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The folly before the fire

If only someone in city government had done their job, the tragedy that was the Buck Hosiery factory fire could have been averted. Tom Ferrick reports on a damning grand jury report on the blaze, which killed two firefighters.

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By Frank Rubino  It’s sunny but cold on this first Tuesday of the year, but the arctic air hasn’t chilled under-the-El street commerce at Philadelphia’s seamiest intersection.  More than a dozen men, most of them with soiled clothes and vacant expressions, mill around the Somerset El station on either side of Kensington Avenue yelling “Works!” and “Sub!” […]