Visit Minnesota, a Heartland State With an International Vibe

By Lauren Monsen Most people know Minnesota as a Midwestern state with over 10,000 lakes and spectacular scenery. And they might know it as home to music icons 
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Your Diversity Visa Questions Answered

The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program provides a limited number of visas each year for immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. The diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than 7 percent of
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ICYMI: Philadelphia’s Legal Community Partners to Form ‘Take Action Philly’

The Philadelphia Bar Association, with the support of the City of Philadelphia and a number of prominent non-profit legal aid organizations, announced last week that it has formed Take Action Philly (TAP) – an initiative uniting lawyers, government, community organizations and residents to protect and assist some of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable residents.  The (more...)

Donald Trump’s Family Roots

ShareAmerica By Mark Trainer Dec 12, 2016 The story of America is the story of immigrants chasing their dreams in a land of opportunity. It’s the story of Google founder Sergey Brin and business magnate Elon Musk. It’s also the story of (more...)

Strong Emotions Among Supporters and Candidates During Final Debate

VOA The clash between Republicans and Democrats began even before the start of Wednesday's final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 built a wall of taco trucks to protest the wall that Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S./Mexico border. “We (more...)

Officials Spell Out K-1 Visa Guidelines, Following Attack

VOA Pamela Dockins STATE DEPARTMENT— Senior U.S. administration officials have shed more light on the K-1 visa application process, which has come under scrutiny following this month’s mass shooting in California. In a background briefing Thursday, the officials said a review of the multi-agency program is under way and working groups have been established (more...)

The HIAS Pennsylvania Family Celebrates Thanksgiving November 22

It’s that time of year again – on Sunday, November 22, the HIAS Pennsylvania family will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving with a meal of turkey, sweet potatoes, Burmese curries, Eritrean stews and so much more. Back for the 7th year, Refugee Thanksgiving will take place from 2pm to 5pm (more...)

Columbus Day Still Generates Controversy as US Holiday

VOA Adrianna Zhang In the United States, October 12 is significant as the date explorer Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas.The achievement, which is commemorated on the second Monday of October, is a source of pride, particularly within the Italian-American community because Columbus was Italian. But for some the holiday is marked (more...)

Mayor Nutter’s Remarks To The Pontifical Council For The Family

Mayor Michael A. Nutter addressed the Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome.  His remarks are as follows: “I’d like to recognize Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Bishop Jean Lafitte, Monsignor Carlos Simón Vázquez, leaders of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Bishop John McIntyre, Father Bill Donovan, (more...)

New Year’s Day: A Time for Fresh Beginnings

By Jane Morse Staff Writer New Year’s Day in the United States is a time for fresh beginnings, hope for a better future and resolutions to change one’s behavior for the better. Observed January 1, New Year celebrations actually begin the night of December 31 with parties, concerts, fireworks and (more...)

Boston, Massachusetts: America’s City of Firsts

Known for its key role in the American Revolution and its excellent educational institutions, Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and the political, commercial and financial center of New England. With a population of 4.6 million, Greater Boston is the 10th-largest U.S. metropolitan area. Explore historic neighborhoods (more...)

Diversity Visa Program Registration 2015

The 2015 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2015) will open at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 1, 2013, and will close at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Saturday, November 2, 2013. Applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at (more...)

Mural Feedback Summarized

Thank you everybody for the great discussion about proposed First Community Mural. 26 people made 175 comments in less than two weeks expressed their opinions and ideas on both Philadelphia News website and Russian Philly parents group on Facebook. We wanted to make sure that valuable ideas expressed will (more...)

About “First Mural In Northeast Philadelphia”

Some personal thoughts regarding your article entitled “First Mural In Northeast Philadelphia”. First of all I would like to praise Lyudmila Makarova for this amazing idea, and “Teen Club” for their initial concept. But, I strongly disagree with the notion of depicting Russian heritage and diversity in (more...)

Senator Lautenberg’s Legacy Advances Ocean Conservation

By Bridget Hunter Staff Writer The world’s oceans lost a champion when U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg died June 3 of viral pneumonia. Lautenberg, 89, was the last World War II veteran serving in the Senate. He is mourned in Washington by a long list of former Senate colleagues, including the president, (more...)

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