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Join the blame-book writers club

Janis Karpinski was in Philadelphia last Monday. For those of you not interested in spending the $20 for her new book, I’ll spare you. Karpinski’s Army Reserve unit was in control of the Abu Ghraib prison when Iraqi detainees were physically abused and sexually humiliated in fall 2003.…

Preservation of famous Philly

Where 18th Street meets Berks Street, six boots hang on power lines. Facing south on the corner, the view of the William Penn-topped City Hall is obstructed, as if to remind this neighborhood that, in many ways and to many Philadelphians, they are out of sight and forgotten.…

Vulnerable U.S. cities still beg for action

“Hurricane Katrina was terrible.” The words of Gene C. Ulmer, a professor of geology at Temple, are nothing new since late August. As the death toll in the Gulf Coast region reaches 1,000, it is important to become aware of other communities in the U.S.…

Won’t you be my neighbor?

To some, John DiMino, who holds a doctorate in psychology, may seem out of place pulling weeds and spreading mulch in the windless heat of a North Philadelphia morning. Working up a sweat, the director of Tuttleman Counseling Services feels right at home.…