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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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Pols On The Street: Early Mayoral Bids Miss The Point

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Democratic Party regulars are labeling the first announced candidates for Mayor, so anxious to replace Michael Nutter, as “loose cannonballs,” showing “no respect for the party.” The party pros see them as individuals who do not fully understand what it takes to become the primary winner in the Democratic race for Mayor.None […]

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Solving Philly’s Dropout Riddle Is Riddle In Itself

Mayor Michael A. Nutter is hoping to find an answer to the question: “What can the City of Philadelphia do to prevent the greatest number of students from dropping out of high school?” It’s a question many are asking. That is the question being asked in this year’s Fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition […]

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OUR OPINION: Beyond Gubernatorial Debates

Democrat Tom Wolf looked soft, Gov. Corbett looked tough and sure. But it was only actively engaged partisans who made the effort to locate PCN on their televisions to watch them in their first debate. The partisans did what partisans do. Republicans were pleased by Corbett’s performance; Democrats were pleased by Wolf’s demeanor. But it […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Dems Carry Big Stick In Montco; Honoring Harris Wofford

The collar counties of Philadelphia continue to increase Democratic voter clout. Only a decade ago, Montgomery Co. was still essentially Republican. But over the last several election cycles it has become overwhelmingly Democratic. The Montgomery Co. Democratic Party has become more formidable. At a recent fundraiser at the Doubletree Hotel in Plymouth Meeting, a packed […]

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