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Power Evident Behind Ed Neilson In 169th Legislative District Race

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“Take two pretzels,” a campaign volunteer of Edward Neilson told a supporter. “And don’t forget to vote twice for Ed Neilson.” Mummers, pretzels, roast beef hoagies and water ice were some of the Philly-style treats ward leaders, elected officials and others enjoyed at Neilson’s campaign office opening at 3356 Grant Avenue. It was obvious Neilson’s […]

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ALL-STAR Labor Classic Nets Funds For United Cerebral Palsy

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Philadelphia’s labor community celebrated a slam dunk at Sunday’s ALL-STAR Labor Classic. Dozens of local union members and labor leaders played their part raising money for United Cerebral Palsy Foundation at the 25th Annual All Star Labor Classic held at Upper Dublin High School. Labor leaders took to court with with some young basketball stars […]

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Unmasking The Face Of Philly’s Best Kept Secret: Archedream

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A world-renowned theatre group has found a new home on Mifflin Street. Now they hope its neighbors get to know who they are. It seems bizarre that Archedream for Humankind, a blacklight mask dance and theater company that seeks to evoke “archetypes,” is well-known around the world, but not in its hometown. It’s true, though. […]

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If Blondell Had A Son, Would She Name Him Trayvon Martin?

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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has been following the Trayvon Martin case from day one – the at-Large council lady released the following statement this afternoon: “I have been following the Trayvon Martin case from day one, and today President Obama stopped me in my tracks with his simple but profound statement: ‘If I had a […]

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Roebuck, City Pols Laud Young Artists At City Hall

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A host of city politicians attended the opening reception of a unique artist exchange program at City Hall today. Philly Record correspondent Bonnie Squires was at City Hall to see what was happening on the fifth floor.    Send article as PDF   

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Matrix Fights 5 Draws MMA Fans To South Philly “Octagon”

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Over 1,500 Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans raised the roof at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall at Jimmy Binns’ Matrix Fights 5. MMA fights fans went home happy after crowd favorite, Sam Orepeza defeated Aung La Nsang in the main event. Now in its fifth year, Matrix Fights has a burgeoning reputation for bringing […]

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“Johnny Doc” Can Rock

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Electricians union boss John Dougherty has many strings to his bow: ward leader, power politician, labor leader, Irish Parade Grand Marshal – but rock star? During last weekend’s Irish festivities, Dougherty proved he can hold his own playing the six-string and jam with the best of them. When Dougherty or “Johnny Doc” as he is […]

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STILL ARMY STRONG: PTSD Vet – Abused By His Officers – Still Fights For Justice

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John Cicirello wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning after another sleepless night. He washes his face and hands about seven times, dabs a little cologne, and walks out into the South Philadelphia night. For 27 years now, Cicirello, of the 600 block of Wharton Street, worries about the people of Philadelphia so much, he […]

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Mom Gets Back In Charge

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By Rory McGlasson When Ayanna Thomas was asked by the Mothers In Charge group if she would greet customers at Applebee’s for its second breakfast “Flapjack” fundraiser in Northeast Philadelphia, the Point Breeze native didn’t understand why she was needed. She volunteered, though. It wasn’t until 37-year-old Thomas was asked to collect the proceeds at […]

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Seeking Help For Cambodia

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Philadelphia has a Cambodian population of about 10,000. It’s small by comparison to Cambodian enclaves in other cities, but unique in one way: Among its leadership are some working hard to draw attention to the fact their homeland remains a country ruled by a despot who has ruled for 30 years, Premier Hun Sen. United under […]

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