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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Malcolm Burnley, Philly Magazine: As of this morning, Philadelphia is the largest city in the country to decriminalize marijuana. You'll now receive a $100 fine for smoking in public and a $25 for possession of up to 30 grams -- but you will not be arrested. Pot advocate Mike Whiter called dibs on the first marijuana citation weeks ago, and today, he promptly lit up a joint in City Hall's courtyard at 8 a.m. with police by his side. One quick puff and one handwritten ticket later, Whiter was the happiest man to pay a municipal fine I've ever seen. read more


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus P. McCaffery (D) on Monday amid allegations that he sent pornographic e-mails and threatened to entangle a fellow justice in the widening scandal after vowing not to go "down alone." McCaffery, 64, a former Marine and Philadelphia police officer, has apologized for sending sexually explicit e-mails, saying crude language and jokes were part of the vernacular of military and law enforcement. read more


Saturday, October 18, 2014

What's more American than guns and mindless patriotism? read more


Sunday, October 05, 2014

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo and a top aide resigned Thursday over revelations that they were among dozens of state officials who sent or received pornographic e-mails over state computers.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Nutter administration and City Councilman James Kenney have a reached a compromise on a bill that will reduce penalties for possession of marijuana in Philadelphia. People caught possessing fewer than 30 grams of marijuana, or just over an ounce, would be issued a citation and fined $25. City Councilman James Kenney argued that marijuana arrests were unfairly impacting African Americans -- Philadelphia police arrested 4,336 people for marijuana possession last year, 83 percent of them black -- while wasting valuable police time.


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