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John Jordan at the podium, along with leaders from more than a dozen community groups at a press conference announcing the Hands Across Philadelphia march at Catalyst for Change Church. (Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Community Leaders Organize Hands Across Philadelphia Anti-Violence March

Community leaders held a press conference this week to announce the second annual Hands Across Philadelphia march, which is scheduled for next Saturday. Scores of groups will join hands to stop violence in the city.

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File poto of Sonia Sanchez. (credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Philadelphia’s First Poet Laureate Leads International Peace Day Celebration

“Considering the times right now, we need very much to do something,” says peace activist and Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez.

09/20/2014

(The Lansdowne Theater marquee promotes a Sept. 20th fundraiser.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Lansdowne Theater Holding Fundraiser To Restore Its Historic Splendor

The money raised at the fundraiser will put the theatre one step closer to restoration.

09/19/2014

(A frame from surveillance video released by Philadelphia police, believed to show people involved in the beating of two men.  Credit: CBS3)

Friends Of Gay Couple Attacked Launch Online Petition For New Hate Crimes Law

There is no law in Pennsylvania that makes assault based on one’s sexual orientation a hate crime, so friends of the gay couple attacked in Center City last week started an online petition, hoping to change that.

09/19/2014

(Former offenders get a certificate and a backpack following a year of compliance with the requirements of Philadelphia mental health court.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Phila. ‘Mental Health Court’ Marks Five Years of Helping Mentally Ill Defendants

“Most of these individuals are committing nonviolent crimes, but crimes that are usually the result of their mental health issues,” explains Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper.

09/18/2014

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‘America’s First Queer Jazz Festival’ Kicks Off In Philadelphia

The four-day festival, called ‘Outbeat,’ includes nearly a dozen events at various venues.

09/18/2014

(Immigration reform advocates demonstrate outside the Philadelphia ICE office, at 16th and Callowhill Streets.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

In Philadelphia, A Push For Quicker Action on Unauthorized Immigrants

Immigration reform advocates say that months of protests have fallen on deaf ears and, with November elections approaching, the impact of broken promises will be visible at the polls.

09/17/2014

(Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sideline during a game against the St. Louis Rams on September 7th.  Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson Case Brings Corporal Punishment of Kids Front and Center

Many child advocates say physical discipline is wrong, while some parents defend their actions, saying spankings can be appropriate under certain circumstances.

09/16/2014

Otho Boykin (red sweater) surrounded by former players from the Liberty Saints Athletic Association. (credit: Cherri Gregg)

Former Liberty Saints Youth Players Say “Thank You” To Their Founder

Scores of former players from a now defunct youth athletic team from North Philadelphia reunited this weekend to say thank you to the man who founded the group more than 45 years ago.

09/14/2014

Photo of signature piece of "Cash Crop" exhibit, which is 15 life size cement sculptures of Africans chained to a pallet.
(credit: Cherri Gregg

Slave Trade, Sweatshops Compared In New Exhibit At African American Museum of Philadelphia

The African American Museum of Philadelphia opened a new exhibit this week that makes a haunting comparison between the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and modern day sweatshops.

09/14/2014

Queen Lane Apartments (credit: Cherri Gregg)

Queen Lane Apartments Gone, But History Remains

The bones of thousands of men and women were buried beneath the a plot of land adjacent to the Queen Lane Apartments stood.

09/13/2014

Queen Lane Apartments in Germantown will be imploded early Saturday morning. (Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Implosion Of Germantown High-Rise Forcing Residential Evacuations

Contractors are making final preparations for the implosion of the Queen Lane Apartment building in Germantown Saturday morning.

09/12/2014

(Voting machines at a warehouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. High Court Considers Whether Phila. Voting Machines Are Too Unreliable

The machines record ballot selections electronically, but do not produce a paper record of each vote.

09/10/2014

(Voting machines at a warehouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

SCOPA Hears Arguments On Legality Of Widely Used Electronic Voting Machines

The machines are called direct recording electronic, or DRE, and with a press of a button or turn of a wheel voters can choose the next governor or congressman, with choice recorded directly into the machine’s memory. Advocates says there’s a problem.

09/10/2014

File photo (credit: Paul Gluck)

Philadelphia Homeowners Try To Stop DA’s Quick Property Seizures

The practice is called “Seize and Seal,” and it allows the Philadelphia DA’s office to get an order from a judge to seize a home that is linked to alleged drug activity.

09/09/2014

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