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  ROB McCORD, Penna. State Treasurer, and candidate for Governor, 2nd from left, meets a variety of citizens including George Brooks, leader of Ward #47, Rep. Louise Bishop: Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers; and Joe Mixon, Jr., political science student. Photo by Joe Stivala    Send article as PDF   

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BY BONNIE SQUIRES/ The best part of the incredible Philadelphia Film Festival is you get to meet and question and discuss their films with the directors, screenwriters, actors, and producers. And you get to see the finest films from around the world, selected by Andrew Greenblatt and his talented staff at the Philadelphia Film Society. […]

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MARCELLUS SHALE: Is The Battle Over?

BY DENISE FUREY/ The Marcellus Shale Coalition held its third annual Shale Gas Insight conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia last week. The conference included over 30 presentations or panel discussions that echoed three themes. First, in the words of Gov. Tom Corbett, we are “witnessing a second industrial revolution” owing to shale-gas […]

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BY ADAM LANG/ It was recently reported that a City employee pled guilty to stealing $1.3 million in printer toner and UPS shipping costs from the Philadelphia Water Dept. In response to this case, Mayor Michael Nutter and Inspector General Amy Kurland had used it as an example of how the IG’s office saves Philadelphia […]

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BY BONNIE SQUIRES/ Atlantic City may have the Miss America pageant back, but Philadelphia had Hillary Clinton for the Liberty Medal ceremony at the National Constitution Center – and that’s worth a lot more! Especially since both Penn President Amy Gutmann, who chaired the selection committee, and Mayor Michael Nutter both included in their remarks […]

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A pair of bills now making the rounds of the General Assembly may revolutionize Pennsylvania’s schools and Pennsylvania’s taxes. They would bag the historic tradition of funding education with a mix of local property taxes and largesse from the Commonwealth’s General Fund. In their place, school districts would draw from dedicated income and sales taxes […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Contrary to what the city’s main media have said, especially the Daily News, it is not the union carpenters who are responsible for making the Pennsylvania Convention Center an expensive proposition for those wishing to use its facilities. Nor did the Daily News, as it researched for an abusive editorial, take the […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Leading negotiators for Mayor Michael Nutter’s turbulent city-worker contracts say they’re willing to return to the table with the unions at any time – but not at any cost. Three key sticking points in negotiations with the Philadelphia Firefighters & Paramedics’ Union Local 22 and with District Council 33, which represents the […]

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