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Jerry’s Block

December 6, 2019

SUN publisher and activist J. Wyatt Mondesire got his moment in the sun during Thursday’s City Council session.  By Denise Clay During Thursday’s City Council meeting, Council voted to name a section of Germantown Avenue for late Philadelphia Sunday Sun founder and publisher J. Whyatt Mondesire. Thanks to a resolution introduced by Councilwoman Cindy Bass…

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Pennsylvania lawmaker charged with stealing from nonprofit

December 4, 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a state representative from Philadelphia on Wednesday with enriching herself by stealing money from a nonprofit organization she founded to serve the mentally ill and poor who were fighting addiction. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office accused Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell of perjury, tampering with public records, theft and other…

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Hundreds mourn boy, 10, killed in football game shooting

December 4, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered over the weekend to mourn a 10-year-old boy killed in a shooting at a high school football playoff game in New Jersey and to call for an end to such violence Micah Tennant, who died five days after gunfire erupted in the stands Nov. 15 at…

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Legislation introduced in City Council to change the real estate tax

November 29, 2019

Second bill introduced increases the Homestead Exemption for more than 200,000 homeowners City Council introduced legislation last Thursday to impact the city’s real estate tax abatement by imposing a “phase-down” approach to reduce the abatement by 10 percent annual increments over 10 consecutive years.  The proposal focuses exclusively on the construction of new residential dwellings…

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Special Announcement: Mondesire To Be Honored With Street Name

November 29, 2019

During Thursday December 5, 2019 at 10 a.m., the Philadelphia City Council session body is expected to vote on a resolution honoring J. Whyatt Mondesire, founder and publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun. The resolution, introduced by Eighth District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, would name the 6600 Block of Germantown Avenue,…

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Court reaffirms ruling dismissing claims in FOP lawsuit

November 29, 2019

The Court of Common Pleas has issued an opinion in support of its August 21, 2019 ruling rejecting claims by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 that the District Attorney’s Office (DAO) violated FOP members’ constitutional rights by disclosing relevant and material information about police misconduct to defendants. The FOP appealed after the Court…

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No Hate In Our State?

November 29, 2019

While a new FBI report says that bias crimes took a slight dip in 2018, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission says that these numbers don’t tell the whole story. By Denise Clay During last Thursday’s Philadelphia City Council meeting, Council voted to amend the city’s Hate Crime statutes to increase the number of eligible crimes…

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Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to Close Cobbs Creek Parkway Dec. 2 through Dec. 15 for Trail Improvements in Philadelphia

November 29, 2019

​ King of Prussia, PA – Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is planning to close Cobbs Creek Parkway between 70th Street and Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia, from Monday, December 2, through Sunday, December 15, for trail improvements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. During the closure, motorists will be directed to use southeast 70th Street to Woodland…

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Report: Philadelphia’s trash trucks crashing daily

November 22, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: (Photo: flickr.com/photos/southerncalifornian/) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s sanitation fleet has been involved in about 2,000 accidents since June 2015, with two-thirds of the crashes determined to be the garbage truck driver’s fault, according to a newspaper analysis. The city’s rate of accidents involving municipal trash trucks is far higher than New York City’s, The…

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