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The Philadelphia Inquisition

Its two weapons are fear and surprise .  .  . and ­ruthless inefficiency.

May 6, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 32 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Allison sat down to some encouraging applause, but it seems unrealistic to expect the Human Relations Commission to help resurrect her dream of raising a child in a safe environment. The city of Philadelphia has more urgent priorities, such as making sure the First Amendment isn’t “unfettered” and ensuring ex-cons aren’t subject to employment discrimination. And if Mayor Nutter had been around to comfort Allison, we can guess what he’d tell her: “I think it’s a lost opportunity, but that’s life in the big city."

Mark Hemingway is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

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