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Rep. Brian Sims offers ‘Zombie Daryl Metcalfe’ as Halloween costume

Rep. Brian Sims offers ‘Zombie Daryl Metcalfe’ as Halloween costume

State Rep. Brian Sims is having some fun with his Halloween costume, and raising some money off it. On his public Facebook page, the Philly legislator linked to a fundraising website hosted by NGP VAN, a D.C.-based fundraising organization, which asks: “What Should I be for Halloween?” There are four options: “Zombie Daryl Metcalfe,” “Bearded Ted Cruz,”...

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PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Oct. 28-Nov. 1

PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Oct. 28-Nov. 1

It’s a busy week if you keep up with City Council’s goings-on, or if you’re someone who gets really, really prepared for Halloween. Civic events are below; some descriptions have been copy-and-pasted from civic association/other calendars for aggregation here. Send any events we missed to civics@philadelphiaweekly.com Monday, Oct. 28 Philadelphia...

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In the future, meth houses will be disclosed

Incredibly, Pennsylvania is one of just 22 states with no law in place to disclose meth production when buying or selling a home. Neither are there laws to disclose meth production when renting a home or apartment; renting a hotel room; or selling a motor vehicle. Someone may have made meth in your past, current, or future house, and unlike Jesse Pinkman in Season...

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World Court of Women attempts to rewrite history in Kensington

World Court of Women attempts to rewrite history in Kensington

Corrine Kumar has put together 40 World Courts of Women during her time as an activist on the global stage. Last weekend, the Tunisian human rights and women’s activist was at the West Kensington Ministries on Norris Square to meet with more than 200 poor and working class people, listening to testimonies relating to injustices suffered throughout the United...

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Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History’ to be taught in Philly schools?

Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History’ to be taught in Philly schools?

With all the problems facing Philly schools this year, it’s a little surprising to see City Council ready to take on the city-wide history curriculum. But, there’s no time like the present, I guess, and there’s no book quite like Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States.’ Councilmembers Jim Kenney and Jannie Blackwell introduced...

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PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Oct. 21-25

PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Oct. 21-25

Monday, Oct. 21 MOTU Releases five-year progress report. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is five years old and has put together an event to “celebrate five more years of more recycling, renewable energy and infrastructure investments.” 7pm. Free Library, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St. East Kensington Neighborhood Association general meeting. ...

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A gentler white nationalist in PA—and beyond

Maybe you’ve heard: A horde of white nationalists are coming to town to celebrate Leif Erikson Day tomorrow. They’ll be greeted by lots of protesters while they attempt to gather around at Kelly Drive, celebrating the Nordic explorer who is said to have come to North America in 1003 AD. Members of the white nationalist group Keystone United (formerly the...

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Corbett says marijuana ‘most addictive gateway drug,’ despite evidence otherwise

Corbett says marijuana ‘most addictive gateway drug,’ despite evidence otherwise

In a recent interview with the Tribune Democrat, Gov. Tom Corbett called marijuana the “most addictive gateway drug that there is,” putting to rest any question as to whether Pennsylvania could have legal pot during his tenure in Harrisburg. “People don’t stop at marijuana then, because then they go to the next level,” he added to the Johnstown, PA-based...

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Here’s how much low fast food wages cost Pennsylvania

A report from University of California-Berkeley examining the public costs associated with fast food companies paying their employees low wages was released yesterday. And it’s pretty infuriating. It goes without saying that earning federal minimum wage (and Pennsylvania’s) isn’t enough to feed and maintain oneself successfully—much less a whole family—but...

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PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Oct. 14-18

PhillyNow Calendar: civic events, Oct. 14-18

Monday, Oct. 14 Logan/Olney Epic Stakeholders meeting. 5pm. 1100 W Rockland Ave. East Falls Community Council 7:00pm. Falls Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Vaux and Midvale Streets. SOSNA Safety Committee. Ongoing projects include Walkability Partnership – Bike Rodeo and Safety classes; Police Support of Local Business; Officer Appreciation...

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