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OPINION: A Reformer’s Lament

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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WHERE IT ALL COMES TOGETHER: Ports are a vivid lesson in various ways to move

BY TONY WEST It’s easy to think of a port as nothing more than a place where ships disembark and embark, loading and unloading their goods. But that’s not the half of it. A port is more like a symphony in which different ways of travel must move together in smooth, mutually supportive exchanges. At […]

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Broad St. Line to Navy Yard Needs Traction

BY ELDON GRAHAM Public transit in Philadelphia is generally strong, save for the temporary SEPTA strike the week before 2016 election, but when you look more deeply under the microscope you’ll notice some important parts of the city are not as accessible as others. The Broad Street Orange Line reaches a wide range of Philadelphia: […]

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OPINION: A State Retirement Savings Plan for Working People

BY STATE REPS. MIKE HANNA & MIKE DRISCOLL Working men and women and the middle class are the engines that drive our economy. But a secure retirement has become unattainable for many. The decline in retirement security is the result of many causes. The decimation of private-sector pensions, the stagnation of real wages and corporate […]

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What Lies Beneath Philadelphia’s Pothole Epidemic

by Cassie Hepler Pothole season is upon us as winter’s fury sinks its teeth into our roads. But potholes have been getting worse in recent winters. And the problem is not caused by fiercer weather but by human neglect. In the end, it’s the motorists who pay the price when their tax dollars are not […]

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State Commits $300 Million to Port of Philadelphia, but PRPA Staff Is Slashed

by Joe Shaheeli When Gov. Tom Wolf joined US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), elected officials and stakeholders to tout a comprehensive Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia, proponents of Southport grew worried. Would their long effort to create additional super-modern terminals with the development of Southport’s acreage be consigned to a page in […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Port Investments Make for a Merry Christmas

GOV. TOM WOLF and LT. GOV. MIKE STACK played the role of Santa Claus and announced an early Christmas present to the folks of Southeastern Pennsylvania. And what did they leave under the tree for the good people of SEPA? A $300-million capital investment in the Port of Philadelphia. This investment will improve several port […]

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Mayor Kenney Speaks out on Recent Hate Crimes and Flash Mob

Mayor Jim Kenney made this address at the City’s first Philadelphia International Unity Cup game: “I know right now that many Philadelphians are feeling anxious, angry, afraid, and even hopeless. Others feel emboldened by hateful rhetoric to act out in destructive ways. “And for many of you, those feelings of disenfranchisement predated this election. In […]

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YOUR PUBLIC SERVANTS AT WORK: Oct. 27, 2016

Taylor Named CORA 2016 Civic Champion State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) has been named CORA Services’ 2016 Civic Champion. CORA’s Champion Awards are presented each year at the Champions for Children Celebration to recognize individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in partnering with CORA Services to create a brighter future for children and families […]

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