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Council Plan Understands Communities Are The Key

PlanPhilly reporter Jared Brey contributed to this report Talk to any native Philadelphian about their neighborhood and they’ll swear it’s one of the greatest. That may be what they feel, but often the crime and poverty stats and the tax burdens heaped on them through recent years may spell out the fact, it’s a neighborhood which you […]

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ROCKY Balboa comes to life for rerun up the 9th Street Italian Market followed by youthful fans as they ran by Pat’s Steaks to convince visiting Democratic National Convention Selection Committee Philly’s the place for the national convention, while Frank Olivieri, III, welcomes Mayor Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell who headed the visitors to sample the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Wolf Wins Big Bucks From Philadelphia Unions, Progressives

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ “Only the powers of incumbency and the Keystone State’s tradition of consistently giving the incumbent party eight years of control before shifting parties is keeping first-term Gov. Tom Corbett (R) at a ‘Leans Democratic’ rating,” claims Larry Sabato and his cohorts from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, which usually scores […]

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Can Fluoridated Water Hurt Developing Brains?

BY TONY WEST/ Fluoridated drinking water is coming under the gun again, in large part because of concern about the rising incidence of developmental neurological disorders like autism and ADHD. Could this widespread chemical additive be to blame? Philadelphia’s drinking water is fluoridated, so we all want to know the answer. While the science on […]

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City Mourns Losses In Carjack Slaying

On Monday, I had to go to Germantown on the Route 23 bus. I noticed a whole bunch of television camera folks and their connected reporters setting up at the corner of Germantown & Allegheny. I never used to pay a whole lot of attention to that corner, mostly because it’s hard to get worked […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Courts Should Not Be Money-Makers

The TRAFFIC COURT trial now fades into the sunset and infamy. I can’t understand how the press – prior to a verdict – can print citizens were “often” told by staff their case was dismissed. And that judges “routinely” passed requests to other jurists. Why not replace juries with journalists? And the federal prosecutor summed […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Montco Dems Tee Off For A Hot Fall Election

While City Hall is fairly quiet, many groups and organizations are having fundraisers, picnics, and making plans for action in the fall all over Southeastern Pennsylvania. Chairman of the Montgomery Co. Democratic Party CHAIR MARCEL GROEN presided over a very successful fundraising golf tournament at Talamore Country Club. Among those on hand to enjoy the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Are Worrying Philadelphia Jurists Needlessly

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Feds keep losing, but still keep trying, with unlimited funds drawn from taxpayers, to do in Philadelphia’s political family – and in particular to disgrace its court system. We can only believe sparking and nagging them on are the countless groups unhappy over the fact justices and judges of the Pennsylvania judiciary […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Corbett’s Pension ‘Reform’ Yields False Savings

BY STATE REP. MIKE STURLA/ I’ve been following with interest recent pronouncements from Gov. Tom Corbett claiming billions of dollars in “savings” if the Corbett/Tobash pension “reform”, based on questionable 30-year assumptions, becomes law. When pressed by reporters if there are any savings in the near term, the Governor replied, “No, but this is the […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL Jul. 31

KENNEY URGES MAYOR TO EASE UP ON POT Councilman at Large James F. Kenney delivered a letter to Mayor Michael Nutter urging him to swiftly sign and implement City Council Bill 140377, which creates a civil penalty for possession of a small amount of marijuana, defined as 30 grams or less. “Just this week, it […]

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