Our hypocrisy on unaccompanied minors

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free!” – Emma Lazarus, from a plaque on the Statue of Liberty near Ellis Island Apparently those words don’t apply to the tens of thousands of Central American children as young as five who’ve braved the dangerous trip to America in recent years, because the…

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Keisha Williams is at peace. We are not

SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, a carjacked vehicle spun out of control and struck Keisha Williams, three of her children and a family friend. They were selling fruit on a North Philly corner to help their church turn a vacant lot into a playground. Funeral services were held for 10-year-old Thomas Reed, who died at the scene, along with…

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We used to be in love. Now what?

Being in love: The dope factor WHEN PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE it triggers events in the brain that are similar to mental illness (boy does that explain a lot). First our sex hormones are excited and awakened. Then dopamine—the same stuff that’s activated by cocaine—is released in the brain. Next comes adrenaline and a chemical called serotonin,…

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Eric Garner: The new Rodney King

IN 1991, a large black man was beaten by four white police officers. The videotaped attack appeared to be a clear case of police brutality. The black community was outraged, national publicity ensued, and the officers involved were criminally charged. That was the case of Rodney King, whose videotaped police beating was remarkably similar to the case…

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Garner homicide: Will cops be charged?

THE NEW YORK City Medical Examiner has found that a police chokehold killed 43-year-old Eric Garner during an arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. The death has been ruled a homicide. This is not news for those of us who watched the videotape of the encounter that killed Garner. Anyone who saw the father of six…

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