The Phlog: Happy Belated Birthday, Ben!

The Phlog: Happy Belated Birthday, Ben!

Brothers Dax, 5, Xander, 7, and Dimitri, 7, look in amazement at the Franklin Institute’s light and sound show. Ben Franklin, shown in the statue, is regarded as one of America’s Founding Fathers and would have turned 305 years old on Monday (photo: Matt Petrillo).

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Trial Date Set for Donte Johnson; New Obstacle Revealed

Trial Date Set for Donte Johnson; New Obstacle Revealed

Donte Johnson, the 19 year old who confessed to killing Sabina Rose O’Donnell last summer, was escorted into the courtroom of Judge Rene Cardwell-Hughes at the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center at 10:45 a.m. today for a hearing scheduled to confirm the trial date. Though the date was set for March 26, 2012, a new piece of information may keep the trial from...

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Corbett Sworn In

Corbett Sworn In

Are the evangelists predicting the end of the world in 2011, and profiled in the Inky the other day, correct? How else to explain today’s events which culminated in Tom Corbett being sworn in as your governor? (We kid!) Last night, no one knew if now-Governor Corbett’s Inauguration Ceremony was going to take place outside, due to weather. According to...

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DAILY GRINDER: “We Got The Motherfucker” – Mayor Nutter

DAILY GRINDER: “We Got The Motherfucker” – Mayor Nutter

Last night at a 6 p.m. police press conference, Antonio Rodriguez, a 21 22-year-old male from the Kensington section of the city, was identified as a person of interest in the Kensington Strangler murders. [Philly.com] PW news editor Nina Sachdev later wrote on this blog, “Philadelphia police said at a news conference tonight that they were alerted after someone...

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Man Arrested in ‘Kensington Strangler’ Deaths

Man Arrested in ‘Kensington Strangler’ Deaths

According to news reports, 21-year-old Antonio Rodriguez has been arrested in the three “Kensington Strangler” killings. Philadelphia police said at a news conference tonight that they were alerted after someone phoned in a tip to the Pennsylvania State Police, which then found a DNA match through CODIS, a national database of DNA profiles of convicted...

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The Phlog: Let Freedom Ring

The Phlog: Let Freedom Ring

The annual tapping of the Liberty Bell attracted Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Russlyn Ali and President and CEO of AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan Michael Rashid. Rashid was arrested decades ago along with Martin Luther King after a civil protest (photo: Matt Petrillo).

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“The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV”

“The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV”

Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon’s “The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV,” published several times over the past decade, perhaps best explains the following, in an article-length piece, as it pertains to the file footage Americans are often shown on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: What TV viewers see is a closed loop of familiar file footage: King...

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DAILY GRINDER: MLK Day, Tastykake will Bake Again, PA GOP Straw Poll, Bob Casey Supports Empty Grandstanding

Today’s the 16th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service in the city. There are several places volunteers can work and thousands are expected to participate. There will also be several presentations on King’s legacy and message, which will take place at Girard College and South Philadelphia High School. Projects are being conducted by Habitat for Humanity,...

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The Phlog: Sleeping Under SEPTA’s Roof

The Phlog: Sleeping Under SEPTA’s Roof

A man sleeps under Walnut and Locust Streets near a subway stop as the temperature outside dips below freezing  to 20 degrees (Photo: Matt Petrillo).

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Sewage Still Draining into Monoshone; Northwest Greens Respond

Sewage Still Draining into Monoshone; Northwest Greens Respond

In spite of media attention and the work of the Northwest Greens, sewage continues seeping into the Monoshone, a recreational creek running along Lincoln Drive in Northwest Philly which empties into the Wissahickon. An email from the Northwest Greens sent out this morning lays out the effort by the Philadelphia Water Department to clean up the site, after having...

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