The time Martin Luther King spoke about desegregating Girard College

The time Martin Luther King spoke about desegregating Girard College

In the summer of 1965, Philadelphia was still involved in a 14-year fight to desegregate Girard College boarding school. Created in the will of philanthropist Stephen Girard for “poor, white male orphans” in 1833, the school remained a whites-only institution well past the Brown v. Board of Ed Supreme Court decision. In the summer of 1965, civil rights leader...

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PA Voter ID law struck down. Now what?

PA Voter ID law struck down. Now what?

Almost two years ago, the Pennsylvania state Legislature passed a party-lined bill which created a Voter ID requirement during Pennsylvania elections. This morning, a judge ruled that law is illegal. The ruling is neither the first nor the last, and sets the stage for perhaps a final fight in the seemingly never-ending saga. “Voting laws are designed to...

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Another PA Gov candidate favors decriminalizing weed

Another PA Gov candidate favors decriminalizing weed

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Max Myers Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate John Hanger has largely built his long-shot campaign for the Democratic nomination around being the only Democrat to support of both medical and recreational marijuana legalization. But it turns out he may not be the only one. Mechanicsburg-based pastor Max Myers, perhaps the...

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So Inquirer & Daily News employees want to own the company? It’s happened elsewhere, but not like this

So Inquirer & Daily News employees want to own the company? It’s happened elsewhere, but not like this

The local chapter of the Newspaper Guild recently vowed to seek ownership of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. Should such an effort be successful, we’d be looking at the largest employee-owned newspaper company in the United States. The Guild and an unnamed partner would compete for ownership against two owners,...

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Same-sex Philly couple wants state to recognize their marriage

Same-sex Philly couple wants state to recognize their marriage

There’s another case stemming from Philadelphia that could change marriage equality laws as we know them. Filed by Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker and coordinated by Equality Forum, the case essentially argues that Pennsylvania should recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages—and once it does, the 32 states without marriage equality would likely have...

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Medical marijuana bill introduced with bipartisan support

Medical marijuana bill introduced with bipartisan support

However improbable it is that it’ll pass, Pennsylvania took another step this week toward medical marijuana. State Senators Daylin Leach’s (D-MontCo) and Mike Folmer’s (R-Lebanon) Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill, which we first wrote about in November, would legalize cannabidol, a non-psychoactive...

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One Gov candidate vows fracking moratorium at sustainability debate

One Gov candidate vows fracking moratorium at sustainability debate

All eight Democratic gubernatorial candidates showed up at the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Sustainability Forum on Monday evening with the same apparent goal in mind: To prove s/he’s the “greenest” of them all. Debated issues at the debate sponsored by five environmental nonprofits ranged from fracking to state park funding. And while every candidate...

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Why did an ex-con file an ethics complaint with Temple?

Why did an ex-con file an ethics complaint with Temple?

When Alex Friedmann, the editor of Prison Legal News, read Temple University’s Center for Competitive Government’s press release last spring touting a new study regarding the benefits of private prisons, he was a bit surprised. The study found that private, contracted prisons have a “long-run savings of 12 percent to 58 percent when comparing private...

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Should Philadelphia Brewing Company really accept Bitcoins as payment?

Should Philadelphia Brewing Company really accept Bitcoins as payment?

Philadelphia Brewing Company announced earlier this week that they’d begin accepting Bitcoins, an online payment network and currency, as payment for their delicious, delicious beer. “Philadelphia Brewing Company will be the first brewery in the United States to accept the crypto-currency Bitcoin as payment for both retail and wholesale purchases effective...

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Gov. Corbett endorses weed? No, but here’s how he could

Gov. Corbett endorses weed? No, but here’s how he could

Have you heard? Tom Corbett (kind of, almost, vaguely, but not really) endorsed weed! Yep. The guy who once called marijuana the “most addictive gateway drug” apparently now believed—according to his spokesman—that if the Food and Drug Administration said there were appropriate uses for medical pot, he’d be open to take that “into consideration.” “If...

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