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Philadelphia ends ‘policing for profit’ program

The News: The city of Philadelphia ended a four-year lawsuit involving what critics said was “policing for profit.” According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Philadelphia officials on Tuesday pledged to reform the city’s  civil forfeiture program, which had been used to seize thousands of homes and vehicles and millions of dollars in cash from criminal suspects — and in some cases from people never charged with a crime.” The Background: Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial legal tool that allows law enforcement officials to seize property they claim has been involved in specific criminal activity. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Jewish High Holy Days

The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah ended last week, and the holy day of Yom Kippur ends tonight at sundown (see also: FAQ: What is Yom Kippur?). Here are five facts you should know about the High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar: 1. Continue Reading...

FAQ: What is Yom Kippur?

This year Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday, September 18, and lasts until sundown on Wednesday, September 19. Here are the facts you need to know about the holiest of Jewish holidays. Continue Reading...

How expert are expert stock pickers?

Note: This is post #93 in a weekly video series on basic economics. In his 1973 book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, economist Burton Malkiel made a controversial claim: a blindfolded monkey, throwing darts at the financial pages, could select a basket of stocks that would do just as well as a set chosen by the pros. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about hurricanes

Hurricane Florence has struck the Carolinas, dumping massive amounts of rain that could trigger catastrophic floods inland. Here are five facts you should know about these types of deadly storms: 1. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about the 9/11 aftermath

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. Here are five facts you should know about what happened in the aftermath of the events on September 11, 2001: 1. Continue Reading...

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