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Your SEPTA Fail Of The Day: Coin Entry At Parking Lots

Your SEPTA Fail Of The Day: Coin Entry At Parking Lots

So, you could get into SEPTA’s regional rail parking lots using a card bought from a machine or ticket agent in the suburbs or wherever regional rail lots existed. For the ladies and gentlemen who used such a system, it was convenient, quick, very un-SEPTA. And we’re always at least a little impressed when SEPTA is un-SEPTA, as in, they expand service, they...

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Daily Grinder: 19,400 Reasons To Get Smart(er) On Crime!

Daily Grinder: 19,400 Reasons To Get Smart(er) On Crime!

District Attorney Seth Williams admits, maybe, there may have been, like, a mistake or two when he mass-dismissed the criminal charges against 19,400 fugitives who’ve skipped bail. Sex crimes and robberies were erased as part of the plan and Williams says these serious crimes were miscoded by the courts and then withdrawn “in error” by his office. But,...

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Daily Grinder: More Daily Grinding Going On?

Daily Grinder: More Daily Grinding Going On?

There’s more fail where the lack of Smart Cards came from: A SEPTA trolley collided with an SUV last night at 49th and Lancaster. Eight people suffered minor injuries. We’re actually surprised this doesn’t happen more often. [Philly.com] Blame Aaron Kase for this one: Tow Truck drivers can protest, too! And how, you ask, do they do it? By circling City...

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M. Nutt’s (Failed) Soda Tax To Go National?

M. Nutt’s (Failed) Soda Tax To Go National?

On the heels of PA-produced Four Loko going the way of the Dodo, the federal government is, again, attempting to do right where local governments, i.e. PA/Philly, could not. Taxing soda and soft drinks – which some are referring to as an obesity tax – is being looked at as a way to cut the federal deficit. Shadowy email-blast-you-in-the-face groups are against...

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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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