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‘Babel’ Delves into Parental Hopes and Fears

BY TONY WEST A world of depleted water and resources has driven people to rigorous eugenic screening to reduce the number of babies born with any predisposition toward costly physical, mental or behavioral problems. For parents trying to start a family, the overriding question becomes: Will their fetus pass screening and win “pre-certification” as part […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy 2/20/2020

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: What is the “best effort” requirement in Chapter 13 bankruptcy? Answer: In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the bankruptcy court must approve your repayment plan before it can be finalized. In order to be approved, you have to show that you are using your “best effort” to […]

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City Releases 2019 Mechanical Broom Street Cleaning Evaluation

City officials have released the 2019 Mechanical Broom Street Cleaning Evaluation, a comprehensive report and review of the 2019 pilot program operated in six different neighborhoods. The Streets Department partnered with GovLabPHL, a multi-agency intergovernmental team led by the Mayor’s Policy Office, to increase the practical use of data and evidence to make informed decisions […]

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Tobacco Retailers Down in Philadelphia

The American Journal of Public Health published a study that showed that Philadelphia’s new tobacco-license regulations have effectively reduced the tobacco retailer density by 20%, resulting in 659 fewer licensed tobacco retailers. Prior to the regulations, Philadelphia had the highest tobacco retailer density of any big city in the country. Within Philadelphia, lower income neighborhoods […]

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Litter Costs Pa. Cities Bigtime

A new report out by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Burns & McDonnell, The Cost of Litter & Illegal Dumping in Pennsylvania – A Study of Nine Cities Across the Commonwealth, details the amount of taxpayer dollars that cities spend to dispose of waste and cleanup illegal dumping. The study found that Philadelphia spends more than […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy 1/30/2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Can I keep my tax refund in Chapter 13 bankruptcy? Answer: In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, a person must pay all of their disposable income into their Chapter 13 repayment plan. Disposable income is any income that is not used for reasonable and necessary expenses […]

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Johnson Indicted; Proclaims Innocence

Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District) asserted he was innocent of federal charges that have been filed against him and his wife Dawn Chavous, alleging that they took bribes from Kenny Gamble’s Universal Cos. Prominent supporters rallied to his side at Wharton Square Park in Johnson’s native Point Breeze neighborhood. Follow the PlanPhilly link below: ‘From […]

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Pa. Dems Seek National Convention Delegates Now!

This flash from the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania: There are only eight days left to apply to be a delegate at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. Fill out the delegate pledge form by 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 27 to run for delegate. Pledging is the first step toward representing Pennsylvania when Democrats nominate […]

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Jan. 14

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Philly for Bernie hosts Debate Watch Party at Gojjo, 4540 Baltimore Ave., 8-11 pm. For info: phillyisberning@gmail.com.    Send article as PDF   

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Understanding Bankruptcy 1/9/2020

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: When can I file for bankruptcy again? Answer: If your bankruptcy was dismissed because you failed to make payments to the trustee, failed to provide necessary documents, or for some other reason, you can usually file again immediately. However, if your bankruptcy was successful and […]

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