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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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Change Brings Solomon to the Lower Northeast

by Tony West Child of a neighborhood in the throes of major social and economic changes, Jared Solomon ran for state representative in order to steer those changes for the better. The 38-year-old attorney has lived in the area since he was three, when his parents broke up and his mother, a schoolteacher, moved in […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Governor’s Race Chatter Already!

Republicans believe Gov. Tom Wolf is vulnerable, and as expected, their efforts to generate support for one or more of their candidates is already reaching the ears of both party leaderships, if not the average voter. Making an early, and hopefully strong enough, presence to chase away others with the same inclination, is State Sen. […]

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Events Probe King’s Meaning

by Denise Clay The City of Philadelphia is home to one of the largest Day of Service projects dedicated to the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But when you’re done painting, building playgrounds, registering people to vote, feeding families in need or reading to children, there are other activities designed to […]

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OPINION: Time to Reclaim King’s Real Legacy

by Jay A. McCalla As a person who lived during the time of Martin Luther King Jr., I’m struck that he was assassinated a half-century ago. I’m also struck that the legacy of this extraordinarily controversial man, this strikingly radical Christian – during his life, he was accused of communist sympathies, harassed by the FBI, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Seasoned DA Veterans Join Seth Challenge

by Joe Shaheeli Veteran Senior Deputy Attorney General and Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Michael Untermeyer has been persistent in his goal to attain the office of District Attorney. He’s made it official: He’s now in the race for that office’s Democratic nomination. He said, “It is time for the top law-enforcement official in Philadelphia to […]

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Rejuvenation Headed for North Broad

By Eldon Graham   If you’ve spent even a few moments on Broad Street heading north from City Hall in the past few years, you know that the city’s central north-south artery is beating afresh with new blood: the Divine Lorraine, new restaurants and high-rises – it’s the renaissance long discussed, long awaited. Fittingly, there […]

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