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Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy now accepting applications for Summer 2024 class

February 25, 2024

ANNVILLE, Pa. -– The Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy (KSCA) is accepting applications for its fifth class of cadets which begins in July 2024. The KSCA is designed to give academically challenged teens a second chance at obtaining their basic education, learn leadership, self-discipline, and responsibility to build a better life. The opening of the academy…

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Local officials secure $317.1 million to replace 200 rail cars on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line

February 25, 2024

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and John Fetterman (D-Pa.), U.S. Representatives Brendan Boyle (D-2nd Dist.), Dwight Evans (D-3rd Dist,), and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-5th Dist.), and Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle L. Parker have announced that SEPTA is receiving $317,160,000 in infrastructure funding to purchase approximately 200 new rail cars on the Market-Frankford Line, SEPTA’s…

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Requiem for “The Voice Of Council”

February 23, 2024

With the death of Chief Clerk Michael Decker, Philadelphia City Council has lost one of its institutions. By Denise Clay-Murray Unless you’re like me and you find yourself in City Hall’s Room 400 every Thursday, chances are you have no idea who Michael Decker is. Philadelphia City Council Chief Clerk Michael Decker But for those…

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Guest Commentary: 2024 is the year of American values, Black inclusion, white privilege, and consequences

February 18, 2024

By George Burrell ContextThroughout history, several countries have been the greatest — a designation now held by the United States. However, insurrection, elected officials paralyzed by party and power over people, Israel accepting American welfare, but disrespecting its president, and the Supreme Court sanctioning racism has raised international concern about American democracy, as we become…

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Op-Ed: In support of Gov. Shapiro’s proposed minimum wage increase

February 17, 2024

By Kenyatta JohnsonPhiladelphia City Council President For the thousands of hard-working Pennsylvanians in Philadelphia and across our commonwealth who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families, 2024 must be the year that our elected leaders in Harrisburg take action to increase the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage, as all of our neighboring…

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Can I get a (protected) witness?

February 17, 2024

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Public Safety is going to address witness protection. Finally. By Denise Clay-MurrayThanks to a resolution passed by Philadelphia’s City Council last week, I decided to take another look at Councilmember Curtis Jones’s Blueprint For A Safer Philadelphia. Council voted to allow the Committee on Public Safety to hold hearings on…

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Homeless dollars and cents

February 11, 2024

The Office Of Homeless Services gets a lot of money from the city to help those experiencing without a place to live. Mayor Cherelle Parker and Council Majority Leader Katherine Gilmore Richardson want to know what they’re doing with it. By Denise Clay-MurrayOne of the statistics that I’m tired of having to repeat as someone…

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Educational Nominating Panel holds first meeting

February 11, 2024

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Educational Nominating Panel appointed by Mayor Cherelle L. Parker held its first public meeting to begin the process of soliciting applications for the Board of Education, establish rules of procedure, elect officers of the panel, and undergo required training. The next school board terms will begin on May 1. Members of…

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