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Category Archive for 'Life in the Big City'

He snapped

This happened in my neighborhood. I heard through neighbors that the kid was bi-racial, and his mother was embarrassed about it. So she wouldn’t let him out of his room. Very sad, even more maddening that the neighbors kept calling the cops and city agencies and nothing was done. Do I think this kid should […]

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And thanks to the usual anemic turnout, our state legislature is run by even worse wingnuts than the last batch: HARRISBURG – The Republican-dominated state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would invalidate Philadelphia’s new mandatory paid sick-leave law. The bill, which passed 37 to 12, would effectively preempt local governments from requiring companies […]

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I’ve been jonesing for some Polish food. So I drove down to Syrenka, the Polish cafeteria, and got myself some potato pancakes and a gołąbki (or galumpki, as we always called them). It’s a cabbage roll stuffed with ground beef and rice in a tomato sauce. For some reason I’ve never understand, Polish restaurants don’t […]

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Just awful

This story is horrible on so many levels. He was left in the park where we played as kids, and where my own children played. It’s awful. But I will withhold judgment of the mother, because I have friends with disabled kids and I know the strain they’re under. We used to fund things like […]

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Eye candy

My beloved city: Bookmark It

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Only in Philadelphia

Nursing student moonlighting as pimp pleads guilty in dismemberment Bookmark It

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So I went up to Brooklyn for a family event Saturday. My other son was supposed to drive, but his license expired. And then the GPS stopped working, then took me the wrong way, through the Lincoln Tunnel instead of the Holland, and I had to drive through Times Square and the rest of Manhattan […]

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Very sad

I remember this case. I thought at the time he didn’t sound like a good candidate, but it’s hard to deny someone’s second chance, especially when it’s a kid: In 2013, then-15-year-old Anthony Stokes was dying and desperately needed a heart transplant that he couldn’t get because, according to doctors, he had “a history of noncompliance.” […]

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OOPS! APRIL FOOLS, I GOT PUNKED! We had a surprise Republican win in a local win in a special election, but the Dems have recovered the ball: Throughout the campaign, Martina White picked up dozens of important labor endorsements, and in a press release issued on April 1, she stated that she will caucus with […]

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Jim Kenney

If you’re a Philadelphia voter, Jim Kenney is the only progressive candidate in the mix. (He’s the only guy running who opposes the charter schools, is planning to implement universal pre-K, got pot possession knocked down to a misdemeanor, worked to get same-sex partner benefits for city employees long before anyone else did.) Now I […]

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