Category: Local Politics

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…






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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…






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Though Searle admits, “I don’t think we’ll be able to stop it,” former Penn­hurst residents and activists will gather at 10 a.m. Friday at Liberty Resources, 714 Market St., because “abuse, neglect, victimization and inhumane treatment … should never be…






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… are about Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey’s push to de-corrupt his ranks and the never-ending battle over the MOVE 9 (yes, the photo caption got it wrong: The MOVE bombing wasn’t in North Philly; it was on Osage Ave.…






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… is about the seedling legislative push to change how political corruption is addressed in Pennsylvania. Link’s here. Pre-edited-down-for-space draft is here … Using an Independence Hall backdrop yesterday, legislators and activists made known their desire to replace the state…






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… can be found here. Or, in abbreviated form, here … A bill that would enable defendants to call for hearings on whether race factored into Death Row sentences reached the state House Judiciary Committee this week. Though odds are…






Today’s Metro Stories

1) Father of a cop caught up in a heroin-peddling scam speaks out. 2) Gov. Chris Christie’s plan for Atlantic City. (I know what you’re thinking, but the choice of photo wasn’t mine.) 3) Manchester United 1, Philadelphia Union 0……