school, lived, worked, or volunteered in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights and were exposed to the toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the months that followed." Many people who have suffered from these illnesses have no idea that they are eligible for compensation through the James Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act. Explaining and getting the word out regarding this act is exactly what this forum, put on by a partnership between the Confucius Plaza Tenants Association, community health activists, the United Federation of Teachers and the law firm Barasch & McGarry, is trying to achieve.  The two-hour long forum will be lead by Dr. Jacqueline Moline and Attorney Michael Barasch, who will both explain the medical and financial help that those still feeling the effects of this horrible tragedy.  See the information below if you would like to attend:  Time: 3 pm to 5 pm Date: Saturday, Nov. 18 Place: PS 124, 40 Division Street, Manhattan, 10002.  Event: First in a series of 9/11 health information forums. Information will be in English, Mandarin and Cantonese Contact: Alex Gomez, UFT press office, C: 646.864.4241/ agomez@uft.org

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  • Winter shows to see (and skip) on Broadway and beyond
Winter shows to see (and skip) on Broadway and beyond

    Whether you’ve got guests to entertain this holiday season or you’re just looking for a good time at the theater, there’s plenty of new shows worth seeing that aren’t another Nutcracker. Got little ones to entertain? Check out the family-friendly version of this guide to the holiday season. For the grown-ups, here are the shows you’ll want to catch — and a few to avoid. On Broadway SEE: Farinelli and the King It’s been a tough year politically, and it’s understandable if you don’t want to spend an evening steeped in the story of a mad king. But the intriguing historical drama Farinelli and the King, starring the inimitable Mark Rylance as Philippe V, deserves your money and time — and will even provide some of that cathartic release you’re craving. The Belasco Theater will be lit primarily by candles, with music from the 1700s played on authentic Baroque instruments, and Handel’s arias sung by countertenor Iestyn Davies. Written and directed by Claire van Kampen, it’s also a strong piece of work from a talented woman. Opens Dec. 17, farinelliandthekingbroadway.com SKIP: M. Butterfly Despite the draw of seeing Clive Owen in a role that plays with the same ominously ambiguous sexual ethics that helped catapult him to stardom in Closer, this Julie Taymor-helmed thinkpiece displays a lot of pretty potential with its wings pinned back.  M. Butterfly’s roving set pieces are a distraction, and the acting highlight might just be Enid Graham playing a neglected wife as if she walked onstage from someone else’s naturalistic play (Jin Ha, as the namesake Butterfly, merely flits in and out of her scenes). Despite the juicy appeal of being drawn inside the desperate memory palace of an unreliable narrator — and timely reflections on gender, sexuality, and romance — the play fails to adequately set up momentum for its meaningful climax, and never quite takes flight. Off-Broadway: A different take on Mean Girls You’ll have to wait until 2018 for Tina Fey’s Mean Girls on Broadway. But you can get a taste for the high stakes and hilarity of high school girl drama with School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play at the Lucille Lortel Theater in the West Village. Proving that ruling cliques and fighting for a seat at the lunch table are universal rites of passage for young girls, the show follows a group of Ghanaian teens whose social order is upended when a Miss Universe talent scout breezes through town, willing to open the door to opportunity for just one special girl. Oh, and a new girl Ericka (Nabiyah Be) from the glamorous state of Ohio is vying for the title, too. It’s a fun and conventional romp with not one weak link among the entire cast. Through Dec. 23, mcctheater.org Last chance: A Clockwork Orange A few off-Broadway shows are unfortunately closing a little earlier than expected this season. At New World Stages, the racy, all-male, boldly physical stage adaptation of A Clockwork Orange failed to bring in the anticipated crowds for its provocative staging and star Jonno Davies, who came with the show from its sold-out run in London. Despite its swagger, sex appeal, and mostly positive reception, crowds may have been looking for something a little lighter. If that’s not you, don’t miss it. Dec. 2, aclockworkorangeplay.com Must-See Magic: At the Illusionist’s Table You almost can’t go wrong with the immersive shows at the McKittrick Hotel (home to Sleep No More), and At the Illusionist’s Table is no exception. To oversimplify, consider it dinner and a magic show, plus a complimentary drink. Even if you stop there, you’re looking at three courses, a cocktail and a performance for what you’d easily pay for just a show by itself in NYC. But then you consider that Scott Silven is at the top of his game as an illusionist, and that his show sold out when it ran in Scotland (and around the world) before making its way to the Heath, the dining/performance venue at the McKittrick which previously hosted immersive hits like 2016’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. Through Jan. 14, mckittrickhotel.com Learning Made Fun: Latin History for Morons For a crowd-pleasing night of laughs, catch John Leguizamo in his third return to Broadway and his sixth one-man show, tracing the history of Latin-Americans from ancient tribes like the Incas and Aztecs to Native American ancestors and the undervalued role they played as the only minority to serve in every war on American soil. As Leguizamo struggles to impart the importance of their heritage to his middle-school-aged son, he schools the audience on everything that he picked up along the way. Latin History for Morons is classic Leguizamo, infusing hilarity into an educational lecture on a topic that every American ought to be a little less moronic about. Through Feb. 4, latinhistorybroadway.com

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  • Mother killed newborn by dropping her out apartment window; Pleads guilty
Mother killed newborn by dropping her out apartment window; Pleads guilty

    The woman who was arrested for killing her newborn infant by dropping from a seventh-floor University Heights apartment window pleaded guilty to 10 years in prison. Jennifer Berry, 35, of the 100 block of Gailmore Drive, Yonkers, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced on Friday. “A baby girl had barely come into the world when she died in a concrete courtyard,” Clark said. “The killing of an innocent baby by her mother is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. Now the defendant will serve 10 years in prison.” As part of the plea agreement, Berry will be sentenced on Dec. 14 and will be required to complete five-years post-release supervision after completing her decade in prison. According to the investigation, on September 28, 2015, Berry dropped her newborn infant from the seventh-floor window of a building on West 183rd Street shortly after giving birth in the bathroom of an apartment where she was staying. The infant’s body was discovered in the courtyard of the building. A medical examiner ruled the child was alive during birth. Berry had previously told her boyfriend she had obtained an abortion.

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  • The most vegan-friendly meal kit delivery services: PETA
The most vegan-friendly meal kit delivery services: PETA

    In a world of conveniences, there are meal delivery kits. Companies like the well-known Blue Apron or FreshDirect ship you the ingredients you need plus the recipe. All you have to do is cook and serve. Unless you’re vegan. Then, your options could seem a bit dismal, but maybe you're not looking at the right companies. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) rated dozens of meal kit delivery services to see which were the most vegan-friendly. These are some of the winners: Veestro PETA rated the all-vegan companies highest, of course, when it comes to vegan friendliness and PETA listed “scrumptious” options like enchilada casserole and country fried Chick’n. The PETA Business Friend has a 21-day kickstart program if you’re just testing out the vegan express train.   Taking these bad boys into the weekend. Tuscan Calzone #veestro #plantsplease A post shared by Veestro (@veestrofood) on Aug 18, 2017 at 7:07pm PDT MamaSezz Also a PETA Business Friend, MamaSezz is another PETA favorite and is available in the northeastern United States. Bonus kids menu options like Mac Attack Stack (yep, gluten-free, dairy-free macaroni and cheese the kids will like) and Millie’s Chili. Purple Carrot Purple Carrot ranked high on PETA’s list and the meals like Italian cannellini stew with mustard greens and taco salad with chipotle seitan and cashew cheese sauce sound pretty tempting, even to omnivores. Are you an athlete and need to be super picky about your diet? Purple Carrot teamed up with Tom Brady (uh-huh, that NFL guy!) to create a performance line. 22 Days Nutrition Sesame butternut squash rice and smoky rosemary white beans… pardon us while we wipe the drool… We’re not sure what meal did it, but this is the company that inspired Beyoncé and Jay-Z to embark on a 22-day vegan challenge.   Explore the complex flavors of the East with 10 delicious plant-based Asian dishes including Pad Thai, Sushi and Pho We're sharing the #vegan recipes at Link in Bio . . . #22daysnutrition #22dayrevolution #22dayrevcookbook #veganrecipes #glutenfreerecipes #vegansushi A post shared by 22 Days Nutrition (@22daysnutrition) on Aug 23, 2017 at 3:31pm PDT The Vegan Garden When I tried to be vegetarian in high school, I ate nothing but French fries and pie. Needless to say, I gained some major el-bee-eses (aka pounds). This PETA pick has a two-week “slim down” package and a high-protein health plan. Kitchen Verde Upstate New Yorkers! This one is for you. If you’re into whole food and oil-free meals, PETA suggests you try Kitchen Verde. An order of pumpkin spice pancakes? Yes, please. (Hold the cruelty.) See what grade your food delivery service got and what you can do to encourage the company to which you give your money to get more veggie and vegan options.

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  • NJ science teacher's solar-powered greenhouse program wins $100k grant
NJ science teacher's solar-powered greenhouse program wins $100k grant

    Earlier this month, Laura Holborow was just a high-school science teacher from Edison, New Jersey. But on November 16th, she received a life-changing surprise. Holborow was one of five teachers across the country to win the Farmers Insurance "Thank America’s Teachers - Dream Big Teacher America Challenge" grant for her solar-powered greenhouse proposal.  Local Agent, Edward van Eckert, paid a visit to John P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey to give Holborow $100,000 in order to help her expand the school’s solar-powered greenhouse program. His visit was a complete surprise, as he awarded Holborow during a packed assembly in front of hundreds of students and the entire school faculty.  Holborow’s proposal was to “purchase solar panels and code for an app that monitors and supports the school’s greenhouse and newly built community farm stand.” With this funding, her forward-thinking curriculum will require students to make their own solar-powered programs in collaboration with coders, designers, and engineers in the town of Edison. Holborow’s main goal is to “make the program as self-sustaining as possible by reducing the school’s electric bill and integrating a scientific approach to its high school curriculum”. Needless to say, it was a hit as votes for her proposal poured in before the October 30th deadline.   “It was an honor to be able to surprise Laura Holborow today with a $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge grant from Farmers,”  Edward van Eckert, a Metuchen-based Farmers Insurance agent, happily exclaimed. “I am so grateful to the students of the school, their families, and the entire Edison community for coming together to get out the vote and support Ms. Holborow in making her ‘big dream’ become a reality.” If you are interested in Ms. Holbrow’s solar-powered greenhouse proposal, check it out for yourself on YouTube to see why she struck a nerve with voters around the country.  */ Since the start of the Thank America’s Teachers program in 2014, Farmers has awarded over $3 million to teachers looking to shake things up in creative ways. Farmers will be accepting proposal submissions in mid-January for their 2018 grants. So if you have a great idea, remember to send in your submission. You might just get the funding you are looking for! 

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  • What to expect at Lego Live NYC, the official Lego playground
What to expect at Lego Live NYC, the official Lego playground

    There’s a massive Lego playground popping up in New York City, and it’s pretty much every Lego fan’s dream come true. The family-oriented Lego Live NYC convention is coming to the U.S. for the first time on Feb. 16-18, 2018 in Manhattan. Budding builders and even experienced architects can get their tickets now to the 65,000 square feet of build-your-own adventure playground filled with millions of Lego pieces. Unlike most conventions, Lego Live will be split into activity zones where you can come and go freely, with few scheduled events. Younger fans will love the giant pit filled with piles of Lego bricks ready for their imagination and playing inside the Ninjago “arena.” Older kids can try their hand at creating and coding Mindstorms robots, creating their own Star Wars spaceship and building within the world of Minecraft through digital and hands-on activities. And because this is New York, everyone is invited to contribute to collaborative project to recreate the iconic Manhattan skyline. Stumped about how to build your creation? Master Builders (yes, an actual job title — dream big!) will be on hand at the Master Lab Help Desk and also doing live demonstrations to share the secrets to their larger-than-life creations. There will also be photo ops with life-size Lego models from popular franchises (yes, kiddos, there will be Star Wars characters) There is one bit of bad news: Whatever you build at Lego Live stays at Lego Live. But there will be a gift shop with exclusive sets offered only at the show. Lego events like BrickFest are fan-run affairs, but this is Lego's official authorized convention. Tickets are on sale now and get you access to a four-hour session for $30, or $45 for VIP and $75 for VIK (Very Important Kid) that comes with Lego swag, access to a special lounge, an extra hour of building and more. Lego Live will take place on Pier 36 at 299 South St. on the Lower East Side. For more information, visit liveevent.lego.com

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  • Meet the modern day Nola Darling on Netflix’s “She’s Gotta Have It”
Meet the modern day Nola Darling on Netflix’s “She’s Gotta Have It”

    The new Nola Darling has bigger things to worry about than appeasing her suitors.  In the Netflix modernization of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” a ten-part series directed by Lee, the year is 2016. Our girl still juggles dates with Greer, Mars and Jamie — basically a hotation, as Issa Rae dubs her rotating cast of hookups on “Insecure”  — but she’s also a talented artist, striving to make it and make her rent. (She can barely afford her Fort Greene one bedroom, even though she pays an old-school rate because her godmother owns the building.) “We brought her career to the forefront, which was very important because it calls into question what the ‘it’ is in ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’” says newcomer DeWanda Wise (“Shots Fired,” “Underground”), who stars as Nola.  The new telling also gives Nola close female friendships, which she takes more seriously than her paramours. And while 1986 Nola was definitely a feminist, today she engages with the issues head-on, whether it’s calling out the misogynistic attitudes of her lovers, or, post sexual assault, launching a street art campaign akin to the real-life “Stop Telling Women to Smile” series by Brooklyn artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (the artwork attributed to Nola in the show is in fact Fazlalizadeh’s).  Ahead of the series' Thanksgiving day premiere, we spoke with Wise about dating Nola Darling-style, how the show tackles female body image issues and why she won’t list her age on her IMDB profile.  Are the new Greer, Mars and Jamie more woke than their original versions? In episode 3, when Nola wears a sexy black dress on dates with each of them, they all basically slut shame her.  [Laughs] There’s nothing worse than an asshole parading around as a nice guy. You can think you’re a super open person, but yeah, how do you handle a situation like that? Being out in public and feeling like [Nola’s] not representing the class you want her to on some respectability politics, or that you can’t protect her, or because she looks sexy to you, that’s what she wants at that moment.  We’re definitely exploring making these men that you wouldn’t immediately be like, “Why are you with them, they’re assholes?” but also towing that line of “Some things have changed, but a lot has remained the same” when it comes to how men feel ownership of women. Do you have a favorite? I personally do not have a favorite and I do not think Nola does either! [Laughs] You're married, but when you were single, what was your experience dating and how does it compare to Nola’s? I’ve dated a lot. I remember being like, “This is my carpenter, this is my photographer.” It was never like, “Oh, this is the full human being." I called it “recreational dating.” It’s not bad, but it was bad the way I was doing it. I think to presume that you can enter unencumbered in and out of people’s lives is not realistic. When I was dating, I was definitely a heartbreaker. What I love about Nola and what I think is different about her approach is that she’s trying to be transparent and open about it, which is really hard. Because then you have to have conversations which you may or may not feel like having.  Let’s talk about Nola’s friend Shemekka [Chyna Layne] and her experience getting, for lack of a better descriptor, back alley butt implants. There is this undercurrent of these super seedy procedures that we haven’t talked about a lot. I’ve seen a Nightline special maybe once. Or that show “Botched” has had examples of this.  When we’re living in a culture where we have this new hourglass, hyper-feminized body aesthetic which has emerged in the last ten years — I’m not naming names! — it’s really toxic because most people don’t have the access to get those procedures done in a way that’s safe. For Shemekka, she’s a dancer, she’s a stripper. It impacts her work. We’re bombarded with these images on a daily basis that say, “This is what it means to be a woman.” Those are the images kids are seeing. Whether or not [celebrities] believe they should be role models, that’s what it is. They’re following you on Instagram.  You don’t have your age listed on your IMDB page. Is that intentional?  Oh yeah. Last year, I did three shows. The first project I worked on, Shameeka [in "Shots Fired"] was 34. The second, Clara [in "Underground"] is 20. Nola turns 27. So, I like to keep my options as wide and open and not in a box as humanly possible. I’m gonna play a 60-year-old next, it’s gonna be great. [Laughs]

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  • 9 reasons ‘Justice League’ made us very excited for the future of the 
DCEU, but 2 that left us worried
9 reasons ‘Justice League’ made us very excited for the future of the DCEU, but 2 that left us worried

    WARNING: There are SPOILERS ahead for Justice League, both in the above gallery and below, so please proceed cautiously. If you haven’t seen the blockbuster yet then you should click here and read my review instead, before then obviously returning to have a read later.   Seeing Batman and Wonder Woman come together to unite Aquaman, Cyborg, the Flash, and a resurrected Superman as the “Justice League” will have made even the biggest DCEU naysayer smile. Even if for just for a brief moment.   The reviews for “Justice League” suggest the common critical consensus is that the blockbuster isn’t quite as bad as the likes of “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” but well short of the quality of “Wonder Woman.” That’s far from my viewpoint, as I found “Justice League” to be flawed but still hugely entertaining.   What should be plainly obvious to everyone, though, regardless of whether or not you liked “Justice League,” is that it at least established a fresh foundation that the DCEU can now build off of.   There were many more reasons to be excited by “Justice League,” though. Of course there was the rollicking action and terrific interplay between its characters that made it so enjoyable, but the teases it made to the solo films for Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash, and the future of the DCEU also chimed, too.   Even though plenty of critics aren’t behind the DCEU, the fact that its first four films have a combined gross of over $3 billion at the box office mean that audiences are still heavily invested in the franchise.   Check out the gallery above to see 9 reasons why “Justice League” amped up this excitement, 2 moments that left us concerned, and the 1 incident in the blockbuster that was just plain embarrassing.  

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  • Celebrities who have filed restraining orders against their spouses
Celebrities who have filed restraining orders against their spouses

    On November 17, news broke that “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson had filed a restraining order against former fiancé David Otunga. The couple had been together for about a decade. According to order of protection documents obtained by TMZ, Hudson, 36, claimed that Otunga exhibited “aggressive, threatening and harassing behavior” toward her, and that she was living in fear of further action he may take. The order of protection gives Hudson exclusive possession of their shared residence an orders Otunga to stay away from Hudson and their son, David Jr. The legal documentation also chronicles many other accusations against Otunga, including the following. Per TMZ: She claims on Wednesday she was at a recording session in Chicago with their son, David Jr., and David made a series of phone calls to reach her. When he couldn't get her, he asked their son to record the scene. Hudson says David wanted their son to show she was dating one of her producers ... something she denies. She says when she got home David was visibly angry, grabbed David Jr. by the hand and physically pushed Hudson out of the master suite. She claims their son, a makeup artist and an assistant all witnessed the incident. She says this was just the most recent in a pattern of escalating and threatening behavior and she says she's especially concerned because David is a 6'3" 240 lb professional wrestler. Hudson goes on to say in legal docs, on occasion David left a gun and holster on their kitchen counter. He said it was a movie prop, but Hudson says, "David knows that I am and have been very sensitive to firearms after my mother and my brother were murdered by a firearm." She says, "I believe that he left it out to taunt, intimidate and frighten me, which he absolutely accomplished." Unfortunately, this pattern of abuse is all too familiar. Hudson isn’t the first celebrity to file a restraining order against a partner. Here are 11 other famous women that have filed restraining orders against their sometimes abusive boyfriends, husbands and exes.

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  • Want a healthier heart? Get a puppy
Want a healthier heart? Get a puppy

    We’ve got good news if you want a puppy for Christmas, but your partner just isn’t that into the idea. A new study by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden found that bringing a new little furball into your life can improve your heart health, especially if you live alone. The reason: A dog forces you into more activity — he needs walks, after all! Little Fido also gives you some much-needed social interaction if you live alone. "A very interesting finding in our study was that dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death than those living in a multi-person household," lead study author Mwenya Mubanga, a doctoral student in the Department of Medical Sciences at Uppsala University in Sweden, said in a statement. For the study, Mubanga and team used data from the Sweden's Register of the Total Population to evaluate the heart health of more than 3.4 million Swedes between 40 and 80 years old over 12 years (from 2001 to 2013). The results? Dog owners — especially dog owners who lived alone — had a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Even more interesting: Owners of breeds like terriers, retrievers and scent hounds were even less likely to develop heart disease. "Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households," Mubanga said in the statement. "The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 percent reduction in risk of death and 11 percent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease during follow-up compared to single non-owners." There are some limitations to the data, though. "There might … be differences between [dog] owners and non-owners already before buying a dog, which could have influenced our results, such as those people choosing to get a dog tending to be more active and of better health," Tove Fall, senior study author and associate professor of epidemiology at Uppsala University, said in the statement. While that might be true, there are enough other benefits to dog ownership to make it worth it. Dog owners are shown to be less depressed and make friends easier, according to a recent study. The reason? It gets you out into the community — and you’re more likely to talk to other dog owners. “Dog owners in particular tend to be a little more extroverted, or outgoing” Kay Joubert, Director Companion Animal Services at PAWS, told The Huffington Post. “When you start to engage them about their companion animal, people tend to open up and really blossom. They want to share stories about their favorite friend.” Another small study found that people who walked dogs five times a week lost an average of 14.4 pounds over a year, which also helps heart health. So go ahead, get that dog. Your heart — and your waistline — will thank you.

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  • A tale of two Annies at the Walnut Street Theatre
A tale of two Annies at the Walnut Street Theatre

    The holidays are the perfect time to see a musical and the Broadway classic, “Annie,” which is now being performed at The Walnut Street Theatre, is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Through Jan. 7, audiences can tag along with the plucky orphan Annie on her mission to find her parents in 1930s New York City, which takes her from the orphanage to finding a new home with billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Amidst the many adventures, there are plenty of memorable song and dance numbers, with unforgettable tunes like “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and of course, the song of everyone’s childhood, “Tomorrow.” Undoubtedly, it is the dream of many young girls to perform the role of Annie, especially on a stage as revered as The Walnut Street Theatre’s. For this production, two talented actors are sharing the lead role — Tahlia Ellie of Short Hills, NJ and Jenna Seasholtz of Coopersburg, PA. Both girls were introduced to the world of musical theatre at a very young age. “I saw Annie when I was three years old at my local high school,” says Seasholtz. “My babysitter was the lead role of Annie.  That is when I knew I wanted to be on the stage.” By the age of seven, Seasholtz got the role of Gretl in “The Sound of Music” at her local high school and caught the musical theatre bug. Ellie got her start performing in community theaters all the way back in kindergarten, “after begging her parents.” “At the request of the director we were told to seek out an agent and have been performing professionally ever since,” she says. She even performed the role of Tess in “Annie” by the age of seven in another production. When it was announced that “Annie” was coming to the Walnut Street Theatre, Seasholtz started practicing right away. “I have always wanted to be Annie.  This is my dream role and my dream coming true.  It’s hard to be the right age and the right height and the right everything [for this part],” she says. With the demanding rehearsal and performance schedule, the two young actors somehow still find time to get their schoolwork done. “I am currently being tutored as the last few weeks we have been in rehearsal six days a week,” says Ellie. “I spend my Mondays doing school work and getting tutored.” Seasholtz is keeping up with school online. “Next week I have to catch up with everything during the week since I am working all weekend long,” she says. It certainly takes a lot of drive to accomplish so much at a young age. What inspires them? For Ellie, it’s Sierra Boggess and Kristin Chenoweth. “My first broadway show that I saw was ‘The Little Mermaid’ at four years old with Sierra Boggess,” she says. “I was in awe of her and told my parents that I could do that. I truly adore Kristin Chenoweth. There are so many amazing actors out there.” Seasholtz also has a lot of admiration for all the working actors in the industry and understands the challenges of the career. “Every working actor inspires me.  It is hard work to learn new shows while auditioning for the next one and always wondering what is next,” she says. “It can also be hard when you want a part and you do not get it.  So I think if that actor can do it, so can I.  And if that person can get that part, well, then so can I.” As the song goes, “Tomorrow is only a day away,” and here’s to hoping that these two young stars inspire many children in the audience to pursue a life in the arts. If you go: “Annie” Now through Jan. 7 Various times Walnut Street Theatre 825 Walnut St.walnutstreettheatre.org

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  • Navy aircraft draws sky penis, sparks outrage and laughter
Navy aircraft draws sky penis, sparks outrage and laughter

    The U.S. Navy admitted Friday that one of its aircrafts was used to draw a giant penis in the sky over Washington state.  “The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable,” a representative with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island told local news station KREM 2. The news outlet received multiple photographs and phone calls from irate citizens who were offended by the genitalia over Okanogan County. One woman reportedly complained that she might have to explain the celestial penis drawing to her young children. Others, however, were more amused and took to social media to share photos of the spectacle. “The most monumental thing to happen in omak. A penis in the sky,” wrote Twitter user @anahi_torres_, along with a photo. The most monumental thing to happen in omak. A penis in the sky pic.twitter.com/SM8k1tNYaj — Anahi Torres (@anahi_torres_) November 16, 2017 Some pilots at NAS Whidbey did some sky writing today. ‍♂️https://t.co/9IsYvkX1za pic.twitter.com/Lm7kpMhKpY — Adam Gessaman (@adamrg) November 17, 2017 When asked about the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration told the outlet that unless the aircraft’s act of drawing a penis poses a safety risk, there is nothing they can do about. “[We] cannot police morality,” the FAA rep said.

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  • Dyer: Removing Sunil Gulati does not help USMNT
Dyer: Removing Sunil Gulati does not help USMNT

    Plenty of hand-wringing has gone on over the past month about the state of soccer in the United States, in particular over the men’s national team’s failure to qualify for next summer’s World Cup. As such, Sunil Gulati has become a prime target of this angst, a knee-jerk reaction that doesn’t really hold up in light of his resume.   Gulati has been president of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) since being elected in 2006, a period of unprecedented growth for the game in this country. His association with the USSF began in 1986 and has grown to now being the head of the federation. As such, he must be judged by more than just the inability of the men’s national team to qualify for the World Cup.   In fact, that singular failure is an outlier when looking across the broad spectrum of what Gulati has done right during his tenure as president of the USSF. By nearly every other benchmark, his presidency checks off the boxes.   Gulati hasn’t announced if he will seek re-election- after being elected in 2006 he was re-elected in 2010 and again in 2014. But the game and the federation has grown over the last decade-and-a-half, much of which happened since he became the USSF’s president.   This development and growth have to be kept in mind when judging his presidency as a list of candidates begin to form to potentially challenge his role with the federation.   Keep in mind that the men’s national team was one of only five national teams to move into the knockout round three times in the last five World Cups (Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Mexico are the others). While that streak ends next summer, the recent success of the U-17 and U-20 national teams in their respective World Cups point towards a bounce-back for the men’s national team sooner rather than later.   While the on the field success for the men’s national team (qualified for seven consecutive World Cups) and the women’s national team (the unprecedented juggernaut of their game), the off the field trajectory of the USSF in many ways speaks for itself.   The growth of the game under Gulati is staggering. In 2016, over 550,000 fans attended matches featuring the men’s and women’s national team, a point that sticks out dramatically when noting that the United States has the biggest drawing women’s national team in the world.   Annual gross revenue for USSF three decades ago when Gulati first began with the Federation was $2 million annually, a number that has grown exponentially beyond inflation over the last 30 years. In 2000, the federation was pulling in $23 million annually in revenue.   That number was north of $100 million last year, again a testament to Gulati’s vision for the financial viability of the federation and the game. Sponsorship, attendance of national team matches and attendance of national team matches have all grown over the past dozen years.   Investment in player development in 2000 was $3.5 million and now reaches over $20 million, ensuring that moments like the failure to qualify for the World Cup by the men’s national team are the exception and not the norm.   Television ratings, perhaps as important as attendance, has also seen exceptional growth. The 2002 World Cup drew a grand total of 70 million viewers on ESPN’s platforms. The World Cup in 2014, buoyed by the United States run to the Round of 16, saw 195.5 million total viewers in the United States. Massive watch parties and enthusiasm typified the event.   Can Gulati point to being the singular reason behind these success stories and the growth of the United States soccer brand? Certainly not. But when judging his value both in the past and moving forward, it is easy to overlook the numerous things that have gone right.   That the men’s national team has been largely successful under his watch is just part of the argument that he should get another tenure if he so desires.   All of which says little about a women’s national team that has won two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 World Cup in Canada under Gulati’s presidency. There is a viable and growing women’s league that has taken off and more development of the women’s game than at any time in USSF history.   While youth development and better identification of talent needs to be a priority of whoever is the USSF’s next president, Gulati certainly has the broadest resume of any candidate in the field. Something that should not be lost in the sound and fury of last month’s disappointing end to World Cup qualifying.  

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  • Anthony Bourdain's strategy for Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers
Anthony Bourdain's strategy for Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers

    As you can imagine, Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal in Anthony Bourdain's household. The famed chef, author and host of CNN's "Parts Unknown" loves to go all out for the holiday and always plans an epic meal for Thanksgiving dinner. Bourdain revealed his Turkey Day strategy to Metro during a recent trip to Boston for his web series "Raw Craft." "I deliberatelly plan," Bourdain says. "I cook Thanksgiving dinner. It's very traditional: turkey, stuffing, cranberry relish, gravy." Aside from sticking to the basics on Thanksgiving, Bourdain likes to make sure that he has plenty of leftovers for his friends and family to take home. "I always overproduce," Bourdain says. "I overproduce enough so everybody gets a take-home kit." While the extra food is a nice treat for his guests, the culinary superstar likes to enjoy the spoils of Thanksgiving leftovers himself as well, usually "alone" and in the form of a turkey sandwich. According to Bourdain, he has a serious feast the next day that ends up being quite the sight to behold. "I have a lot the next day, sitting there at like 11 o'clock in the morning watching TV on the couch in my pajamas eating," Bourdain says. "Maybe I warm it in the microwave. Maybe I won't. Maybe I'll just eat it cold." Whether it's heated up or served right out of the refrigerator, Bourdain usually likes to take his extra stuffing and turkey and jam them onto a sandwich. Regardless of how it's prepared, though, the food and television star believes leftovers are the best part of the holiday. "That is the true joy of Thanksgiving," Bourdain says. "It's all about the leftovers." Unfortunately, if you're looking for tips on how to handle your annoying family members at Thanksgiving dinner, Bourdain doesn't really have any advice for you. Just don't get too crazy while drinking during the holiday. "Thanksgiving drinking, I don't know," he says. "The murder rate spikes around the holidays drastically."

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