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IN W. OAK LANE, meanwhile, politicos were gathering in State Rep. Dwight Evans’ backyard at Relish on Ogontz Avenue. Above: State Sen. LeAnna Washington and State Rep. Jewell Williams join attorney Harry J. Levant at Relish restaurant in W. Oak Lane. Below: US Sen.. Bob Casey and Mayor Michael Nutter join host State Rep. Dwight […]

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REPUBLICAN Ward Leader David Oh, a contender for Republican nomination for City Council in May primary,  left, and Ken Wong, former White House Commissioner on Asian American Affairs, right, congratulate former Secretary and Gov. Tom Ridge on  receiving Liberty Award at USO gala.    Send article as PDF   

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BY DENISE CLAY/ Thanks to Tuesday night’s election results, the Republican Party is about to find out what those of us who have eccentric relatives have always known. You can’t control crazy. You can try to contain it. You can try to restrain it. But crazy always does what crazy wants to do. And since […]

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BY TONY WEST/ You know a political movement has arrived when opponents take drastic steps to spike it. Barely 10 years old in Pennsylvania, charter schools have arrived as a threat so potent that Gov. Ed Rendell vetoed a bipartisan omnibus education bill, solely because one of its provisions might give a tax break to […]

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It was no secret the City Controller was auditing the Sheriff’s office, one of the three remaining County Offices, which the Committee of 70 and its supporters have been campaigning to eliminate. And from the audit that was released on Tuesday, it seems clear the motivation of Alan Butkovitz’s staff was to blow a hole […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ No matter what the polls say, since they have been swaying back and forth for days now, we can only conjecture by the latest polls that what we thought was a close election might not be. For instance, the  Muhlenberg  College/Morning Call  poll this week shows Democratic gubernatorial  candidate Dan Onorato, who […]

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BY ADAM LANG/ The many government agencies we have in and around Philadelphia and the way they are organized are key contributors to the disaster that is our local government. Being that we are in the birthplace of our nation and the US Constitution, we would hope the ideas and philosophy behind the formation of […]

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Yo! Here we go again with this Halloween question: What is a ghost? The concept of a ghost is based on the ancient idea that a person’s spirit exists separately from their body. Many societies use funeral rituals as a way of ensuring that the dead person’s spirit would not return to “haunt” the living. In […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Pennsylvania took its first steps toward curbing its disastrous prison explosion last week as its Senate sent a bill authored by State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) to the Governor for his signature. In doing so, Harrisburg set off on a path blazed by many other states, which have set up successful programs […]

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