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Asian American Philadelphia: THREE LEADERS

Nina Ahmad by Eldon Graham Dr. Nina Ahmad has made Philadelphia her home. Now she has embarked on a mission to strengthen the bonds between all its communities. Dr. Ahmad is from Bangladesh. She left her native country and moved to the US, attending the Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich. Then she moved to […]

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Taubenberger: We Can Be Vertical Farming Hub

Philadelphia City Councilman at Large Al Taubenberger – joined by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding, Council President Darrell C. Clarke, and other members of City Council – has introduced two farming-related resolutions. The first calls for greater support of vertical farming, with the goal of establishing the City of Philadelphia as the world’s […]

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OUR OPINION: Soda Tax Promises Food Fight In Phila. City Council

Community leaders, small-business owners, labor leaders and citizens have banded together to fight a 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages like soda, teas and juice drinks. They charge a 12-pack of soda’s cost would nearly double – to more than $8 – due to the tax; $2.04 tax on a 2-liter bottle would be more than […]

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Can Pa. Constitutional Amendment Bring Jobs Back To Philly?

by Tony West A broad-based coalition announced Friday it will push legislation in Harrisburg to give Philadelphia the power to tax commercial real estate more heavily than homeowners’ real estate. If it succeeds, it will change the Pennsylvania Constitution and make history. The legislation would modify the Commonwealth’s uniformity clause to enable Philadelphia to enact […]

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Philadelphia Unemployment Rate Drops, Mayor Nutter Announces In Swan Song

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger announced today Philadelphia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.9%, the lowest in Philadelphia since April 2008 before the recession and a full percentage point lower than when Mayor Nutter took office in January 2008. In addition, there are more Philadelphians employed than at […]

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CLCP Giving Hope To The Hopeless, Lawfully

by Eldon Graham ’Tis the season for hope. It is that time of the year when the spirit of Christmas overwhelms individuals to give back to their community. But one organization gives back all year long. The Christian Legal Clinic of Philadelphia is a legal-aid organization designed to help people who live in struggling neighborhoods […]

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Rep. Taylor’s Bill Would Legalize Liquor Runs Out Of State

Legislation sponsored by State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) to decriminalize the purchase of out-of-state wine and liquor has passed the House. “For decades people have driven into New Jersey and Delaware to purchase wines and spirits not available in Pennsylvania, which is illegal, though rarely enforced. When it is enforced, the consequences can be great […]

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Live! Hotel & Casino Coming to South Philly

by Maria Merlino The air was full of excitement as executives from the Cordish Cos. Live! Hotel & Casino were guests of the South Philadelphia Business Association’s monthly dinner meeting at Galdo’s Catering and Entertainment Complex last Tuesday evening. Board member attorney Vince DeFino was enthusiastic about the future of procurement and how to do […]

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City Needs Good Laws, Pipelines For Shale Gas To Pay

by Denise Furey The debate around the development of Marcellus Shale natural gas (shale gas) in Pennsylvania initially focused on environmental concerns relating to hydraulic fracturing (fracking). While that remains an issue for many, the number opponents of fracking have dwindled. Some early opponents are now looking at how to benefit from shale gas through […]

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Ed Nesmith Built Huge Minority Construction Company  Against Odds, Working With All Unions Along The Way

by Cassie Hepler Ed Nesmith is a grassroots kid who never abandoned South Philadelphia. Born and raised at 4th & Federal Streets, Nesmith had a rough childhood. In 1968, his father, a committeeman, was killed right across the street from where Nesmith built his business. No matter who is endorsed by the Democratic Party leadership, […]

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