SURPRISE! SEPTA Loses Bid For SmartCard System

SURPRISE! SEPTA Loses Bid For SmartCard System

How’s that slow crawl coming, guys? After several innovations, like sorta witty commercials with references to Aaron Rowand, Wifi in stations and no publicly deceased passengers taking joyrids since the spring, SEPTA seemed destined for…destiny. We’ve detailed – and detailed – how they’d been promising a plan to fund their SmartCard system through...

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Daily Grinder: National Museum of American Jewish History Opens, Biden Is There

Daily Grinder: National Museum of American Jewish History Opens, Biden Is There

Vice President Joe Biden took a time out from wooing the nation’s ladies to attend a dedication ceremony at the new National Museum of American Jewish History at Independence Mall. He was joined by Governor Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter. ABC is reporting that the building cost $150 million, is one-hundred thousand square feet and four floors. It’s...

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Daily Grinder: Give Carl Greene His Due!

Daily Grinder: Give Carl Greene His Due!

Disgraced, public life-is-basically-over, out-of-state shock treatment(?) king/former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl Greene wants $4 million from PHA, and he wants PHA to settle. A wealth of PHA board members and others think this is ridiculous. Former Mayor John Street was emailed by the Inky and wrote a message back saying “Ha Ha!”...

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The War On Four Loko

The War On Four Loko

Here’s something fun: Washington State banned what’s called ‘alcoholic energy drinks’ – “beer-based drinks that also feature caffeine, such as the malt-liquor energy drink Four Loko.” Fair enough. But get this: There’s an actual reason behind its banning. It’s causing too much fun left and right and “a handful” of St. Joe’s students were...

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Daily Grinder: All The Potential New Council Members, So Far

Can you feel it? It’s that time of year, again. The time of year in which the Philadelphia media starts speculating about how hard the city gets pounded, ripped off and downright assaulted by the next set (see: same set, just tweeked) of City Council members. First off, PhillyClout/The Philadelphia Daily News are all over this today. Anna Verna, who makes...

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Save Our Schools: Bryson Institute Aims for Safe Places, Safe Spaces

Save Our Schools: Bryson Institute Aims for Safe Places, Safe Spaces

There’s bullying in Philly schools? No shit, right? Last week PW took a look at the struggles of gay youth navigating their way through hostile classrooms and hallways. As you may have guessed, “accepting” and “tolerant” weren’t quite the experiences most of them described. School District policy states that school bullying...

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Daily Grinder: McFadden’s May Be Douchier Than Originally Thought

Daily Grinder: McFadden’s May Be Douchier Than Originally Thought

Since Governor Ed Rendell spied on you while you slept using a U.S.-Israeli terrorism company, the ACLU is trying to make sure Governor-Elect Corbett won’t do the same thing. His response: C’mon! Trust me! i.e. “I don’t see (issuing) a whole lot of executive orders unless they are absolutely necessary,” Corbett said. “I don’t think you...

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Nutter Announces EnergyWorks Initiative

Nutter Announces EnergyWorks Initiative

Standing in the lobby of the tallest “green” building in the country, Mayor Nutter spoke glowingly of an initiative that he hopes will lead Philadelphia to becoming a mecca of greenness. EnergyWorks, which will help homeowners and business owners to save energy and money through energy efficiency improvements, was announced with great aplomb by M....

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The Problem With The Bykofsky-Olbermann-Carlson Thing

In today’s national media world, there’s little information left that doesn’t start as a small piece of news from the Associated Press or as a press release or, whatever. News travels so fast through the Internet and phone that there’s just a select few who can actually find brand new information, and it’s usually either the Associated Press or...

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Save Our Schools: Philly Students Host Youth Power Summit To Campaign for Non-Violence

Save Our Schools: Philly Students Host Youth Power Summit To Campaign for Non-Violence

The banquet hall is a-rockin’. A young man stands at the front of the expansive room with a mic, chanting, “When I say youth, you say power!” He’s got the ear of over 200 middle and high school students, scattered at tables around the hall. “Youth!” the young man exhorts. “Power!” the room shouts back. “Youth!” “POWER!” The...

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