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What Lies Beneath Philadelphia’s Pothole Epidemic

by Cassie Hepler Pothole season is upon us as winter’s fury sinks its teeth into our roads. But potholes have been getting worse in recent winters. And the problem is not caused by fiercer weather but by human neglect. In the end, it’s the motorists who pay the price when their tax dollars are not […]

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Joe Khan Seeks Pride in Philadelphia as District Attorney

by Cassie Hepler “Across the country, we’re seeing escalating tensions between law enforcement and the communities they serve. So it’s more important than ever for Philadelphians to be able to have trust and faith in our criminal justice system,” said Joe Khan, “This is a critical moment in our city’s history.” Khan is an early […]

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Getting Buzzed at Bartram’s Garden: Philly’s Bees and Their Honey Show off Their Stuff

by Cassie Hepler In case you didn’t know already, there is a 45-acre garden and waterfront oasis in Southwest Philly just waiting for you to buzz on over, especially this coming weekend at 54th Street & Lindbergh Boulevard. So why not make like a bee? “Bartram’s Garden is a National Historic Landmark, operated by the […]

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RIM Café Makes French Chocolate Dreams Come True

by Cassie Hepler Business dreams can come true. Especially if you have lots of them. René Kobeitri came to Philadelphia in July 2005 from Nice, France, where the French Riviera sprawls beautifully. “Everything changed in my life,” he said. “I fell in love with America. I met an American lady in Paris, for two days. […]

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As 19th Amendment Nears 100,  Are Pa. Women Equal Yet?

by Cassie Hepler Even though Hillary Clinton may be cracking the highest political glass ceiling in America, it’s not at all clear that she’s pulled it off in Pennsylvania. How else to explain the numbers at the state level? Nationwide, the number of women in Congress has increased from 15 to 104 since 1971 – […]

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John’s Roast Pork Wants Your Bone Marrow!

by Cassie Hepler Everyone in the city knows John Bucci, Jr. Maybe not personally, but you’ve at least tried his delicious pork sandwiches in South Philly on Snyder Avenue. Well, there was a point in time where the company might have needed a new name when Bucci came down with a potentially fatal diagnosis of […]

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Philly Free School Offers Public, Private School Alternative

by Cassie Hepler The Philly Free School, located at 2001 Christian Street, was founded in 2011 by a group of parents, educators and community members. It is a democratic free school, modeled after the Sudbury Valley School (1968) in Massachusetts, and Summerhill (1921) in England. PFS’s founders wanted to create a school where students would […]

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Ed Nesmith Built Huge Minority Construction Company  Against Odds, Working With All Unions Along The Way

by Cassie Hepler Ed Nesmith is a grassroots kid who never abandoned South Philadelphia. Born and raised at 4th & Federal Streets, Nesmith had a rough childhood. In 1968, his father, a committeeman, was killed right across the street from where Nesmith built his business. No matter who is endorsed by the Democratic Party leadership, […]

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Bart Blatstein Previews ‘The Playground’ In AC

by Bonnie Squires Bart Blatstein has created a new magnet to attract crowds to Atlantic City: The Playground.  He previewed the first floor, T Street, last Thursday night, and wowed the huge crowds with his transformation of the back half of the first floor of what had been The Pier Shops at Caesars into seven […]

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Lobel Helps Marijuana Program Roll Out

By Cassie Hepler There may be more of a familiar smell in the air in Philadelphia this Spring and we have former District Attorney Jodi Lobel to thank. “I created two reforms, one was the small amount marijuana (SAM) program,” she said. “Marijuana offen ses were expensive and lengthy, regardless of your past record. Now […]

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