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Blue-Collar Dems Meet with AFL-CIO Chief

Members of the Congressional Blue Collar Caucus met last week with Richard L. Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, to discuss the needs of blue-collar workers and how House Democrats can make it clear they will continue to serve as their champion in Washington. Trumka began the discussion with remarks on the modern challenges of labor […]

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OPINION: Pooling Resources

When it’s time for us to sing the praises of our fair city, we’re always quick to single out one of its relatively unsung civic treasures: public pools. At any one of the city’s 70 public pools – the most per capita in the entire United States, according to the city’s Parks & Recreation Commissioner, […]

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Pokémon Go Brings Exploration to Neighborhood Libraries

By Eldon Graham The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has teamed up with Pokémon GO to encourage Philadelphia residents to explore their neighborhoods and libraries with the innovative augmented reality experience of the popular mobile game in which players can encounter Pokémon in the real world. Five libraries in Philadelphia will participate in […]

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OPINION: No More Nooses

              PA Rep. Jordan Harris Last week in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, a noose was found hanging from a tree near 18th and Lombard streets. This is the second time in nearly two weeks that this has occurred. As an elected official whose district […]

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State Reps. Demand Budget Deal

By Eldon Graham Members of the Philadelphia Delegation came together in the Liberty View Ballroom on the second floor of the Independence Visitor Center to urge Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to call the House back to Harrisburg to wrap up the 2017-18 state budget. State Representatives include Reps. Maria Donatucci, Donna Bullock, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Prelude to Parking Wars Redux

BY JOE SHAHEELI The last City Council meeting before the summer recess is rarely one to circle on the calendar. Like end-of-session meetings everywhere, this was expected to be heavy on legislative tidying up, light on flashpoint issues. Sure, Rebuild is still in the process of being streamlined and the soda tax fight is still […]

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Palumbo Park 2.0

City Councilman Mark Squilla and Parks & Recreation Executive Director Kathryn Ott Lovell were on hand for a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome a host of improvements to Palumbo Park, located at 723 Catharine Street. Among the upgrades neighbors can now enjoy: new park benches, picnic tables, lighting, planted trees and landscaping.      Send […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Entering the Final Stretch to Find an Interim DA

BY JOE SHAHEELI With tomorrow’s deadline for applicants who crave a high-profile temporary position with a risk-reward ratio that would give Vegas pause, the search for an interim district attorney to bridge the roughly six months until the winner of November’s election takes up residence on the 16th floor of the District Attorney’s Office enters […]

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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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POLS ON THE STREET: Pa. Budget Done (the Easy Part, at Least)

BY JOE SHAHEELI Just in time for the 4th of July break, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a $31.99-billion spending budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. It reflected a willingness on the part of both the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf’s Democratic administration to avoid painful cuts to core constituencies’ favored programs. State Sen. Vincent […]

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