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HARRISBURG BREAKTHROUGH? State Rep. John Taylor Says Maybe

HARRISBURG BREAKTHROUGH? State Rep. John Taylor Says Maybe

by Tony West A political whirlwind unleashed by the weird general election of November 2014 may just lay the groundwork for a transformative year in Pennsylvania, starting right now. “2015 could be one of the most-interesting years in the last 20 on Capitol Hill” – that’s the insight of State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast), who […]

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Philadelphia PILOTS Steam Ahead … To An Uncertain Port

by Tony West An effort to recover revenues from large nonprofit institutions in Philadelphia sailed through City Council yesterday. With a 15-1 vote it passed a resolution written by Councilman at Large Wilson Goode, Jr. “calling on the Nutter Administration to pursue PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes) or voluntary contributions from large nonprofit institutions […]

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Cindy Bass Rides To Rescue Of Germantown YMCA

by Joe Shaheeli The Germantown YMCA, a wreck and a half, stands alongside Vernon Park in Germantown, testimony to the fact millions of dollars invested in it by the City and various nonprofits have gone everywhere else but to this historical relic. Because of years of neglect, while the money was misspent, it became the […]

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New Congressman Brendan Boyle Plunges Into World Affairs

by Tony West It’s a long way from the IHOP on Roosevelt Boulevard to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Washington, D.C. But freshman Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Phila.) has made that trip now. And what a ride it’s been! The chaos engulfing the Middle East, the fighting in Ukraine, the turmoil in Venezuela, the […]

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‘PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR’ JEWELL WILLIAMS: When A New Sheriff Came To Town

by Tony West The year 2011 was a momentous one in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. The previous year Sheriff John Green had stepped down after decades in that office, under a cloud. Millions of dollars had gone missing. Office records were in chaos. Forensic audits and criminal investigations were underway or brewing. That November, Jewell […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Seth Williams For Senate?

DID I TELL YOU: The press carried a story of DA Seth Williams possibly seeking to run for US Senate next year. I have been thinking of the DA’s blasting of State Attorney General Kathleen KANE, and the Ali-gate affair that could ruin four performing lawmakers. I have trouble sleeping (and maybe voters) with the horrible thought of an 81-year-old […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Mayor Nutter, Jim Kenney Get In Schoolyard Brawl

ETHICS – BLEAHTHICS.  I am so tired of reading about how ethics will define the upcoming Mayor’s race. It is NOT a key issue in this race – except if you want to write about it.  And an EDITORIAL about how successful the campaign finance laws are! They are a DISASTER. And who wants to read quotes from former […]

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Judge Vincent Melchiorre’s Sword of Justice

by Maria Merlino Common Pleas Court Judge Vincent Melchiorre, 57, struggled as a child with learning. “I flunked the 4th grade at St. Edmond’s School,” he admits. “I couldn’t read or write. I was dyslexic. I got jumped a lot.” By the time Judge Melchiorre got to Bishop Neumann HS, “it was an all-boys’ school, […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL

O’Brien’s Autism Parley Submits Key Report Councilman at Large Denny O’Brien’s Philadelphia Autism Project concept was conceived and developed over the last two years. It was designed to create an inclusive process that relied upon a citywide task force of 135 stakeholders to examine the quality of, and access to, services and supports for individuals […]

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Taking Back South Philly Streets

by Maria Merlino Eighteen months ago, Carol Lanni was a typical South Philadelphia working mother with a couple of teenagers to look after. Then came the fateful day when her son was robbed of his phone and other personal items in broad daylight by teen thugs who were dropped off in her neighborhood by adult […]

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