From the Archives: An Oral History of Arlen Specter

Looking for insight into U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter‘s decision today to switch his party allegiance to the Democrats? Our November 2006 oral history of the senator’s 50-year public career contains what might be a startling fact: His first active involvement in politics in the late 1950s was as … a Democrat. And there’s plenty more […]

The Story Behind the Philadelphia Inquirer Bankruptcy

Philebrity broke the news late last night with the full text of a Newspaper Guild memo to its members, and the Inquirer confirmed it this morning with an A1 story: “Inquirer Owner Files for Bankruptcy.” For an in-depth look at what brought Brian Tierney’s Philadelphia Media Holdings group to this drastic step after fewer than […]

Joanna Pacitti Kicked Off American Idol, Gets Her Wish

When asked back in the summer of 2006 how she felt about the star-making power of American Idol, singer and Mayfair native Joanna Pacitti told Philadelphia magazine’s Richard Rys that she’d “rather have my experience than overnight success.” It seems she’s gotten her wish yet again: Right after she was shown reaching the semifinals last […]