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Hey remember that time a notorious murderer from Philly started Earth Day?

By Ryan Briggs Okay, so maybe “started” is a strong word. And technically Ira Einhorn didn’t murder anyone until 1977, seven years after the above photo, taken during the first Earth Day celebration at Belmont Plateau, in Fairmount Park. Nevertheless, the West Oak Lane native, more colorfully known as “The Unicorn Killer,” was a major fixture in radical West … Continue reading

Inequality / Legal / LGBT

Drexel researchers say bias in LGBT custody cases doesn’t reflect science

By Emma Jacobs (Newsworks) – In a well-known case from 1999, a Mississippi judge ordered that a boy stay with his mother in a household where she was being abused rather than allowing to live with his father, who was in a relationship with another man. While less common, Drexel University graduate student Emily Haney-Caron … Continue reading

Local Politics / Local News / Crime / Legal / Law Enforcement / Criminal Justice

DA’s fight against innocence claim may have left dangerous gunman on street

By Daniel Denvir (City Paper) – Last October, a Philadelphia judge ordered a new trial for Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder after the pair presented evidence that they were wrongfully convicted in the 1995 murder of North Philadelphia businessman Thomas Keal. Gilyard and Felder were then released after spending 15 years behind bars. But the … Continue reading

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Overlooked No More: How Temple Expansion Will Impact Community

By Joseph Cranney and Evan Cross (Axis Philly) Temple University is taking steps to make sure it gets more attention. It has an ambitious building program in the works that includes a new library, a redesigned campus and a new 1,200-bed dormitory tower. It is trying to build its football program into a nationally known … Continue reading

Art/Culture

A Song for Philly, Because In Spite of Everything Spring is Here Again

By Kenneth Lipp By the Schuylkill, unfiltered this I was four lenses wide-eyed at least three miles, bare below the fulcrum but the vernal shuddered off the chill. Collared encounters upon a knoll, horned, the downed arrow of latitude. I chase sunlight to frame on stone, pace a giggling surrey, and fellow travelers gerrymander statuesque … Continue reading