I REMEMBER Philadelphia’s open-air drug markets. They thrived in the city’s poorest communities like drug-fueled drive-thrus that sometimes stretched for blocks. There was 8th and Butler, a picture of violence and chaos. There was Germantown and Cambria, where men yelled “Works!” as they sold needles to addicts near Fairhill Cemetery. Yet another corner, 5th Street near…

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HAVE REPUBLICANS moved the federal government to a little country town? I ask because in the aftermath of President Obama’s victory on the healthcare law, John Boehner and his House colleagues seem to be living in Petticoat Junction. That’s the only explanation I can think of, because I’ve never seen anything so petty in all my life. For those who’ve…

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UPDATE: SUSPECTS CHARGED JONATHAN ROSA and CORNELIUS CRAWFORD, who allegedly carjacked, robbed, and sexually assaulted a female realtor at gunpoint in North Philadelphia at 11:15 a.m., on Friday, before losing control of the vehicle and killing three children, have been arrested in connection with the crime. Each man has been charged with three counts murder in the second…

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AMONG THE MANY things that are making me scratch my head in relation to the School District of Philadelphia’s current funding crisis is the strange bedfellows it’s creating. I recently got a media advisory from Public Citizens for Children and Youth about a press conference and parent briefing that the organization was doing with school district…

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IN A RECENT interview with the Tampa Tribune, former Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy remarked that he would not have drafted Michael Sam, the openly gay seventh round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play,” Dungy said, “but I wouldn’t want…

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On Thursday, July 17, drug-related violence claimed the life of a husband and father on a New York street corner. But this was not a case of crack dealers spraying bullets in the shadow of graffiti strewn abandonment. No, this was something much worse. [blocktext align=”right”]The tragic killing of Eric Garner firmly established that local…

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THIS PAST Saturday, my ultra-talented friend Tiffany Bacon had me on her Praise 103.9 FM radio show “Praise In The City.” Though we usually talk politics or education, she surprised me this time by asking me a simple question: “What does it mean to be black?” To me, this is the mother of all loaded questions,…

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LAST WEEK was my 14th wedding anniversary. That’s right, the big one-four. I know 14 years isn’t a gold anniversary. It’s not even a silver anniversary, but maybe we could call it a copper anniversary, or a quartz anniversary, or a synthetic topaz anniversary. Why? Because divorce rates have doubled over the past 20 years…

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I HAVE MIXED emotions about LeBron James’s return to Cleveland. On the one hand, I’m glad the brother got the chance to go back in an attempt to deliver a championship to the place where he grew up.  On the other hand, I’m disappointed that he didn’t publicly take Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to…

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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted this letter on the Cavaliers website in 2010, after LeBron James’ announcement he was leaving for the Miami Heat. The letter was removed just days ago. Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight; As you now know, our former hero, who grew…

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