Voter ID Decision Not a Solution to Larger Problem of Voter Disenfranchisement

State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D- Montgomery/Philadelphia)released the following statement regarding the Commonwealth Court’s partial injunction to temporarily halt portions of the state’s new voter identification law: “Today’s ruling shows me we still have a long way
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A Bust of Ben Franklin Was Back To Philadelphia Suburb

A bust of Ben Franklin was back home to the Philadelphia region. The porcelain sculpture valued at $3 million was stolen from the home of  lawyer George A. D'Angelo, Bryn Mawr, Pa., this August. Authorities arrested a former housekeeper -  Andrea Lawton, accused of stealing the artwork from her (more...)

Philadelphia Pilots New Crowdfunding Platform

The City of Philadelphia announced that it is piloting a new crowdfunding platform, Citizinvestor, which will allow citizens to micro-fund specifically selected city projects.  Individuals can log on to Citizinvestor and pledge an investment to meet a set project’s fundraising goal.  Citizinvestor’s crowdfunding model requires (more...)

First Comprehensive Zoning Code Reform In 50 Years Allows Philly

The City of Philadelphia marked Day One of its first comprehensive rewrite of the zoning code in more than 50 years. The new code is the result of a thorough civic engagement process led by the City’s appointed Zoning Code Commission (ZCC), and including (more...)

President Obama on Coming Together to Remember September 11

President Obama marked the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks in his weekly address to the American people September 8 by remembering the innocent lives lost, honoring the first responders and men and women in uniform who have served and sacrificed to keep the
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Knight Arts Challenge To Find Best Ideas For the Arts in Philadelphia

Now in its third year, the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia will call for the best ideas for the arts in Philadelphia Sept. 17 - Oct. 15. The $9 million initiative from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks the most innovative cultural ideas to engage (more...)

Highlights Renovations To Be Made Along Germantown Ave.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter visited three redevelopment projects along Germantown Avenue to highlight smart investments being made in neighborhoods across Philadelphia.  The projects are funded by the Department of Commerce and the Office of Housing and Community Development. City Councilwoman Cindy Bass (more...)

Philadelphia Quarterly Homless Street Count Shows Decrease

The quarterly Point in Time Homeless Count revealed a 2 percent decrease in Philadelphia’s street homeless population. The recent count showed 588 persons living on city streets, as opposed to 601 last summer. “Since 2008, our Administration has been working in a systematic way to reduce homelessness by (more...)

Amtrak Improvement Plan For Northeast Corridor

According to CBS News, Amtrak is out with a new capital investment plan for the Northeast Corridor , which merges years of work on improving existing service with a bold vision for the next four decades that could include an airport stop and a tunnel in Philadelphia. Amtrak (more...)

Piedmont Pilots Stridently Support Strike Authorization Vote

Piedmont Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), voted to authorize their union leadership to call for a lawful strike, should the pilot group be released to do so. Piedmont Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways and operates US (more...)

Fatal Car Fire in Northeast Philadelphia

According to NBC News, "firefighters responded to the fire at a Macy’s parking lot on Cottman Avenue around 7 p.m. on Wednesday". Police said  they found a green Honda Civic fully engulfed in flames and a gas canister outside of the vehicle. The body of a (more...)

How to Reduce Gun and Drug-Related Crime in Philly?

Surge of Federal Law Enforcement Resources Aim to Reduce Gun and Drug-Related Crime Attorney General Eric Holder and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter today announced the Department of Justice (DOJ) and City of Philadelphia’s Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (VCRP), which directs additional federal agents and technological (more...)

Jewish Summer Campers Terrorized in Pennsylvania

Five people face charges for allegedly terrorizing a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania. In three separate episodes earlier this month, three adults and two juveniles caused property damage as they sped dangerously through Camp Bonim in Wayne County in a pickup truck, shouting anti-Semitic epithets and firing paintball guns at campers (more...)

Eleven Charged, Arrests Made in $15 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Eleven individuals from five states are charged in New Jersey for their alleged roles in a $15 million mortgage fraud scam that used phony documents and “straw buyers” to make illegal profits on overbuilt condos, including a defendant who attempted to murder a witness to the scheme. All the defendants are (more...)

16th Annual Philly Fringe

Tickets are now on sale for the 16th annual Philly Fringe, which runs in conjunction with the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival from September 7 – 22. The 2012 Fringe submissions reflect new trends in partnerships, longer runs and several groups presenting multiple shows. More than 650 performances from 140 artists (more...)

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