What Stu Bykofsky Almost Gets Right About White Privilege

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Let’s give Stu Bykofsky some credit: Sometimes he almost stumbles his way to the truth.

Backhanded compliment? Sure. But you take what you can get with Stu. And on Tuesday, what Stu gave us was this: A deconstruction of the idea of “white privilege” — part of Stu’s Ongoing Series of Columns That Try to Tear Down the Foundations of Political Correctness, That Most Venal of Sins — that instead pretty much affirmed the concept.

Stu would almost certainly deny that’s what happened. But judge for yourself.

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Report: Suspects in Gay Bashing Will Meet Police Today

Suspects in a Center City gay-bashing case will meet police today, 6ABC reports, after Philadelphia’s Twitter community helped police discover their identities.

Events developed quickly Tuesday after Philadelphia Police released surveillance video of up to 12 people it identified as suspects walking through Center City on Thursday evening near the time of the attack. Within hours, former Real Housewives of New Jersey castmate Greg Bennett tweeted this photo that he claims — because of similarities in clothing — includes some of the alleged suspects in the hate crime that happened on Thursday in Center City.

Not long after, police were contacted by lawyers for the suspects. 6ABC reports: “Late Tuesday night, Action News has learned attorneys for some members of the group have called police. They are making arrangements to bring their clients in for questioning on Wednesday.”
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Philly Cigarette Tax Moves Closer to Approval

A legislative spokesman passes along the following:

Just wanted to provide a quick update on where things stand with Philly schools. House Bill 1177, which contains the Philly $2-pack cigarette tax, was just voted out of the House Rules Committee by an overwhelming majority. The bill was also amended and stripped of all language related to the CRIZ and hotel taxes. It is now a “clean bill” that can be voted on the PA House floor in 24 hours.

At this point, we expect that the House will pass the bill tomorrow and it will be considered by the PA Senate early next week.

So far so good. Now comes the tough part.
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(UPDATE) Train Service Still Suspended Between Philly and D.C.

[Update at 12:50 p.m.] Service is still suspended, and Amtrak says it can’t predict when trains will move again.

From a press release:

Amtrak Engineering crews are making progress in efforts to repair downed wires after a Norfolk Southern freight train struck a support pole early this morning on the Northeast Corridor north of Aberdeen, Md.

Amtrak Northeast Regional service remains suspended between Washington and Philadelphia. Acela Express service is suspended between Wilmington, Del. and Washington. Acela passengers are able to board northbound trains in Wilmington for travel to Philadelphia, New York and points north.

Other services between Philadelphia, New York and Boston are operating though passengers should be prepared for possible delays. Amtrak Keystone Service is operating on a normal schedule between Harrisburg, Pa., Philadelphia and New York.

There is no estimate for restoration of full service at this time, but crews are working as quickly and safely as possible.

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