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ELEPHANT CORNER: Developer Sues Councilman Johnson For Favoring A Business Rival In Pt. Breeze

ELEPHANT CORNER: Developer Sues Councilman Johnson For Favoring A Business Rival In Pt. Breeze

I now know why Council – at least COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON – did not like the idea of selling the Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Corp.: because it was to be done honestly and transparently. Johnson apparently has steered the sale of city-owned properties to political insiders. In a lawsuit filed by developer MICHAEL POLLACK, […]

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Clarke Launches Mobile Crime-Fighting Office

City Council President Darrell Clarke cut the ribbon to launch a 33-foot Winnebago on its way as a mobile office to help stop violent crime on the streets of North Philadelphia. The mobile office belongs to Philadelphia CeaseFire, a public health violence intervention program. The new Winnebago — wrapped in the message “Stop. Shooting. People.” […]

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Live! Hotel & Casino Charged With Racial Baggage, Facing Neighbors’ Pushback

Live! Hotel & Casino would bring a lot of baggage to its projected home at 9th & Packer Streets. Not only would it face a welcoming committee of irate neighbors and leaders in a community already heavily impacted by tourism at the sports stadiums, but it would need to explain away to the satisfaction of […]

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New Hardy Williams Center Will Serve Homeless Veterans

The pleasant Southwest Philadelphia community of Eastwick is opening its arms to America’s veterans. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-W. Phila.), Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.), and other officials dedicated a new facility at 7100 Grovers Avenue on Veterans Day to address homelessness among the Philadelphia area’s veterans and seniors. Named after the Senator’s father – […]

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Philadelphia City Council Focuses On Veterans’ Needs

As the birthplace of the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, Philadelphia holds a special position, and even a responsibility, to remain deeply connected to those who have served our country dating back to the pre-Revolutionary War period. There are about 88,000 veterans living in Philadelphia with service spanning World War II until the […]

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OUR OPINION: High Court Smells To High Heaven

Score one for Chief Justice Ronald Castille with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court moving to relieve Justice McCaffery “on an interim basis of any and all judicial and administrative responsibilities as a Justice.” In 30 days, the Judicial Conduct Board said the decision “shall make a determination, on an emergency basis, whether there is or is […]

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Singer Demands City Quit Deleting Emails

City Commissioner Stephanie Singer is asking the city administration to end its 50-day limit to preserving emails generated on city computers.   An IT graduate student, she knows the value of her suggestion.   She states, “By 2010, email was a standard tool at the small business where I worked. I held myself accountable by […]

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SRC’s Aborting Of Teachers’ Contract Roils Pols

State Rep. Angel Cruz and State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (both D-Kensington) have bills they hope will gain traction and bring an end to the control the state-run School Reform Commission has over the city’s public School District They have the support of almost every member of the Philadelphia caucuses in the General Assembly. These bills […]

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Ceremony To Preserve Black Burial Ground

The Friends of Bethel Burial Ground Coalition is working to preserve the final resting place of 5,000 black Philadelphians who are interred in an historic burial ground under the Weccacoe Playground at 4th & Queen Streets, in the Southwark section of South Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Dept. of Parks and Recreation is trying to renovate the […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Porn In The Office – When Smart Guys Do Dumb Things

BY DENISE CLAY/ I’ve been following Pennsylvania politics for a long while, and I’ve seen all kinds of things. I’ve seen school board members without high-school diplomas. I’ve seen political officials act like Mafiosi. I’ve seen cash-strapped municipalities spend money on things that benefitted no one but the special interest that demanded them. And I […]

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