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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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Opioid Plague Is on Leaders’ Minds

Gov. Tom Wolf legislators, local leaders, and medical professionals together at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Center for Substance Abuse Research to address governmental concerns on how to more effectively fight the state’s opioid epidemic. “Ensuring that Pennsylvanians have access to the mental-health and substance-use care they need is a priority for my […]

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Academy Ball Attracts VIPs

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Special Olympics Find South Philly Home

BY ELDON GRAHAM Parents of special-needs children know how difficult it is to raise a child with mental and physical disabilities. So when they get to chance to let their hair down and participate in a fun family event, that is something a parent can easily get behind. Thanks to Special Olympics Pennsylvania having recently […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Special Elections Getting to Be the Norm in Philadelphia

BY JOE SHAHEELI Special elections are becoming the norm for a Philadelphia electorate repeatedly called on to vote on filling seats that have become vacant before politicians’ terms expire. The latest is the 197th Legislative Dist. in North Philadelphia, which will be held March 21 to fill the vacancy left by former State Rep. Leslie […]

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Central High School Goes to the Inauguration

BY KRISTIAN RHIM Central H.S. 276 In November, if you asked me if I would go to see Donald Trump’s inauguration, I probably would’ve told you no way, mainly because I don’t support the beliefs he has and the controversial things he says. However, my social science class with Mr. Horwits has taught me that […]

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Boyle Launches Blue Collar Caucus

BY TONY WEST A band of Democratic members of Congress are seeking to restore the working-class brand to their party in the wake of the disappointing 2016 election results by reaching out to their onetime core constituency of blue-collar voters. For generations, blue-collar voters – people who were not poor and held steady jobs, but […]

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Hawthorne Neighborhood Faces Change

By Eldon Graham Every third Monday in January, Philadelphia celebrates a national icon who courted controversy as the voice of the downtrodden. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was concerned about the rights of exploited workers, as well as those birthright citizens who were subjugated in their own skin. It didn’t matter if you were Caucasian, […]

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