Author: Solomon Jones

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As of late February, there were over 15,000 people in Philadelphia’s municipal prisons. Each of them represents lost tax revenue through wages, lost community cohesion through absence, and lost potential through what will likely happen to them upon their exit from the system.

Every day on Wake Up With WURD we list the Top 5 stories of the day. Today’s stories include Nutter names 24 to Police Community Oversight Board, Robert Bates speaking up on the Tulsa shooting, boat filled with Migrants capsizes in Mediterranean, 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, and more.

On Thursday February 26th, 900 am WURD morning host Solomon Jones interviewed mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham. In a wide-ranging interview that was contentious at times, Abraham covered a number of subjects, including education, crime, gentrification, and Abraham’s record as District Attorney. Abraham identified three top issues facing Philadelphia.

Every day on Wake Up With WURD we list the Top 5 stories of the day. Today’s stories include: FCC passes Net Neutrality rules, “Jihad John” identified, ‘Jihad James’ identifed, Lupita Nyungo’s $150,000 Oscars dress stolen, racial graffiti discovered at a local high school, and Pendergrass daughters appeal October ruling.

The Sixers traded Michael Carter Williams, their best player, following a longstanding Philadelphia pattern of trading our best players. When the Eagles parted ways with Reggie White, one of the best defensive ends to ever play the game, they said he was greedy for aspiring to be paid like a top player. When the Sixers traded Moses Malone to Washington for Jeff Ruland, they claimed Ruland – bad knees and all – was just as good as Moses. Who else should Philadelphia have traded over the years?

When former presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani went to a Republican fundraiser for current GOP contender Scott Walker and said President Obama does not love America, Solomon Jones got to thinking. After a little research, Jones came up with a startling conclusion. Click now to read the column.

As Solomon Jones moderated a forum featuring a panel of black scholars talking about Thurgood Marshall, the lawyer who fought Jim Crow head on, another spectacle played out less than five miles away. The School Reform Commission was about to approve 5 of 39 new charter school applications–even as the District faced an $80 million deficit. Click to read now.

On Thursday February 5th, 900 am WURD morning host Solomon Jones interviewed mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz. The wide-ranging interview covered a number of subjects, including education, crime, gentrification, voter turnout and the Latino community. Click now to listen.

Every day on Wake Up With WURD we list the Top 5 stories of the day. Click the headline or image to read the full stories. Today’s stories include Walmart increases minimum wage, the 76ers trading key players, online fundraisers claiming to be for Eric Garner’s family, Bobbi Kristina brown being taken off of a breathing tube, and Eddie Murphy refusing to act as Bill Cosby in a skit on SNL.


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