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PHILAPORT 2017: Deeper Channel Will Transform Trade

PHILAPORT 2017: Deeper Channel Will Transform Trade

BY TONY WEST It will have taken 35 years to move five feet in the Delaware River – but they are five big feet. Five feet deeper. By this time next year, the channel-deepening project will have been completed. From an initial study by the Delaware River Port Authority in 1983, this project has consumed […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: More Gaming a Loser, City Pols Say

BY JOE SHAHEELI As Pennsylvania’s government slides closer to the traditional (although often breached) annual budget deadline of July 1, a crucial piece of sausage-making is starting to smell even before it emerges from the grinder. That’s the preliminary report on a measure put forth by the Republican General Assembly caucuses to paper over part […]

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Maritime Academy Open Doors to Maritime Careers

Some people are called to the sea. When that happens at a young age, education comes into play and there is no better place to learn sea life than the Maritime Academy Charter Schools. Two schools comprise the MACHS. One, at 2275 Bridge Street, is considered the middle school; it instructs kindergartners through 8th-graders. The […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Pension Deal Is Sweet for Wolf

BY JOE SHAHEELI Coming to grips with an important piece of Pennsylvania’s looming pension-funding overhang was a bipartisan coup that should make most incumbents look competent and responsible. By our take, though, it is obvious Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is the prime winner. That’s because most Republicans in the General Assembly hold safe seats. Barring […]

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OPINION: How to Balance Pennsylvania’s Budget

BY PETER J. WIRS Pennsylvania has had a balanced budget for two years now. The problem: our governor and legislators don’t know it. As one of three legislative mediators requested by a Senate GOP leader to bridge the gap, not only can I say that the budget is balanced, by enacting remedial legislation, but once […]

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OPINION: Clean-Energy Investments Can Boost State and City Businesses

BY SALEEM CHAPMAN Philadelphia City Council recently passed a resolution urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to enact new legislation that enables municipalities across the state to establish Property Assessed Clean Energy programs for commercial properties. This new form of finance is opening doors for more business owners to install their own renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects. […]

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East Passyunk Celebrates Italian National Day

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Parking Officers Learn to Fight Terrorism

BY TONY WEST “You are part of the bigger picture,” Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Clarena Tolson told a roomful of her officers on June 1, as they prepared to learn how to combat terrorism. During that day, all 200 PPA officers were given a briefing by Philadelphia Police Department counterterrorism Detective Joseph Rovnan. He […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: ‘Hot Summer’ Could Fire Nov. Race in Philadelphia

BY JOE SHAHEELI Just when it seemed – as the Democratic municipal primary election unfolded – that “tough on crime” was no longer a winning campaign slogan, there are increasing signs that street violence may re-emerge as a major political concern. When Councilman David Oh (at Large) was stabbed in an attempted carjacking in front […]

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Ramping Up Summer Camps

BY ELDON GRAHAM Andy Williams’ classic Christmas song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will no doubt be heard being sung by Philadelphia schoolchildren as they prepare to go on summer vacation. However, parents will be singing that same tune come September. Until then, students on summer vacation must occupy their time with […]

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