Michael Tanenbaum

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Michael Tanenbaum is a weekend Web Curator and Contributor for PhillyVoice.com, with interests ranging from technology and behavioral health to local community initiatives and cultural life. Michael has written for the Argentina Independent and Bespoke Magazine and previously served as a news editor for Xfinity.com before joining PhillyVoice. He received his B.A. in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.


January 24, 2017


Jumbo water slide (actually) coming to Jersey Shore this summer

We know this is a sore subject for Philadelphians after the great water slide debacle of 2016, but this here sounds pretty legit and if it does fall through, you won't have to be upset with your own city.

January 24, 2017


Rendell to Trump admin: Pick battles or 'drown in your own bile'

Former Pennsylvania Gov. and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell made no secret of his opposition to President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, throwing his hat behind Hillary Clinton and serving an active role in producing last July's Democratic National Convention.

January 24, 2017


Wolf names Charles Ramsey chairman of Pa. Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will take over as chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, adding to a growing list of roles he's assumed since retiring last January.

January 24, 2017


World Cafe Live leaving Wilmington's Queen Theatre, will launch new traveling series

After six years operating the Queen in Wilmington, World Cafe Live announced Tuesday that it will be leaving Delaware in late May and handing the venue over to a new management company.

January 24, 2017

Vacant Lots

Philadelphia Land Bank emphasizes affordable housing in 2017 strategic plan

As the fledgling Philadelphia Land Bank enters its fourth year, the organization tasked with simplifying the city's acquisition and sale of vacant lots will look to adopt a new strategic plan for 2017.

January 24, 2017

Public Health

Philly violence rises with density of alcohol merchants, study finds

The greater the availability of alcohol in a given Philadelphia neighborhood, the higher the likelihood of violence will be, according to a new review of crime data by researchers at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

January 23, 2017


WATCH: Makers of upcoming horror film 'Rings' stage hair-raising prank

Back in 1999, the premiere of "The Blair Witch Project" scared the living daylights out of a public that was just getting used to watching shows and movies filmed with handheld cameras. It was a big moment for the horror genre that breathed new life into crossover premises that felt freer to explore the links between fear and the supernatural.

January 23, 2017


White House confirms President Trump coming to Philly this week

President Donald Trump's first full week in office will include a trip to Philadelphia this Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Monday during a conference with reporters.

January 23, 2017


Ferocious winds rip chunk of mural off Hahnemann hospital facade

On a wet, windy Monday that has flipped umbrellas inside out and generally annoyed everyone in the Delaware Valley, a piece of a celebrated mural on the facade of Hahnemann University Hospital became a casualty of the weather, as did two cars parked directly below the fallen artwork.

January 23, 2017


Mayor Kenney signs wage equity bill guarding salary history in Philly

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a pending wage equity law that will prevent Philadelphia employers from asking job applicants to disclose their salary history, a measure intended to ensure equal pay for women and minorities.

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