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POLS ON THE STREET: Street Scores a Hit on Gun Bill

BY JOE SHAHEELI Entering the General Assembly as a freshman, in the minority party, is a humbling experience. Ask any veteran lawmaker how much influence he had during the first six months of his career. It’s obvious the freshman’s main job is to keep his nose down and his ears open. Rarely does he get […]

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City Launches ‘Smart War’ on Gun Violence

BY TONY WEST After 50 years of excessive gun violence in its poor neighborhoods, Philadelphia has decided to study the problem. That’s good. Council President Darrell L. Clarke appointed Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd), Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Darrell G. O’Connor, a career FTI expert, the co-chairs of the Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention. […]

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Waterworks Restaurateur Lands State Dept. Gig

BY RYAN BRIGGS The State Department has appointed Gladwyne-based political consultant and former Waterworks restaurant owner Michael Karloutsos to a high-profile administrative position. The appointment, first reported in the Greco-American news outlet National Herald, took effect on July 23. Karloutsos will serve as acting deputy chief of protocol after receiving a personal recommendation from then-White […]

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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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Stop-&-Go Bill Advances

BY JASON GOTTESMAN Major legislation in the General Assembly is often the product of compromise and deal-making. The Senate’s latest revenue package was no exception. However, while various interest groups and stakeholders are scoffing at individual portions of the five budget-related implementation bills that will cumulatively provide for nearly $2.1 billion in funding for the […]

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OUR OPINION: A Bitter Harvest of Food Insecurity in Philadelphia

There is no better time of the year than the first week of August for people who love fresh produce. Peaches and nectarines are in fragrant abundance; blueberries are still blushing in their clamshells; tomatoes, cukes, peppers, corn – oh, that corn – and the rest of farmland’s summer cornucopia are on vivid display at […]

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Meet Our New DA, Kelley Hodge

BY RYAN BRIGGS Judges in Philadelphia have voted to appoint Elliott Greenleaf lawyer Kelley Hodge to fill out the remainder of District Attorney Seth Williams’ term in office. Last week’s vote came on the heels of Williams’ stunning plea deal with federal prosecutors on bribery charges. Hodge, a onetime Philadelphia assistant district attorney, will become […]

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Blue-Collar Dems Meet with AFL-CIO Chief

Members of the Congressional Blue Collar Caucus met last week with Richard L. Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, to discuss the needs of blue-collar workers and how House Democrats can make it clear they will continue to serve as their champion in Washington. Trumka began the discussion with remarks on the modern challenges of labor […]

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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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