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OUR OPINION: Endorsing Ward Leaders

All political parties can make poor choices when they endorse candidates. But political parties that are big enough to have a leadership as well as footsoldiers and simple adherents typically endorse a slate of candidates in primary elections. That’s a good thing. Most people who identify as Democrats or Republicans don’t have the time or […]

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Revolutionary Museum Comes to Town

BY ELDON GRAHAM The American Revolution is alive again in the streets of Philadelphia. Located in Old City at 3rd & Chestnut Streets is The Museum of The American Revolution, the city’s newest attraction, housing over 250 years of American, British, French and Native American tribal history. Kicking it off was a stellar opening ceremony, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: DA’s Race Still Too Early to Call, but….

BY JOE SHAHEELI Though the seven Democratic candidates for DA are doing their best to win the endorsement of any group that could mean money and ground troops, we’ve learned we need to see which of this city’s major unions step into the arena with endorsements, guaranteeing big campaign contributions and a field army of […]

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Media Day at Philly’s Newest Museum Deepens Insight into Colonial Era

BY ELDON GRAHAM Old City has a new resident which brings its history back to life. The Museum of The American Revolution is Philadelphia’s latest attraction: an effort to tell the story of America’s founding comprehensively. Press members from all over the region were invited on Wednesday to get a sneak peek at what lies […]

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BRADY VS. RENDELL: Should Ward Leaders Be Weakened?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Former District Attorney, Mayor, Governor and head of the Democratic National Party Ed Rendell has come back to his roots as a reformer, claiming the number of this City’s elected leaders who wind up in trouble with the law can be laid at the feet of the Democratic Party’s ward leaders and […]

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URGENT CARE ON THE RISE: Quick, Cheap, Convenient, These Clinics Fill a Void

BY TONY WEST A new kind of health-care provider, unknown to our grandparents, has become an important option for Americans seeking treatment for what ails them. Urgent-care clinics began to form 40 years ago. They spread slowly into the Northeast but have become a basic feature of Philadelphia’s medical landscape in the last 10 years. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Stop Beating up on Williams

BY JOE SHAHEELI Hats off to WHYY’s Bobby Allyn, new to the public service radio station, who revealed to the world the Feds had installed a secret video camera in front of the Overbrook home of our beleaguered DA Seth Williams to spy on him before they indicted him. He found that nugget when the […]

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Spring Reawakens Gardening Season

BY ELDON GRAHAM South Philadelphia is greener than some might think. As spring begins to engulf us in warmer weather, you can find oases of natural beauty blooming forth in neighborhoods from Point Breeze to Queen Village. Community gardens all across the city are enabled through the Neighborhood Garden Trust, an organization affiliated with the […]

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BY BRETT MANDEL The recent revelation that reform-oriented Mayor Michael Nutter and his top Finance and Integrity officials conspired to look the other way and tolerate fraudulent misspending by a key agency head is just another reminder of how hard it is for our governmental umpires to call a consistent strike zone for a full […]

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Dwight Evans Goes Public in First Town Hall Mtg.

BY TONY WEST “This is my first town-hall meeting, but it won’t be my last.” Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Phila.) ended his first community meeting, at Drexel University, on this “see you later” note. Throughout a two-hour engagement largely devoted to fielding citizens’ questions, the new 2nd Dist. representative kept stressing that his mission is to […]

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