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June 15, 2012 | Ronnie Polaneczky
Ever since Mayor Nutter's ban on feeding homeless people on Benjamin Franklin Parkway went into effect June 1, I've been worried about Violet Little.   After all, she's been nourishing the Parkway's homeless for two years. But her meals are heartier than chunky chili or cheesy ziti. I fret that her mission might be at risk. A Lutheran minister, Little is pastor of the Welcome Church, which she founded as "a church without walls," since no bricks or mortar shelter its inhabitants.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
President Oblamer spent his first 2?1/2 years in office blaming President Bush for his weak economy. When polls started showing that the American people were no longer buying that argument, he shifted the blame to the tsunami that hit Japan last year. His latest culprit for the anemic economic recovery is the European debt crisis. I'm not saying that these events didn't have a negative affect on the economy; however, there are more substantial reasons why this economic recovery has been so feeble, such as: Obama's failed stimulus, Obama's over-regulation, the fear that employers have of the cost of Obamacare and the astronomical 6 trillon dollars in debt that he incurred in just 3?
NEWS
May 20, 2012 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inside the Barnes, guests were served lamb chops and smoked salmon cannolis with a lemon aioli sauce along with champagne and red and white wine at the $1,500-a-plate opening-reception dinner. Outside, at 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the menu was drastically different. A coalition of homeless-advocacy groups and others protesting the Barnes' move from Merion dined on doughnut holes, salmon dip, bread, apples, bagels, rice, and string beans served on paper plates with plastic utensils.
NEWS
March 23, 2012
When Albert C. Barnes was calling the shots, the door to his incomparable hoard of modern masterpieces was relatively open to the poor, and closed to the privileged. James Michener, the author, figured this out only after he was denied entry on three occasions. The fourth time he posed as a barely literate Pittsburgh steelworker. Access granted. Well, Barnes is long since dead, and now that the elites have his collection, the time apparently has come for the poor to get out. Instead of slumming it to get in, the city's powerful are clearing the slums, lest the presence of homeless men and women offend patrons of the new and supposedly improved Barnes Foundation, set to open on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in May. The official story is that the new ban Mayor Nutter announced last week on the outdoor feeding of homeless people has nothing to do with the Barnes.
NEWS
March 22, 2012 | By Marc Lamont Hill, Daily News Columnist
MAYOR NUTTER last week announced a proposal to outlaw outdoor public feedings on city parkland, especially the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where highly visible feedings take place. According to Nutter, the ban will allow for more sanitary and dignified food distribution to the homeless. As expected, the news sparked a string of protests from antipoverty and anti-Nutter activists, who saw it as a swipe at the poor and a cynical attempt to polish the city's image for tourists and investors.
NEWS
March 16, 2012 | BY SHAJ MATHEW, Inquirer Staff Writer
OPPONENTS OF Mayor Nutter's new policy on mass outdoor food handouts rallied yesterday to discourage city health officials from enacting restrictions on their particular form of charity. Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall in the afternoon, with volunteers serving food to the homeless and participants filming the police filming them. One minor scuffle led to an arrest. The spectacle preceded a Philadelphia Board of Health hearing regarding a new proposal, backed by city Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz, to require training and permits for organizations distributing food to people outdoors.
NEWS
March 16, 2012 | By Shaj Mathew, Inquirer Staff Writer
Opponents of Mayor Nutter's hard line on mass outdoor food handouts rallied Thursday to discourage city health officials from enacting restrictions on their particular form of charity. Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall on Thursday afternoon, with volunteers serving food to the homeless and participants filming the police filming them. One minor scuffle led to an arrest. The spectacle preceded a Philadelphia Board of Health hearing regarding a new proposal, backed by city Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz, to require training and permitting for organizations distributing food to people outdoors.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Shaj Mathew, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Opponents of Mayor Nutter's new policy on mass outdoor food handouts rallied Thursday to discourage city health officials from enacting restrictions on their particular form of charity. Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall Thursday afternoon, with volunteers serving food to the homeless and participants filming the police filming them. One minor scuffle led to an arrest. The spectacle preceded a Philadelphia Board of Health hearing regarding a new proposal, backed by city Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz, to require training and permitting for organizations distributing food to people outdoors.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Miriam Hill and Dan Moberger, Inquirer Staff Writers
Mayor Nutter on Wednesday announced plans to end the feeding of large numbers of hungry and homeless people in city parks, saying he wanted to provide indoor meals instead. The proposal is the latest volley in a long-running battle over how best to meet the needs of the city's many poor people that is played out on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Free meals are served at several outdoor locations throughout the city, but one of the largest occurs on the Parkway near the Free Library and Family Court buildings.
SPORTS
March 2, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer
AT AGE 15, checking in at 6-6, TreVaughn Wilkerson is already the tallest member of his family by a good 2 inches. Luckily, his head is not in the clouds. "I know how lucky I am to have this height and to have talent as a basketball player," Wilkerson said. "I see a lot of tall people walking around, doing nothing with their lives - even, like, 6-9 homeless people - and it makes you wonder what went wrong, and why they didn't do their best with their opportunities. "It's a shame that stuff happens, but I know what I have and I plan to make the most of it. " Years from now, perhaps Wilkerson will think back to March 1, 2012, as the beginning of his emergence.
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