Group ‘banned’ from voting to highlight unfair electoral practices

Group ‘banned’ from voting to highlight unfair electoral practices

Pennsylvanians of two stripes — Republicans and Democrats — will come out to vote on May 20th for the leaders and representatives of their parties. But for the last 14 years, local organization Independent Pennsylvanians has been lobbying to change that, without success. “I am one of over a million voters in PA who will help pay for the cost of...

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Upper Darby Police to hold “Coffee with a Cop”

Upper Darby Police to hold “Coffee with a Cop”

Typically, citizens encounter law enforcement under tragic or frightening circumstances. Upper Darby Police Chief Michael Chitwood would like to change that. Chitwood and about half a dozen of his fellow cops from Upper Darby will be talking with local residents just beyond 69th Street to start a new conversation: one to help foster communication and, above all...

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Philly Police digital media manager on GrindR incident: ‘Safety isn’t guaranteed’

Philly Police digital media manager on GrindR incident: ‘Safety isn’t guaranteed’

Last week, an incident occurred between a Canadian visitor to Philadelphia and a man he met off the gay hook up and dating app GrindR. The Canadian man “met an unknown male on [GrindR] and invited him over to his hotel room,” according to the Philadelphia Police. He was then allegedly sexually assaulted, held at gunpoint, and robbed by the Philly man he met...

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Streets Department uses robot to troll Philly’s sign trolls

Streets Department uses robot to troll Philly’s sign trolls

Image: Philadelphia Speaks Have you ever seen those obnoxious bright signs like “WE BUY HOUSES FOR CASH” and “LOSE WEIGHT FAST” with a telephone number on poles throughout the city? Have you ever wondered who these people are behind the signs and why they’re annoying everyone? Well. The Philadelphia Streets Department has wondered this too, and they’d...

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‘Fearless’ fitness focuses on better health and inclusion

‘Fearless’ fitness focuses on better health and inclusion

When I lived in the Hawthorne section of the city, I would occasionally see a stampeding group of crazy people.  They’d run around the block repeatedly and, in my mind, inexplicably, because nothing was chasing them. It turns out that these folks are members of Fearless Athletics on South 11th Street. “When Fearless Athletics first started,” says co-owner...

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Reading between the lines of the latest Philly jobs report

Reading between the lines of the latest Philly jobs report

Yesterday, we were all delighted to read a Bureau of Labor Statistics report which showed that Philadelphia’s unemployment rate had dropped to its lowest point since December 2008, prompting City Hall to issue a press release patting itself on the back. “Today’s news is yet more evidence that Philadelphia is recovering from the effects of the Great Recession,...

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Flying military robot – not a ‘drone’ – crashes in Lebanon Valley

Flying military robot – not a ‘drone’ – crashes in Lebanon Valley

A flying military robot crashed in Lebanon County near the rural county’s budget hotel Comfort Inn last Thursday.  The robot was then run over by a passing vehicle. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, “an Army National Guard RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle experienced an uncontrolled hard landing” otherwise...

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The Suit Corner is no more

The Suit Corner is no more

Image: Instagram Helping Philly don its best for over 60 years, the Suit Corner business owned by Gary Ginsberg was destroyed by fire today. Choking back tears on NBC10, “60 years in business”-owner Gary Ginsberg lamented, “It is a major catastrophe.” Thankfully, it appears so far that nobody was seriously hurt in the fire and ensuing response.  Businesses...

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Where is NRA on accidental gun deaths?

Where is NRA on accidental gun deaths?

Yesterday a man apparently accidentally shot himself at an NRA and police sponsored event outside Bethlehem Pa. Sarah M. Wojcik of The Express-Times in Easton reports that a “New Jersey man participating in a program at the Steel City Gun Club [in Bethlehem, Pa] was injured…when he accidentally shot his own leg.”  Even more interesting is the fact that...

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Storyteller says he’ll “improve your life 100-fold”

Storyteller says he’ll “improve your life 100-fold”

First Person Arts, is putting on a workshop called “Laugh! Cry! Gasp! – The Anybody Guide to Telling Your Stories,” and it’s being taught by local playwright and comedian R. Eric Thomas (@oureric). Using “writing exercises, performance drills, recordings and other activities to build the storytelling muscle,” it’s all about getting you to find...

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