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State Sen. Vincent Hughes has announced Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. will receive a $2 million low-interest State loan to build a Hilton Homewood Suites extended-stay hotel. Hughes added the project is expected to generate local jobs and boost revenue in the University City section of Philadelphia. “The 40th & Walnut Street area has been the […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ The Committee of 70 is among the better-funded nonprofits in this city. Once a good-government workhorse devoted only to helping keep elections clean, it has since grown to become the propaganda force for those who stand to gain from reorganizing City government. Now it is focused on ending the existence of the […]

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LONG-AWAITED restoration of Robin Hood Dell was inaugurated Tuesday night by Mayor Michael Nutter and a host of dignitaries. Among civic leaders who helped pull together $5 million rehab of Dell Music Center were labor leader Sam Staten, Jr., Councilmen Bill Green and Curtis Jones, Jr., and State Rep. Ron Waters. Other Council Members Jannie Blackwell […]

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State Rep. Ronald G. Waters is backing a bill that would allow nonviolent offenders and offenders with short minimum sentences to serve their time in community corrections centers rather than State correctional facilities. Waters, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said SB 1161 would not pose a public safety risk. “Many times those who […]

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At a banquet thrown last month in the Convention Center to thank those who had backed his run for Governor in the May p Primary, State Sen. Anthony Williams, right, was congratulated by his colleague Mike Stack for an excellent campaign. Turning out for the banquet was a Who’s Who of city Democrat leaders, most […]

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Of late, self-styled “reformers” in Philadelphia have developed the odd conviction that elections are equivalent to corruption. For every flaw in our City’s creaky governmental machinery – and Lord knows it has its share – they come up with the same simple answer: Get the politics out of it. Insulate the people who make the […]

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BY LEN LEAR/ I thought maybe I needed a new eyeglass prescription when I checked out the website for the new restaurant called Cooperage: A Wine & Whiskey Bar, located in the Curtis Center, 7th & Sansom Streets. (I have seen its address listed in two local newspapers as 601 Walnut Street, but that’s not […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Two down, three to go. Should those goals be met, who will become the next target of the Committee of 70? Or maybe its President may decide to show voters how things should be done by running for Mayor, should his funding run out. This unelected, private official has become a major […]

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Newly elected Pennsylvania Democratic Chair Jim Burn has appointed Jonathan A. Saidel, former Philadelphia City Controller, to head a transition team charged with evaluating all aspects of State Democratic Party operations, including staffing, fundraising, communications and more. “Jonathan Saidel has an undisputed reputation as an innovative manager with the ability to maximize an organization’s efficiency […]

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JIMMY DINTINO studies street lists in his modest 26th Ward HQ. An effective urban Republican force must stay in close touch with neighbors on the streets, he says. BY TONY WEST/ This evening, the problem that walks in the door is a vacant lot.                 A worried neighbor has come into the office to share […]

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