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An open love letter to Wawa

An open love letter to Wawa

Have you heard? Today is Wawa’s 50th Birthday! And to honor the hoagie and drink factory that’s saved us from all sort of bouts (mostly with hunger), I’ve written a solemn letter to you, Wawa, because let’s be real: You’re worth it. First, you’re one of the few places in the city where we can (thanks in part to City Council’s...

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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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City government passing buck on marijuana decriminalization

City government passing buck on marijuana decriminalization

Seems like joints aren’t the only things Philadelphians pass around; when it comes to marijuana decriminalization, folks really like passing the buck.  Such is the case right now with efforts to decriminalize pot possession in the city. And probably, in part, because no one can agree that the city actually needs to decriminalize pot. Last week, Councilman...

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Pot activist Goldstein handed harsh sentence

Pot activist Goldstein handed harsh sentence

Goldstein at a SmokeDown Prohibition event Pro-weed activist and PhillyNORML member Chris Goldstein was handed a harsh sentence for marijuana-related demonstration which took place last summer. The punishment includes both probation and a large fine. On August 31, Goldstein and numerous other protesters gathered at Independence Mall for their monthly ‘SmokeDown...

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Queerest Pope ever may visit Philly

Queerest Pope ever may visit Philly

Image: Wikimedia Commons While they didn’t get the 45-minute private audience Governor Tom Corbett had hoped for, the Philadelphia delegation in Vatican City still got some face time with Pope Francis — and that ain’t bad. Mayor Michael Nutter joined Governor Corbett to lobby the pontiff to visit the city next year as part of the Eighth World Meeting...

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Temple prof explores pop culture, ‘It’s Always Sunny,’ in new media book

Temple prof explores pop culture, ‘It’s Always Sunny,’ in new media book

“Philly makes you get used to being in lots of rooms with lots of different people,” says Temple University sociologist Dustin Kidd.  “When I walk into a new room, whether it’s a classroom [on campus], a hall in a museum, a weight room at the gym…I always ask myself, ‘Where are the women?’  Are they in the room? ...

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4.2% of Pennsylvania Pornhub users watch gay porn

4.2% of Pennsylvania Pornhub users watch gay porn

4.2 percent of Pennsylvanians who log onto Pornhub.com use it to watch gay porn, according to the hardcore pornography web portal’s “Insights” blog. Pornhub compiled those stats in collaboration with Buzzfeed, seeking to figure out whether states with legalized gay marriage watch more gay porn than states without it. “The quick answer: yes,” Pornhub’s...

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Philly bike trails unaffected by Supreme Court decision

Philly bike trails unaffected by Supreme Court decision

The Internet freaked out earlier this week when USA Today wrote of a Supreme Court ruling that could eliminate the “Rails-to-Trails” program, which is responsible for thousands of miles of bike trails throughout the United States, including projects in the Philadelphia area. The court ruled 8-1 with regard to a land dispute in Wyoming that government easements...

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Mumia blames ‘Broad Street Bullies’ for Adegbile’s rejection in Senate

Mumia blames ‘Broad Street Bullies’ for Adegbile’s rejection in Senate

After the U.S. Senate rejected former NAACP Legal Defense Fund Head Deb Adegbile for the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division on Wednesday, pundits and writers everywhere began explaining the peculiar vote. After all, Adegbile was clearly qualified. Problem is, he had some degrees of separation with Philadelphia cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, and that...

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