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Today is among the best days in Philadelphia history

02/07/2011
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Today is among the best days in Philadelphia history

Believe you me, it was damn near impossible to keep the news to myself since last Thursday, when I met Milton Street at the McDonald’s at 10th and Market, but I had to, because the story about him declaring himself in the Philly Mayor’s race couldn’t run until today. Here’s a link to it. And…

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Today’s Metro Story: How political climate led to bloodshed

01/10/2011
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Today’s Metro Story: How political climate led to bloodshed

I spoke with U.S. Rep. Bob Brady yesterday about how rhetoric between/by politicians has led to a breakdown in respect for public office and, tragically, human life. He said Tucson is a reality check, and a call that things must change. From the story… “A lot of this is our own doing. If both sides…

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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

12/03/2010
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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

• The NHL, which has seen an average of 75 concussions in each of the last four years, had long talked about curbing head shots, but two incidents last season were catalysts: Philadelphia’s Mike Richards’s hit on Florida’s David Booth and Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke’s blow to Boston’s Marc Savard. [Sports Illustrated] • About a year…

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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

11/16/2010
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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

• What Mr. Kashin did after that was take on bigger and bigger enemies, a pattern that ended Nov. 6, when he was beaten nearly to death outside his doorway. His name has now been added to the list of journalists who have been silenced through violence in Russia, alongside opposition icons like Anna Politkovskaya…

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Today’s Metro story

11/01/2010
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Today’s Metro story

… is about tomorrow’s Election Day. Big-picture breakdown with Ed Rendell and Chris Matthews. Dan Onorato says Tom Corbett will try to suppress votes in Philadelphia, and has video of Corbett saying as much backing him up. And Bryan Lentz vs. Pat Meehan for the old seat of Joe Sestak, who’s running against Pat Toomey…

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The Hon. Leslie Fleisher, state vs. Det. Lew Palmer

10/20/2010
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The Hon. Leslie Fleisher, state vs. Det. Lew Palmer

Leslie Fleisher describes herself as a person with common sense who believes in the values of patience and listening. — “Judging the judicial candidates at Somerton Civic,” Northeast Times, April 14, 2001. This whole ex-cop/ex-judge domestic-assault case was something. • Here’s a notebook-dump blog post I did at Metro. • Here’s a link to Thursday’s…

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Today’s Metro Story

10/11/2010
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Today’s Metro Story

… is about Obama’s GOTV rally in Germantown yesterday. “You didn’t elect me to do what was easy. You elected me to do what’s right,” he said. “We need to fight their millions of dollars with our millions of voices. If everybody who fought so hard for change in 2008 show up in 2010, I’m…

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Today’s Metro story

09/29/2010
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Today’s Metro story

… is about yesterday’s Marcellus Shale hearing at Philadelphia City Hall. Here’s the link. A late update: Councilman Curtis Jones and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown called on City Council to call for a moratorium on hydraulic fractured — aka “fracking” — until a comprehensive study on the environmental ramifications can be studied. There’s an EPA study…

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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

09/26/2010
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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

• Education is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution; the creation of the world’s first system of universal public education—from kindergarten through high school—and of mass higher education is one of the great achievements of American democracy. It embodies a faith in the capabilities of ordinary people that the Founders simply didn’t have. [New Yorker] • The…

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Today’s Metro Stories

09/10/2010
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Today’s Metro Stories

Andy Keller set 45,000 plastic bags out across Dilworth Plaza, donned a costume of 500 more and played the role of the Bag Monster outside City Hall on Thursday. The display represents how many bags the typical American uses in a lifetime; the costume was a yearly tally. As Bag Monster (www.bagmonster.com), he encouraged humans…

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