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Philadelphia Budget Shows Skilled Hands at Work

Philadelphia Budget Shows Skilled Hands at Work

by Tony West How often does the City of Philadelphia draw international attention for the swift and daring completion of its annual budget? Welcome to 2016. Mayor Jim Kenney’s Sugary Drinks Tax initiative (which wound up as a Sugary/Sweetened Drinks Tax) caught the eye of the world. But the rest of the budget process – […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Philly Ever Learn How to Handle Protests??

by Joe Shaheeli Why in the world would anyone want to not give Cheri Honkala a permit to protest? She’s the lady who for years has staged demonstrations, set up tent cities, and staged blockades in her constant efforts to draw attention to the fact we have homeless, the poor get poorer, and human rights […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Make Philly Politicians Easy Pickings

by Joe Shaheeli When Ed Rendell decided to run for District Attorney against Democratic incumbent F. Emmett Fitzpatrick in 1978, he was a neophyte in every sense of the word. What he had going for him was the image of a “change for the better” – helped by the incumbent, who nurtured the image of […]

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Latino Heads Major Union Local

Engraved in this union leader’s mind is the picture of a forlorn, skinny little boy in tattered clothes who would come every morning to the gate of the military compound in Bosnia where he was stationed and say, “Pepsi.” To Estebán Vera, Jr., now Laborer’s District Council’s Local 57 business manager, and the other US […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Odds Favor Tax on All Sweet Drinks

by Joe Shaheeli Odds markets have moved from “no way” to “probable” Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal to raise additional revenues for his pre-K program, which he strongly believes will reduce the number of students who may drop out of school in their later years. He’s worked hard at putting together a pro-Pre-K bloc, which now […]

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Hometown Delegates Will Have Short Commute to DNC

by Tony West Thirty-four delegates to the Democratic National Convention won’t be coming to Philadelphia in July. That’s because they’re already here. Most delegates were elected in the April primary, with numbers allotted by congressional district. Three Districts – the 1st, 2nd and 13th – include parts of Philadelphia as well of Delaware and Montgomery […]

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Men, Keep Healthy – Keep Your Home

by Sheriff Jewell Williams June is Men’s Health Month, a time recognized by Congress to not only raise awareness of men’s health issues, but also inform and encourage them to get a checkup, take advantage of free screenings, and commit to eating healthier and exercising. Good health also means fewer medical expenses, which translates into […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Educating Chaka Fattah’s Son

by Denise Clay Chaka Fattah is still smiling. Three weeks into a trial on a variety of charges including conspiracy to money laundering, the 11-term Congressman is still coming into the James A. Byrne Federal Courthouse on Market Street confident not only in his innocence, but also in his ability to prevail. Fattah and four […]

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SpArc Phila. Holds Talent Show

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Philadelphia’s Port Handled Record 6 Million Cargo Tons

According to the compilation of complete cargo-handling figures, the Port of Philadelphia enjoyed its sixth straight year of increased growth. For the first time in its history, total cargo tonnage surpassed 6 million tons. With 6,092,787 metric tons of cargo handled at the facilities of the port in 2015 compared to the 5,951,240 tons handled […]

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