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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THERE IS A CREEPING SENSE of bitterness in our society – an ugly cynicism that says that fathers are no longer necessary. I’d seen hints of this viewpoint over the years, and I couldn’t blame those who espoused it. It sometimes came from women who’d been abandoned by men whom they were better off without.…

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I’VE PARENTED both as a noncustodial father and as a married father, and the experiences are vastly different – both for the parent and for the child. As a noncustodial father, a man can be reduced to little more than a voice on a phone, a playmate on a weekend or a name on a…

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“We’re coming at you with music and fun… And if you’re not careful, you may learn something before it’s done… So let’s get ready, okay? Hey, Hey Hey!” That is how Bill Cosby sent us into episodes of “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” one of the traditions of my childhood. I used to watch that…

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EVE IS TURNING 13. That’s scary. Not zombie-movie, brain-eating scary, but scary just the same. Why would I be afraid, you ask? Perhaps those of you without daughters are unaware of this, but there’s nothing in the world more dangerous than a teenage girl. Let’s set aside the fact that when they reach teen status, their…

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I HAVE ALWAYS believed that grief is personal. Grief is one of those things that you kinda have to handle on your own. No one can tell you how long you should grieve, how you should grieve, or what you should grieve about. Or at least that’s how I’ve always felt it should work. There’s also…

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A COUPLE of days ago, I read a story on Philly.com talking about an investigation Mayor Michael Nutter was launching into how the Philly 4th of July Jam turned into Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, complete with all of the profanity. [blocktext align=”right”]This Moment of Ratchet isn’t Mayor Nutter’s fault. Don’t fault co-sponsor VH1, or The Roots–the…

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I LOVE SUMMER because the beautiful weather is enthralling, the long days are enchanting, and the events are entertaining. There’s so much to love I can’t fit it all in one column, so rather than trying to do that, I’ll just tell you what I hate about summer. Maybe I’m a curmudgeon for saying this,…

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I KNEW, from the time he was born, that my son had feet like Fred Flintstone. You know, wide feet with bulbous toes. The kind of feet you’d need if you ever had to kick a small dinosaur like Dino. As he’s gotten older, his feet have simply gotten bigger, along with the rest of his…

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THE INVESTIGATION that led to the 2012 child molestation conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is over, but the fallout continues. The latest salvo in the ongoing battle for the political high ground in the Sandusky affair came earlier this week, when Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) found that former Attorney…

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