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OUT & ABOUT: Stevie Wonder Vs. The Pope

OUT & ABOUT: Stevie Wonder Vs. The Pope

by Denise Clay If you were around City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza on Monday, you probably saw a whole lot more people there than usual. That’s because Stevie Wonder was stopping by. Wonder, whose “Songs In The Key Of Life” tour returns to the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 7, surprised Philadelphians with a free concert […]

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The Waffleman: Flashbacks To South Philly’s Past

Yo! Here we go again. I awoke early one morning to the sound of silence. In this utter silence I thought I heard a sound from outside my window. It resembled the clip-clop of the milkman’s horse. This sound stirred up some very strong memories. It brought to mind the sound of the milk bottles […]

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City Hall Sam: Was Vincent Hughes Taking Sides?

After his defeat for Mayor, what will STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS do? In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer interview, he eviscerated his colleague and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman VINCENT HUGHES. Hughes had conducted his own poll of the Mayor’s race and came to the conclusion JIM KENNEY was going to win. This in Hughes’ mind, warranted […]

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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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CITY HALL SAM: Who’s Running For Attorney General?

Although the Phillies opener was expected to be underwhelming for a fan base accustomed to division championships, a number of notables did show up for the home opener. Famous trial lawyers TOM KLEIN and SHANIN SPECTER took their usual seats behind home plate. They were joined by political consultant LARRY CEISLER. Joining our military men […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Should Black Voters Support Black Candidates?

by Denise Clay Should Black voters support Black candidates? Now that I’ve written that sentence, I look at it and it seems like a question with an obvious answer for someone like me, seeing as I’m a Black woman and all. But it’s a question that woke me up bright and early on Tuesday morning […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Williams Cleaning Up In Mayor’s Race

STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS leads the mayoral fundraising race in the early reports. All the pundits snickered the amount of money raised by the candidates was a pittance compared to previous elections. But it looks like Williams will once again be funded by his close allies in the education-reform movement, including JOEL GREENBERG. He raised $5.6 […]

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OUT & ABOUT: In Philadelphia’s 7th Council Dist. – It’s Manny Morales Vs. Social Media

by Denise Clay The National Association of Black Journalists, an organization that got its start here in Philadelphia and counts among its founders such local journalistic luminaries as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Acel Moore and late 900AM WURD host Reggie Bryant, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.   As part of NABJ’s 40th anniversary convention in […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Tom Wolf’s Budget Offers Hope

City Hall Sam is starting off the column with a salute to SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS. Sheriff Williams is receiving a well-deserved Public Servant Of  The Year award from the Public Record. Sheriff Williams has an extensive and admirable career serving the public as a law enforcement officer, State Representative, and now as Sheriff.  His great personality […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Mayor Nutter Snatches Credit for Democratic Convention

It was amazing CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY was able to get the Democratic National Committee to agree to have the convention in Philadelphia. What was even more amazing is how MICHAEL NUTTER was able to get credit even though he almost failed to file the paperwork necessary to be a candidate for the convention. The readers […]

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