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Tensions high in Philadelphia jails as court hearings face delays and case numbers mount

BY: - April 10, 2020

Henry Jackson had a mid-April court date on a parole violation. With courts closed because of COVID-19, he and others are in limbo.

In Philly, library advocates demand $19.3M in new funding ahead of budget negotiations

BY: - February 25, 2020

On Monday, the nonprofit volunteer group Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia unveiled a six-point plan that calls for Kenney and City Council to boost the library’s current $49 million budget to pay for staffing ($12 million), infrastructure upgrades ($5 million each year for the next five years), training, resources, and extending six-day service throughout the year.

In Philly, progressive candidates slug it out with Democratic incumbents

BY: - February 20, 2020

After a wave of retirements from Pittsburgh’s South Side to Reading, many of progressives’ top incumbent targets are headed out the door. It’s left a slate of primary challenges coming at reliably liberal — even progressive — lawmakers more over tone than substance.

Philadelphia: the reigning champ of MLK day in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - January 20, 2020

The holiday that falls on the third Monday in January was first celebrated on Jan. 20, 1986 after King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, and musician Stevie Wonder petitioned more than 6 million people to get then-President Ronald Reagan to sign off (signed in 1983) on making MLK day a federal holiday.

Wells Fargo pays $10M to settle lawsuit over discriminatory lending practices in Philadelphia

BY: - December 17, 2019

Wells Fargo will shell out $10 million to settle a city lawsuit that alleged the megabank engaged in discriminatory lending practices against Black people and other minorities in Philadelphia. The San Francisco-based bank will fund affordable housing programs in Philadelphia but admit no wrongdoing over the civil rights lawsuit the city filed in 2017, the Kenney administration said […]

At Philly eatery, Dems ‘Relish’ strategizing and socializing

BY: - November 5, 2019

Candidates and state and local leaders, including Gov. Tom Wolf, socialized and strategized at throughout the late morning and early afternoon over plates of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and other soul food favorites.

COMMENTARY

What happens when a big business tries to remake a neighborhood in its own image | Opinion

BY: - April 23, 2019

Gentrification of dilapidated urban neighborhoods is a common driver of renaming -- just ask Philadelphia

COMMENTARY

The Pa., Pittsburgh & Philly jobs picture: Losing ground | Opinion

BY: - February 28, 2019

A conservative scholar takes a look at 10-year job changes across the state and in the Philly and Pittsburgh regions.

Activists were allegedly attacked, threatened during protest at Philly councilwoman’s campaign event, report

BY: - February 21, 2019

The events were captured on video by supporters of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, according to a published report.