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Hahnemann’s Bankruptcy Spurs Fierce Reactions

The bankruptcy declared by Hahnemann University Hospital’s owner sent shock waves through Philadelphia’s economic and political communities. The news was not unexpected. That the hospital, which has been a Philadelphia landmark since 1848, was in serious difficulties, having run deeply in the red for some time, was well known. And experts acknowledge that the elderly […]

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Leaders React in Shock to Refinery Closure

First came the physical crisis: the explosion and fire that devastated Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ iconic refinery at the mouth of the Schuylkill River. It was followed last week by an economic shock: the company’s announcement that it would close permanently within the next month. Now comes the political shock, as public officials scramble to mitigate […]

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Pols on The Street: State Budget Lacks Minimum Wage Bump, Ed $

As the state budget continues on a remarkable glide path toward timely passage in Harrisburg – legislators in both chambers have agreed to the outline and Gov. Tom Wolf has issued a statement that he would sign the package in its current iteration – from Philadelphia’s vantage point, the monies glass is decidedly half full. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Peace on Earth as City Budget Bears Fruit

BY JOE SHAHEELI Elected officials are in a mellow mood when there is money to spare, even a little to throw around. Philadelphia is looking at its first $5-billion budget in history. Ten years ago, $4 billion was the norm. Ten years ago, a proposal to increase the budget by a big “B” would have […]

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POLS ON  THE STREET: State GOP May Back off $7.25 Minimum Wage

BY JOE SHAHEELI There are increasing signs that Pennsylvania’s lawmakers in the General Assembly may be girding themselves to do what was once unthinkable: Accept a hike in the minimum wage. In fact, some influential Republicans are talking of putting their names on such a measure. The Keystone State’s minimum wage has not been raised […]

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Inbound Infrastructure! Packer Ave. Terminal Set for 2019

  On Mar. 27, 2019, the M/V Zhen Hua 25 arrived in South Philadelphia to unload two behemoths at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. These new cranes, identical to two that arrived in 2018, make for a total of four super Post-Panamax cranes – capable of handling the largest ships in the world – now […]

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Governor’s Message: Pa. Stands Behind Philadelphia’s Port

BY GOV. TOM WOLF My administration is working to improve the transportation infrastructure of Pennsylvania, and the Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) is no exception. More than $300 million in infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment investments are underway at PhilaPort through my Capital Investment Program and port development plan. The arrival of two super post-Panamax cranes last […]

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OUR OPINION: Spilling Tea, Reading Leaves

There was so much to unpack in last Tuesday’s primary results that vats of ink and billions of pixels could continue to be spilled for weeks to come – and indeed, some of the finest analysis anywhere can be found in these pages. But as America’s least favorite coach, Bill Belichick would say, “On to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Progressive Votes Were Not Writ at Large

BY JOE SHAHEELI A cluster of youngish newcomers to the electoral fray created a stir in the crowded at-large councilmanic race. Loosely styled “progressives,” their numbers included, in part, Eryn Santamoor, Justin DiBerardinis and Erika Almirón as well as a host of lesser-known entrants such as Adrián Rivera-Reyes, Beth Finn and Asa Khalif. They tend […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: New Council Faces, Row-Office Upsets in Philadelphia

BY JOE SHAHEELI Jim Kenney will remain mayor of Philadelphia for another four years, God willing. Democratic primary voters said so Tuesday and not enough disaffected citizens will turn to his Republican challenger, Billy Ciancaglini, in the fall to unseat him then. Perhaps if his two challengers, State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) and former […]

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