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Daily Grinder: Boy Scouts Settle, Flash Mobs Not So Much

Daily Grinder: Boy Scouts Settle, Flash Mobs Not So Much

Oh oh. An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old got beat up “by as many as a dozen teens” at the SEPTA Walnut/Locust stop yesterday, around 3 p.m. SEPTA spokesman had to deal with this, among other things, to Philly Confidential: “The thought is that this was a random, spur of the moment attack,” he said. “It doesn’t appear that these two people were...

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Four Loko, We Hardly Knew Ye

Four Loko, We Hardly Knew Ye

They did it. After a sorta-sudden outpouring of idiots and underage hoodlums getting too drunk to stand up, going to the hospital and some dude in Bucks County (among others all over the country) coincidentally being possessed by the devil around the time he drank allegedly one Four Loko, Your Federal Government has acted where the PA Liquor Control Board could...

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Save Our Schools: Black Men at Penn Reach Out to South Philly High

Save Our Schools: Black Men at Penn Reach Out to South Philly High

When things got heated at South Philly High last year, Chad Lassiter and Darin Toliver thought they had the solution to cool down racial tensions and ethnic violence: Social work. Listen to the kids, give them a voice, and give them straight talk in return. Cut through the stereotypes and cut through the bullshit. Social workers and academics, Lassiter and Toliver...

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Daily Grinder: ALL HAIL VICK (For now)

Daily Grinder: ALL HAIL VICK (For now)

First up: McFadden’s was in court yesterday. They say they’re not owned and have “no connection” to East Coast Saloons, a supposed parent company based out of New York – and therefore are looking to get the company dismissed from the discrimination lawsuit. They also say they ended the Wednesday program which “attracted African American patrons”...

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2 Laws: Castle Doctrine

So, the Pennsylvania state legislature has recently passed a law – and sent it to Gov. Ed Rendell’s desk – that would strengthen both gun rights and Megan’s Law requirements. It was passed by the House yesterday 159-38, an overwhelming majority, and 25 states have already passed similar bills. It’s called HB 1926 and it permits legal gun owners to use...

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Daily Grinder: Philadelphia Studies

Daily Grinder: Philadelphia Studies

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a report out showing how bad poverty really is for our nation’s children. A quick, easy read it is not. 15.5 million children – one in five – live in poverty in the United States. Given the severity of the current recession, 21 percent of American households with children are estimated “food insecure” –...

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SURPRISE! SEPTA Loses Bid For SmartCard System

SURPRISE! SEPTA Loses Bid For SmartCard System

How’s that slow crawl coming, guys? After several innovations, like sorta witty commercials with references to Aaron Rowand, Wifi in stations and no publicly deceased passengers taking joyrids since the spring, SEPTA seemed destined for…destiny. We’ve detailed – and detailed – how they’d been promising a plan to fund their SmartCard system through...

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Daily Grinder: National Museum of American Jewish History Opens, Biden Is There

Daily Grinder: National Museum of American Jewish History Opens, Biden Is There

Vice President Joe Biden took a time out from wooing the nation’s ladies to attend a dedication ceremony at the new National Museum of American Jewish History at Independence Mall. He was joined by Governor Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter. ABC is reporting that the building cost $150 million, is one-hundred thousand square feet and four floors. It’s...

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Daily Grinder: Give Carl Greene His Due!

Daily Grinder: Give Carl Greene His Due!

Disgraced, public life-is-basically-over, out-of-state shock treatment(?) king/former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl Greene wants $4 million from PHA, and he wants PHA to settle. A wealth of PHA board members and others think this is ridiculous. Former Mayor John Street was emailed by the Inky and wrote a message back saying “Ha Ha!”...

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The War On Four Loko

The War On Four Loko

Here’s something fun: Washington State banned what’s called ‘alcoholic energy drinks’ – “beer-based drinks that also feature caffeine, such as the malt-liquor energy drink Four Loko.” Fair enough. But get this: There’s an actual reason behind its banning. It’s causing too much fun left and right and “a handful” of St. Joe’s students were...

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