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Category Archive for 'Life in the Big City'

We’re number one!

Philly, represent!

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Canned

I just love this story. NBC10 reports a 28-year-old woman and a 46-year-man heard an unlocked sliding door open went to investigate. The couple found two men, who had broken into the apartment. The woman attacked one of the suspects with a bag full of canned goods, while the man pushed the other suspect out […]

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We can’t realistically address this without talking about the fact that most municipalities ignore laws that forbid them from using traffic fines as a revenue stream. It has nothing to do with effectiveness: Recently, the D.C. Department of Transportation proposed new fines for 20 traffic offenses, among them a fine of $1,000, up from $300, […]

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Crazy

This is someone I know, a former co-worker I greatly respect, who’s running for state rep here in Philadelphia. Just out there asking for votes, talking to a potential voter and this happens: An investigation is reportedly underway into the shooting death of a man who was speaking to a candidate running for the Pennsylvania […]

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Teacher Ken at Daily Kos with a critical look at Clinton’s education positions: Let me clear. I know Hillary Clinton is a very caring person. I believe her intentions about education are good, but more than a little misguided. But that has been far too true of too many in the political world, who really […]

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Not surprised

Through the years, I’ve met and spoken to many people involved in working with the homeless. One of the things I was surprised to learn in those conversations is that there is a large cohort of hard-core homeless people who, while not necessarily mentally ill, simply want to stay on the streets. So it’s not […]

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Photo of quintonio legrier, 19, killed by police this morning. Photo was provided by his mother. @ABC7Chicago pic.twitter.com/5wzCuLHUXR — Laura Thoren (@LauraThoren) December 26, 2015 Or almost any big city. Because it’s so extremely rare for cops to suffer consequences for their actions: Chicago police accidentally killed a 55-year-old mother of five early Saturday when […]

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Christmas lights

One of the things I love about the city is how seriously people take the task of decorating their rowhouses for Christmas. Here’s a house on Belgrade Street:

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Comcast down

Three-car accident here yesterday that knocked out internet access and cable TV to wide areas. So I used my phone wifi to throw up some syndicated posts for today. Hopefully they’ll fix it soon. UPDATE: Started Working at midnight. Yay!

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired Chicago’s chief of police. Saying public confidence in the Police Department “has been shaken and eroded” in the wake of the Laquan McDonald controversy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is out as the city’s top cop. The mayor said he and McCarthy began discussing the […]

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