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The Parking Authority of the City of #Camden  wanted to tear down a building in the heart of downtown, putting up a parking garage. Before it could use #eminentdomain , #NewJersey  law required it to make a good-faith offer and enter bona fide negotiations, not just forcibly seize property.

Their offer: -$200,000.

That’s not a typo — the Parking Authority essentially asked the property owner to pay them $200,000 and give up the property. Legal experts I spoke with said they had never before seen a negative offer.

“Telling someone ‘I’ll take $200,000 in exchange for taking this property off your hands’ is pretty strong evidence of bad faith,” one lawyer told me.
When the Parking Authority of the City of Camden decided it wanted to tear down the decades-old Commerce Building in the heart of downtown to put up a parking garage, it made an offer far below the property owner's expectations.
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Minority journalists in the U.S. can now apply for our #icfjglobal  reporting fellowship! 

The #journalism   #fellowship  helps U.S.-based minority journalists cover compelling yet under-reported international stories, increasing the diversity of voices in global news. 

Learn more and apply here:

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This chandelier has a trumpet-blowing angel at the top. Inspiration for some new lighting in my place?
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Walking to dinner, it was still snowing. On the way back, the temperature had risen, the precipitation had become the always-worrisome “wintry mix”, and the sidewalks and streets were completely icy and dangerous. Stay safe out there, Philly. Good night for staying in and watching a movie.
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Walking through Center City last night, some friends and I stopped at a hotel to get some photos. All we had were our phones, but we tried our best.
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Charles Blow writes about his son, a Yale student, getting stopped by campus police at gunpoint:

“In these moments, what you’ve done matters less than how you look.

There is no amount of respectability that can bend a gun’s barrel. All of our boys are bound together.”
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“I don’t believe in never”.

Alicia Keys is amazing.
 
There really ain't nothin' child
That the word never could ever mean
In a heart like yours
So full of shine
So full of endless dreams

There really ain't nothing child
The word never could ever do
Just brush it off when the word comes up 
Cause it don't apply to you

I don't believe in never
That word is just a way
To handcuff your mind
And steal your shine
The worst kind
Of thievery 

There really ain't nothin child
Yes this A promise true
Dance in the wild
Beautiful child
A new world belongs to you

-Alicia Keys #MartinLutherKingDay
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Check out this cool room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (The first photo is the full, tilted panorama. The second is straightened, and thus also cropped a bit.) Had off today, so visited the Art Museum, which is always a fun time.
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“I would like for young people to know that each day of your life is a journey into history. And that you are making that history. And you have the ability to change something each day of your life.”

Illustrated Memoir Recalls Marching In Selma At Just 15
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Journalist (metro reporter) at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Proud alumnus of the University of Chicago, where I studied Econ and English and was News Editor at The Chicago Maroon.

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