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Million Man March Comes to Philly This Weekend

As blacks from across the country get ready to head to Philly this weekend for the second Million Man March, organizers stay focused on their No. 1 goal: tackling Philly’s staggering poverty crisis.

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Vacant Hunting Park School Is a Scrapper’s Delight

From deep within the belly of this beast of a building—a hulking, decrepit six-story structure that takes up most of a ragged city block in Hunting Park—the sounds of industry ring out on a recent afternoon: the clanging of hammers on metal and pipes against concrete, ripping noises and distant thuds. It’s not a construction crew inside but a small, brazen army of scrappers illegally harvesting copper, aluminum and steel.

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Philly Blogger Learns a Lesson or Two on Rhetoric, Islam and Politics

Ever wonder what happens when reactionary extremist rhetoric blows up in everyone’s faces? Aaron Proctor could probably tell you a thing or two about that. Last month, the 29-year-old blogger took to his page on Examiner.com and accused the Council on American-Islamic Relations of being nothing but a bunch of terrorists.

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Milton Street’s Ex-Factor

Here’s a formerly prominent man, on the verge of fading into obscurity, who saw an opportunity to get back in the public eye and ran with it. Though only a few dozen people came out to hear him speak, he got his face and his message all over the evening news and in newspapers across the city.

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Free Spirits: A Call to Kill the PA Liquor Control Board

Little of substance has happened since Gov. Corbett announced his support for privatizing the state’s liquor and wine business.

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Is Mayor Nutter Losing the Gay Vote?

How could this be? As councilman, Nutter was instrumental in creating the law to extend benefits to domestic partners of city employees. Once mayor, he hired a director of LGBT affairs, and even raised a rainbow flag outside City Hall for Gay History Month last October.

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The New Face of Corporate America: School

A new doc explores the student-teacher-administration relationship at the American university, which the filmmakers say rely on contingent workers and outsourcing—just like an American corporation.

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Police Advisory Commission Revives a Cold Murder Case

The Police Advisory Commission is reaching out to the LGBT community, part of a larger effort to become more visible and more accessible to citizens throughout the city. The PAC is reopening the case on Nizah Morris, a transgender woman and popular drag performer at Bob and Barbara’s who was killed in December 2002 under mysterious circumstances.

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Philly Residents Save Their Homes—For Now

There is hope that the federal funds for Philly homeowners are still coming. Which is why sheriff’s sales for nearly 1,500 residential properties in foreclosure have been delayed a month.

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Candidates for City Commission Speak Up

The three-member body in charge of the city’s elections—comprised of Marge Tartaglione, Joseph Duda and Anthony Clark—has garnered a list of complaints and allegations almost as long as the collective years they’ve been in office (Tartaglione was first elected in 1975; Duda in ’95; Clark in ’07).

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