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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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Dan Onorato, Allegheny Co.’s Executive and the Democrat candidate for Governor, seems to have a leg up over Republican nominee Tom Corbett, who is being kept busy by his prosecution roles against Dems and Reps as Attorney General. Corbett hasn’t made the Philadelphia scene much, save for fundraisers (some bringing in mighty big dollars). Onorato […]

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BY GREG BUCCERONI/ Back in the mid 1970s through the early 1980s, John Veasey and I associated with known New York City and Philadelphia organized crime associates like Jimmy Burke, Henry Hill (Lucchese Crime Family, N.Y.C.) and Angelo Bruno (Philadelphia Crime Family), to mention a few. We were juveniles then. Back in those days, the […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ A loose hand-grenade has been dropped into the laps of the City Council Members by Councilman Frank DiCicco, just before that chamber went on summer recess. The bill calls for the Council to pass on a charter amendment to eliminate the offices. Stand on your head or do whatever you want, in […]

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