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Dear Bob Brady: Your Time Is Up

A roundup of Philly news. This post may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. Ward Leader Demands Bob Brady’s Immediate Resignation […]

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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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Here’s the List of Demands Most of City Council Just Gave to Kenney for Philly Police Reform

A roundup of Philly news. This post may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. 14 City Council Members Send List of […]

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Philly’s Freshman Four: Institutional Disregard for Black Lives Has Inflicted New Wounds and Reopened Old Ones

Freddie Gray, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and George Floyd. Tragic deaths of countless Black Americans at the hands of police have occurred with […]

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Now Is the Time for Penn and Philly’s Other Big-Money Nonprofits to Pay PILOTs

When enjoying the classic card game of spades, most players wait until the very end of a round to play their most competitive hand. Those […]

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If Philadelphia Can’t Apologize for the MOVE Bombing 35 Years Later, How Progressive Are We?

On May 13, 1985, 11 people, including five children, were killed during a city-authorized bombing and burning of a black neighborhood in West Philadelphia. The state-sanctioned […]

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Once the Quarantine Is Over, I’m Over These Philly Institutions

As we prepare to enter yet another month of self-quarantine that shows no sign of quickly ending, things are beginning to get ugly. This is […]

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Want to Reduce Political Corruption in Philly? End Councilmanic Prerogative Now.

The rule of law is to presume those who are criminally indicted innocent until proven guilty. Such a presumption should absolutely be extended to City […]

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The Utterly Ridiculous History of Lawbreaking (and Allegedly Lawbreaking) Philly Politicians

‘Twas more than a century ago that muckraking investigative journalist Lincoln Steffens wrote about Philadelphia in a series of articles detailing corruption in U.S. cities. […]

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City Council’s Kendra Brooks on the Big Change She’d Like to See at City Hall

My full name is … Kendra Nicole Brooks. I was named after Angela Davis’s friend Kendra, who was mentioned in the New York Times in […]

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Exit Interview: City Council Veteran Blondell Reynolds Brown

The start of the new year was the end of an era for Blondell Reynolds Brown, who has stepped down from her City Council at-large […]

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All the Drama Over the 10-Year Tax Abatement Bill, Explained

Ah, the holidays: that ever-so-busy time when we’re tasked with reflecting on the end of the year while rushing through our gift shopping, party planning […]

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By Endorsing Third-Party Candidates, Philly Democrats Have Lit a Fuse Under Their Own House

Next Tuesday’s general election in Philly is shaping up to be an epic showdown between Democrats and … Democrats. They say a house divided cannot […]

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Meet the Candidates Trying to Shake Up the City Council At-Large Race

The general election for City Council at-large seats is normally uneventful. Typically it goes something like this: If you’re a Democrat, you vote for five […]

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Fines for Overdue Library Books Could Become a Thing of the Past in Philly

Have you ever avoided the library solely because of overdue book fees? Good news, maybe: Philly is considering doing away with library fines. The Free Library […]