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Shaping up with Sen. Tony Williams

Fall is a fine season to get in shape, maintains State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.). Every year he sponsors a series of varied exercise programs throughout his 8th Senatorial District, which covers communities in South, Southwest and West Philadelphia as well as parts of Delaware County. All are free. Citizens are invited to sample […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Upstate Republicans Point at Scary Philly

BY JOE SHAHEELI Western and midstate Republicans are warming up for the 2018 political season by sharpening their teeth on controversial Philadelphia news. Majority Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and 15 Republican members of the House State Government Committee sent a letter to Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortés in response to a report by […]

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(Pols ) POLS ON THE STREET: Fresh from Vegas, Ciancaglini Eyes S. Philly Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI The 184th Legislative District seems to have a magnetic allure for political newcomers this year. This seat, representing the South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Pennsport and Whitman, has been served since 1993 by State Rep. Bill Keller. A longshoreman by trade, Keller has quietly tended his largely blue-collar constituency […]

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Civil Asset Forfeiture: Where Does the Money Go?

BY RYAN BRIGGS AND MAX MARIN On a chilly night in 2014, Nassir Geiger left his house an innocent man with a 2000 Buick LeSabre and $580 cash in his pocket – his paycheck for the week. He drove to a nearby McDonald’s for a late-night snack. By the time he returned home the next […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly Sheds Light on Voting by Aliens

BY JOE SHAHEELI City Commissioner Al Schmidt has made a prominent contribution to a hotly debated national controversy over how many aliens vote in U.S. elections. A study conducted by Schmidt’s office found 220 non-citizens “who were registered to vote in Philadelphia at some point between 2006 and 2017,” reported City Commission’s lone Republican member. […]

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Hero Thrill Show Thrills for 63rd Year

By Eldon Graham The 63rd annual Hero Thrill Show fundraiser was a destination of excitement and remembrance at the Wells Fargo Center parking lot in South Philadelphia. Kids and the young at heart got the opportunity to be unofficial firefighters and police officers for a day, while enjoying the sights and sounds of carnival games, […]

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Fiedler Tests S. Philly’s Hunger for Change

BY TONY WEST Elizabeth Fiedler is running for office with a three-month-old baby at her side. “Walking” might be a better way to put it. But it’s not a bad way to meet people. Parents of newborns spend lots of time walking; and meeting lots of people is the key to a successful challenge in […]

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LABOR DAY: For Strong Wages, Strong Unions Needed

  BY VENSON BARBER As a fast-food worker, I work for a multi-billion-dollar corporation, yet I don’t earn enough to move out of my parents’ home at age 27. I’ve worked at McDonald’s for the past six years and I make $7.25 an hour. Each check varies between $100 and $200, nowhere near enough to […]

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LABOR DAY: Time to Put Workers First

BY RICK BLOOMINGDALE, President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Labor Day is a time to remember and honor the achievements of working people across America. For our country and our Commonwealth, it’s been a long year. Today, we see more opposition from corporate special interests than ever before. Our economy remains skewed in favor of corporations who ship […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Clam Bake Bolsters Philly GOP

The annual Billy Meehan Clam Bake was held on Sunday, Aug. 27 at Cannstatter on Academy Road. The event started at 4 p.m. and ran until 7 p.m. Keynote speaker was BOB PADUCHIK, Republican National Committee Co-Chair. Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN MIKE MEEHAN was the master of ceremonies for the event named for his father, […]

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