I watched with concern as yet another unruly group of teens created chaos in Center City on Monday, purportedly with the help of social media. The group circled City Hall by the hundreds, fighting amongst themselves and wreaking utter havoc until law enforcement responded. About 20 were cited for disorderly conduct, while at least four…

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IT WAS DAY ONE of the Democratic National Convention, and liberal icon Rev. Al Sharpton stood with conservative commentator Armstrong Williams on the floor of Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. They were discussing the Democratic party’s propensity for taking the black vote for granted. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton can’t afford to do so. Not with the…

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“We’re Philadelphia and we fight.” That’s what Chip Kelly said early in his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. His statement was true, but not for the reasons that Kelly probably thought. We don’t fight because of our association with the rags-to-riches story of fictional boxer Rocky Balboa. We fight because deep lines…

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When anger shouts haughtily over reason, and fear drowns out truth, honesty is sometimes lost in the din. We see the efficacy of anger and fear in the presidential campaign, as candidates like Donald Trump focus their wrath on refugees and undocumented immigrants, and throngs cheer in approval. But while Americans wait for Trump to…

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Before Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., there was Erin Forbes in Lower Merion, Pa. Forbes, the African American son of a microbiologist and a Temple University professor, was a student who worked nights as a security guard in the Philadelphia suburbs. He once told a relative that Lower Merion police stopped him at least three…

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SOME PEOPLE are saying it’s commendable that Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson self-reported a purportedly racist email he sent to team officials back in 2012. They are also applauding the fact that Levenson, in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal, has agreed to sell his team even before an NBA investigation is complete. But here’s the…

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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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