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Ceremony To Preserve Black Burial Ground

The Friends of Bethel Burial Ground Coalition is working to preserve the final resting place of 5,000 black Philadelphians who are interred in an historic burial ground under the Weccacoe Playground at 4th & Queen Streets, in the Southwark section of South Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Dept. of Parks and Recreation is trying to renovate the […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Doc Gives Tom Wolf A Six-Figure Kiss

Many Philly big shots showed up at a JOHN DOUGHERTY fundraising event for TOM WOLF recently. At the event the Local 98 Leader handed the gubernatorial frontrunner a $100,000 check. On stage with Wolf was City Democratic Chairman CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY. Also attending the fundraiser to support the ticket were COUNCILMEN JIM KENNEY, MARK SQUILLA […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Porn In The Office – When Smart Guys Do Dumb Things

BY DENISE CLAY/ I’ve been following Pennsylvania politics for a long while, and I’ve seen all kinds of things. I’ve seen school board members without high-school diplomas. I’ve seen political officials act like Mafiosi. I’ve seen cash-strapped municipalities spend money on things that benefitted no one but the special interest that demanded them. And I […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: G.O.P. Meets In Harrisburg; Germantown Club Reorganizes

Last Friday a group from the Philadelphia herd thundered up the Pennsylvania Turnpike to attend the fall meeting of Republican State Committee in Camp Hill. The Pennsylvania Republican Party’s fall dinner was held that night with keynote speaker New Jersey GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE. Christie reminded the crowd that TOM CORBETT has earned a second term […]

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School Choice Campaign Ends TV Blitz

Philly School Choice, a new coalition supporting a greater role for parents in education, announced the halfway point in the end this week of a monthlong television ad campaign to promote tax-credit scholarships for private schools. David Hardy, spokesman for PhillySchoolChoice.com, said, “Critics of charter schools need to accept that once people can see the […]

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Brady Bill Expands Hate-Crime Coverage To LGBT

Congressman Bob Brady has introduced legislation to amend Title 18 of the US Code to expand federal hate-crimes protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Under this new legislation, any hate crime committed based on sexual orientation or gender identity would be prosecutable under federal law, even if the crime did not involve […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Anna Verna Ends An Era

BY JIM TAYOUN/ She was a classy lady, an act hard to follow, an enunciator of the King’s English par excellence, a dedicated 2nd Dist. Councilwoman, Philadelphia City Council’s first woman president, 36th Ward Leader for well more than three decades, an outstanding American proud of her Italian heritage and the engine, along with her […]

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Shale Gas Turning Pa. Around, Conference Finds

BY DENISE FUREY/ The Marcellus Shale Coalition held its fourth annual “Shale Gas Insight” conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh last week. The first three annual conferences were held in Philadelphia. Subsequent Shale Gas Insight conferences will alternate between the two cities, with next year’s convention scheduled to be in Philadelphia. […]

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CATCH–Citizens Acting Together   Can Help–To Mark 35th Year

Ray Pescatore can be likened to St. Francis of Assisi when it comes to providing South Philadelphians with needed behavioral-health and intellectual disability services. He’s earned that comparison because he knew South Philadelphia had little of the services needed for a burgeoning population of individuals needing help because of disabilities not covered by local hospital. […]

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City Year Inaugurates Women’s Leadership Luncheon

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