Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday August 26 1. White House jumper killed after pulling knife at Pennsylvania court A man who once jumped a fence at the White House was shot and killed at a Pennsylvania courthouse Tuesday after slashing a sheriff’s deputy with a knife, an official said. Curtis Smith, 34, attacked the deputy at…

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A DECADE ago, when Hurricane Katrina poured her wrath on the Gulf Coast, America wasn’t prepared for the kind of wholesale destruction we witnessed. The Category 3 storm killed nearly 2,000 people, destroying more than 100,000 homes. But it wasn’t just the physical destruction that alarmed us. It was the emotional toll of watching a…

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When I was a child, the start of the school year was a time of giddy anticipation. That was many years ago, before perpetual deficits and the slow erosion of public trust made books, and then students, and then dozens of underutilized schools disappear. Sadly, the excitement that should accompany the start of a new…

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I want to be proud on this, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but I can’t. Not while mourning I’m the untimely demise of all that the Voting Rights Act represents. I mourn because just 27 percent of eligible voters participated in Philadelphia’s mayoral primaries. I mourn because we’ve been lulled…

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AS A BLACK FATHER, I was alarmed to learn what government studies consistently show.  For black children, the most basic rights and freedoms can be elusive. This is especially true in public institutions such as schools and courts. And as a black father, it is heartbreaking to know that my children could be treated differently simply…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday August 12 1. Clinton’s attorney hands over private e-mail server, thumb drive to FBI  Hillary Clinton’s attorney has provided the FBI with the private server that housed her e-mail during her four years as secretary of state. Her attorney also gave agents a thumb drive containing copies of thousands of e-mails…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Monday August 10 1. Supporters pay tribute to Michael Brown Hundreds of people gathered Sunday morning at the memorial of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen who was shot dead in the middle of the street by a white police officer exactly one year ago. Teddy bears and candles now mark the memorial on…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Friday August 7 1. Montco DA charges Attorney General Kathleen Kane Charged in a criminal indictment Thursday, Attorney General Kathleen Kane remained defiant vowing to hold onto her office, even as others, including Pennsylvania’s governor, called upon her to resign. Montgomery County prosecutors accused the state’s top law enforcement official of leaking…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday August 6 1. Criminal charges expected against Kane  Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has decided to bring criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for allegedly leaking confidential documents and then lying about it under oath. After nearly six months, Ferman has endorsed a grand jury’s recommendation that…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday August 5 1. Family of Sandra Bland sues arresting officer The family of Sandra Bland – the 28-year-old black woman found dead in her jail cell last month – is suing the Texas state trooper who arrested her in what started as a routine traffic stop, but took a tragic turn.…

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