March Madness Explained

By Mark Trainer If you come to study in the U.S., you’ll find that this is the time of year when many college students — and Americans from all walks of life —
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Mayor Announces Three Upcoming Complete Street Projects

Mayor Kenney and Deputy Managing Director Michael Carroll applaud the approval by City Council of three Complete Streets projects that will increase safety for pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists. The Race Street Safety Project at Franklin Square, the Torresdale Avenue Pennypack Connector Project, and Island and (more...)

State, Federal Investigators Take Over Florida Bridge Collapse Probe

The death toll stood at six Friday in the collapse the day before of a pedestrian bridge under construction on the campus of Florida International University. The number was expected to climb as searchers dug through rubble, where several cars remained buried. Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp said the primary (more...)

This Coffee is Certified ‘Female’

By Emily Louise Bowman First, Americans just drank plain old coffee. Then they got a taste for strong, espresso-based drinks at Starbucks and other cafes and began buying premium beans to brew at home. Alyza Bohbot, owner of City Girl Coffee, (more...)

Philadelphia: Progress on Boosting Collections and Curbing Tax Delinquency.

Department of Revenue announced several milestones in its effort to boost collections and curb tax delinquency in Philadelphia. Among the key signs of progress are that collections for the General Fund exceeded estimates for FY17 by over $10 million, and that strong Wage, Earnings, Net Profits, and Liquor Tax collections drove (more...)

Persian New Year Сelebrations Сross the U.S.

 By Mary Jane Maxwell
Millions of Americans will ring in the Persian New Year of Nowruz on March 20 at special events across the United States. “Nowruz is the harbinger of hope, a rebirth, just like nature in spring — a goodbye to the dark days and a hello to the

Trump Signs Off on US Metals Tariffs, Exempts Canada and Mexico

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed companion proclamations slapping 25 percent tariffs on steel coming into the country and 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum. The across-the-board taxes are to go into effect in 15 days. Amid fears that his action would ignite a trade war, Trump declared the dumping of (more...)

White House Visit Underscores Strong U.S.-Israel Ties

By ShareAmerica President Trump welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House to discuss peace and security this week. Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, joined the president and first lady Melania Trump before meetings in the Oval Office and a working lunch.  (more...)

Philadelphia Activates the Emergency Operations Center for Snow Storm

The City of Philadelphia's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at 7 a.m. this morning to monitor the winter nor’easter that is expected to produce periods of heavy precipitation in the city. A full EOC activation brings together city agencies and partners in one room and allows for real-time (more...)

Nearly 2 Million Homes, Businesses Still Without Power After East Coast Storm

VOA Nearly 2 million households and businesses remained without power Saturday on the U.S. East Coast after a heavy storm system brought rain, snow and hurricane-force winds to states from Maine, where the governor declared a state of emergency, all the way to North Carolina. Seven deaths were reported as a result (more...)

Female Olympians Inspire The Next Generation

By Emily Louise Bowman The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are over, but their impact is just beginning for millions of children who watched the feats of female athletes and are inspired to go “faster, higher, stronger.” Girls participate in sports as much as boys until age 13, but then  (more...)

Philadelphia Launches New “Don’t Take the Risk” Campaign to Prevent Opioid Deaths

 The Philadelphia Department of Public Health launched the second phase of an emotional media campaign that is part of the City’s effort to decrease deaths related to opioid use.  The campaign contains a collection of stories in English and Spanish told by people whose lives have been forever


Stalinism Resurgent in Russia as Critics Warn Against Whitewashing Soviet History

Decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is fierce debate over the legacy of one of its most brutal dictators. Josef Stalin, who ruled from the 1930s until his death in 1953, is held responsible for the deaths of millions of his countrymen. Yet, an opinion poll last year (more...)

Olympic Figure Skating: The Early Years

By Sherry L. Brukbacher Edward Bushnell, an industrial-era businessman from Philadelphia, revolutionized winter sports in 1850 by fitting a steel blade to a common boot. This allowed a skater to perform intricate spins and turns on the ice. By the turn of the century, figure skating was introduced to the Olympic (more...)

Update on Fire at 3rd & Chestnut Streets

Officials with the Department of Licenses and Inspections today provided the following update in the wake of the fire on the 200 block of Chestnut Street. 239 Chestnut Street has been declared imminently dangerous.  The owner of the property has been ordered to remove the fire escape, in order to (more...)