Freedom isn’t free. That refrain has danced in my head since the tragic murders of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. The satirical publication had long faced threats from Islamic extremists who believed the magazine’s cartoons insulted the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. In 2011, the threats morphed into violence when the magazine’s offices were…

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PHILADELPHIA IS segregated and diverse, impoverished and affluent, corrupt and pristine. But even with all its contradictions, it is a better Philadelphia than it used to be, largely due to the efforts of legendary Philadelphia Daily News columnist Chuck Stone. He died Sunday at the age of 89. In the coming days, you’ll read about…

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