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Philly Police Facing Recruitment Problems, Especially of African American Officers

Philadelphia’s Police Department has been on a year-long recruitment drive – you may have seen the billboards around the city (there is one by 30th Street Station).  Employment in the force comes with a not too shabby starting salary of $43,748 per year, along with excellent medical insurance including a prescription plan and dental/optical coverage, and a life … Continue reading

Public Interest

Thomas Jefferson University Researchers Hope to Fight Ebola Using Rabies Vaccine

Medical researchers in Philadelphia, part of the international effort to develop a vaccine for the Ebola virus, have “piggybacked” on the long available vaccine for the deadly disease rabies. An ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has killed almost two hundred people and it is feared to be spreading. The fatality rate from Ebola … Continue reading

Activism / Crime / Criminal Justice / Legal / Local News / Local Politics

Council Candidate to Call for Halting City Funds to South Philly Intelligence Center

by Kenneth Lipp and Dustin Slaughter Full disclosure: Kenneth Lipp is serving as Mr. Poe’s campaign advisor. Dustin Slaughter was asked by Poe’s campaign to serve as a consultant on matters concerning the fusion center, which to our delight Poe decided to include on his platform. As such, we welcome and even encourage criticism of … Continue reading

Crime / Criminal Justice / Inequality / Law Enforcement / Legal

Two Sentences Speak Volumes About Race and Pot Arrests in Philly

At the last public hearing of the Philadelphia City Council regarding the now tabled bill 140001-A, a measure sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney which would end the practice of mandatory custodial arrest for marijuana possession, an attorney who works with the ACLU to monitor the Philadelphia Police’s use of investigative stops, searches commonly called “stop … Continue reading

Law Enforcement / Legal / Local News / Local Politics / Right-to-Know law / Surveillance state

Officials: Philadelphia’s “All-Hazards” Fusion Center Did Not Monitor Train Derailment, Oil Spill

By Dustin Slaughter and Kenneth Lipp Two serious calamities struck the Delaware Valley region in January. On January 20th, a CSX train derailed on the Schuylkill River Arsenal Bridge and hung precariously over the river, its fate uncertain for days. Crews worked tirelessly to prevent five tankers – each containing 30,000 gallons of crude – … Continue reading

Crime / Criminal Justice

As Philly’s violent crime drops, mapping the neighborhoods where it doesn’t

  From Newsworks: For a long time, the Philadelphia Police Department rarely had good news to share. That’s changed. From 2012 to 2013, the number of homicides in the city dropped by 25 percent, and violent crime also fell across the board. In the first three months this year, the positive trend mostly continued. While … Continue reading