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Mayor Kenney Speaks out on Recent Hate Crimes and Flash Mob

Mayor Kenney Speaks out on Recent Hate Crimes and Flash Mob

Mayor Jim Kenney made this address at the City’s first Philadelphia International Unity Cup game: “I know right now that many Philadelphians are feeling anxious, angry, afraid, and even hopeless. Others feel emboldened by hateful rhetoric to act out in destructive ways. “And for many of you, those feelings of disenfranchisement predated this election. In […]

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Top 20 Zingers from the Presidential Race

Ad budgets and fundraising goals aren’t the only aspects of this election season to have dramatically increased over 2012 – the number of quotable sound bites uttered by the major party candidates has exploded as well. Here are some of our favorites, compiled by staff reporter Eldon Graham, and presented in no particular order: HILLARY […]

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OUR OPINION: Philadelphia’s Italian Bedrock

As the illustration at right so ably captures, what Christopher Columbus began 524 years ago, Italian Americans continue to this day. Just as the seafaring explorer set out for the undiscovered country in a quest for knowledge, commerce and the promise of a better future for those he represented on his quest, so, too, do […]

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OUR OPINION: End Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania

A bipartisan duo, State Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) and State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), have taken up the cause of combatting rampant gerrymandering, an ill that infects most national and state elections and is crippling American governance at many levels. They have introduced companion bills, HB 1835 and SB 484, to remove the legislative redistricting […]

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Now that KATHLEEN KANE has been convicted of perjury in state court, she has chosen to resign. The Senate Republican majority attempted to remove her through a constitutional procedure last fall but was unsuccessful. The House started the impeachment proceedings; but now those proceedings are moot. A more-interesting question now is if her resignation is in […]

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OUR OPINION: Amazing Skyline, Seething Streets

Having been born and bred in a rowhome office since its inception, the editors of the Philadelphia and South Philadelphia Public Records now gaze out a wall of windows which gives the staff a view, as Tony West told Jim Tayoun, “to die for”. Well, we didn’t die. But we still have to keep our […]

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Our Opinion: DNC, City Did Their Best!

God bless the patience of the City’s Police Bicycle Corps. Their quiet presence sent a calming message to some of the thousands of protestors looking to create a ruckus and earn some television time. It was obvious Commissioner Richard Ross’ blue line knew what to do, how to do it, and were prepared for anything […]

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OUR OPINION: Kenney’s Odd Game On Sugary-Drinks Tax

One wonders why Mayor Jim Kenney, who as a Councilman voted no on similar proposals from Mayor Michael Nutter, would press hard for a sugary-drink tax. He made it clear in his welcoming speech to the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention delegates in Philadelphia Tuesday morning. The city’s plight is a poor population whose children have limited […]

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OUR OPINION: Soda Tax Promises Food Fight In Phila. City Council

Community leaders, small-business owners, labor leaders and citizens have banded together to fight a 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages like soda, teas and juice drinks. They charge a 12-pack of soda’s cost would nearly double – to more than $8 – due to the tax; $2.04 tax on a 2-liter bottle would be more than […]

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OUR OPINION: Awaiting A State Budget!

In the meantime … in-between time … backed up for a second year are State budgets. Because of this failure by the General Assembly and the Administration to bring Budget One to fruition (and it could happen again with deliberations for Budget Two), there are problems. For instance, School Districts are cash-strapped. This was brought […]

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