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2nd Dist. Race Bares War Over Real Estate

The 2nd Dist. takes in large swaths of older working-class rowhouses where abandonment and blight are widespread. But some parts of it are suddenly hot for market-rate redevelopment. How to handle this is the burning issue for this district in 2015. 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson squared off against his challenger Ori Feibush in the […]

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Pols On The Street: Voters Making Up Minds in Philly

by Joe Shaheeli The race for Mayor of this City, no matter the polls, is in a dead heat, the winner being who can deliver the best “get out the vote” organization on primary day May 19. A poll commissioned by the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees supports our contention this is […]

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Actor Feels Closer to Home At Theater Exile

By Cassie Hepler Pearce Bunting is no stranger to Philadelphia. In the 1920’s, his grandfather was an amateur actor at Theater Exile who was in plays when his mother was a little girl. “When I walk in, I say, ‘Hi, Dops,” he said, referring to his grandfather’s nickname. “I read these old newspaper reviews from […]

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Derek Green Is Expert At Putting The Pieces Together

by Tony West There isn’t much City Council has accomplished in the last dozen years without Derek Green’s input. As chief counsel to influential 9th Dist. Councilwoman Marian Tasco, Green has helped assemble ground-breaking legislative packages like Philadelphia’s anti-predatory-lending initiative, which has become a model for other cities around the nation. His holistic grasp of […]

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Here Is Your Chance To Beef At Comcast

Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced, as part of the City of Philadelphia’s negotiation process with Comcast Corp. to renew its franchise agreement, the City will host several public forums next week to continue its efforts to assess the community’s cable-related needs and interests. “Public feedback from Comcast subscribers and residents is critical to the process […]

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Pols Of The Street: Black Clergy Backs Williams For Mayor

by Joe Shaheeli The tide was rolling along for the last couple weeks Jim Kenney’s way with a well-orchestrated effort by his campaign team, bringing out endorsements from various groups for their candidate.  But today, what was considered a must-have endorsement for the Kenney, campaign to give him greater impetus, did not come his way. […]

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Fixing An Eyesore

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Fixing An Eyesore

Multi-Million Dollar Improvement Plan Launched For 25th Street Viaduct Rail Bridge by Cassie Hepler Long-awaited repairs to South Philly’s aging, crumbling railroad viaduct are soon to begin. “Following extensive discussions and coordination between my office, the City of Philadelphia and CSX Transportation, I am pleased to announce CSX will make a multi-million dollar investment to improve […]

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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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