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A doyenne of the Pennsylvania legislature stepped down from office on Jan. 1. First elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1984, Babette Josephs represented the 182nd Legislative Dist., which encompasses Center City and South Philadelphia, for 28 years. As the senior woman legislator in the General Assembly, she served as the Democratic chairwoman […]

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In a Senate resolution unanimously adopted State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) celebrated the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks. Washington delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor to mark the occasion: “I am humbled and honored to rise today to mark the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks, the first lady of civil rights. “In one simple […]

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Sharp-Shooting Joe Turns 100 Years Old

by RORY McGLASSON South Philadelphia senior Joe Mastropoalo takes a lot of vitamin C. It helps him see the balls on the billiards table. Joe, 100, played a special game of pool this week against his brother, Anthony. It was Joe’s 100th-birthday party. South Philadelphia’s latest centenarian, Mastropoalo of 10th & Wolf Streets, was hosted […]

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Kenyatta Johnson Wants Noisy Neighbors To “Stop The Boom” In South Philadelphia

  Johnson, South Phila. Residents Protest Car Crunching Scrap Yard   by RORY McGLASSON   AN ANGRY GROUP of South Philadelphia residents threw the first punch in what might be a long scrap with a noisy neighbor tonight. At a rally on Wednesday, around 50 neighbors from the Packer Park area stood with Councilman Kenyatta […]

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Leaders In Sweet Harmony At Academy Ball

BONNIE SQUIRES takes you inside all the exclusive parties at the 2013 Academy Ball.    Send article as PDF   

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AFSCME Locals Sue Nutter: Furloughs ‘Unconstitutional’

  Long stung by Mayor Michael Nutter’s cost-saving measures, city workers have decided to sting back in court. The Center City law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, representing AFSCME Local Union 2186 and AFSCME District Council 47, has filed suit with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania seeking relief from the […]

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M.L.K. DAY OF SERVICE – A Philadelphia Original

There is no doubt Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King left his mark on Philadelphia. His journeys to this city are noted and marked and his wife Coretta authorized the only Chapter of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence in Philadelphia. It is understandable that his holiday, Jan. 21, will be centered at an […]

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SW Community Vows To Plan Its Own School Closures

  BY TONY WEST/  All across the city, families are waking up to the fact 17,000 children will need to find new schools if the School District’s plan to close 37 facilities is carried out. Many have rallied around their neighborhood schools, struggling to save them. It’s a sad game of musical chairs. In Southwest […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Late Primary Is Boon To Challengers

BY JOE SHAHEELI/  The May 21 date set for the primary election is always viewed by newcomers and challenges as a blessing. It gives them a longer period in which to campaign and to get their messages across, especially as the weather warms up and they can reach voters more readily. There will be two […]

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OUR OPINION: Happy New Year, Philadelphia!

Yo Philadelphians! Time to butter Up some rum with Michael Nutter, Shirley Kitchen, Sharon Losier And Brian Sims on New Year’s Day. Bill Greenlee, Bill/Mark/Arthur Green, Get ready to fête – Twenty-Thirteen! May Marc Stier and Mike McAleer Both ring in a well-tuned New Year. Karen, Blondell, Vanessa Brown Look lovely, poised to paint this […]

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