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Illusionist Mervant Vera brings a new form of entertainment to Rittenhouse Square

December 3, 2021

Illusionist Mervant Vera brings a new type of entertainment to Rittenhouse Square By Afea Tucker “Deceptions: A Magical Night of Mystery and Deception” is Philadelphia’s newest entertainment option on Rittenhouse Square. It features the “master of deceptions,” illusionist Mervant Vera. “I’m a pioneer of sorts,” Vera said. “I’m the first magician who’s had a show…

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A giant of a man with a big heart to match: Sultan Ahmad has made transition

December 3, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Retired City of Philadelphia manager and community activist Sultan Ahmad with his wife Harriet and son, Samir.  (File photo courtesy Thera Martin)(File photo courtesy Thera Martin) By Thera Martin Retired city manager and longtime community activist Sultan Ahmad made transition on November 25, Thanksgiving Day. He was 73. “The outpouring of love and…

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Cosby prosecutors urge Supreme Court to restore conviction

November 29, 2021

By MARYCLAIRE DALE PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, complaining in a petition released Monday the verdict was thrown out over a questionable agreement that the comic claimed gave him lifetime immunity. They said the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in June to overturn Cosby’s conviction…

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Philadelphia to distribute 75 vouchers providing safe, affordable housing to youth

November 25, 2021

Partnership among City agencies and the federal government reinforces the City’s commitment to expand housing opportunities for vulnerable communities Philadelphia announced Tuesday that it will receive $735,000 in federal funding from a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant. The award comes from the Foster Youth to Independence Initiative (FYI). The program invests in local, cross-system…

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Philadelphia says city employees must get vaccinated

November 25, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, talks to reporters outside their lodge in Philadelphia on April 8, 2020. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) ASSOCIATED PRESS  Philadelphia city workers will be required to be vaccinated or get an exemption by mid-January, city health officials said last Friday….

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CDC: Vials contain no trace of virus that causes smallpox

November 25, 2021

ASSOCIATED PRESS  PHILADELPHIA — Frozen vials labeled “Smallpox” that were discovered in a freezer at a vaccine research facility in Pennsylvania “contain no trace of virus known to cause smallpox,” federal health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last Thursday that testing showed the vials contain “vaccinia, the virus used in…

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The Human Touch

November 25, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Sonia Sanchez appears on board the Norwegian Escape during day 1 of the Summit at Sea cruise in Miami.  (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) Multitalented wordsmith Sonia Sanchez is the winner of this year’s Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. By Denise Clay-Murray Right now, a combination of political differences, a lack of human…

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An Impassioned Plea

November 25, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Mayor Jim Kenney speaking at Wednesday morning’s news conference at City Hall over the nearly 500 murders in the city this year. (Photo by Denise Clay-Murray) As the City of Philadelphia approaches a record number of murders, Mayor Jim Kenney joined state, federal, local and community leaders in calling for an end to…

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Wolf adds to mounting veto tally, kills permitless gun bill

December 3, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Gov. Tom Wolf  HARRISBURG, Pa.  — Gov. Tom Wolf followed through on his veto threat...

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Mayor Kenney Issues Statement on the Resignation of Commerce Director Michael Rashid

December 5, 2021

PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney today accepted the resignation of Commerce Director Michael Rashid, effective immediately. “Today...

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Barbados says goodbye to queen, transforms into republic

December 3, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Barbados’ new President Sandra Mason, center right, awards Prince Charles with the Order of Freedom...

Politics

Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight

December 3, 2021

By Mark Sherman ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — Both sides are telling the Supreme Court there’s no middle...

Sports

Playoffs? What Do You Mean, Playoffs?

December 3, 2021

If we learned nothing else from Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles should...

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