Top 5 Live –WURD Friday February 27  1. FCC passes net neutrality rules After more than a year of heated public debate, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday passed “net neutrality” rules: They allow the agency to prohibit Internet service providers from granting faster access to companies that pay for the privilege. The new rules treat broadband…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Thursday February 26  1. Giuliana Rancic apologizes on air for Zendaya hair insult at Oscars E! network host Giuliana Rancic offered an extensive on-air apology Tuesday for a controversial, and some have argued racially charged, joke at the expense of 18-year-old biracial Disney star Zendaya. The singer and actress sported her…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Wednesday February 25  1. L&I’s demolition papers sought City Controller Alan Butkovitz has subpoenaed documents from the Department of Licenses and Inspections, launching an investigation into the department’s adherence to strict safety rules enacted after the downtown building collapse that killed six people in 2013. The action comes one day after…

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WHEN SIXERS general manager Sam Hinkie traded Michael Carter Williams last week, he was carrying on a long Philadelphia tradition. We get rid of our best athletes, get little in return and trash them on the way out the door. Need examples? When the Eagles parted ways with Reggie White, one of the best defensive…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Tuesday February 24  1. Local Fox News anchor uses racial slur to describe Lady Gaga’s music A Cleveland morning news anchor used the racial epithet “jigaboo” while discussing Lady Gaga’s music on live television. Kristi Capel, co-anchor of “Fox 8 News in the Morning” in Cleveland, was impressed with the pop…

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Rudy Giuliani says President Barack Obama does not love America. That’s right, the former New York mayor and failed presidential candidate told a group of fellow Republicans that he could definitively speak for the President; that indeed he could read the Mr. Obama’s mind. [blocktext align=”right”]Giuliani has no way of knowing how President Obama was brought up. Nor can…

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On Wednesday I moderated a WHYY forum featuring a panel of black scholars talking about Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer who fought Jim Crow head on, eventually winning Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court case which desegregated schools—in theory, at least. While I was moderating that forum, which traced…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Tuesday February 19  1. SRC votes to approve 5 new charter school applications The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night to approve five new charter schools from among 39 applications. The approved schools were offered three-year charters and have until May 31 to agree to terms with the SRC. Absent…

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There are a lot of things that you probably know about me thanks to the bio that’s on my page here on SolomonJones.com. But one of the things not included in my bio is that I, at 50, still try and catch “Sesame Street” as often as possible. I don’t have any kids, and my…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Tuesday February 18 1. Obama immigration order temporarily halted by Texas judge  U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled Monday night to block President Barack Obama’s order shielding up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Hanen ruled that the administration failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act, which calls for the White…

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