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POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 11:29 AM
President Barack Obama, center, and first lady Michelle Obama, left, walk with their daughter Malia, right, across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, following their arrival on Marine One helicopter. Obama returned to Washington after spending two weeks with his family on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

I’m no fan of President Obama.

I didn’t vote for him the first time or the last time.

I’ve publicly condemned Obamacare as well as what I believe are Obama’s failed economic and foreign policies.

POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:55 PM
Edward Smith, Jr.(left), best known to his clientele as "Junior," shines at Coldwell Banker Preferred in Center City. (Photo used with permission of Jason Wallace)

What makes Philly so special is that we’re part Rocky, part Will Smith, and all heart.

We are the city of underdogs, where everyone rises to a challenge no matter what the circumstances.

And despite some pretty rough news we’ve had to endure during the past week, there is more than a glimmer of hope that Philadelphians get it – both those that are down and out as well as those that want to help them.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:09 PM
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. Wood took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during his execution in Arizona on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)

Debra Dietz.

Eugene Dietz.

A daughter and her father.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 2:40 PM
(Pa. House of Representatives)

The Philadelphia Republican City Committee (RCC) announced this afternoon that former Pa. State Senator Frank “Hank” Salvatore has passed away. He was 92.

Salvatore represented the 5th District in the Senate from 1985 through 2000. Earlier, he was a state representative in the 170th District from 1973 until 1984.

Frustrated by what he believed was an unfair amount of services and benefits Northeast Philadelphia received in return for taxpayers' dollars, Salvatore was a vocal proponent of the secession of the Northeast from the rest of the city and had unsuccessfully lobbied for it to become "Liberty County."

POSTED: Thursday, July 3, 2014, 6:05 PM
(Burger King)

Fast food giant Burger King has introduced a new item just in time for San Francisco Gay Pride 2014. Dubbed the “Proud Whopper,” it’s a classic Whopper is wrapped in rainbow-colored paper inscribed with the words, "We are all the same inside."

The limited edition burger's release was documented in a short "Be Your Way" film, which can be viewed at Burger King's official YouTube page by clicking here.

But don’t rush out to grab one in Philly. Right now, the "Proud Whopper" is available only at one Burger King outlet in San Francisco through the end of today.

Burger King’s LGBT-friendly campaign is in stark contrast to Chick-fil-A’s, which is still trying to move on past CEO Dan Cathy’s anti-gay marriage comments which he now regrets making public.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 1:08 PM
Milton Mateo-Garcia

Subhuman filth.

That’s the only way to describe the kind of animal who would allegedly attack and rape a woman not once – but twice.

It doesn’t matter that it happened in Rittenhouse Square – the crown jewel of Philadelphia. The fact that it occurred on prime real estate shouldn’t make it any less of a high profile crime than if it happened, say, in one of Philadelphia’s poorer neighborhoods.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 5:19 PM
Mark Cuban. (File photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then [I] look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

That’s a painfully honest statement for someone to make in this politically correct day and age – when acknowledging the fear of a young black man is a no-no to the thought police.

That’s the kind of statement that could make an NBA owner the next Donald Sterling.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:09 PM
Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his budget proposal for the fiscal year 2013-2014 to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, in Harrisburg, Pa. Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, is seated left, and is accompanied by Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (AP)

Tom Corbett just won reelection.

No.  This is not an embargoed, just-in-case story for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

Nor is this a Republican’s wet dream.

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