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Councilman Darrell Clarke has convinced his City Council colleagues to pass legislation that could help all Philadelphians battle the lifting of energy rates which end Dec. 31. Effective Jan. 1, PECO and other energy generators are expected to raise rates to consumers. But Clarke hopes to mitigate the damage that will be done by the […]

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BY DENISE CLAY/ My original intention was to write a column about seeing Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele at the National Association of Black Journalists in San Diego last week. Steele was to be interviewed by CNN pundit (and the best self-promoter since P.T. Barnum) Roland Martin and asked questions about the RNC, his […]

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BY TONY WEST/ A historic movement is underway in Harrisburg to revisit our underlying model for dealing with crime – and it is being led by one of the men who helped put the current model in place 25 years ago. “Lock them up and throw away the key” isn’t a good-enough answer any more. […]

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PHOTO 1. All the major political action in Philly last weekend was social — and some of it was out of town. Brady’s Bunch at the Beach packed Keenan’s in N. Wildwood on a sweltering Saturday afternoon, drawing the likes of Democrat nominee for Governor Dan Onorato, left, and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. PHOTO 2. Meanwhile, […]

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Dan Onorato, Allegheny Co.’s Executive and the Democrat candidate for Governor, seems to have a leg up over Republican nominee Tom Corbett, who is being kept busy by his prosecution roles against Dems and Reps as Attorney General. Corbett hasn’t made the Philadelphia scene much, save for fundraisers (some bringing in mighty big dollars). Onorato […]

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BY GREG BUCCERONI/ Back in the mid 1970s through the early 1980s, John Veasey and I associated with known New York City and Philadelphia organized crime associates like Jimmy Burke, Henry Hill (Lucchese Crime Family, N.Y.C.) and Angelo Bruno (Philadelphia Crime Family), to mention a few. We were juveniles then. Back in those days, the […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ A loose hand-grenade has been dropped into the laps of the City Council Members by Councilman Frank DiCicco, just before that chamber went on summer recess. The bill calls for the Council to pass on a charter amendment to eliminate the offices. Stand on your head or do whatever you want, in […]

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Yo! Here we go again with this tale of the lava lamp. I remembered them when I saw one for sale at a flea market. My interest was to know just how they worked, so off to the trusty internet to get these facts about them. Edward Craven-Walker visited a pub in Hampshire, England not […]

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“Team Bass” volunteers have been swimming in and out of Northwest Philadelphia recently, garnering support and raising funds for their leader, Cindy Bass. Bass, a key staffer for Congressman Chaka Fattah, is making waves with her fundraising efforts, that make it clear to many political insiders, she is about to make a run for a […]

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