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NEWS AND OPINION > COVER STORY

By Jonathan Valania

Murder in the Time of Cholera

In June of 1832, the Irish migrant workers arrived at the docks of Philadelphia. Six weeks later, they would all be dead. History would blame cholera for their deaths, but in fact there is a lot about the historical record that doesn’t add up. A team of academic researchers known as the Duffy’s Cut Project suspects that the men were murdered to stem the spread of a cholera epidemic, then raging in Philadelphia and Chester County. And the researchers may well have discovered the forensic evidence to prove it.

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Posted Aug. 17, 2010 | Comments: 16

NEWS AND OPINION

By Jonathan Valania

The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut

This past spring, the Chester County Paranormal Research Society asked for permission to investigate the valley at Duffy’s Cut. These attempts to communicate with the dead took place in three half-hour segments over the course of several hours. At first, there was not much response, but as the night wore on, things got interesting.

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Posted Aug. 17, 2010 | Comments: 7

NEWS AND OPINION

By Aaron Kase

New Black Panthers Speak Out

It’s just starting to get dark when I stroll up to Jerry Jackson’s house in north-central Philly. A small sign by the door reads: “COLORED ONLY. No Whites Allowed.” I go for the bell anyway, at any moment expecting someone to tell me to get my cracker-ass off the property.

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Posted Aug. 17, 2010 | Comments: 25

NEWS AND OPINION

By Aaron Kase

Old vs. New: Clash of the Panthers

The New Black Panthers should look familiar. They borrowed their name, logo and much of their "black power" rhetoric from the original Black Panther Party, which gained notoriety by organizing for the self-defense of black neighborhoods in the late '60s and early '70s. But many members of the original Panthers reject the hyper-racial view of the new group.

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Posted Aug. 17, 2010 | Comments: 11