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Little Girl Fighting For Her Life

by Maria Merlino Francesca DePasquale, or Fran as everyone knows her, was disturbed by the black and blue marks that would suddenly and randomly appear on her daughter, Vienna Ivy Accardo, who is now 3 years old. “This was three weeks before she was diagnosed,” said DePasquale, the head teller at Prudential Bank. “She was […]

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Forsaken World War II Vet Gets His Funeral Wish — And Family Reunion After Death

Scott Brown, director of the Veterans Advisory Commission of City Council, said a forsaken Philadelphia veteran of World War II “made a request we had to honor”. His name: Thomas Oberkehr. “He walked into our office in City Hall, looking for help in late January. Disheveled and seemingly confused, Thomas asked us to help him […]

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Democrats Endorse Vibrant Field

ULTIMATE goal of getting Democratic City Committee’s endorsement in May 19 primary is reflected on smiles of these incumbents and new candidates as they met at Democratic City Committee last Saturday morning to hear the good news. Party Chairman and Congressman Bob Brady introduced them to party’s ward leaders, prior to full vote by party […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Endorsements Make 2 Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Frontrunners

by Joe Shaheeli Almost every organization or individual with some political clout has endorsed a candidate for Mayor. Add them up and it’s nip and tuck between Anthony Williams and Jim Kenney as to who has the stronger support. With labor split almost evenly and with Black and white leaders split as well, and Democratic […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Kathleen Kane Has Long Record Of Missteps

GOV. TOM WOLF has said he did not believe ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE should resign. Specifically he stated, “We have procedures in place for adjudicating the rights and wrongs.” Technically he is right. However, doubts about Kane’s ability to do her job are not limited to the Montgomery County grand-jury indictment. In the past two […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Who’s Running For Attorney General?

Although the Phillies opener was expected to be underwhelming for a fan base accustomed to division championships, a number of notables did show up for the home opener. Famous trial lawyers TOM KLEIN and SHANIN SPECTER took their usual seats behind home plate. They were joined by political consultant LARRY CEISLER. Joining our military men […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Should Black Voters Support Black Candidates?

by Denise Clay Should Black voters support Black candidates? Now that I’ve written that sentence, I look at it and it seems like a question with an obvious answer for someone like me, seeing as I’m a Black woman and all. But it’s a question that woke me up bright and early on Tuesday morning […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Voters Follow Their Leaders?

by Joe Shaheeli The political muscle of ward leaders and union leaders will be truly tested, for the first time in recent memory. At the end of this mayoral campaign, their efforts will be watched to see how well they did in getting their rank and file to follow their endorsements on May 19. By […]

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‘Woody’ Woodard: Master Barber, Irrepressible Commentator

by Cassie Hepler  “Barbers were the original doctors,” said Robert “Woody” Woodward. “They would heal people – mentally, spiritually and physically.” Woodard would know a thing or two about being a barber after 20 years at Woodard’s Barbershop, located at 5031 W. Diamond Street. “Most customers talk to you about anything,” he said. “And I […]

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Laborers Throw Their Weight Behind Tony Williams For Mayor

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