BRIGHT IDEA

Consumers Corner # 26 CYCLISTS: PLEASE LIGHT IT UP FOR YOUR SAFETY’S SAKE! By Jim Murphy While backing into a parking space one dark rainy night in Society Hill years ago, I had my first encounter with lightless bikes. As I struggled to maneuver into a very tight space, three bicycle

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LOOK MA, NO HANDS

Consumers Corner # 25 BIGBELLY TRASH CANS NOW COME WITH HANDS-FREE FOOT PEDALS By Jim Murphy If you are among the good Philadelphia residents who deposit trash in bins and not the street, here is wonderful news. Many of the Bigbelly trash cans in center city now have an easy-open foot pedal.

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SILENT VOICE MAIL

Consumers Corner # 24   THERE’S NO RINGY-DINGY … BUT YOU DO HAVE A MESSAGE By Jim Murphy The first time I noticed a “New Voice Mail” message on my phone while I was sitting right next to it, I was surprised. Twenty minutes later when I got another one on

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Joining Together: Rebuilding After Natural Disasters

  Three hurricanes have hit home — literally. The worst tragedies inspire some of the strongest displays of unity. As devastation rages, people will join together to help their neighbors, near and far, to ensure survival. The act of community empowerment is necessary to acknowledge the impact, assess the needs,

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BABY LOVE

  Consumers Corner # 23 SAME ROOM, DIFFERENT BEDS That’s the # 1 new way to help keep your baby safe By Jim Murphy  No parent ever wants to be involved in a “sleep-related death.” But about every 12 days in Philadelphia, a baby dies due to what the city’s Board

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Beyond Pink: Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

Actions, Activism & Awareness “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” Mean Girls (2004) Rather than limiting our pink attire and accessories to one day, we are all encouraged to show off more of the bright color throughout the month of October to raise breast cancer awareness. Sports teams redesign their uniforms,

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PROTESTING 101

Consumers Corner # 22 How Philly Activists killed the Crosstown Expressway By Jim Murphy If you didn’t live here in the late ’60s and early ’70s, you may not realize how close the area near Old Pine Community Center came to being completely destroyed by a controversial highway. City officials, led

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STARTLING STATISTICS

Consumers Corner # 21 THE INSURANCE MOST OF US THINK WE’LL NEVER NEED The numbers say we’re wrong By Jim Murphy A young swimming instructor I know recently went hiking and decided to jump into a pond. Bad idea. She broke her leg in two places and is now out of

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NO COMPLAINTS WANTED

Consumers Corner # 20   Why consumers need protection by the CFPB  By Jim Murphy If you’ve ever wondered why many big businesses hate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) so much, consider these stories.   John Lukach, a 25-year-old social worker, told the Wall Street Journal he contacted Navient Corp. “probably

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OLD NEW HERO

Consumers Corner # 19   ACTIVIST OCTAVIUS V. CATTO IS BEING HONORED WITH A STATUE  By Jim Murphy Octavius V. Catto (rhymes with shadow), a black Philadelphia renaissance man killed in his prime during a contested political election in 1871, will soon have his own statue on the southwest apron

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