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Republican Party   Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason yesterday charged Dan Onorato supporters and Democrat operatives circulated petitions for John Krupa, a candidate claiming to be the Tea Party nominee for Governor. “It’s obvious that Dan Onorato is willing to resort to any-means necessary tactics in a desperate attempt to improve his chances to win elections this […]

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BY DENISE CLAY/ As I was running errands, I got an email on my Blackberry from the Mayor’s office that informed me, and all of the other reporters who get things from Mayor Michael Nutter’s office, that Charles Bowser Sr. had died. He was 80. In addition to being a Deputy Mayor of the city […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Pennsylvania’s prison population is huge and soaring even higher. It stands apart, not only from the rest of the world, but from many other states. In 1980, there were 8,243 inmates in the Keystone State; last year, there were 51,326. The Commonwealth can’t build prisons fast enough; it is exporting prisoners to […]

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BY RORY McGLASSON/ New Sacred Heart of Jesus pastor Robert Feeney jokes about how he used to visit the 3rd Street church with a miner’s hat on his head. So dark was the aged building’s interior, Father Feeney says he was barely able to see down the aisle. However, today residents are walking in the […]

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Will “brownouts” put out the overtime the city has to pay to firefighters, or will it spike up more casualties should fires occur? Rolling the dice is Mayor Michael Nutter. He is closing down, for a shift, a minimum of six firehouses daily. That’s three during the day and three at night. Objecting to the […]

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As the national debt moves into front and center of public attention during the fall election campaigns, Congressman Chaka Fattah predicts major action will place – right after they’re over. Speaking at Temple University Monday, the Congressman said a committee is already working to plan dramatic legislation to reduce the Federal deficit. The package will […]

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Councilman Darrell Clarke has convinced his City Council colleagues to pass legislation that could help all Philadelphians battle the lifting of energy rates which end Dec. 31. Effective Jan. 1, PECO and other energy generators are expected to raise rates to consumers. But Clarke hopes to mitigate the damage that will be done by the […]

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BY DENISE CLAY/ My original intention was to write a column about seeing Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele at the National Association of Black Journalists in San Diego last week. Steele was to be interviewed by CNN pundit (and the best self-promoter since P.T. Barnum) Roland Martin and asked questions about the RNC, his […]

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BY TONY WEST/ A historic movement is underway in Harrisburg to revisit our underlying model for dealing with crime – and it is being led by one of the men who helped put the current model in place 25 years ago. “Lock them up and throw away the key” isn’t a good-enough answer any more. […]

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PHOTO 1. All the major political action in Philly last weekend was social — and some of it was out of town. Brady’s Bunch at the Beach packed Keenan’s in N. Wildwood on a sweltering Saturday afternoon, drawing the likes of Democrat nominee for Governor Dan Onorato, left, and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. PHOTO 2. Meanwhile, […]

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