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Philadelphia / Rutgers-Camden

Joined on 26 February, 2012

http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org

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The Sixers remain in the Top 10; the Clippers move to the top spot | NBA power rankings

More on the Sixers and basketball in the Philadelphia region:

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Replying to @PhillyInquirer: A Philly church bell rings 400 times as the U.S. nears 400,000 deaths from COVID-19. Here's the full story from @jacoba

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A Philly church bell rings 400 times as the U.S. nears 400,000 deaths from COVID-19. Here's the full story from @jacobadelman:

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Although traditions have changed this year because of the pandemic, activities on #MLKDay in the Philadelphia region have included ecumenical prayer services, songs, speeches, and acts of community service. Learn more:

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Martin Luther King and local NAACP leader Cecil B. Moore worked together in August 1965 on the desegregation protests at Girard College. Learn more about MLK's contribution to the Philadelphia area here: #MLKDay2021

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Did you know that #MLKDay was signed into law in Pennsylvania by Governor Milton J Shapp in 1978? Learn more:

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President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will travel to Philly today to spend the National Day of Service volunteering at Philabundance.

Presidents have a long history of visiting the Philadelphia region, learn more:

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to give back and demonstrate the kind of community commitment that is the legacy of its namesake. You can still find ways to volunteer around Philly today.

More on #MLKDay traditions in the Greater Philadelphia area:

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Philadelphia has had a greater influence on Martin Luther King Jr. holiday traditions than any city other than King’s birthplace, Atlanta. Learn more: #MLKDay2021

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Did you know that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was originally named the Fairmount Parkway? The name changed in 1937 as a tribute to Benjamin Franklin. Learn more:

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Replying to @discoverPHL: Happy 315th birthday to Benjamin Franklin, who was born on January 17, 1706! 🎉

Honor the Founding Father's passion for sc…

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Benjamin Franklin spent a great deal of time in #Philadelphia and the surrounding area as a printer, inventor, and Founding Father, learn more:

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On February 5, 1824, the Franklin Institute was founded. Seeking to emulate a passion for useful science, in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin, institute members promoted mechanic arts in and beyond the city. Learn more:

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Today is Benjamin Franklin's 315th Birthday! To celebrate, read more about the founding father and his journey through Philadelphia below:

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Indoor dining is back in Philadelphia as of today, at 25% occupancy and with stringent safety measures in place.

More on restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia area:

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Happy 315th birthday to Benjamin Franklin, who was born on January 17, 1706! 🎉

Honor the Founding Father's passion for science at @TheFranklin, home to the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial ➡

#UnstoppablePHL

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Today is #NationalBagelDay so to celebrate, read more about one of the most popular bagel toppings, Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

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The @NHLFlyers won their first game of the season last night. To celebrate, learn more about the history of ice hockey in the Greater Philadelphia area. #AnytimeAnywhere

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Greater Philadelphia area:

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Replying to @PhillyInquirer: New Jersey will begin coronavirus vaccinations on Thursday for residents 65 and older, as well as people 16 and older w…

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New Jersey will begin coronavirus vaccinations on Thursday for residents 65 and older, as well as people 16 and older who have high-risk medical conditions.

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Replying to @PhillyInquirer: A Pennsylvania House panel narrowly advanced a measure Wednesday aimed at giving the Republican-controlled legislature…

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A Pennsylvania House panel narrowly advanced a measure Wednesday aimed at giving the Republican-controlled legislature the power to draw districts for electing appellate court judges in the state , a major shift away from the current statewide contests.

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