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WALKING THE BEAT: Pa.’s Walking Purchase Today

WALKING THE BEAT: Pa.’s Walking Purchase Today

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA WILLIAM PENN at age 376. I read an editorial which stated that our Pennsylvania GOP-controlled legislature is doing more to suppress the right to vote than any other State legislative body. I have traveled our 67 counties and realize that many rural districts out there will never have a Democrat lawmaker. […]

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Casino Launch Lights up Johnson’s S. Philly

BY TONY WEST The largest in-person development complex in Philadelphia’s pandemic history is now live. Or should we say Live! On Feb. 11, the Cordish Cos. staged a ribbon-cutting for Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia on Packer Avenue in the Stadium District of South Philadelphia. This long-awaited second casino for Philadelphia underwent countless adventures, involving […]

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Dems Cheer Guv’s Budget Speech

A HOST of Democratic legislators turned out to hear Gov. Tom Wolf’s ambitious budget address. Among them were Philly State Reps. Danilo Burgos, L, Mary Isaacson, 3rd from L, and Joe Hohenstein, 4th from L. Photo from Isaacson’s Facebook page    Send article as PDF   

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Walking the Beat, 1/24/2021

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA ALL THE SIGNS ARE THERE. President BIDEN has the potential to be another Lyndon JOHNSON (minus Vietnam). His long-time working relationship with GOP lawmakers and middle-of-the-road positions make compromise possible to accomplish much. Many attackers of our Capitol were fed that they were in a revolution. In 1776, Hessian Lt. Johann […]

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Blackwell Pitches in on MLK Day

FORMER Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell participated with attorney Craig Levin on a chilly morning on Baltimore Avenue in W. Philadelphia as they distributed food and clothing to the needy. Blackwell’s herculean efforts in this work over many years have labeled her a “One Person Department of Human Services.” Photo from Levin’s Facebook page    Send article […]

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Grands Keep in Action with Service Giveaway

GRANDS AS PARENTS found a way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service with a service outreach of vital household goods to needy families. Gathered on N. Broad Street were these social-service activists with their founder and leader, Jean Hackney, in wheelchair. Photo by Wendell Douglas    Send article as PDF   

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Biden Helps in Philly on MLK Day

PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden visited the massive Philabundance donation drive, which was unswayed by pandemic on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. He was joined by State Sen. Sharif Street, L, and Philadelphia democratic Committee Chairman Bob Brady, R. It was Biden’s last trip to Philadelphia, where his campaign was headquartered, before his inauguration. Photo […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly, Pa. Display Starring Roles in 2021 Races

BY JOE SHAHEELI For one not-so-brief, shining moment, the Philadelphia City Commission was a national spectacle in the struggle to reframe national leadership. Philadelphia County was the main target of Republican efforts, led by President Donald Trump, to undo Trump’s defeat in Pennsylvania in November 2020. Allegations ranging from trivial to false disputed the validity […]

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W. Philly Remembers a Massacre

20 YEARS AGO, West Philadelphia incurred the deadliest gun murders in recent history. On Lex Street, George Porter and six others were slaughtered in a tragedy that still echoes today, given the drastic rise in gun deaths last year. On Dec. 27, George’s brother Tameka Porter was joined by Councilperson Jamie Gauthier, R, and neighbors […]

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Street Delivers Toy Drive

STATE SEN. Sharif Street, L, concluded three weeks of Christmas gift-giving streetside to needy kids. Photo from Street’s Facebook page    Send article as PDF   

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