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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Pa-Gov: Here’s one ad we love—and one we hate
By Josh Kruger

Right now, we’re all being bombarded by negative ads in the run up to next Tuesday’s primary.  Everybody hates this shit.  Specifically, two ads have gotten our attention lately:  One from the governor’s race and another from PA-13, which we’re referring to as “GIRL PLEASE” AND “AWESOME SAUCE TASTES LIKE…” First up, Tom Corbett’s take on Democrat Tom Wolf’s [...]

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“Tips for Jesus” hits Philly; man leaves $7,000
By Josh Kruger

There’s a mysterious, awesome movement afoot right now in America: It was (probably) begun by a corporate executive, and it’s hit more than a dozen cities across the country. The mission: make the world a better place one ridiculously large tip at a time. Usually to often overworked, underpaid waitstaff and bartenders. And it seems that [...]