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Council President Clarke Remembers Jimmy Tayoun

Council President Clarke Remembers Jimmy Tayoun

City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) issued the following statement on former Council member and Pennsylvania House Representative James “Jimmy” Tayoun, Sr.:  “A long, lively chapter in Philadelphia politics has come to a close. Jimmy Tayoun was sharp, occasionally bruising, definitely flawed, and never boring. He certainly had a heart full of love […]

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Editor’s Note: The Passing of Jimmy Tayoun

This morning, we received word that our founder, executive editor, friend and mentor, James Tayoun, Sr., passed away at the age of 87. We will provide full coverage of his life and accomplishments in next week’s paper. Our deepest condolences to the Tayoun family and to everyone whose life was positively impacted by Jimmy. In […]

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Hero Thrill Show Thrills for 63rd Year

By Eldon Graham The 63rd annual Hero Thrill Show fundraiser was a destination of excitement and remembrance at the Wells Fargo Center parking lot in South Philadelphia. Kids and the young at heart got the opportunity to be unofficial firefighters and police officers for a day, while enjoying the sights and sounds of carnival games, […]

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LABOR DAY: For Strong Wages, Strong Unions Needed

  BY VENSON BARBER As a fast-food worker, I work for a multi-billion-dollar corporation, yet I don’t earn enough to move out of my parents’ home at age 27. I’ve worked at McDonald’s for the past six years and I make $7.25 an hour. Each check varies between $100 and $200, nowhere near enough to […]

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LABOR DAY: Time to Put Workers First

BY RICK BLOOMINGDALE, President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Labor Day is a time to remember and honor the achievements of working people across America. For our country and our Commonwealth, it’s been a long year. Today, we see more opposition from corporate special interests than ever before. Our economy remains skewed in favor of corporations who ship […]

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Delinquent Developers Game The System

BY RYAN BRIGGS Thomas Citro is so good at navigating Philadelphia’s infamous bureaucracy, he’s made a living off of it. He bills himself as an “expediter,” a classically Philly profession that helps developers cut through red tape for building permits and zoning – for a fee, of course. When it comes to his own properties, […]

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Labor Unions Team Up for Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

The Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council in partnership with the AFL-CIO Philadelphia Council is organizing a major Hurricane Harvey Relief effort, beginning Labor Day, Monday, September 4th. The two labor groups will set up a large tractor-trailer on the parade route near the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Reed Street. John J. Dougherty, Business […]

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Updated Aug. 31st

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Aug. 31-          State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Pop-Up Constituent Service Office at Wyoming Br. Lib., 231 E. Wyoming Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Auto registrations & licenses, birth & death certificates, unemployment compensation & senior services. For info: (215) 457-5281. Sep. 1-             Viewing for former State Rep. Thomas W. Blackwell IV at Terry Funeral […]

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South of South Ponders Safe Streets

BY ELDON GRAHAM A homicide on July 16 rattled the nerves of residents in a normally placid part of South Philadelphia.Last Thursday, police officers of the 17th District South Philadelphia Division addressed the meeting of the South of South Neighbors Association during a public-service announcement on recent criminal activity in the neighborhood. The Police Community […]

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OPINION: Pooling Resources

When it’s time for us to sing the praises of our fair city, we’re always quick to single out one of its relatively unsung civic treasures: public pools. At any one of the city’s 70 public pools – the most per capita in the entire United States, according to the city’s Parks & Recreation Commissioner, […]

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