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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 the NCAA reads like this:  Penn State accepts the Freeh report in its entirety in exchange for the NCAA’s agreement to take the death penalty off the table.  Throw Paterno and the administrators who built that program under the bus and you live to play another day; question one word and you die.

Penn State was hot for the deal because it allowed them to live and continue to play.  The NCAA was equally hot for the deal because it would shut down an investigation that...

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Feeding the Homeless on the Parkway

In one bold move, the Barnes can fulfill its mission

When forced to confront moral dilemmas in public policy, the Liberty City Press answers to a higher authority: Sister Mary Scullion.  For the more than two decades, Sister Mary has been a moral compass for our city and we look to her for guidance on the moral dilemma of the day: the Nutter administration’s move to criminalize feeding of the homeless in public areas.

Sister Mary says...

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The Hunger Games, Part III: The Rules of the Game

The Gamemakers attack the School Performance Index

In Parts I and II of our Hunger Game series, the nonprofit Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) retools public education by setting up a winner-take-all game pitting our schools against one another. The game, however, is designed behind closed doors by the Gamemakers -- an exclusive club of advocates of one class of...

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The Hunger Games, Part II: The Gamemakers

Two guys you’ve never heard of -and never voted for-pick winners and losers among city schools

Chris Bravacos (left) and

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The Hunger Games, Part I

Nonprofit pits school against school in fight to the death

In the 2012blockbuster movie of Hunger Games, the plot is as simple as it is evil: Every year the totalitarian governments of Panem hosts a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games in which each of the nation’s 12 districts selects a boy and a girl to be brought to an arena and fight to the death.  The game, run and rigged by so-called“gamemakers” and rigged to enhance...

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Camden's Crime Conundrum

Eighteen months after gutting its police force, Camden's crime stats raise more questions than answers

On January 18, 2011, Camden mayor Donna Redd did the unthinkable: She laid off nearly half of her city’s police force in one day. This in a city whose violent crime rate was higher than the national average by 454 percent.
The police union predicted “a living hell." The president of the firefighters’ union called...

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For the 4th, 7th Isn't Good Enough

How Philly lost the Fourth of July and what we must do to reclaim it.

 

It started to go south for Philly on July 4, 1976. Or North.  Whichever direction you choose, Philadelphia started to lose its ownership of the Fourth of July at the Bicentennial.  Up till then, no city came close.  And how could they?

 

The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.  We...

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Ethics Law Can’t Stop Board’s Incompetence

$227k down the drain trying to reinvent the wheel

At the heart of our city’s ethics laws lies the presumption that influence-peddlers wiring deals to their friends is a bad deal for the taxpayers—clean up the system and you save taxpayers money. 

Yet in an act of brazen incompetence, the City’s Ethics Board has now lost more money trying to clean up this culture than all the money in fines it has levied since coming into...

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Shane Creamer is a Bully

The ethics board chief’s poison pen crosses ethical line

When Harry Cook received the email, he knew Shane Creamer had crossed the line.

The executive director of the City Board of Ethics had just threatened to derail Cook’s legal career, not in some veiled way, but in a direct assault—a demand that Cook accept guilt for violating the city’s ethics law and face the consequences: a $2,500 fine and permanent ban on doing business with the...

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Move Over Mumia. Free Corey Kemp.

Philadelphia’s former city treasurer has served longer than his peers—and he has 36 months to go  

Now that Mumia has been removed from death row, it is time for him to be removed from the public stage. The time has come for a new face of injustice in Philadelphia. The time has come for Corey Kemp.

Mumia’s rise to martyrdom, founded and foundering on the implicit assumption of his innocence has always been flawed—his culpability always...

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A Tale of Two Super Bowls

A trip to the big game leads to the big house—for one

January 24, 2003, Corey Kemp and Detroit fast-food magnate La-Van Hawkins got on a private plane headed for Los Angeles where they stayed in a Beverly Hills hotel before taking a limo to see Super Bowl XXXVII. CDR, a California-based financial consulting firm that received city work, paid for most of Kemp’s bill.

Flash forward….

February 5, 2011, Republican State Senate President...

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