Philly’s War on Cigarettes: Phase II

Philly’s War on Cigarettes: Phase II

Turns out, Philadelphia is serious about the whole war on cigs thing. Phase I was diplomatic. The health department announced its intention to conduct one-on-one meetings with the about 1,075 small businesses in the city who’ve been busted selling cigarettes to teenager NARCs. The city’s even got Chinese-speaking lecturers for the ever-busted Chinese takeout...

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DAILY GRINDER: Teach A Man To Fish With Dynamite…

DAILY GRINDER: Teach A Man To Fish With Dynamite…

Want to know what sort of state you live in? Check out these laws: You can’t catch fish with your mouth, hands or by way of dynamite. You can’t sleep on a refrigerator outdoors. It’s illegal for a man to buy alcohol, too, without written permission – from his wife. In Allentown, men aren’t allowed to become aroused in public. Anywho, lawmakers in Harrisburg...

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South Philadelphia High School Students Rally To Stop School Violence

South Philadelphia High School Students Rally To Stop School Violence

A year ago, the sight of Asian and African-American students standing together outside of South Philadelphia High School would have been difficult to envision. After a series of violent incidents on school grounds that led to an eight-day boycott by Asian students protesting a lack of safety, a coalition of Asian and African-American students stood together on...

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A Friday Politics Video Dump

It’s Friday and that means you probably just want to slack off, not read too much, huh? Well, here’s some video clips to get you through the rest of the afternoon: First off, Rick Santorum appears in an early (the first?) actual campaign ad for the 2012 season. The candidate’s name is Fred Karger, he’s a Republican and he’s…wait for it…seriously…keep...

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Mayoral Candidate John Featherman on Taxes, L&I, Marijuana and More

Mayoral Candidate John Featherman on Taxes, L&I, Marijuana and More

Did anyone know there’s a mayoral race next year? While we wait with baited breath to see if any Democrats will actually nut up and challenge Mayor Nutter in the primaries, let’s not overlook the fact that there is already one contender for the general election, realtor John Featherman, who announced his candidacy as a Republican back in June.  Featherman...

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DAILY GRINDER: Santorum To Again Argue For Theocracy

DAILY GRINDER: Santorum To Again Argue For Theocracy

So, Rick Santorum used to have this speech. The media calls it his “faith speech.” He calls it “A Charge to Revive the Role of Faith in the Public Square” and likes to say it’s his retort to John F. Kennedy’s September 12, 1960 speech in Houston, Texas to Protestant ministers, in which he explained his Catholic faith and how, though strong,...

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City Council: Citizens Speak Up, Tow Drivers to Fight Back

City Council: Citizens Speak Up, Tow Drivers to Fight Back

Today marked the first day average citizens are permitted to comment during the Thursday City Council meetings. “We need to deal with the issue of ‘public comment,’” Council President Anna Verna said, icy venom audibly dripping from her lips at the very idea (UPDATE: Anna Verna’s office contacted us to clarify that, all editorializing...

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Pennsylvania’s New Food Safety Law And You

Pennsylvania’s New Food Safety Law And You

Anyone who’s ever had a job at Wawa knows that when you get a call from another local store at, say, 2 p.m., it’s bad news: The health inspectors are coming and it’s time to clean the fuck up. We assume this experience isn’t unique to our (my) favorite purveyor of sandwich meat, but inspections often differ based on the establishment. That’s all about...

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DAILY GRINDER: Nutter’s Heart Grew Three Sizes That Day

DAILY GRINDER: Nutter’s Heart Grew Three Sizes That Day

Nutter’s putting the “Christmas” back in Christmas Village (next to the Holiday tree, haha – no, seriously.) He claims he did so after “personal reflection” and realized – Hey! Christmas Village isn’t about religion! And neither is Christmas! It’s about consumerism! M. Nutt’s feelin’ reckless! Bring on the ACLU! [Philly Clout] The appropriate...

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Bruce Nichols, Co-Founder of Philly Beer Week, Dies at 62

Two-and-a-half years ago, Bruce Nichols co-founded Philly Beer Week as a way for Philly to celebrate craft beer in a style that was, well, very Philly. Today it’s the largest beer celebration of its kind in the United States. Nichols died of leukemia yesterday at the age of 62. Our condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed, and for those who...

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