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State Commits $300 Million to Port of Philadelphia, but PRPA Staff Is Slashed

by Joe Shaheeli When Gov. Tom Wolf joined US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), elected officials and stakeholders to tout a comprehensive Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia, proponents of Southport grew worried. Would their long effort to create additional super-modern terminals with the development of Southport’s acreage be consigned to a page in […]

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Rejuvenation Headed for North Broad

By Eldon Graham   If you’ve spent even a few moments on Broad Street heading north from City Hall in the past few years, you know that the city’s central north-south artery is beating afresh with new blood: the Divine Lorraine, new restaurants and high-rises – it’s the renaissance long discussed, long awaited. Fittingly, there […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Port Investments Make for a Merry Christmas

GOV. TOM WOLF and LT. GOV. MIKE STACK played the role of Santa Claus and announced an early Christmas present to the folks of Southeastern Pennsylvania. And what did they leave under the tree for the good people of SEPA? A $300-million capital investment in the Port of Philadelphia. This investment will improve several port […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: DA’s Primary May See More Challengers

by Joe Shaheeli District Attorney Seth Williams, based on his past primaries, has a lock on about 42% of the Democrats who normally vote in that municipal election. Those are the African American voters, who tend to support candidates from their own community, given a choice. Since all of his announced challengers to date are […]

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East Passyunk Goes Arctic

By Eldon Graham Passyunk Avenue was abuzz last weekend with the sights and chills of the second annual “Arctic Ave.,” a festive event featuring ice sculptures. People got to experience the avenue while taking in the frozen art, music, shopping specials and more. Anyone strolling down the avenue saw the uniquely crafted sculptures along the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Democrats See Open Primary for District Attorney

by Joe Shaheeli Incumbent Democratic District Attorney Seth Williams will not have an uncontested ride in the May 16 primary. Many of those planning to challenge him will say it’s because of his own doing. They could be right, seeing a rash of bad press he has gotten, due to his failure to report about […]

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PA SOCIETY Whirl: at the Genevieve, Mike Stack, Blank Rome affairs

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PA Society Weekend: Lunch at the Waldorf

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Masino Appointed to Delaware River Port Authority

Labor leader Gary Masino has been appointed to the Delaware River Port Authority by Gov. Tom Wolf. Masino is president/business manager of Local 19 and the International Sheet Metal Workers Union’s 11th general vice president. DRPA is responsible for the operation of four of the five bridges spanning the Delaware River: Commodore Barry, Ben Franklin, […]

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Overdoses for Christmas

Nine sad souls, heroin addicts shooting up under the railroad bridges and alley by-ways of Kensington, didn’t have someone looking over them as they overdosed on the latest batch of cheap heroin this past week. The miracle antidote that could have brought them back from death, Narcan, wasn’t available to them. District Attorney Seth Williams […]

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