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Pat Murphy Returns To S. Philly Roots

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BY MARIA MERLINO/ I’m sipping a cup of tea at the Penrose Diner when in strides Patrick Murphy, Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Usually when I interview political types, they are surrounded by an entourage, but not Murphy; he’s brave enough to face me alone. Tall, handsome, clean-cut, with blue eyes that can […]

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Philadelphians Dumb When It Comes To Finances

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More than one-third (37%) of Philadelphians are in critical need of improving their financial condition – i.e., were not able to save any money in the past 12 months – and 84% of Philadelphians consider themselves less than “very knowledgeable” about personal finance. That’s the finding of a survey conducted by the Philadelphia Federal Credit […]

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THE WAFFLEMAN: Truman’s Afterlife

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Yo! Here we go again with these facts about Harry & Bess Truman, sent to me by Catherine M. who lives in Florida. I thought you’d enjoy this! It’s one you’ll want your children and grandchildren to read. They won’t believe this happened, but it did and we will never see this again. It is […]

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Kal Rudman: “He took me under his wing”  – Music Publisher Remembers His Friend Dick Clark

by RORY McGLASSON Kal Rudman, known around the world as “the man with the golden ears” and the uncanny ability to pick hit songs, owes much of his own success in the music-industry to the late Dick Clark. Rudman, a philanthropist and publisher of six national music-industry trade journals, including the well-known Friday Morning Quarterback, […]

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Fmr. British PM Tony Blair Attempts To Bring Peace Between Flyers-Penguins Fans

BY RORY McGLASSON/ Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was in town to accept the International Statesman Award from the World Affairs Council on Tuesday night. Mr. Blair was presented a crystal bowl at the Hyatt at the Bellevue from World Affairs Council of Philadelphia vice chairman Frank Hermance. After accepting his award, Mr. Blair […]

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Big Money Is Funneled Into School Choice

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BY DAVID LYNN/ Students First PAC has become a big voice for school choice since it began reporting contributions and expenditures in 2010. The committee listed $6,371,300 from a small pool of contributors in 2010 (43 contributions total) and $354,000 in 2011 (7 contributions total.) Given the size of the contributions and the occupations of […]

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STORM OVER WATER: New Charges May Trigger Change In City Charter

BY TONY WEST/ Water bills are undergoing a historic shift in Philadelphia. It’s part of a project to pump $2 billion of public money over a generation into a remaking of our most-crucial infrastructure – that which handles the source of life itself: rain. Rain is already costly and will grow more so, if we […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Should Traffic Court judges continue to pull from the ranks of non-lawyers, as has been the tradition since District Judges were created, there could be as many as three open seats available for contention in next year’s primary, with possibly a fourth. But that could change if Chief Justice and Party Wrecker […]

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OUR OPINION: Stop Passing The Buck!

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Two good, dedicated firemen died this week battling a fierce, wind-driven multi-alarm fire that should never have been had the City’s Dept. of Licenses & Inspections used common sense. A long-abandoned factory owned by out-of-town investors has been the source of complaints and petitions from worried neighbors. So how long does it take to seal […]

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THE WAFFLEMAN: Are You An Old Geezer?

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Yo! Have you heard of all the spring activities at the Donatucci Free Library, located at 20th & Shunk Streets in South Philly?  Mark your calendars Apr. 28 (Saturday) and rain date May 5. This is our big Flea Market Family Fun Day – Flea Market spots are going fast and are only $15. Toys, […]

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