Michael Tanenbaum

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Michael Tanenbaum is a senior staff writer 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.


tanenbaum@phillyvoice.com

December 7, 2022

TV

'Jeopardy!' streak ends at 21 wins for Jersey Shore contestant Cris Pannullo

Ocean City, New Jersey resident Chris Pannullo's 21-game win streak on "Jeopardy!" came to end Tuesday night. Pannullo racked up $748,268 in winnings since the streak started in September. He is No. 6 on the "Jeopardy!" Leaderboard of Legends for consecutive games won and No. 5 for highest winnings during regular-season play. He's also earned a spot in the show's 2023 "Tournament of Champions." Pannullo lost Tuesday night to Andy Tirrell, a political science and international relations professor from San Diego

December 6, 2022

Transportation

Proposal for battery-powered train linking West Chester to SEPTA line gets support from borough's leaders

West Chester Council Borough unanimously approved a resolution for SEPTA and Chester County to study the possibility of using battery-powered trains to re-establish a better link between West Chester and Philadelphia. The $16 million proposal calls for a shuttle service between West Chester and SEPTA's newly opened Wawa Station in Delaware County, where passengers would transfer to SEPTA's Regional Rail line to get to Center City.

December 6, 2022

Food & Drink

Rosy's Cafe opens in Rittenhouse with Mexican-inspired breakfast tacos, specialty coffee

Rosy's Cafe, a new Mexican spot for breakfast tacos and coffee, opened at 2218 Walnut St. in Center City. The shop is next to Rosy's Taco Bar and will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu at Rosy's Cafe features simple breakfast and lunch dishes that range between $6-$13, including burritos and tortas. The coffee comes from independent Philadelphia roaster OX.

December 5, 2022

Development

Moorlyn Theatre, Ocean City's historic boardwalk cinema, to reopen under new ownership

The Mooryln 4 Theatre on the Ocean City boardwalk has been acquired by Town Square Entertainment, the same movie theater chain that his cinemas in Ventnor and Stone Harbor. The company plans to renovate and reopen the property, which has not operated as a theater since 2018. The Moorlyn Theatre first opened as a movie theater in 1922. It was previously was a bowling alley.

December 5, 2022

Addiction

With 'tranq dope' afflicting more drug users, Philly steps up overdose response training and wound care

Xylazine, a veterinary sedative used on horses and cattle, has become entrenched as a recreational drug laced into Philadelphia's supply of fentanyl. The drug's emergence has altered the way public health officials must respond to opioid overdoses and the skin wounds that the substance causes among people who use xylazine with fentanyl. Also known as tranq, the drug has been found in 90% of the dope samples tested by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, which updated overdose response trainings to better prepare medical providers for the effects of xylazine.

December 2, 2022

Development

Watch the implosion of South Jersey's coal-fired Logan Generating Plant

The former Logan Generating Plant, one of New Jersey's last two coal-fired power stations, was demolished Friday morning in Swedesboro after nearly 30 years of operation at the site overlooking the Delaware River in Gloucester County. The plant was built in 1994 and shut down in the spring, along with the Chambers Cogeneration Plant in Carney's Point. New Jersey has made an aggressive push to transition to clean energy sources, including an ambitious wind energy plan off The Atlantic coast.

December 2, 2022

Business

Atlantic City Boardwalk's Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museum to close after 26 years

The iconic Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museum on the Atlantic City boardwalk will close on Dec. 31 after 26 years in New Jersey. The museum features 14 themed galleries and more than 400 artifacts, in addition to a laser maze challenge. The museum is inspired by cartoonist and entrepreneur Robert Ripley's original newspaper panel in the New York Globe and the New York Evening Post, where Ripley shared facts about strange events, feats and bizarre objects

December 2, 2022

Investigations

Suspect dead in Delaware after long police chase and hail of gunfire

An armed suspect has died following a lengthy police chase in Delaware that began Friday morning in Newport, New Castle County, and ended on I-95 South in the area of Newark, near Route 896, Delaware State Police said. The suspect exchanged gunfire with police at multiple locations and carjacked two drivers during the pursuit. The suspect's name has not been released.

December 2, 2022

Business

Comcast customers' cable and internet bills poised to increase. Here's why

Comcast's cable TV and internet customers will see a national average increase of 3.8% on their bills beginning in December 2022 and heading into 2023. Most of the price changes come from rising TV broadcast and regional sports network fees. In the Philadelphia market, the TV broadcast fee will increase approximately 11.2% from $19.15 to $21.30 per month. The regional sports network fee in Philadelphia will climb 65 cents from $12.70 to $13.35, an increase of just over 5%. The monthly cost to rent a modem will increase by $1, from $14 to $15.

December 1, 2022

Investigations

Philly woman among four killed in wrong-way crash on I-495 North in Delaware

A 41-year-old Philadelphia woman was among four people killed in a head-on crash Wednesday night on Interstate 495 near New Castle in Delaware County. A 48-year-old man from Elkton, Maryland was driving his Ford F-150 pickup truck the wrong way in the northbound lanes when he collided with a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. Both drivers and two passengers in the Toyota were killed in the collision, which remains under investigation with Delaware State Police.

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