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Councilman Frank Rizzo has chided Mayor Michael Nutter on his opposition to the extension of the agreement allowing US immigration and customs enforcement agencies access to the City’s Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System. In a letter to the Mayor, Rizzo remarked, “You have stated that regarding undocumented aliens, ‘the only law they broke is coming into […]

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BY DENISE CLAY: If there is one thing I’ve learned during my time in the newspaper business, it’s that you can get away with a multitude of sins if you’re relatively competent and are willing to eschew all pretense of dignity. I’ve worked with people who have managed to keep their jobs despite telling off […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Prisons aren’t pretty. But they are pretty pricey. While most other Commonwealth expenditures were cut in this year’s budget, the Dept. of Corrections increased by 4%, to $1.87 billion. And even that represented penny-pinching for the DOC. In the last five years, while the overall State budget grew by 15%, from $24.3 […]

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Philadelphia Charters for Excellence, a newly formed organization of high-performing Philadelphia Charter Schools PCE, taken together, represent the second-largest school district in Pennsylvania. PCE aims to define the Philadelphia charter community in terms of academic progress and safety, among other categories, to provide a resource for parents and students interested in charters, and to clarify […]

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Even though a poll paid by Gov. Ed Rendell from his campaign funds reveals widespread support for transportation funding can go as high as 95% of respondents who believe the quality of transportation infrastructure matters to the state’s economy, odds are dedicated State funding for that purpose will not materialize before the General Election. Polls […]

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TOP PHOTO: What began as a small get-together in Wildwood years ago by Local 98 leaders has mushroomed into a much-anticipated summer event at Keenan’s in Wildwood, drawing rank-and-file members as well as politicians and other VIPs. Seen here with host Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty, Jr. are Ed McBride, John Sabatina, Sr. and State Supreme […]

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BY FAYE DECKTER, Historic City Gardens. While Philadelphia continues to move ahead in areas of the green movement such as LEED buildings, recycling, solar recycling bins, and decorated trash-collection trucks, budget cuts are hitting other portions. Additionally, some areas of Philadelphia’s “greening” continue to lag behind other localities and need improvement. Current cuts are hitting […]

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Yo! Here we go again with some observations on growing older. They were sent to me by Barbara M. She says: Going out is good – coming home is better. When people say you look “great,” they add, “for your age.” When you needed the discount, you paid full price. Now you get discounts on […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to town to endorse Joe Sestak’s US Senate candidacy. He did, and the two later had lunch at the new Fresh Grocer in Sullivan Progress Plaza at Broad & Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The luncheon and endorsement might be creating some “agita” in Sestak’s tummy […]

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The last Zogby International poll shows Republicans lead Democrats, 42%-41%, among likely voters on the question of which party’s candidates for Congress they intend to support. This is a tightening of the GOP margin from Jul. 29, when Republicans led, 46%-38%. President Barack Obama’s approval rating remains as it was at the end of July […]

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