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YouTube video means always having to say you're sorry

First, let’s do the easy stuff. There is nevera time when it is appropriate for a police officer to attack an unarmed civilian without cause.

Now for the hard stuff.

(Left) Videos of Lieutenant Jonathan D. Josey II striking down Aida Guzman have accumulated many views on YouTube. Photo courtesy of YouTube

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Let Them Eat … Healthy

How innovative technology and old-fashioned politics are being used to help end hunger in Chester

In January 2010, Congressman Robert A. Brady read a study and got mad. His congressional district had been named the second hungriest district in the country in a report issued by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). The study measured hunger insecurity based on...

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A Tale of Two Unions

What NFL refs and Chicago teachers can teach Philly's municipal unions

Pete Matthews, the head of the city’s largest municipal union, American Federation  of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 33, came into office on the wave of member resentment for givebacks his predecessor conceded to then mayor Ed Rendell at the gunpoint called the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. 

So when Mayor Nutter...

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The Case Against Judicial Merit Selection

Supreme Court's voter ID decisions shows justices can overcome partisan politics

State Rep. Mike Turzai must have thought he had this one in the bag. Earlier this year, in a speech before the Republican State Committee, he referred to the state’s new law making government-issued photo...

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NoLibs Bar Fight

Finnegan’s Wake owner takes on mayor in rumble over Bodine Street

(Left) : Mike Driscoll’s proposal to improve his bar, Finnegan’s Wake, included adding a café and balconies off the second and third floors, extending over Spring Garden Street. Image courtesy of Finnegan’s...

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Made In Philadelphia

Jay-Z's festival transforms the parkway, but will it be a one-hit wonder?

Jay-Z may extol the virtues of New York City in his hit single “Empire State of Mind,” but it was Philadelphia where his dreams for the ambitious Made in America festival came true.

And...

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Time for BikeShare Philadelphia is Now

While other cities have thriving bikeshare programs, Philadelphia is stuck in a planning rut

In 2010, Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian Fenty launched the D.C. Bikeshare Program with these words: “The only thing better than talking about biking is biking.”

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The Elephant (Not) In the Room

America’s first zoo needs more than just an elephant statue

On July 1, 1874, America’s first zoo opened its gates on the 3400 block of Girard Avenue.  Reports describe the day as follows:

On opening day, flags flew, and a brass band welcomed more than 3,000 visitors. Admission...

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Charlotte's Convention Should Have Been Ours

The time to bid for 2016 is now.

Read the following piece that appeared in the August 2012 U.S. Airways Magazine and substitute “Philadelphia” for “Tampa Bay” and “Democratic National Convention” for “Republican National Convention.”

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The Fraud of Voter Fraud

Although the debate is centered on the proposed voter ID law, the problem lies elsewhere

Before 2000, the job of a campaign operative ended at the poll-place door.  The conventional wisdom, whether fighting for a seat on the local school board or the White House, was that the campaign ended at the polls.  Election Day was a fight to “get out the vote,” but once...

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Penn State Cut a Bad Deal with the NCAA

For Victims of on-campus sexual predators, NCAA is the real enabler

It’s about time someone stood up for Penn State.  Too bad it had to be the Paterno family.   

While their appeal of the NCAA’s sanctions may begin as an attempt to clear the family name, it may end as something far more profound: a search for justice on behalf of the victims of sexual predators.

The agreement between the Penn State Board of Trustees and...

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