Key Takeaways From the City’s Roundtable Discussion on Reducing Gun Violence

Here’s what passes for “the good news”: At this point, the city of Philadelphia is finally, unequivocally, view-ing gun violence as a public health crisis that requires interdisciplinary solutions. The problem at hand? Figuring out how to efficiently connect the dots. 


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Posted Dec. 18, 2012 | Comments: 2

PW's Tara Murtha Visits Her N.J. Hometown After Hurricane Sandy

Before Hurricane Sandy, Union Beach consisted of approximately 2,700 houses. Since Hurricane Sandy, at least 100 homes are already completely gone—punched into smithereens by a wall of water that surged out of the bay—and many more will need to be demolished. Almost every home in the town is damaged. But attention is largely focused on New York and smashed-boardwalk Jersey tourist towns to the south—not small working-class communities like Union Beach.

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Posted Nov. 2, 2012 | Comments: 13

The Problem With Voter ID: It Needed More Money, Not Less

On Oct. 2, the courts ruled that enforcement of the new Pennsylvania law requiring photo ID at the polls would not be enforced before this year’s general election. The problem wasn’t with the concept of tying citizens’ voting rights to their photo ID but with the state’s hasty, haphazard, lackadaisical implementation.

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Posted Oct. 17, 2012 | Comments: 3

Philadelphians Tell Gov. Corbett What They Think of His Priorities

That image—of a distant, sarcastic overlord who tunes out any objections to his decisions—pretty much sums up how many Philadelphians see Corbett. And for good reason. In the two years that Philadelphia’s been “bearing with” him, he’s made cuts that disproportionately impact Philadelphia.

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Posted Sep. 26, 2012 | Comments: 2

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Philly legislator Mike Stack talks minimum wage on MSNBC
By Randy LoBasso

Raising the minimum wage has become a huge national issue this election year and State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia), who is running for Lt. Governor, has co-sponsored a bill that would raise both the standard and tipped minimum wage to $12 per hour in Pennsylvania. The bill, which he introduced alongside State Sen. Daylin Leach, [...]

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Donovan McNabb arrested in Arizona
By Randy LoBasso

The sports media world is scrambling to figure out one thing: Why was Donovan McNabb arrested in Arizona? Because he was. Former Eagle quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office just released his mugshot. According to TMZ: Donovan McNabb was arrested in Arizona … and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has released his mug [...]