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PHILAPORT 2017: Deeper Channel Will Transform Trade

PHILAPORT 2017: Deeper Channel Will Transform Trade

BY TONY WEST It will have taken 35 years to move five feet in the Delaware River – but they are five big feet. Five feet deeper. By this time next year, the channel-deepening project will have been completed. From an initial study by the Delaware River Port Authority in 1983, this project has consumed […]

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OPINION: How to Balance Pennsylvania’s Budget

BY PETER J. WIRS Pennsylvania has had a balanced budget for two years now. The problem: our governor and legislators don’t know it. As one of three legislative mediators requested by a Senate GOP leader to bridge the gap, not only can I say that the budget is balanced, by enacting remedial legislation, but once […]

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Parking Officers Learn to Fight Terrorism

BY TONY WEST “You are part of the bigger picture,” Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Clarena Tolson told a roomful of her officers on June 1, as they prepared to learn how to combat terrorism. During that day, all 200 PPA officers were given a briefing by Philadelphia Police Department counterterrorism Detective Joseph Rovnan. He […]

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OUR OPINION: Common Sense Is Rare on Guns

BY STATE REP. DONNA BULLOCK Recently, in a House State Government Committee hearing, an “expert” witness – Dr. John Lott – testified that gun ownership curbs gun violence. This comes two days after nine young people were shot a few blocks away from my home – none of them over the age of 25. As […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Wolf Running Hard in Pennsylvania’s ‘Tee’

BY JOE SHAHEELI In the first week of “holiday summer,” when the average voter could care less who will be elected governor of Pennsylvania in November 2018, political insiders here are thinking about little else but. There had been speculation first-term Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was losing interest in re-election after his first two years […]

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Stack Pursues Drive for Pardons

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd) and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, chairman of the Board of Pardons, hosted the latest of a series of information sessions on Pathways to Pardons at Myers Recreation Center in Kingsessing last week. The pardons process is designed to give people with limited criminal records a second chance, subject to certain limitations. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Court Upholds City Commission

BY JOE SHAHEELI In Philadelphia, all eyes (at least all that aren’t closed in sleep to the burning issues of the city they live in) were focused on the outcome of Tuesday’s election. Sadly, most voters did remain asleep. Doubtless they will wake up again when the time comes for them to complain about a […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Philadelphia Owes More To Heroes’ Survivors

BY COUNCILMAN AL TAUBENBERGER My son, Matt, is a Pennsylvania State Trooper. It’s incredibly dangerous work. One need only glance at the current news headlines regarding Eric Frein, who was just convicted of killing one State Trooper and severely wounding another in an unprovoked sniper attack on a State Police barracks. Although I am extraordinarily […]

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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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City’s Judicial District Must Now Defend Its Forfeiture Practices

BY JOE SHAHEELI The 1st Judicial Dist., long criticized for the way it handles civil forfeiture proceedings, finally has to answer charges filed by the Institute for Justice on behalf of four Philadelphia residents. Federal Judge Eduardo C. Robreno has the 1st Dist.’s motion to dismiss the class action challenging its administration of civil forfeiture […]

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