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Actor Feels Closer to Home At Theater Exile

Actor Feels Closer to Home At Theater Exile

By Cassie Hepler Pearce Bunting is no stranger to Philadelphia. In the 1920’s, his grandfather was an amateur actor at Theater Exile who was in plays when his mother was a little girl. “When I walk in, I say, ‘Hi, Dops,” he said, referring to his grandfather’s nickname. “I read these old newspaper reviews from […]

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Derek Green Is Expert At Putting The Pieces Together

by Tony West There isn’t much City Council has accomplished in the last dozen years without Derek Green’s input. As chief counsel to influential 9th Dist. Councilwoman Marian Tasco, Green has helped assemble ground-breaking legislative packages like Philadelphia’s anti-predatory-lending initiative, which has become a model for other cities around the nation. His holistic grasp of […]

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Here Is Your Chance To Beef At Comcast

Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced, as part of the City of Philadelphia’s negotiation process with Comcast Corp. to renew its franchise agreement, the City will host several public forums next week to continue its efforts to assess the community’s cable-related needs and interests. “Public feedback from Comcast subscribers and residents is critical to the process […]

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Pols Of The Street: Black Clergy Backs Williams For Mayor

by Joe Shaheeli The tide was rolling along for the last couple weeks Jim Kenney’s way with a well-orchestrated effort by his campaign team, bringing out endorsements from various groups for their candidate.  But today, what was considered a must-have endorsement for the Kenney, campaign to give him greater impetus, did not come his way. […]

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Fixing An Eyesore

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Fixing An Eyesore

Multi-Million Dollar Improvement Plan Launched For 25th Street Viaduct Rail Bridge by Cassie Hepler Long-awaited repairs to South Philly’s aging, crumbling railroad viaduct are soon to begin. “Following extensive discussions and coordination between my office, the City of Philadelphia and CSX Transportation, I am pleased to announce CSX will make a multi-million dollar investment to improve […]

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Little Girl Fighting For Her Life

by Maria Merlino Francesca DePasquale, or Fran as everyone knows her, was disturbed by the black and blue marks that would suddenly and randomly appear on her daughter, Vienna Ivy Accardo, who is now 3 years old. “This was three weeks before she was diagnosed,” said DePasquale, the head teller at Prudential Bank. “She was […]

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Forsaken World War II Vet Gets His Funeral Wish — And Family Reunion After Death

Scott Brown, director of the Veterans Advisory Commission of City Council, said a forsaken Philadelphia veteran of World War II “made a request we had to honor”. His name: Thomas Oberkehr. “He walked into our office in City Hall, looking for help in late January. Disheveled and seemingly confused, Thomas asked us to help him […]

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Democrats Endorse Vibrant Field

ULTIMATE goal of getting Democratic City Committee’s endorsement in May 19 primary is reflected on smiles of these incumbents and new candidates as they met at Democratic City Committee last Saturday morning to hear the good news. Party Chairman and Congressman Bob Brady introduced them to party’s ward leaders, prior to full vote by party […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Endorsements Make 2 Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Frontrunners

by Joe Shaheeli Almost every organization or individual with some political clout has endorsed a candidate for Mayor. Add them up and it’s nip and tuck between Anthony Williams and Jim Kenney as to who has the stronger support. With labor split almost evenly and with Black and white leaders split as well, and Democratic […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Kathleen Kane Has Long Record Of Missteps

GOV. TOM WOLF has said he did not believe ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE should resign. Specifically he stated, “We have procedures in place for adjudicating the rights and wrongs.” Technically he is right. However, doubts about Kane’s ability to do her job are not limited to the Montgomery County grand-jury indictment. In the past two […]

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