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BARNES COLLECTION: What’s Missing That Shouldn’t Be Missing?

BY RON TAYLOR/ Have you ever had the idea that you didn’t want to go somewhere – and then, when you got there, regretted showing up? Despite my press credentials, I decided not to go to the press event opening the new Barnes Art Exhibit in Philadelphia, even though I am a graduate of the Barnes […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: 2 Italian Stallions In 1st Senatorial Dist.

They are both lawyers, with basically the same platforms, education, safety, and crime awareness. But what makes them interestingly competitive is the fact both are of Italian extraction and vying for a district where Italian American voters still bear some clout. Incumbent State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) is the favorite based on his two […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Sen. Kitchen Stakes Her Claim

State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen (D-N. Phila.), who easily won her fifth term to the 3rd Dist. State Senate seat she has held since winning her first term in November of 1996, has made it obvious to all Democrats everywhere  she “has a mind of her own.” To prove that, she hosted a party last […]

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

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

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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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Can You Live On $5 A Day?

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Congressman Bob Brady headed a contingent of elected officials, as they joined the Jewish Federation and the Coalition Against Hunger to kick off a week-long Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge. Brady and other participants, including Mayor Michael Nutter, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, and State Reps. Vanessa Brown, Cherelle Parker, Brendan Boyle, Gene DiGirolamo and Tony […]

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New Walmart Store Creates 300 Jobs In Port Richmond

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A polish string band greeted hundreds of customers as they entered Philadelphia’s newest supermarket in Port Richmond. The newest Walmart store, now one of five stores in Philadelphia, located at Aramingo Crossings Shopping Center, 2200 Wheatsheaf Lane is a boon to an area hit hard from the recession. The store employs 300 workers from the […]

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Philly’s Latest Boxing Champ Danny Garcia Honored At City Hall; Has His Sights On Mayweather, Pacquiao Fight

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by RORY McGLASSON Could Philadelphia’s latest world boxing champion be set for superstardom? Danny “Swift” García seems to think so. The current WBC Light Welterweight Champion was presented a city citation at a special ceremony hosted by Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez today. During the presentation ceremony, Garcia […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Mayor Nutter Boosts Jordan; Philadelphian Comes Home For Support

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by RORY McGLASSON There’s a Philadelphian in a statewide Republican race in next Tuesday’s primary election. A South Philadelphian, to be precise. Frank Pinto even ran for State Representative in the 183rd Dist. in 1975 – losing to the legendary Jim Tayoun. Two years later, Pinto moved to Harrisburg, where he forged a new career […]

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