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City Council Independent Candidate Targets Republicans

City Council Independent Candidate Targets Republicans

Kristin Combs is a schoolteacher on a mission. That mission crystallized when, in 2013, a public school at which she was teaching was closed. Vaux HS, 23rd & Master, was the target of the School Reform Commission which labeled it as “failing”. “We had actually turned around the school climate, but unfortunately we bit the […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Pennsylvania Budget –  The Easy Way Or The Right Way?

by State Rep.-Elect Donna Bullock As I prepare to take the oath of office, and without resolution to the current budget stalemate, I’m reminded that those who have the privilege to serve must often choose a hard right over the easy wrong. We can do what is easy – which has been the prevailing approach […]

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Unveiling The Impressionists And Their Discoverer At Phila. Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art just opened a blockbuster exhibition, “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting,” which features 98 paintings from collections and museums around the world which were purchased originally by Parisian gallery-owner Durand-Ruel in the 19th and early 20th century. The Women’s Committee spearheaded a patrons’ reception last Saturday night, […]

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Derek Green Is Expert At Putting The Pieces Together

by Tony West There isn’t much City Council has accomplished in the last dozen years without Derek Green’s input. As chief counsel to influential 9th Dist. Councilwoman Marian Tasco, Green has helped assemble ground-breaking legislative packages like Philadelphia’s anti-predatory-lending initiative, which has become a model for other cities around the nation. His holistic grasp of […]

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Forsaken World War II Vet Gets His Funeral Wish — And Family Reunion After Death

Scott Brown, director of the Veterans Advisory Commission of City Council, said a forsaken Philadelphia veteran of World War II “made a request we had to honor”. His name: Thomas Oberkehr. “He walked into our office in City Hall, looking for help in late January. Disheveled and seemingly confused, Thomas asked us to help him […]

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Laborers Throw Their Weight Behind Tony Williams For Mayor

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OUT & ABOUT: In Philadelphia’s 7th Council Dist. – It’s Manny Morales Vs. Social Media

by Denise Clay The National Association of Black Journalists, an organization that got its start here in Philadelphia and counts among its founders such local journalistic luminaries as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Acel Moore and late 900AM WURD host Reggie Bryant, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.   As part of NABJ’s 40th anniversary convention in […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Labor Splits Over Candidates In Philly Mayor’s Race

by Joe Shaheeli Labor unions have been busy making endorsements, and with them contributions to those they are supporting. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO selected its judicial candidates in a united front. The state’s largest labor organization representing over 800,000 union workers, the state AFL-CIO has endorsed Judges Kevin Dougherty, David Wecht, and Christine Donohue in the […]

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New Congressman Brendan Boyle Plunges Into World Affairs

by Tony West It’s a long way from the IHOP on Roosevelt Boulevard to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Washington, D.C. But freshman Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Phila.) has made that trip now. And what a ride it’s been! The chaos engulfing the Middle East, the fighting in Ukraine, the turmoil in Venezuela, the […]

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Philadelphia Judicial Candidates’ Ballot Positions

Judicial Ballot Positions Order on ballot, as of Mar. 19. Subject to daily changes as candidates are removed from the ballot due to withdrawals or successful court challenges. Supreme Court Vacancies Democrats 1. Dwayne D Woodruff 2. Christine Donohue 3. Kevin M Dougherty 4. John Henry Foradora 5. David Wecht 6. Anne E Lazarus Republicans […]

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