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Meeting Bares Soul Of 60th St. After ‘ISIS’ Attack On Philadelphia Cop

Meeting Bares Soul Of 60th St. After ‘ISIS’ Attack On Philadelphia Cop

by Tony West Bryant Elementary School lies three blocks from where Police Officer Gary Hartnett was shot by Edward Archer last week – shot, Archer said on his arrest, in the name of the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS. Tonight its auditorium filled with more than 200 people from the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of Philadelphia to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Mayor-Council Relationship Could Be Boon In Kenney Administration

by Joe Shaheeli Of the many Mayors this city has had, it can be said Mayor Jim Kenney is the one closest to fitting the adage “the round peg for the round hole”. Of all those who preceded him, the closest to fit that description in the past 60 years would have been John Street. […]

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Philadelphia Unemployment Rate Drops, Mayor Nutter Announces In Swan Song

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger announced today Philadelphia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.9%, the lowest in Philadelphia since April 2008 before the recession and a full percentage point lower than when Mayor Nutter took office in January 2008. In addition, there are more Philadelphians employed than at […]

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Helen Gym Goes To The Head Of The Freshman Class

by Tony West Many people find careers in educational leadership. But in Philadelphia, where school achievement has been in short supply for decades, educational leadership has more often been a stumbling block than a stepping stone to high public office. Helen Gym has carved out an unusual career as a leader against the educational establishment, […]

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Rep. Taylor’s Bill Would Legalize Liquor Runs Out Of State

Legislation sponsored by State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) to decriminalize the purchase of out-of-state wine and liquor has passed the House. “For decades people have driven into New Jersey and Delaware to purchase wines and spirits not available in Pennsylvania, which is illegal, though rarely enforced. When it is enforced, the consequences can be great […]

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Katie McGinty Scores Big Philly Endorsements

by Tony West An imposing rack of Philadelphia City elected officials gave their blessing to the US Senate campaign of Katie McGinty this morning. Mayor Michael Nutter emceed the press conference in the Mayor’s Reception Room of City Hall. Speaking as Democratic Leader of the 52nd Ward, he assured McGinty of “100% support” in his […]

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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to Audit Department of Educations Process for Addressing Charter School Payment Appeals

As a result of the recent confusion surrounding payments to charter schools during Pennsylvania’s budget impasse, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced his office is auditing the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s handling of charter school tuition disbursement appeals. “The ongoing state budget impasse brought to light potential failures in the process the Department of Education […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Police Chief Ramsey Leaves Big Shoes To Fill

Philadelphia has a number of tough crime and public=safety issues. But the steady and smart leadership from Police COMMISSIONER CHARLES RAMSEY have all Philadelphians confident that the tough issues could be handled. That is why CHS joins many Philadelphians in wishing Commissioner Ramsey best wishes on his retirement. Ramsey was an innovative leader who implemented […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: China: Center Of Our Strategic Gravity

by Joe Sestak Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the United States yesterday, welcomed by business leaders in Seattle before flying to Washington to discuss key challenges in Asia and around the world. Ceremonial pleasantries aside, President Obama must use this opportunity to tell Xi that the United States and our friends in Asia are […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Pennsylvania Budget –  The Easy Way Or The Right Way?

by State Rep.-Elect Donna Bullock As I prepare to take the oath of office, and without resolution to the current budget stalemate, I’m reminded that those who have the privilege to serve must often choose a hard right over the easy wrong. We can do what is easy – which has been the prevailing approach […]

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