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June 13-19, 2002
the bell curve
City Paper's weekly gauge of Philly's Quality of Life
74-year-old former cop's bid to return to force ends when he fails running test. Test involves getting home from Finnigan's Wake before wetting yourself. Minus 1
City Art Commission member criticizes Phillies for choosing only white players to immortalize in sculptures at new ballpark. "How about Schmidt with his '83 Afro?" asks Phillies spokesperson. Minus 2
Ed Rendell and Vince Fumo, who were on opposite sides of the gubernatorial primary, will meet soon to make peace, Daily News reports. Or maybe one will eat the other. Even
Local songwriters sue Britney Spears for allegedly stealing their work. Spears hopes her status as not a girl, not yet a woman keeps her from standing trial as a minor or as an adult. Minus 4
Archdiocese to close two more parishes in South Philly. Can't we get a corporation to take them over? Minus 1
Demand for liquor licenses in city has driven cost to all-time high of $35,000. Old City bars now have to sell a dozen drinks just to cover the fee. Minus 1
U.S. Airways pilot acquitted on charges stemming from allegedly threatening comments made during security check in Philly. "I was really scared," says pilot. "Those guards could have thrown their guns at me." Plus 1
Thomas Jefferson University doctor put on leave after showing unloaded antique gun to some residents. Also suspended are the airport guards who lent it to him. Minus 1
Total pluses: 1
Total minuses: 10
Score for the week: -9
Last week’s score: -2