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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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White nationalists and anti-racist protesters set to clash in Philly next weekend

White nationalists and anti-racist protesters set to clash in Philly next weekend

When AJ Olsen gets to Fairmount Park next Saturday afternoon, he expects to be outnumbered by a gathering of protesters attempting to drown him out. Olsen, 25, is a member of Keystone United, a white-nationalist group originally founded under the name Keystone State Skinheads. For the past seven years, he and other KU members (the group has at least eight chapters...

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Yes, the new Voter ID ad campaign is about confusing people

Yes, the new Voter ID ad campaign is about confusing people

The Inquirer noted yesterday that the Pennsylvania Department of State has decided to relaunch its $1 million Voter ID advertising campaign despite voters not needing to show identification at the polls for the upcoming November election. You remember: the “Show It” ads that popped up on TV in the summer and fall of 2012. Critics have contended they’re...

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Radio host: ‘Hired goons’ keeping public out of Independence Hall

Gadsen Films has posted a well-made video attempting to “expose tyranny and corruption” of U.S. Park Rangers working at Independence Mall during the government shutdown. “Why are private security guards keeping the population—keeping the people—away from Independence Hall?” asks Craig Bergman, narrator and star of the video, before filming and asking...

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Well-timed study says living near SEPTA is money

Well-timed study says living near SEPTA is money

SEPTA may be in a funding fight for its life, and if they lose, don’t say they didn’t go down swinging. The Authority recently commissioned a study to show the effect of access to regional rail on the prices of suburban houses. It’s pretty much a naked attempt to prove their worth to the southeastern part of the state outside the city, and it may be just...

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