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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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Henon Goes After Absentee Landlords

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Councilman Bobby Henon wants to send a direct message to absentee landlords: “We’re coming after you.” Henon, who replaced Joan Krajewski in the 6th Dist. two months ago, told a state committee meeting this week in Northeast Philadelphia he’s ready to wage war against absentee landlords and negligent property owners. Henon testified at a Democratic […]

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South Philly Guitarist Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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South Philadelphia guitarist Danny Cedrone will be inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14, 2012 along with Bill Haley’s Comets. Although never an official member of The Comets, the Rock Hall is honoring Danny because of his session work on many of Bill Haley & The Comets […]

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City Council Teams Up With Philabundance

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A bevy of City Council people teamed up today in a bid to eliminate a growing neighborhood problem – hunger. In a visit to the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center, 3600 Galloway St., 10 Council members helped load cereal boxes from trucks before announcing a $2,000 donation that will provide 4,000 meals for the most-needy families […]

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IBX Pres. Daniel Hilferty Receives “Heart of Philly” Award

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Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, received the Heart of Philadelphia Award last night from the American Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Over 700 business professionals attended the annual gala at the Philadelphia Marriot. Among the guests were former Senator Arlen Specter, and AmeriHealth Mercy Pres. and CEO Michael Rashid. The […]

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Philly’s First Public Access TV Station Opens

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It might have taken 27 years, but Philadelphia’s first public access television station opened its permanent studio today. And its first live breaking news report: snow was falling outside its studio. PhillyCAM, The new state-of-the-art studio located a stones-throw from the Liberty Bell, 699 Ranstead Street, opened today at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Michael […]

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Taubenberger Enters Race In 172d

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Former GOP mayoral candidate Al Taubenberger has entered the race in the 172nd Legislative District. The President of the Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is expected to face no opponent in the Primary. However, he will face Democrat Kevin Boyle in November. Rep. Boyle – brother of State Rep. Brendan Boyle – defeated long time […]

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