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Youngblood Blasts Casino License Transfer

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Youngblood Blasts Casino License Transfer

State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood (D-Northwest), Democratic chair of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, decried the House passage of a bill that removes the stipulation that Philadelphia receive two casino licenses, saying this undermines a key provision in the State’s 2004 law that established gaming. If the Senate also moves to pass HB 65, she […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Beyoncé … Really?

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OUT & ABOUT: Beyoncé … Really?

On Saturday, May 19, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists will hold its annual awards ceremony celebrating the past, the present and the future of journalism in our town. Hosted by former Philadelphia Daily News columnist Elmer Smith, this year’s awardees include the following: the late Fatimah Ali, host of WURD-900AM’s The Real Deal With […]

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Labor And Building Trades Workers Remembered

The story least reported in the press is that last year, 148 workers in the tri-state area went to work, but never returned home alive. They were killed on the job. Just this week, a construction worker fell to his death at a construction site at 20th & Parrish. The 148 deaths recorded in 2012 […]

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Philadelphia’s property-tax collections are a mess. So are its land records. So is its building-code enforcement. So is its bail enforcement…. Do we see a pattern here? All these monetary woes stem from two things: vast amounts of data poorly managed, and collaboration between different agencies poorly managed. The resulting losses are staggering: $470 million […]

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STOPPING A.V.I.: ‘Collect Back Taxes First,’ Say N.E. Solons

BY TONY WEST/ Beleaguered Philadelphia homeowners staring at a back-door tax increase may find rescue in an unlikely place: Harrisburg. Concerns over Mayor Michael Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative have prompted two state lawmakers to scrutinize the plan more closely. State Sen. Mike Stack and State Rep. Mike McGeehan (both D-Northeast) are offering alternative solutions that would […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ What made State Rep. John Taylor’s annual Historical Site Cigar & Wine Tasting at Colonial Dames headquarter on Latimer Street so exceptional this time? It wasn’t the cigars, or the various wines, or the VIP crowd of regular supporters who appreciate Taylor’s solid performances in the State General Assembly as the 177th Dist.’s […]

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BY JOHN KROMER & DAVID LYNN/ Three of the incumbent State Representatives who ran for re-election in the 2012 primary were not particularly dynamic. Their challengers were well-spoken, attractive, and well-financed. The results: one challenger won, another came close and is well positioned for a 2014 rematch, and a third lost badly. Here’s how it happened. […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Clover Club Gets Festive

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Among the State Rep candidates and incumbents who won were EDDIE NEILSON, JORDAN HARRIS, KEVIN BOYLE and JIM ROEBUCK. Long-time incumbent STATE REP. BABETTE JOSEPHS lost by a narrow margin. She had always been able to fend off young challengers in the past and the smart money was on her this time. Regardless, her 28 […]

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Gone, But Not Forgotten: City Pays Homage To Fallen Police & Fire Officers At Living Flame Memorial Service

By RORY McGLASSON It’s been 23 days since the city lost two firefighters in a Kensington blaze, so this year’s tribute to fallen police and fire officials was more somber than usual. Two Philadelphia Fire Department firefighters – Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney –died in the line of duty, following a five-alarm fire […]

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Primary Lessons: Upset In The 182nd

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Primary Lessons: Upset In The 182nd

By JOHN KROMER and DAVID LYNN Three of the incumbent State Representatives who ran for reelection in the 2012 primary were not particularly dynamic or accomplished. Their challengers were well-spoken, attractive, and well-financed. The results: One challenger won, another came close and is well positioned for a 2014 rematch, and a third lost badly. Let’s […]

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