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Navy Yard worker outed by Unicorn Riot is indicted for lying to the FBI about his white nationalist group memberships

When Salem, NJ's Fred C. Arena applied for a job at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, he underwent an FBI background check in which he falsely claimed that he was not a member of the Vanguard America, a white nationalist group that was part of the lethal far-right "Unite the Right" 2017 gathering in Charlottesville; whose members ...

How an usher at (and would-be star of) Hamilton organizes the women’s bathrooms during intermission

The women who pay as much as $400 to see Hamilton at Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre have only 15 minutes to *** and get back to their seats during intermission, but the upper bathroom only has three stalls and the house seats over 1,700 people.

Tanya Heath is a classically trained musician who plays five instruments and ...

NJ school district bans indebted students from prom and field trips, refuses offer to pay off lunch debt

America has a food insecurity problem, and poor, hungry kids who can't pay their school cafeteria lunch debt are performatively ridiculed and humiliated by their schools. Despite this shaming, these kids parents refuse to stop being poor, and so schools are turning to desperate measures to provide the right incentives to these parents (meanwhile, ...

Apple’s capitulation over Hong Kong protest app isn’t new; and the NBA is racing it to the bottom

When Apple caved to pressure from the Chinese government and yanked an Ios app that let users avoid being attacked by the city-state's murderous, rampaging police forces, it was merely continuing a long tradition of capitulation to Chinese authorities, who control access to some of Apple's most important customers as well as ...

Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride

Uber is piloting a new feature that lets U.S. riders alert drivers that a pet will be coming along, the latest effort from the company to appeal to a broader audience and become to the one-stop shop for transportation, meals and other services. The feature called Uber Pet will be available beginning October 16 in ...

Philadelphians debate whether parks and rec centers should use anti-personnel weapons that indiscriminately target children

The "Mosquito" is a high-pitched tone generator designed only to be audible to children and teens, and not to adults, in whose ears the nerve cells that detect these high tones have died off.

In Philadelphia, 30 city parks and rec facilities have deployed these anti-personnel weapons under the rubric of deterring "loitering" and "vandalism" (20 ...

Boing Boing presents: Skeleton Boy, a moving short documentary about the life, death and afterlife of Harry Eastlack, star of the Mutter Museum

Philadelphia's Mutter Museum (previously) is one of my favorite museums in the world: built from the private collection of pathologist Dr Thomas Dent (who aggregated the collections of many other pathologists), it is a solemn and moving place to see the incredible breadth of human physiognomy and pathology.

One of the star exhibits at ...

YouTube’s bully problems prove that community doesn’t scale

I have a confession to make. It’s something that I live with daily. It’s not that I’m not proud of it...it’s just that I’m never sure how people will see me after they know my “secret.” Here goes nothing. ...

Uber drivers across America are going on strike

On May 8, Gig Workers Rising is organizing a nationwide shutdown of Uber, with drivers turning off their apps in protest over low pay: so far, seven cities' drivers are signed up: Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, LA and DC. Uber and Lyft have both slashed pay for drivers and raised ...