Philly Gays Tell Youth “It Gets Better” [VIDEO]

Philly Gays Tell Youth “It Gets Better” [VIDEO]

The media moment for “It Gets Better” may have passed, but that doesn’t mean that gay teen suicides are any less real or less heartbreaking. Hoping to keep up the momentum of positive messages for queer youth, some local producers have come up with Philly’s very own “It Gets Better” video to encourage teens to look forward...

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DAILY GRINDER: The Black Panther Report Is Here

DAILY GRINDER: The Black Panther Report Is Here

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights basically says the Justice Department screwed the pooch when it came to the new Black Panthers case in Philly. They claim evidence puts Holder’s Department of Justice’s story in “serious doubt.” While it sounds bad, the article notes that the report was adopted by a 5-2 vote and there are two Democrats on the commission...

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Council Holds Hearing on Suburb/City Disparity in Retail Medical Clinics

Councilman Curtis Jones was driving down a suburban leg of Rt. 611 when he came across an intriguing sight. People were going into a pharmacy, but not for prescription drugs, candy or shampoo, but for vaccinations, ear infections and head colds. “What is this wonderful thing?” he thought to himself.  As it turned out, this pharmacy housed what is...

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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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