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Kenney Said Vigilantism “Will Not Be Tolerated.” So Why Is He Still Tolerating It?

As I scrolled through videos on Tuesday of indignant white men wielding weapons at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia, I recalled something Mayor Jim Kenney […]

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City Threatens to Shut Down Restaurants Where Outdoor Dining Rules Aren’t Being Followed

A roundup of Philly news. This post may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. City Threatens to Shut Down Restaurants Where […]

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Those Assault Rifles Down at the Columbus Statue May Be Perfectly Legal

A roundup of Philly news. This post may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. Those Gun-Toting Christopher Columbus “Defenders” Probably Aren’t […]

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Men Break Out Guns, Bats and Hatchets to “Protect” South Philly’s Christopher Columbus Statue

A roundup of Philly news. This post may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. Men With Bats, Guns and Hatchets “Protect” […]

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Now That Frank Rizzo Is Gone, Maybe It’s Time to Talk About Those Christopher Columbus Statues

A roundup of Philly news. This post may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. First Frank Rizzo. Are Those Christopher Columbus […]

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Columbus Just Canceled Columbus Day. Philly Should Too.

The City of Columbus just canceled Columbus Day. That’s right: The Ohio city named after Christopher Columbus — one that once spent $95 million to […]

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It’s Columbus Day. Did You Remember to Send Your Kids to School?

Columbus Day is still a federal holiday (for now), meaning all city offices are closed, and trash and recycling are delayed one day this week. But […]

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OPINION: Let’s Make History and Abolish Columbus Day in Philly

When news broke last month that Los Angeles was joining Seattle and Denver in removing Columbus Day from its city calendar, I looked to see what […]

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Petition Calls for Removal of Christopher Columbus Monument at Penn’s Landing

Ah, Columbus Day. It’s an occasion that brings with it two guaranteed things: annoying observances (I had three checks to deposit this morning and I […]

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This Is the Monster Celebrated on Columbus Day

A version of this story ran in 2014. Imagine that a man who tortured, raped and murdered innocent people and then robbed them of their homes […]

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Utley Suspended for Controversial Slide

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today: The Dodgers’ Chase Utley has been suspended two games for a controversial slide that broke […]

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It’s Time for Philadelphia to Take Down Its Own Symbol of Hatred

On Monday, the right-thinking people of the Union let out a collective you go girl when South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal […]

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This Is the Monster We Celebrate on Columbus Day

A version of this story ran in 2012. Imagine, if you will, that the man who murdered your entire family, raped your daughter, sister, and […]