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POLS ON THE STREET: To Tax Or Not To Tax? Philly’s Sugary-Drinks Conundrum

POLS ON THE STREET: To Tax Or Not To Tax? Philly’s Sugary-Drinks Conundrum

by Joe Shaheeli Mayor Jim Kenney’s $300 million bond initiative to rebuild parks, recreation centers and libraries, and fund pre-K education is the main drama on Philadelphia’s political stage today. It is facing fierce opposition because it would fund these essential institutions (which no one opposes) by taxing sugary drinks. Sweetened beverages are a large […]

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1ST PERSON: Before Celebrating, Honor Our Fallen

by Judge Pat Dugan Put down your barbecue tongs. Stop throwing the baseball. Come out of the swimming pool. If only for a moment, stop, contemplate and think about the meaning of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is neither about barbecues nor politics. Whatever your feelings are about the current war or former wars, remember this: […]

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Veterans’ Calendar of Events, Memorial Day Weekend And Beyond

May 26- Memorial Day Philly Pops Concert in the Mann Center. $15-$25 – 7 p.m. May 27- Edison High School’s 64 Vietnam casualties service and street renaming. 8:15 a.m. In the school, 151 W. Luzerne St. May 28- Removal of General Meade’s Witness Tree, Laurel Hill Cem. 8 a.m. Reception Follows. Free. May 28- Memorial […]

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DC21 Painters Restore Vietnam-Era Helicopter, Truck

Who would believe apprentices from District Council 21, the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades could restore a Vietnam War-era 1965 Huey helicopter? Business Mgr./Secretary-Treasurer Joe Ashdale took the challenge and this Memorial Day, in Glenside, Pa., Vietnam Veterans Post 590 will be able to parade its helicopter, looking brand new as though it […]

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May 25-         State Rep candidate Bill Pounds is hosted Fundraiser at Manayunk Kildare’s Irish Pub, 4417 Main St., 6-9 p.m. 3-hour open bar, buffet. Tickets $55, couples $95. Tickets available at door. For info: Scott Walker (267) 226-5771. May 25-          State Sen. Anthony Williams sponsors Jazzmat Pilates at Yeadon Borough Ha., […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Does Your Vote Count If Electoral College Decides Presidency?

Mike Reed, long-time political activist and gang fighter, poses the question and then answers it with his dissertation on why the Electoral College should be eliminated in favor of majority vote for President. He states both Democratic presidential candidates have weighed in on Mayor Jim Kenney’s sugary-drink tax. Clinton supports Kenney and Bernie Sanders has […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Chaka Fattah Trial’s Opening Drama

by Denise Clay You wouldn’t blame Congressman Chaka Fattah if he just wanted to go somewhere and be alone for a while. He was indicted in late July by the Dept. of Justice on a variety of charges including conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering. His son, Chip, has been in prison since February after […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL: Donatucci’s 911 Privacy Bill Passes State Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation authored by State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-S. Phila.) designed to better protect the identity of crime victims, witnesses and other people placing 911 calls. “I commend the Senate for taking such important action to look after those who find themselves in these unfortunate situations,” Donatucci said. “Sometimes, people are hesitant […]

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May 19-          Phila. Association of Black Journalists in partnership with PhillyCam will host Muslims in the Media, a town hall on local coverage of Islamic community at PhillyCam, 699 Ranstead St., starting 7 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m. Admission $5. May 20-          Phila. Chinatown Development Corp. hosts “Voting Is Power” Event in City Ha. Courtyard, 11:30 […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Seek To Indict Sen. Larry Farnese

Attorney Gregory Harvey, known for his ability to thread his clients through political mazes, broke the news 1st Dist. State Sen. Larry Farnese was to be indicted by the US Dept. of Justice. We wish him well, but it reminds us that an elected seat starting with “First” is a jinx seat at best. The […]

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