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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 published in the Philadelphia Citizen, www.thephiladelphiacitizen.com, and has been edited for size.

Though some media elites have been lobbing grenades his way—what up, Stephen Colbert —early one morning after the news broke that he’d “stolen” the Pope’s water glass, Congressman Bob Brady was at a Wawa in Ardmore and there wasn’t a whole lot of criticism coming his way.  “Yo Bob,” shouted a smiling construction worker...

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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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A Domb Idea

How condo king wants to change the way city does business

(Photo Left) Allan Domb has ideas on how to collect delinquent taxes. Domb photo courtesy of facebook.com/votedomb

We cannot understand why a fabulously successful Center City businessman would want to run for...

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