Politics

 By Matthew Petrillo and Kelsey McDowell

Hunting Park: Leader Says Wards Should Be Redrawn

Hunting Park: Leader Says Wards Should Be Redrawn

The Philadelphia City Council recently passed a redistricting map late last year, leaving at least a dozen of the city’s 66 wards divided by two or more council districts, including wards within Hunting Park that’s split by three council districts. “There is an underlying issue here that we won’t address,” Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez said during […]

 By Nichole Fray, Syreeta Martin and Michael Burke

Strawberry Mansion: Community Reactions to Mayor Nutter’s New Initiatives

Strawberry Mansion: Community Reactions to Mayor Nutter’s New Initiatives

Mayor Nutter held a press conference at Strawberry Mansion High School and announced some new initiatives for fighting crime in Philadelphia. Some of the initiatives revealed at last week’s conference include increasing the amount of award money for anyone who offers information in a homicide case and increasing the budget for witness protection. In addition, […]

 By Matthew Petrillo and Kelsey McDowell

Hunting Park: Prominent ‘Ban the Box’ Advocate Remains Unemployed

Hunting Park: Prominent ‘Ban the Box’ Advocate Remains Unemployed

Although a new Philadelphia law went into effect earlier this month that makes the hiring process less discriminatory for former convicts, its most prominent supporter is still seeking a full-time job and said the bill doesn’t do enough for those trying to smoothly fit back into society. Mic Tabon, a former convict who was incarcerated for seven […]

 By Kait Privitera

Germantown: Obama Visits the Neighborhood

Germantown: Obama Visits the Neighborhood

Click on the slide to see the next one. This past Sunday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Robert Fulton Elementary School in Germantown as part of the “Moving America Forward” rally. In his speech, President Obama claimed that the country would only move backward if the Republican Party were to take […]

 By R. Chase Grier and Jessica Herring

Fairhill: The New Palladium Provides a Home for Friends, Family and Community

Fairhill: The New Palladium Provides a Home for Friends, Family and Community

  From the outside, the New Palladium nightclub looks much like a storefront that has yet to open for the business day. At 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 26th, the shutters covered the doors and windows, and very little light escaped to the sidewalk surrounding it. However, looks can be deceiving, particularly in the case of […]

 By Michele Aweeky, David Pulli, Lindsey Muller and Nicole Thomas-Holder

Center City: Occupy Philly Movement Finds Support from Friends

Center City: Occupy Philly Movement Finds Support from Friends

After much resistance, the Occupy Philly movement has officially left Dilworth Plaza. Nov. 27 was the deadline given to the encampment at Dilworth Plaza. The leadership of the movement was given an eviction notice by the city and was expected to be cleared out by 5 p.m. The area was not vacated until the morning […]

 By Melissa Nowicki, Michele Aweeky, Anna Yermilov, Kalima Thomas and Christopher Malo

Center City: Protestors Stage ‘Die-In’ at PNC Branches

Center City: Protestors Stage ‘Die-In’ at PNC Branches

On Monday, Occupy Philadelphia joined the Earth Quaker Action Team for a non-violent, theatrical protest. Protestors referred to the event as a mass “die-in” and gathered to oppose PNC Bank’s financial support of companies that perform mountain top removal coal mining and natural gas hydrofracking. More than 100 demonstrators, led by organizer Zachary Hershman, marched […]

 By Christine Fisher

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Parkside: Mayor Nutter Visits Key Bridge Construction Site

Mayor Michael Nutter visited the construction site at the 40th Street bridge connecting Mantua and Parkside on Thursday afternoon. Nutter visited the site to promote the passage of the Rebuild America Jobs Act and support those involved in the 40th Street bridge construction project. Thursday was a significant day for both the Rebuild America Jobs […]

 By Kimberly Wagner, Sherrell Williams and Kevin Yorke

Strawberry Mansion: Lifelong Resident Pushes Rahman for Mayor

Strawberry Mansion: Lifelong Resident Pushes Rahman for Mayor

James Larry Grant, 58, called himself a “product of Philadelphia,” as he taped fliers to his now boarded-up childhood home at the corner of 29th and Diamond Street The fliers are a reminder for people to vote on Nov. 8. More specifically, they urge people to vote Wali Diop Rahman to be the next mayor […]

 By Pamela Seaton and Kirsten Stamn

Northeast: Three Republican Candidates Fight for Council Seats

Northeast: Three Republican Candidates Fight for Council Seats

With the fall election season underway seven City Council At-Large candidates came together recently at the WHYY studio for a political debate that, considering the stakes of the upcoming election, was a testament to measured, thoughtful politics. With seven participants in attendance – five Republicans and two Democrats – the debate covered everything from Occupy […]