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BOYLE’S PRISONER TRANSPORT VEHICLE BILL PASSES HOUSE Legislation written by State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast) has passed the State House. It gives emergency-vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner-transport units. “This bill is important because it grants prisoner transport vehicles emergency vehicle designation which will allow them to operate using flashing lights,” Boyle said. “There […]

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Who is the mysterious challenger of STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE’S nominating petitions? Boyle, who is unchallenged for reelection to his seat in the state legislature, received a challenge to his nominating petitions for that office but the person who did so is not well-known in political circles. Nonetheless, Boyle was able to defeat the challenge […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Bad Witnesses Make Bad Cases

It has been called a sting. Others say ALI-GATE. After a week of blasting the State Attorney General, media rarely mentioned Ali in depth. After that hell week finally came an in-depth feature on the man. WOW! How a deal was struck with a fellow charged with 2,088 counts, including misuse of your taxpayer money, […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Ed Turzanski Sheds Light On Ukraine

Last Thursday the Philadelphia Republican Party hosted its monthly breakfast series, “A Red State of Mind” at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. March’s guest speaker was EDWARD TURZANSKI. Turzanski, a regular on Channel 6ABC’s Sunday-morning political talk show “Inside Story”, spoke on the crisis in Ukraine. He also addressed other foreign policy issues, including the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Legislative Dists. Face Fierce Petition Challenges

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Eleven Legislative Districts in Philadelphia were rocked with petition challenges, more than normal in a General Assembly primary. Some were decided Apr. 1, but most are strung out through the month of April. Many will be heard in Courtrooms 1 or 2 in the Widener Building, 1339 Chestnut Street. Commonwealth Court challenges […]

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Tropical Salts – And ‘Salts’ – Kept Our Streets Safe This Winter

BY MARK STAPLES/ You probably heard the late-winter news reports. After a dozen storms accompanied by the harsh temperatures of late 2013 and early 2014, supplies of rock salt used to treat Delaware and South Jersey roads during icy conditions were beginning to run out in many places. One television news report featured a municipal […]

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Philadelphia Port Sees Double-Digit Growth

Following on the heels of a very successful 2013 at the Port of Philadelphia, a year that marked the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth here, initial cargo figures strongly indicate that 2014 should deliver more of the same. Despite record snow in the northeast and particularly in Philadelphia this past winter, the facilities of […]

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WITH THE UNIONS: Anti-Deduction Bills Are Against Bible, Say Electrical Workers

Letter to State Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and House Members of General Assembly from Emil Meyer, president/business manager, Local 614, IBEW. This local represents Exelon/PECO. Truth be told, there is near-zero additional payroll expense incurred by the state or any other business entity that electronically allocates payments once such a system is put in place […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Black Ward Leaders Carry A Big Stick

One of the key organizations in the Philadelphia political machine is the group known as the Black Ward Leaders. The group consists of African American ward leaders, many of whom are elected officials. The group is currently chaired by STATE SEN. ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS. Among its members are City COUNCILWOMAN JANNIE BLACKWELL, SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS, […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Cawley Wins … Washington Will Too

Last week was the 8th anniversary of the loss of Sergeant “Gunny” LE CLAIRE, Jr. who was killed while delivering a warrant. City Police Lt. Heather Bernard has been keeping his memory alive with an annual golf tourney. It is coming and will be announced. Please consider attending…. It was happy news to learn that […]

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