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Courts Fail Many, Losing Their Properties; Council To Move To Eliminate Loopholes

by Joe Shaheeli Councilman Curtis Jones’ Public Safety Committee will introduce a series of recommendations to City Council which should end loopholes that have created an epidemic of mortgage fraud in this city. When approved by the full Council and signed by the Mayor, it will close a history of families suffering mortgage foreclosures who […]

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Matthew Darragh Aims To Knock Out Young Foes

by Tony West At age 30, 58th Ward Democratic Committeeman Matthew Darragh considers himself the grand old man of the 170th Legislative Dist. in Far Northeast Philadelphia. That seat is currently held by freshman State Rep. Martina White (R-Northeast), who won it in a fiercely contested special election last year. She is now 27. To […]

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Community Relations Officer Gary Harkins Lives On At ‘Best Friend’ Fundraiser

By Maria Merlino A fundraiser for the family of the late Community Relations Officer Gary Harkins was held on Jan. 8 at the Ballroom of the Stadium Holiday Inn. The beloved police officer was a fixture in South Philadelphia for more than 25 years. His death left a gaping hole in the hearts of his […]

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Meeting Bares Soul Of 60th St. After ‘ISIS’ Attack On Philadelphia Cop

by Tony West Bryant Elementary School lies three blocks from where Police Officer Gary Hartnett was shot by Edward Archer last week – shot, Archer said on his arrest, in the name of the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS. Tonight its auditorium filled with more than 200 people from the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of Philadelphia to […]

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MLK: Girard College Events Mark Day Of Service With Mural

Organizers, sponsors, and community partners joined together in a ceremony at Girard College to announce plans for the upcoming 21st annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Girard College will serve as the region’s signature project site. Founder and director Todd Bernstein, who is also president of Global Citizen, announced that a national […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Savage Endorsed To Replace Bishop In W. Philly House Seat

by Joe Shaheeli With two special elections slated for Mar 15, the 192nd and 200th, look for reelection announcements and those from challengers in several others. Lynwood Savage, who for 38 years has served as a committeeman in the 34th Ward, was endorsed last weekend as the Democratic candidate to replace State Rep. Louise Williams […]

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Brian Sims Tries For A Twofer

by Tony West When you run for two offices at once, high energy is a must. State Rep. Brian Sims (D-S. Phila.) showed that kind of drive when he spoke before Philly for Change last week. He said he is running for Congress as well as his State Legislative seat in the April primary “because […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Mayor-Council Relationship Could Be Boon In Kenney Administration

by Joe Shaheeli Of the many Mayors this city has had, it can be said Mayor Jim Kenney is the one closest to fitting the adage “the round peg for the round hole”. Of all those who preceded him, the closest to fit that description in the past 60 years would have been John Street. […]

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Jim Kenney Is Inaugurated As 99th Mayor Of Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Unemployment Rate Drops, Mayor Nutter Announces In Swan Song

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger announced today Philadelphia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.9%, the lowest in Philadelphia since April 2008 before the recession and a full percentage point lower than when Mayor Nutter took office in January 2008. In addition, there are more Philadelphians employed than at […]

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