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Judge in “Kids for Cash” Scheme Sentenced to 28 Years

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Back in February, former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion in what was arguably the most grotesque misuse of power the state of Pennsylvania has ever seen. Dubbed “Kids for Cash,” Judge Ciavarella Jr. apparently struck a back room deal Continue reading »

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Shooting Season Begins in Philadelphia

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Last week was one of the warmest, most pleasant weeks of the year. Unfortunately, it was also one of the most violent. All corners of the city saw shootings and stabbings, which has raised much concern as summer approaches. Whatever the connection is between warm weather and violence, one thing remains clear: Continue reading »

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No, You Can’t Park Under The Ben Franklin Bridge Yet

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Finding a spot along Delaware Avenue is a daunting task, but some of those parking woes could be alleviated–if the parking lot under the Ben Franklin Bridge were open. Not too long ago The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) met to talk about opening the parking lot again but that Continue reading »

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City Council President Proposes Ads on City Hall… Again

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Back in December of 2011 we wrote about City Council President Darrell Clarke wanting to put advertisements on city buildings in order to boost revenue. Nearly two years later, Clarke  is still holding on to the controversial idea. Later this week, Philadelphia City Council will hold a hearing to discuss the plan, Continue reading »

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Pennsylvania: Worst Place in the Northeast for Gay Rights?

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The equal sign has taken over Facebook this week– and not because math suddenly became trendy. The logo is a symbol for equality, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has been encouraging supporters of same-sex marriage to use it as their Facebook profile picture. Yesterday, supporters and non-supporters of same-sex Continue reading »

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Watch: Child Left Alone at SEPTA Station

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It’s not uncommon to hear about people accidentally leaving their children alone in malls, hot cars, or other public areas… and that’s pretty much what happened after two women allegedly tried to avoid paying the fare for the Market-Frankford line. Cameras showed the child’s mother and grandmother trying to use the Continue reading »

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Are Philly’s Solar-Powered Trash Cans Too Dirty to Use?

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Sure, they helped the city save $900,000 in one year, but are our super-fancy, solar-powered trash cans really all they’re cracked up to be? That’s a question TreeHugger contributor Michael Graham Richard recently asked after Motherboard posted a glowing review of the environmentally friendly disposal system. In case you’re unaware (or Continue reading »

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