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When I was growing up everyone used quaint sayings, derived from who knows where, that I rarely hear anymore. One of them was “going to hell in a handbasket.” I thought of that saying in recent days when learning that the Philadelphia police had made 14 arrests of young people, up to age 18 (18 is the Pennsylvania legal definition of being an adult), when a crowd estimated at 500 young people gathered at a busy intersection in the late afternoon of Center City for no apparent reason. The arrests were made after a fight broke out between two teenage girls, other young people ignored the police’s request to disburse, and some taunted the police by throwing bottles at them. The media took pains to distinguish this situation from that of a “flash mob”, which encourages people to congregate at a specific place, and said behavior has sometimes resulted in…

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