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Solving Philly’s Dropout Riddle Is Riddle In Itself

Solving Philly’s Dropout Riddle Is Riddle In Itself

Mayor Michael A. Nutter is hoping to find an answer to the question: “What can the City of Philadelphia do to prevent the greatest number of students from dropping out of high school?” It’s a question many are asking. That is the question being asked in this year’s Fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition […]

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Mayor Praises PGW Sale

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Mayor Praises PGW Sale

Mayor Michael A. Nutter has praised the decision by UIL Holdings Corp. to continue its effort to acquire the Philadelphia Gas Works in a $1.86-billion transaction that awaits action by the Philadelphia City Council. James P. Torgerson, UIL President and CEO, is still hoping to pursue the purchase of the city-owned gas utility even though […]

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OUR OPINION: Time For Heads To Roll

With innumerable nonprofits operating in Philadelphia under a wide range of goals and missions, it’s becoming routine to learn how scores of them are coming under federal scrutiny for mismanaging or failing to properly use the funds they get – which in some cases are misappropriated by one or more of their officers.   Unfortunately, […]

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Councilman Oh Announces Contest To Boost Local Artists

Councilman David Oh held a press conference in City Hall to announce the grand prize and category prizes for PHL LIVE Center Stage, his exciting new music initiative that provides local musicians with a real opportunity to gain recognition and success. First Deputy Commissioner Susan Slawson, Dept. of Parks & Recreation, announced the grand prize […]

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On The Hill / In City Hall: SENATE LEADERS DEMAND MTG. WITH TOBACCO MOGULS

Two members of the Philadelphia State Senate Caucus have reached out to cigarette-industry leaders to ask them to meet with regards to their vigorous lobbying against the cigarette-tax bill that is needed to fund Philadelphia schools. State Sens. Shirley M. Kitchen (D-N. Phila.) and Democratic Whip Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.), wrote the following letter […]

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Matthews At Peace With New DC 33 Contract

BY PETE MATTHEWS, President, District Council 33/ We have a contract! The war is over. I discussed with my members not long ago in detail our ongoing battles with the City and the difficulties we’ve faced winning a fair contract. As most of you know, we have won this battle. We have a fair contract, […]

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Sen Tartaglione Issues ALS Ice Bucket Challenge To Senate Colleagues

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) is challenging the city’s State Senatorial delegation to follow her in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She did so publicly before having a cooler of icewater dumped over her as she spent the day at Wissinoming Park to continue her picnic series with constituents, and hand out free backpacks […]

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Can Fluoridated Water Hurt Developing Brains?

BY TONY WEST/ Fluoridated drinking water is coming under the gun again, in large part because of concern about the rising incidence of developmental neurological disorders like autism and ADHD. Could this widespread chemical additive be to blame? Philadelphia’s drinking water is fluoridated, so we all want to know the answer. While the science on […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: It’s Time To End Keystone Exams

by State Rep. Stephen Barrar This September will mark the first year the Keystone Exams will be used as the deciding factor for whether or not students will graduate from Pennsylvania’s public high schools. September will also mark the five-year anniversary of HR 456, the bipartisan legislation that urged Gov. Ed Rendell to cease all […]

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PPA Expands Motorcycle, Scooter Parking

Motorcycles and scooters are important components of the diverse transportation system we are privileged to have in Philadelphia, notes Philadelphia Parking Authority Exec. Dir. Vincent Fenerty. As a result, Fenerty has announced a pilot program to address the parking needs of motorcycles and scooters.   Fenerty said, “The pilot program will run through the end […]

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