Dan Gross | Pa. wants $$$ from Iverson
ALLEN IVERSON made about $27 million from the 76ers from 2002 to 2004. But according to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he never ponied up $88,953 in state taxes for 2003.
made about $27 million from the 76ers from 2002 to 2004. But according to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he never ponied up $88,953 in state taxes for 2003.
The state recently filed a lien of $109,568 against Iverson for the back taxes, plus penalties. There is a process by which the state can go after the money, through the attorney general's office, but this matter hasn't gotten to that point yet, says Stephanie Weyant, a spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue. Iverson's spokesman did not return our call yesterday to see whether the hard-partying point guard, now with the Denver Nuggets, is planning to come up with the scratch.
* Iverson, meanwhile, is expected at Saturday's Cage Fury Fighting Championship at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. The main event pits "Merciless" Ray Mercer against Kimbo Slice. Actor Russell Crowe and a host of jocks, including Charles Barkley, Donovan McNabb, Jevon Kearse, and Redskins Laveraneus Coles and Clinton Portis are among VIPs who'll sit ringside, say Cage Fury promoters.
Out and about
Chubby Checker was among the crowd at the Anti-Defamation League's reception honoring attorney Jimmy Binns at the Crystal Tea Room the other night. Also attending the event were emcee Larry Kane, Comcast's Fred Shabel, philanthropists Ray and Ruth Perelman, and Man About Town Harry Jay Katz with galpal Debra Renee Cruz.
* Tigers catcher Pudge Rodriguez and family ducked into Ralph's (760 S. 9th) for some lasagna Friday before the first game of Detroit's weekend with the Phils.
* South Jersey native and "90210" alum Vincent Young and Los Angeles-based entertainment exec Sean Daniels, son of Superior Court Judge Robert C. Daniels, enjoyed the weather Saturday, hanging on the roof deck at Continental Midtown (1800 Chestnut).
* Former boxer and broadcaster Bobby Cyz spent a few hours in the VIP room at Crazy Horse Too (2908 S. Columbus) Friday night enjoying the lovely ladies.
* Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and 300 supporters had a party at the Water Works Restaurant and Lounge the other night.
The restaurant also hosted Donovan McNabb's "White Party" Saturday night, which he held to thank all the jocks who participated in his charity weekend. Guests included Jeff Garcia, Brian Westbrook and a host of other Eagles, including Lito Sheppard and Hank Baskett, who picked up their linen outfits from Distante (1510 Sansom).
Water Works wins mag award
The Water Works, meanwhile, has been named Best New Restaurant in Philadelphia Style's Best of Style issue, out June 26.
Among other awards: Best Bikini Wax went to Toppers Spa, and Best Quizzo went to Kildare's.
Philly Style celebrates the issue's release Thursday with a huge bash at the Crystal Tea Room.
Trump promotes local man
Donald Trump named Northeast native Mark Juliano CEO of his Atlantic City operations. The La Salle grad started out as a maitre'd at Resorts in the late '70s. Juliano now heads Trump Plaza, Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Marina. Trump, meanwhile, is hoping to sell the three casinos.
Bucks gal backed Beyonce
Lower Bucks County's Crystal Torres is just back from a tour of Japan, Australia and Europe as the trumpeter for Beyonce's all-female band. Torres, a Truman High grad, also sings, has performed at the White House, and played with musicians such as Roy Hargrove and Latin jazzman Paquito D'Rivera.
Hepp, hubby hope to high-tail it
Three months after giving birth, Karen Hepp, the former NBC-10 reporter, will run the sprint race of Saturday's Philly Triathlon. Hepp, now with New York's Fox-5, discovered she was pregnant after last year's race.
Her son, Quinn Joseph, will cheer for her, and the next day he'll cheer on his dad, insurance agent Brian Sullivan, who runs the Olympic distance event. *
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