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Category Archive for 'Life in the Big City'

The clown car is getting bigger as George Pataki enters the race… It should be a mild Atlantic hurricane season and here’s the summer forecast for the U.S…. Astrologer Susan Miller tells how to survive and plan for (yeah, right) the Mercury retrograde… Here’s a nice NPR story about independent booksellers making a come back… […]

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I’m way past the time when I allow myself to fall in love with candidates. But I admit to feeling a wee bit hopeful about what Jim Kenney can do for my beloved Philadelphia. Via the New York Times: Jim Kenney, a former Philadelphia city councilman who has cast himself as a progressive in the […]

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This is a BBC documentary about Philadelphia’s high rate of violent crime. So mixed emotions: I don’t trust cops, as I’ve said before. But I don’t hate them — at least, not all of them, and not all the time. But look how they react to the suggestion that they might be hassling good guys: […]

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It looks like Jim Kenney by huge numbers. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to get out and vote! Bookmark It

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Philadelphia cops. WTF? 21-year-old Samir Hill is a point guard at Allegany College of Maryland. Recently Hill was playing a friendly game of basketball with some friends Philadelphia when two police officers happened to pass by. The officers engaged in friendly trash talk which lead to a an impromptu game of one-on-one with Hill. Hill […]

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Will Bunch on the sudden political conversation of charter-school champion Anthony Williams in the Philadelphia mayor’s race: But the really awkward thing is Williams’ rank hypocrisy here. Since he’s eager to revisit the 1990s, it’s worth noting that that was an era in which Williams couldn’t throw citizens from “our communities” behind bars quickly enough. […]

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Marilyn Mosby is throwing the book at the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray with charges that include second-degree murder, manslaughter by vehicle by means of gross negligence, misconduct, and assault in the 2nd degree. Not only that, she says there was no probable cause to arrest Freddie Gray in the […]

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When the only job people can get is selling drugs, why arrest people for selling drugs? Turns out Martin O’Malley was not quite the progressive I thought: No, The Wire does not explain what’s happening in Baltimore this week, as my colleague Alyssa Rosenberg wrote yesterday. Still, the show’s creator and former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon knows a […]

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Jon Stewart nails it: The Daily ShowDaily Show Full Episodes,  More Daily Show Videos,  Comedy Central Full Episodes Bookmark It

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This is a powerful YouTube video made by a Baltimore resident about last night’s riots: “Is the thing I’m about to do going to make this situation better? Think about that.” Just watch it. Bookmark It

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