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TORCHED: ‘Act Of Evil’ Destroys Kids’ Playground

BY RORY McGLASSON/ A kids’ play set at FDR Park will rise from the ashes, but that will not hide the disappointment of kids left devastated by an act of cowardice that destroyed their home away from home last weekend. The smell of soot and ash still lingers in the air at the Lakes, with police […]

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Dick Vermeil Goes Long To Save ‘America’s Ship’

BY RORY McGLASSON/ Legendary NFL coach Dick Vermeil is helping to call the plays in a bid to to save the SS United States. The Former Philadelphia Eagles was applauded for his volunteer work to save the historic ocean liner that sits rotting away in South Philadelphia, at a reception held at Independence Seaport Museum. Vermeil, […]

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PORT: Next Piece Of Dredging Project Falls Into Place

BY TONY WEST/ This fall, Philadelphians will be able to see the Delaware River shipping channel being deepened to 45 feet. It probably won’t look different from the routine dredging that is done to maintain the channel’s current 40-foot depth. But the five extra feet of mud and gravel that it pulls out of the riverbed […]

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Presidential Campaigns Groom In-State Voices

Both Republican and Democrat national campaign teams are developing articulate Pennsylvania political leaders as spokespersons for day-to-day press events, in what will be a key swing state in the November 2012 presidential election. Last Friday, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila.) was tapped for an Obama for America press conference call to discuss Mitt Romney’s economic philosophy, […]

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City’s GOP Goes To (Civil) War

BY JOE SHAHEELI/  Activists in the Republican Party in Philadelphia refuse to understand the reason for their existence. Rather than provide city leadership, attract voters, pick winnable candidates, raise election-day money and get their candidates elected, they are instead engaged in a civil war. Don’t blame the rank and file of the existing Republican City […]

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NO HIDDEN HIKE! Coalition Forms To Block mayor’s Quick AVI Hike

BY TONY WEST/ An unprecedented coalition of elected officials has formed a phalanx, sworn to halt Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposal to work a hefty hike in property-tax revenues by changing the method of assessment, even before its new property-value calculations are known. State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) was joined at his office last week […]

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Complete Photo Coverage of Barnes Foundation Museum Opening – by Bonnie Squires

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BARNES COLLECTION: What’s Missing That Shouldn’t Be Missing?

BY RON TAYLOR/ Have you ever had the idea that you didn’t want to go somewhere – and then, when you got there, regretted showing up? Despite my press credentials, I decided not to go to the press event opening the new Barnes Art Exhibit in Philadelphia, even though I am a graduate of the Barnes […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: 2 Italian Stallions In 1st Senatorial Dist.

They are both lawyers, with basically the same platforms, education, safety, and crime awareness. But what makes them interestingly competitive is the fact both are of Italian extraction and vying for a district where Italian American voters still bear some clout. Incumbent State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) is the favorite based on his two […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Sen. Kitchen Stakes Her Claim

State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen (D-N. Phila.), who easily won her fifth term to the 3rd Dist. State Senate seat she has held since winning her first term in November of 1996, has made it obvious to all Democrats everywhere  she “has a mind of her own.” To prove that, she hosted a party last […]

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