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Chief Ramsey In His Own Words

A Look Back On One Man’s War On Crime

(Photo Left) Retiring Philly Chief of Police, Charles Ramsey. Photo courtesy of phillypolice.com

Earlier this month, Police Chief Charles Ramsey announced his intent to retire. The following is our look back on his tenure as top cop in his own words. Thanks to the Inquirer’s Aubrey Whelan for compiling the quotes.

“This isn’t Batman and Robin suddenly coming out of a cave somewhere to solve all our problems.”

In 2007, the last open mayoral primary, the election was dominated by the issues of crime and safety. The fact that this past spring’s mayoral primary saw no such focus is due, in large part, to Chief Ramsey’s no-nonsense approach...

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Understanding Bob Brady

What we can learn from the last standing party boss

(Photo Left) Bob Brady holds a glass that Pope Francis used during his speech to Congress. Photo: Stan White/U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s office via AP

This piece, written by Larry Platt, was first...

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J. Whyatt Mondesire 1950-2015

A message from the Publisher

I first met J. Whyatt Mondesire on a warm late spring afternoon in Congressman William Gray III’s district office on Germantown Avenue. He was sitting with his cowboy-booted feet on the desk, wearing a seersucker suit with his signature cowboy hat on the side table next to him. I had applied for a summer internship...

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If You Build A Fence They Won’t Come

Some hard lessons learned from papal visit

We should have seen this coming. In fact, city leaders did see it coming but when they did it was too late. After months of scaring the bejesus out of everyone in the Philadelphia media market – from building a wall around center city to setting up a lottery for SEPTA passes – Mayor Nutter...

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Hatchet Made of Ink

In sheriff story, the scandal is in the reporting

(Photo Left) Inky reporter sees scandal in nominal contributions. Illustration by LCP staff.

Note: It has been 39 months since the first issue of Liberty City Press hit the presses. As a publication that relies...

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Not So Strange Bedfellows

FOP and new state rep. team-up against Chief Ramsey

(Photos from Left...

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Say It Ain’t So Seth

One thing missing from DA’s porn investigation: the truth

(Photo Left) Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. Photo courtesy of phila.gov.

On Sept. 4, 2015, just before 5 p.m., District Attorney Seth Williams concluded his...

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Hyperbole and Half-Truths

Prosecutorial overreach in the case against Fattah

(Photo Left) Embattled PA Congressman Chaka Fattah. Photo courtesy of  house.gov

The easiest thing to do would be to hop on the prosecutorial bandwagon and rail against the newest bad boy of...

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Bet On Philly!

Rolling the dice on our last casino

Sometimes, reading the pearls of wisdom coming out of East Market is like watching the movie, “50 First Dates.” It seems that the Philadelphia Daily News Editorial Board (DN Ed. Board) opines, prints, and crumples up the editorial, then throws it in the virtual wastebasket, only to wake up the next day with no...

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Planning Papalpalooza

Our Take on the DN-Nutter Letters

(Photo Left) Mayor Michael Nutter gives failing marks to the DN’s papal visit points. Illustration by LCP staff.

The first salvo was Daily News editorialist Will Bunch penning a letter attacking the planning for papalpalooza...

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City Council to the Rescue?

Councilman Mark Squilla auctioned off nearly $2 million in city-owned land. What could go wrong?

The Point is on a (well-deserved, we must say) vacation. This piece, written by Larry Platt, was first published in the Philadelphia Citizen, www.thephiladelphiacitizen.com. This article has been edited for size.

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