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December 3, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
First of two parts 'Nothing should be normal or everyday about accepting all this," says Ferguson, Mo., Democratic committeewoman Patricia Bynes. "Social media has helped ensure the images and agony stay fresh in people's minds. " Ferguson stays fresh. On Sunday, members of the St. Louis Rams did a pregame salute in protest of what they saw as police violence in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. That angered the St. Louis Police Association, which called on the National Football League to punish the players.
NEWS
November 27, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Vernon Clark, and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Several hundred demonstrators flooded a central Philadelphia thoroughfare at evening rush hour Tuesday and snaked through city streets for several hours in protest of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for shooting to death an unarmed black man. Marchers filed up four-lane North Broad Street from City Hall, stopped at Temple University, then headed to the Ninth District police station in Franklintown, capping a...
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA and JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
HUNDREDS OF people flooded Philadelphia's streets yesterday, weaving through tumbledown blocks of North Philly to share a unified message: Things need to change. For the second consecutive day, local protesters - residents, Temple University students and spiritual leaders - rallied to decry the grand jury's decision Monday to not indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. But the fervor in Philly wasn't just reserved for Ferguson: The demonstrators had a long list of demands, including body cameras for city police officers, freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal and the release of two of their own. "It's incredible, I didn't expect to have so many positive vibes," Naveed Ahsan said last night after he was arraigned on a disorderly conduct charge at the Central Detective Division, on 21st Street near Hamilton in Spring Garden.
NEWS
November 26, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Tricia L. Nadolny, and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Protesters shouted in anger while others pleaded for calm Monday night at Philadelphia City Hall after learning of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. In anticipation of the announcement, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said he had officers "standing by" to assist with what he expected to be "peaceful rallies. " Demonstrators began after 8 p.m. to gather at City Hall, where police had already assembled en masse and where ice skaters were enjoying the new rink at Dilworth Park.
NEWS
November 24, 2014
AFTER THAT meeting last Wednesday called together by the stadium district powers that be, I have some thoughts and a real concern to those who live close to Darien and Packer. I agree that all of South Philadelphia should stick together and nothing should go into a neighborhood that the residents do not want. And, yes, our elected officials know they work for us, especially those officials who are now under attack. However, casino hearings were held more than once at the Convention Center last year and the turnout was minimal, even though at the time three locations between Front Street and 10th at Packer/Pattison were possible locations.
NEWS
November 14, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
NEW VIDEO released yesterday shows School Reform Commission member Sylvia Simms telling student protesters, "Y'all probably in failing schools," during a confrontation last month. The exchange happened Oct. 15 when more than a dozen students with the Philadelphia Student Union interrupted a showing of the movie "Won't Back Down" hosted by Simms and Comcast at the district's headquarters. The film is loosely based on events in Los Angeles in 2010, when parents tried to take over several failing public schools.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
School Reform Commission member Sylvia Simms has denied berating student protesters last month but a video that surfaced Wednesday shows her doing just that: Saying they're "probably in failing schools. " The incident happened during a screening of the film Won't Back Down that was interrupted by about 20 members of the organizing group Philadelphia Student Union. On Wednesday, the group released a video that shows an agitated Simms getting close to the students, who had sat down to disrupt the proceedings.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Dozens gathered Wednesday on the steps of Bartram High - the Southwest Philadelphia school where a staffer was knocked out by a student last week - to make a plea: Help us fix this place. "You cannot teach children in an atmosphere of fear, thinking that if you reprimand a student you might get knocked upside the head," said Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who along with the teachers' union organized the rally. That's just what happened Nov. 6, when a student sought out veteran substitute teacher Pewu Johnson after Johnson had corrected the teenager for behaving "inappropriately" with a female student in his class.
NEWS
November 10, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
In minutes, the opening salvo in the latest skirmish of the Pennsylvania pigeon wars was due to begin. And there, a half-mile away across the Delaware River, lay ground zero. Shrouded behind a long, 30-foot-high wall of pale fabric, the Philadelphia Gun Club looked fortresslike in the distance. For decades, the club in Bensalem has been staging pigeon shoots that animal activists call cruel, savage, and an outrage. On the New Jersey side of the river, in Beverly, five of those activists stood watching Saturday as the clocks on their laptops ticked toward 9 a.m. Armed not with shotguns but an inflatable boat and a drone-mounted video camera, they could barely contain their contempt for the men and women who fire at caged birds flung skyward by handlers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
REGULAR READERS of Tattle know we are constantly amazed by the number of different groups who are aggrieved by perceived slights in the entertainment media. If there's an ethnic group or a religious group that hasn't been offended by some TV show or comedy routine, we haven't met them. The fat, the skinny, smokers, nonsmokers, those suffering from acne, erectile dysfunction and restless leg syndrome. And now . . . Shy-bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a "painfully awkward" Rob Lowe says that he can't urinate in public.
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