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Category Archive for 'Life in the Big City'

We don’t get much positive stuff these days, so I’m happy to note this: Los Angeles officials are developing a new strategy for taming pervasive homelessness on skid row, easing up on arrests for petty offenses while concentrating mental health, medical, housing and sanitation services in the long-troubled swath of downtown. Officials say the effort […]

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So I was driving a friend to the train station after dinner last night. We were stopped at a light and she said, “Oh, you can drop me off here at the corner.” “You know, this has been a real bitch of a retrograde, I think I’d rather drop you off at the curb cut. […]

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You have to read this story to believe it.

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Mansplaining

I was in an elevator yesterday with a man maybe ten years younger, and we shared traditional Philadelphia summer pleasantries: “Sure is hot!” But he insisted it was no hotter than ever, and that storms weren’t getting worse. “The bad storms happen more often, and do more damage,” I said. “That’s not true, you just […]

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Boom

I figured there was no one inspecting the food truck gas tanks. I was right. And really, who needs government regulations, anyway?

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God, I hate PA Republicans. Just hate them. If the Capitol building collapsed and killed all of them, I’d say, “Oh, that’s such a shame.” But on the inside, I wouldn’t care. Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R., Bucks) said in a statement that he voted against it because he was angry about the budget plan’s allowance […]

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These civil forfeiture laws are nothing but plunder against the poor in the name of the state, and this is a particularly egregious case. Philadelphia is about to knock possession of marijuana down to a misdemeanor, but our ambitious District Attorney is still going after cases like this? Shame on him, and shame on the […]

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Hey, we take our happy stories where we can get them! PHILADELPHIA — It’s rush hour in Philadelphia for thousands of baby toads as they hop across a busy residential street on a rainy summer night. Why do toadlets cross the road? To get to the woods on the other side — where they will […]

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See? Every five minutes, it changes!

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He’s allergic to protesters!

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