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Mark Squilla’s Mom, Aunt Graduate High School

by Maria Marlino It was the 1930s in the city of Philadelphia. Rosina Squilla and Rickie Descano, Mark Squilla’s mom and aunt, had yet to arrive. The first experimental television station, W3XE, was founded by the Philco Corp. The cheesesteak was just created. Over 135,000 Philadelphians were jobless due to the Great Depression. And numerous […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Tom Wolf’s Budget Offers Hope

City Hall Sam is starting off the column with a salute to SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS. Sheriff Williams is receiving a well-deserved Public Servant Of  The Year award from the Public Record. Sheriff Williams has an extensive and admirable career serving the public as a law enforcement officer, State Representative, and now as Sheriff.  His great personality […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Bill Green Should Heed Fellow Democrats

by Joe Shay Stivala I WAS STARTLED to hear on Sunday Bill GREEN had been relieved of the Chair at the SRC. I was also surprised to see Green at a political event on Saturday night signing candidates’ petitions. Two candidates posted his photo on Facebook signing their petitions. Seeing him at the event made me wonder if he had a […]

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Bobby Henon Hosts Petition Party With Passion

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‘PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR’ JEWELL WILLIAMS: When A New Sheriff Came To Town

by Tony West The year 2011 was a momentous one in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office. The previous year Sheriff John Green had stepped down after decades in that office, under a cloud. Millions of dollars had gone missing. Office records were in chaos. Forensic audits and criminal investigations were underway or brewing. That November, Jewell […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Battle For Key Labor Endorsements

by Joe Shaheeli This is a labor town! So political analysts use endorsements from organized labor as one of their ways of calculating the chances of candidates vying for the Democratic mayoral nomination on May 19. So far, the big banner across the headquarters of Ed Coryell’s Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, among the biggest […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Seth Williams For Senate?

DID I TELL YOU: The press carried a story of DA Seth Williams possibly seeking to run for US Senate next year. I have been thinking of the DA’s blasting of State Attorney General Kathleen KANE, and the Ali-gate affair that could ruin four performing lawmakers. I have trouble sleeping (and maybe voters) with the horrible thought of an 81-year-old […]

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PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW: Sneaking A Snazzy Preview Peek With Bonnie Squires

by Bonnie Squires The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show, hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, drew hundreds of patrons to the VIP Preview Gala Friday night at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The theme “Celebrate the Movies” allowed major exhibitors to select a Disney or Pixar film and interpret the mood of the movie in their design. […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Mayor Nutter Snatches Credit for Democratic Convention

It was amazing CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY was able to get the Democratic National Committee to agree to have the convention in Philadelphia. What was even more amazing is how MICHAEL NUTTER was able to get credit even though he almost failed to file the paperwork necessary to be a candidate for the convention. The readers […]

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Labor Splits Over Philadelphia’s 170th House Dist., Turns It Into Wide-Open Race

by Joe Shaheeli It’s not unlike organized labor to split over candidates. Labor unions more often endorse Democratic candidates. Sometimes, they’ll side with a challenger. But in special cases, they all gather behind one Republican. In Philadelphia, that Republican is State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast), who also is the city’s Republican City Committee chair. Come […]

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