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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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Pokémon Go Brings Exploration to Neighborhood Libraries

By Eldon Graham The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has teamed up with Pokémon GO to encourage Philadelphia residents to explore their neighborhoods and libraries with the innovative augmented reality experience of the popular mobile game in which players can encounter Pokémon in the real world. Five libraries in Philadelphia will participate in […]

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OPINION: No More Nooses

              PA Rep. Jordan Harris Last week in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, a noose was found hanging from a tree near 18th and Lombard streets. This is the second time in nearly two weeks that this has occurred. As an elected official whose district […]

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State Reps. Demand Budget Deal

By Eldon Graham Members of the Philadelphia Delegation came together in the Liberty View Ballroom on the second floor of the Independence Visitor Center to urge Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to call the House back to Harrisburg to wrap up the 2017-18 state budget. State Representatives include Reps. Maria Donatucci, Donna Bullock, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Prelude to Parking Wars Redux

BY JOE SHAHEELI The last City Council meeting before the summer recess is rarely one to circle on the calendar. Like end-of-session meetings everywhere, this was expected to be heavy on legislative tidying up, light on flashpoint issues. Sure, Rebuild is still in the process of being streamlined and the soda tax fight is still […]

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