N.A. Poe talks upcoming ‘SmokeDown’ protest he’s barred from attending

N.A. Poe talks upcoming ‘SmokeDown’ protest he’s barred from attending

N.A. Poe doing some light reading. Last we heard from comedian N.A. Poe, he was being sentenced by a federal judge for his participation—and arrest resistance—at a SmokeDown Prohibition protest at Independence Mall. The comedian/activist’s punishment: A year probation, which includes no pot smoking, and no presence at events where pot smoking may occur. Those...

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UArts grad’s anti-surveillance playing cards feature Obama as ‘Suicide King’

UArts grad’s anti-surveillance playing cards feature Obama as ‘Suicide King’

Dave Boyd’s fondness for the U.S. Constitution is evident in his new project, “Wiretap”: a deck of lavishly illustrated playing cards whose faces depict the most famous friends and notorious foes of the post-war-on-terror U.S. surveillance state. “Philadelphia is the seat of the Liberty Bell [and has] the only museum dedicated to the...

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New stats offer sobering truths about city gun violence

New stats offer sobering truths about city gun violence

The Philadelphia Police Department released its analysis of violent deaths and shootings in the city today, and the news is pretty decent:  Murders are down 25 percent citywide between 2012 and 2013.  Even better is the fact that shootings, including those not resulting in murder, are down 11 percent. Still, in a city of 1.5 million people, the fact that...

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With Vick gone, looks like Doobie’s will play Eagles games again

With Vick gone, looks like Doobie’s will play Eagles games again

Photo: Yelp It’s the end of some kind of era as Michael Vick has left the Eagles and signed with the New York Jets. The quarterback who served time in prison for running a dogfighting ring leaves little legacy on the Philly team, other than being signed at a time when no one else wanted to do so, gaining back some kind of reputation after committing truly disgusting...

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Stabbing at historic bar injures Gayborhood mainstay

Stabbing at historic bar injures Gayborhood mainstay

Last night, a man allegedly wielded a knife at Venture Inn — a nearly century-old bar that’s home to many of the LGBT community’s drag benefits — stabbing two, including an off-duty Philly police officer. Venture Inn— a “former Prohibition-era tea room,” as local tour guide and historian Bob Skiba explains, that started its life...

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Can looser farmers’ market rules curb city obesity epidemic?

Can looser farmers’ market rules curb city obesity epidemic?

According to PlanPhilly, legislation recently approved by City Council will encourage more farmers’ markets into the city. The legislation will add to the city’s already respectable total of 65 markets by  “eliminating the farmers’ market licensing fee…[simplifying] rules for operating a market,” and “[simplifying] registration with the Philadelphia...

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It’s time to get excited about dinosaurs

It’s time to get excited about dinosaurs

With the School District of Philadelphia seemingly unable to even provide basic services to its students, it’s up to those of us in the Philadelphia community to start taking ownership of our children’s future. So, may we recommend heading off the inevitable class war that’s going to happen if we continue creating a generation of unskilled, uneducated...

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Everything that needs to be said about Fred Phelps’ passing

Everything that needs to be said about Fred Phelps’ passing

More interesting reading: The Trevor Project: crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ Youth The American Civil Liberties Union

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Sen. Toomey creates Buzzfeed listicles

Sen. Toomey creates Buzzfeed listicles

Having hung civil rights attorney Debo Adegbile’s scalp on his mantle after leading the charge against the lawyer’s nomination to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) has an apparent new career focus: Make lists on Buzzfeed. A community member with just one “cat power,” the Club for Growth’s 8th-most conservative...

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Rosa’s buck-a-slice pizza in Center City is actually good now

Rosa’s buck-a-slice pizza in Center City is actually good now

Walking up 11th Street a few months back, I saw a sandwich board for a new pizza joint. Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, at 25 S. 11th between Chestnut and Market streets, had just opened and was touting its simple business model:  fresh slices of pizza for $1 a piece. Considering median wages in the U.S. are at their lowest level in over a decade, it seemed like a good...

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