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Spring Reawakens Gardening Season

BY ELDON GRAHAM South Philadelphia is greener than some might think. As spring begins to engulf us in warmer weather, you can find oases of natural beauty blooming forth in neighborhoods from Point Breeze to Queen Village. Community gardens all across the city are enabled through the Neighborhood Garden Trust, an organization affiliated with the […]

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City’s Judicial District Must Now Defend Its Forfeiture Practices

BY JOE SHAHEELI The 1st Judicial Dist., long criticized for the way it handles civil forfeiture proceedings, finally has to answer charges filed by the Institute for Justice on behalf of four Philadelphia residents. Federal Judge Eduardo C. Robreno has the 1st Dist.’s motion to dismiss the class action challenging its administration of civil forfeiture […]

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Choose Your Judges

In Pennsylvania, citizens are expected to choose the men and women who sit on the bench by electing them. Some like this fact, others don’t. But it is a duty every voter should accept. Judicial candidates cannot take positions on points of law. But there are many other ways to judge them. It is possible […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Budget-Busters, Budget-Trusters

BY JOE SHAHEELI The first half of every year is governmental budget season. Both City Hall and Harrisburg have to get their act together between now and June, if they want to run a government. And both local bodies are held to budget-balancing in ways that don’t reflect federal politics; they have to get it […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Write-Ins Win the Day for Honkala?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Not only does longtime welfare activist Cheri Honkala face an uphill battle in her write-in campaign to win the special election for the 197th Dist. vacated by State Rep. Leslie Acosta, she now has had that effort turned into a slippery slope as well. Though she no longer holds the title, Acosta […]

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Deni All in on DA Candidacy

BY GREG SALISBURY How much does Teresa Carr Deni want to be Philadelphia’s next district attorney? Enough that she gave up a 21-year career as a municipal court judge that – thanks to the nature of retention elections, which provide voters not with a choice of opponents but with a simple yes-or-no vote on keeping […]

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Negrín: I Have the Skills to Run a Clean DA’s Office

BY GREG SALISBURY Everything you need to know about why Rich Negrín is so driven to return to the political whirlwind, little more than a year after resigning his post as Philadelphia’s managing director to join the politically connected law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, can be found on your phone. Or, more […]

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New Name, Same Values in East Point Breeze

  By Eldon Graham Civic organizations in South Philadelphia often go unnoticed for the good deeds they strive to do. But when one group changes its name, it catches the eye. By any name, East Point Breeze Neighbors, formerly known as Newbold Neighbors, is about getting things done. On the last Wednesday of every month, […]

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Trump Should Heed How Philadelphia Controls Vote Fraud

By City Commissioner Lisa Deeley President Donald Trump, as a candidate and as president of the United States, has made a number of unsubstantiated claims regarding “voter fraud” surrounding the 2016 presidential election. The President contends votes of as many as 3 million people were illegitimate. If this were true, it would be the largest […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Honkala’s Smart Move

BY JOE SHAHEELI Almost everywhere protests on behalf of poor people’s rights make the news, odds are the renowned, Minnesota-born co-founder of Kensington Welfare Rights Union and national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, Cheri Honkala, can be found. She’s either pictured yelling through a bullhorn, or sitting in the middle of […]

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