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POLS ON THE STREET: To Tax Or Not To Tax? Philly’s Sugary-Drinks Conundrum

POLS ON THE STREET: To Tax Or Not To Tax? Philly’s Sugary-Drinks Conundrum

by Joe Shaheeli Mayor Jim Kenney’s $300 million bond initiative to rebuild parks, recreation centers and libraries, and fund pre-K education is the main drama on Philadelphia’s political stage today. It is facing fierce opposition because it would fund these essential institutions (which no one opposes) by taxing sugary drinks. Sweetened beverages are a large […]

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1ST PERSON: Before Celebrating, Honor Our Fallen

by Judge Pat Dugan Put down your barbecue tongs. Stop throwing the baseball. Come out of the swimming pool. If only for a moment, stop, contemplate and think about the meaning of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is neither about barbecues nor politics. Whatever your feelings are about the current war or former wars, remember this: […]

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Veterans’ Calendar of Events, Memorial Day Weekend And Beyond

May 26- Memorial Day Philly Pops Concert in the Mann Center. $15-$25 – 7 p.m. May 27- Edison High School’s 64 Vietnam casualties service and street renaming. 8:15 a.m. In the school, 151 W. Luzerne St. May 28- Removal of General Meade’s Witness Tree, Laurel Hill Cem. 8 a.m. Reception Follows. Free. May 28- Memorial […]

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DC21 Painters Restore Vietnam-Era Helicopter, Truck

Who would believe apprentices from District Council 21, the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades could restore a Vietnam War-era 1965 Huey helicopter? Business Mgr./Secretary-Treasurer Joe Ashdale took the challenge and this Memorial Day, in Glenside, Pa., Vietnam Veterans Post 590 will be able to parade its helicopter, looking brand new as though it […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Does Your Vote Count If Electoral College Decides Presidency?

Mike Reed, long-time political activist and gang fighter, poses the question and then answers it with his dissertation on why the Electoral College should be eliminated in favor of majority vote for President. He states both Democratic presidential candidates have weighed in on Mayor Jim Kenney’s sugary-drink tax. Clinton supports Kenney and Bernie Sanders has […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Chaka Fattah Trial’s Opening Drama

by Denise Clay You wouldn’t blame Congressman Chaka Fattah if he just wanted to go somewhere and be alone for a while. He was indicted in late July by the Dept. of Justice on a variety of charges including conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering. His son, Chip, has been in prison since February after […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL: Donatucci’s 911 Privacy Bill Passes State Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation authored by State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-S. Phila.) designed to better protect the identity of crime victims, witnesses and other people placing 911 calls. “I commend the Senate for taking such important action to look after those who find themselves in these unfortunate situations,” Donatucci said. “Sometimes, people are hesitant […]

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Pt. Breeze Agency Is Model For Mayor’s Community Schools

by Tony West Mayor Jim Kenney based his winning campaign last year on a bright new proposal for “family service centers” where children’s educational needs can be met while his family learns to cope with many other challenges. If you want to know what these centers might look like – check out Diversified Community Services, […]

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DNC Observes Jewish American Heritage Month At National Museum Of American Jewish History

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Floyd Was Key To Shapiro’s Philly Victory

by Tony West To win the Democratic nomination for State Attorney General, Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro had to sell his Philadelphia neighbors. And he did – despite the opposition of Philadelphia Democratic City Committee, whose favorite was Steve Zappala of Allegheny County. Veteran political consultant Maurice Floyd was a major reason why. He coordinated Shapiro’s […]

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