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New Congressman Brendan Boyle Plunges Into World Affairs

by Tony West It’s a long way from the IHOP on Roosevelt Boulevard to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Washington, D.C. But freshman Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Phila.) has made that trip now. And what a ride it’s been! The chaos engulfing the Middle East, the fighting in Ukraine, the turmoil in Venezuela, the […]

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Philadelphia Judicial Candidates’ Ballot Positions

Judicial Ballot Positions Order on ballot, as of Mar. 19. Subject to daily changes as candidates are removed from the ballot due to withdrawals or successful court challenges. Supreme Court Vacancies Democrats 1. Dwayne D Woodruff 2. Christine Donohue 3. Kevin M Dougherty 4. John Henry Foradora 5. David Wecht 6. Anne E Lazarus Republicans […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Photos From The Parade To The White House

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LUCK OF THE DRAW: Philadelphia Ballot Positions Have Been Drawn!

Congratulations are due first to the way Supervisor of Elections Tim Dowling, assisted by Joe Lynch and Tom Boland, and supported by Fred Voigt, made an easy event of ballot-position drawing in front of a packed audience of candidates and supporters in City Hall Courtroom 676 yesterday. Inside a half hour, candidates pulled ballot numbers […]

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Bringing Organic Burgers To P’unk

by Cassie Hepler There’s a reason McDonald’s popularity is reportedly dwindling – low-quality meat, ingredients and poor customer service. P’unk Burger, 1823 E. Passyunk, is the BYO organic answer to the mass-produced conglomerate. Always fresh, organic ingredients and packed full, it is South Philly’s answer to the fast food question. The people want quality, fresh […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Teamsters’ DC 107 Fuels Tony Williams’ Campaign For Mayor

by Joe Shaheeli Making it official, the state and city’s Teamsters Unions endorsed State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ mayoral bid at the huge imported new-car lot located at Front & Oregon early Monday morning. Standing on the back end of a huge Teamsters Union trailer surrounded by scores of Teamsters Union members, Teamsters Joint Council […]

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Oliver Seeks ‘Disenfranchised’ Nonvoters In Mayoral Race

by Tony West Doug Oliver wants voters who don’t vote, to vote for him this year. Although this city has 1 million registered voters, observers expect only about 300,000 will cast their vote in the most-important election it knows: the quadrennial race for Mayor that likely set the direction of crucial everyday government services in […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Governors Get Their Way On SRC

by Denise Clay Life at the School Reform Commission is always interesting. But on Sunday night, Gov. Tom Wolf made that always-interesting governmental body much more interesting when he decided to remove SRC Chair Bill Green from his position as Chairman and replace him with former Masterman principal Marjorie Neff. Green, who resigned his City […]

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Mark Squilla’s Mom, Aunt Graduate High School

by Maria Marlino It was the 1930s in the city of Philadelphia. Rosina Squilla and Rickie Descano, Mark Squilla’s mom and aunt, had yet to arrive. The first experimental television station, W3XE, was founded by the Philco Corp. The cheesesteak was just created. Over 135,000 Philadelphians were jobless due to the Great Depression. And numerous […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Tom Wolf’s Budget Offers Hope

City Hall Sam is starting off the column with a salute to SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS. Sheriff Williams is receiving a well-deserved Public Servant Of  The Year award from the Public Record. Sheriff Williams has an extensive and admirable career serving the public as a law enforcement officer, State Representative, and now as Sheriff.  His great personality […]

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