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July 23, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - Bryan Hambley had never organized a protest before, and so the Cleveland physician made sure to do his research on what to expect at the Republican convention. What he learned alarmed him. Chaos and violence were forecast. Open-carry advocates had vowed to lug loaded assault rifles into the city. Police had recruited dozens of officers from departments across the nation to help handle demonstrations. High security fences rimmed the perimeter of the arena where Donald Trump would accept the nomination.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
You only have to spend a few minutes in Dilworth Park to see what a people magnet it has become since the Center City District completed a dramatic, $55 million makeover two years ago. Besides regular attractions, like the cafe and sparkling fountain, there is something special going on 186 days a year - that's every other day - ranging from concerts and farmers' markets to bocce tournaments and Lupus Awareness booths. Everything, that is, except demonstrations. You read that right.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - Eighteen people were arrested and four, including two police officers, suffered minor injuries when protesters burned an American flag and scuffled with police Wednesday outside the entrance to the Republican National Convention. Burning a flag is legal. But the protesters will face charges including failure to disperse, resisting arrest, and felonious assault on an officer, police said. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said that flames from the flag set several people's pants legs on fire, and that officers were assaulted while trying to put the fire out. Two protesters were injured trying to put the fire out, police said, but declined treatment.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Protesters preparing for the Democratic National Convention are ready - and organized. Members of disparate groups have collaborated to create a handbook for marchers, a schedule of events, and even their own newspaper. On Wednesday, the DNC Action Committee, which is working to coordinate the many planned protests and rallies, released information on demonstrations and events during the city's week in the national spotlight. "I do believe they built a stage on top of this city and they thought it was just going to be their show," said Brianna Jones, founder of the Action Committee, which has hosted bi-weekly meetings to unite different groups.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's hospitals say they're ready to handle whatever calamity the Democratic National Convention may throw at them next week. Mass casualty drills, last September's papal visit, and the fatal crash of Amtrak 188 have tested the city's health systems and proven their mettle, officials said. "To put things in perspective, concerts and football games bring more people to the city than what the DNC will bring, said Wes Light, emergency preparedness manager for Temple University Hospital.
NEWS
July 22, 2016
It was the start of the 2016 ESPY Awards and there were four superstars onstage - LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul - standing extra tall as they spoke out against police brutality and called on their fellow athletes to do the same. It was a powerful moment. All those multi-millionaire athletes. Each his own mega-brand. Standing up for something besides just getting richer and winning NBA championships. My favorite part was when James, dressed in a classic black tuxedo, gazed into a camera and said, "It's time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'what are we doing to bring about change?
NEWS
July 21, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - In Public Square, where speakers have come and gone peaceably for the last two days, one of the far right's most prominent voices and two men calling him "Nazi scum" scuffled briefly in one of the most tense encounters the city has seen during the Republican National Convention. A quiet morning gave way to a raucous afternoon, where hundreds of reporters, police officers, and protesters filled the historic square amid loud demonstrations and counterdemonstrations.
NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Standing with others who had been abused by Catholic clergy, State Rep. Mark Rozzi hurled stacks of grand jury reports onto the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Monday, and loudly vowed to continue trying to change Pennsylvania law so victims like himself can file suit in decades-old cases. Stoking a legislative fight over the civil statute of limitations, the Berks County Democrat pledged to rewrite a pending House bill to include a two-year window in which any adult of any age could sue private institutions and individuals for abuse that occurred when they were children.
NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - As delegates gathered behind miles of high-security fences for the first day of the Republican National Convention, hundreds of protesters took to the streets, shadowed by hundreds of police officers. But despite a few moments of tension downtown as far left and right rubbed elbows, demonstrations remained peaceful. Two marches Monday were the largest the city has seen this week. Meanwhile, on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, a group called "America First" held an hours-long rally in support of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
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