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City Launches ‘Smart War’ on Gun Violence

City Launches ‘Smart War’ on Gun Violence

BY TONY WEST After 50 years of excessive gun violence in its poor neighborhoods, Philadelphia has decided to study the problem. That’s good. Council President Darrell L. Clarke appointed Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd), Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Darrell G. O’Connor, a career FTI expert, the co-chairs of the Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention. […]

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Waterworks Restaurateur Lands State Dept. Gig

BY RYAN BRIGGS The State Department has appointed Gladwyne-based political consultant and former Waterworks restaurant owner Michael Karloutsos to a high-profile administrative position. The appointment, first reported in the Greco-American news outlet National Herald, took effect on July 23. Karloutsos will serve as acting deputy chief of protocol after receiving a personal recommendation from then-White […]

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PUBLIC SERVANTS AT WORK, Aug. 3, 2017

Boyle Seeks to Kill Delays As Pennsylvania deals with yet another frustrating budget impasse, State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast) is looking forward, seeking ways to prevent the Commonwealth from finding itself in a similar situation in the very near future. Boyle plans to re-introduce a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, requiring the General Assembly […]

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Stop-&-Go Bill Advances

BY JASON GOTTESMAN Major legislation in the General Assembly is often the product of compromise and deal-making. The Senate’s latest revenue package was no exception. However, while various interest groups and stakeholders are scoffing at individual portions of the five budget-related implementation bills that will cumulatively provide for nearly $2.1 billion in funding for the […]

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OUR OPINION: A Bitter Harvest of Food Insecurity in Philadelphia

There is no better time of the year than the first week of August for people who love fresh produce. Peaches and nectarines are in fragrant abundance; blueberries are still blushing in their clamshells; tomatoes, cukes, peppers, corn – oh, that corn – and the rest of farmland’s summer cornucopia are on vivid display at […]

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Meet Our New DA, Kelley Hodge

BY RYAN BRIGGS Judges in Philadelphia have voted to appoint Elliott Greenleaf lawyer Kelley Hodge to fill out the remainder of District Attorney Seth Williams’ term in office. Last week’s vote came on the heels of Williams’ stunning plea deal with federal prosecutors on bribery charges. Hodge, a onetime Philadelphia assistant district attorney, will become […]

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Who’s to Fill Seth’s Shoes?

BY RYAN BRIGGS District Attorney Seth Williams has taken a stunning mid-trial plea deal on a single corruption count and now faces up to five years in prison. Last Thursday morning’s plea, which was made in tandem with Williams’ immediate resignation as the city’s top la- enforcement official, ends a years-long saga that covered wild […]

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PHILAPORT 2017: Deeper Channel Will Transform Trade

BY TONY WEST It will have taken 35 years to move five feet in the Delaware River – but they are five big feet. Five feet deeper. By this time next year, the channel-deepening project will have been completed. From an initial study by the Delaware River Port Authority in 1983, this project has consumed […]

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OPINION: How to Balance Pennsylvania’s Budget

BY PETER J. WIRS Pennsylvania has had a balanced budget for two years now. The problem: our governor and legislators don’t know it. As one of three legislative mediators requested by a Senate GOP leader to bridge the gap, not only can I say that the budget is balanced, by enacting remedial legislation, but once […]

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Parking Officers Learn to Fight Terrorism

BY TONY WEST “You are part of the bigger picture,” Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Clarena Tolson told a roomful of her officers on June 1, as they prepared to learn how to combat terrorism. During that day, all 200 PPA officers were given a briefing by Philadelphia Police Department counterterrorism Detective Joseph Rovnan. He […]

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