"I Love You, I Hate You" is a City Paper message board filled with rants from people on everything from lust to jealousy to thievery. Allison Heishman has scoured the last three years' worth of postings and culled the best for tonight's dramatic reading at the Azuka Theatre Company's Valentines Party, Metro reports. Heishman, who is literary manager for the theatre company, says she expects a bigger crowd than at Azuka's other events due to the feature's popularity. "It's amazing how many people say, 'that's the first part of the City Paper I read every week'," she says.

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Duane Swierczynski's new interactive mystery is told from the perspective of Sherlock Holmes' trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson. The Crimes of Dr. Watson is sort of like an adult version of a pop-up book, as the clues in the book -- including replica newspapers -- fold out and are three-dimensional. Swierczynski, who in addition to editing the City Paper is a best-selling crime writer, says the book is targeted to both adults and children and can be a communal mystery-solving experience.

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The cover of the paper's annual gift guide depicts a tan-and-white hamster with a yarmulke and traditional payes, resting a front paw on a dreidel. "A rodent as a symbol for the Jew has a long and notorious history, which becomes apparent even if you do a rudimentary search on the internet," the Jewish Exponent reports. An angry letter to the Weekly reads: "Where did your art director receive her training? At the Heinrich Himmler Academy of Design?" The hamster, ironically enough, is the pet of the Weekly's Liz Spikol, who is Jewish. She tells the Exponent she doesn't find the image offensive, and she doesn't "understand why Orthodoxy would be offensive. I just thought it was a fun image in context of our theme," Spikol says. "I didn't find it problematic," adds an Anti-Defamation League regional director. "We don't find anything objectionable about this."

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Philadelphia City Paper editor and crime novelist Duane Swierczynski has teamed up with artist Jefte Paolo for "Moon Knight Annual" #1, which is set for release by Marvel this November. He tells Comic Book Resources that the book originated with fellow crime writer Ed Brubaker asking him if he ever wanted to get into writing comics. "That was like asking Lindsay Lohan, 'Hey would you ever want to get high and go driving?' Of course I wanted to write for comics," he says. "Consider me a silly happy bastard," Swierczynski writes on his blog. "It's not often a 25-year-old dream comes true."

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That's what Review Publishing president Anthony Clifton is saying. (Review is the parent company of the Weekly.) "The word inside the PW offices is whatever possible deal was on the table is now dead," according to the paper's Philadelphia Will Do blog. This is the first time since rumors of the sale first surfaced in late March that Clifton has commented either way on the possible purchase.

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An unnamed industry source tells the Weekly's Steve Volk that a group led by Richard L. Connor is among the bidders for his paper. Connor, the editor and publisher of the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., led a group of investors last year in the purchase of that paper from the McClatchy Co. "Another company frequently mentioned among industry insiders as a potential bidder is Times-Shamrock Communications," Volk says, but the company says it has "no involvement." Times-Shamrock owns AAN members Baltimore City Paper, Detroit's Metro Times, Orlando Weekly, and the San Antonio Current, among other publications. Village Voice Media and Philadelphia Media Holdings have also been named as companies interested in purchasing the Weekly.

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