I HAVE an admission to make; one I never thought I’d utter as a 47-year-old man. Please bear in mind that this is not easy for me, because I used to scoff at others for doing the very thing I’m going to share with you. But as difficult as this might be, I need to…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Friday March 27  1. State: Most L&I inspections done by inexperienced personnel are ‘invalid’ Most of the 600 inspections of unsafe buildings performed by a group of uncertified inspectors for the Department of Licenses and Inspections last month appear to be invalid, according to The Inquirer. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday March 26  1. Mayor announces oversight board to address police shootings Mayor Nutter on Wednesday announced the creation of an independent oversight board to ensure that recommendations from a Justice Department report on Philadelphia police shootings are carried out.The board will report to Nutter and will be chaired by JoAnne Epps,…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday March 25  1. Germanwings Airbus A320 Crashes in France, 150 Feared Dead  A passenger plane carrying 150 people crashed in a remote part of the French Alps on Tuesday. There are not expected to be any survivors. French President Francois Hollande called the crash of the Airbus A320 a “tragedy” and…

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THIS WEEKEND we went to a bat mitzvah. For many black families, this peek into Jewish tradition is culture shock. For the Joneses? It’s old hat. We’ve been to so many bat mitzvahs that LaVeta is starting to hum along to the tunes. Little Solomon has started checking out the young men’s yarmulkes. And Eve?…

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On Monday, when the Justice Department released its report recommending changes in the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of deadly force policies, I thought of the first time I saw police brutality. I was 24, my parents had just divorced, and I’d only recently moved to North Philadelphia from West Oak Lane. As a child who’d…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Tuesday March 24  1. Mo’ne Davis asks Bloomsburg to reinstate player who insulted her  After Bloomsburg University baseball player Joey Casselberry was released from the team following an offensive tweet in which he called 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis a “slut,” Davis reached out to the university and asked for Casselberry to be reinstated.…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Monday March 23  1. Four Florida police officers out after racist text messages Three Florida police officers were fired and a fourth resigned after exchanging a series of racially offensive text messages and a video that portrayed President Barack Obama in a derogatory way, Fort Lauderdale police said. Jason Holding, James Wells…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Friday March 20  1. The NAACP called on the Justice Department to investigate after the body of a missing man was likely found hanging in the Mississippi woods Thursday morning. Sheriff’s deputies and agents of the Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Department discovered the body about 50 miles southeast of Jackson as…

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My name is Denise Clay. It’s a simple name, really. D-E-N-I-S-E C-L-A-Y. The “Denise” is the conventional spelling and my last name, Clay, is four letters long. Doesn’t look like it would be too hard to grasp on its face, right? But you’d be surprised at the beating my name takes. “Clay” gets spelled with…

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