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(A Philadelphia police car blocks the driveway of Ironworkers Local 401 headquarters on the day 11 members were indicted.  Credit: CBS-3)

Ten Members of Phila. Ironworkers’ Union Charged With Racketeering, Arson

Among the alleged criminal acts was the December 2012 torching of a Quaker Meetinghouse under construction in Chestnut Hill.

02/18/2014

FILE PHOTO (Bill Green and Farah Jimenez are sworn in as chair and member, respectively, of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School Reform Commission Gets New Chair, New Member

Former Philadelphia city councilman Bill Green is now officially the chairman of the School Reform Commission.

02/18/2014

2014 Diners Guide graphic

Guide to Ethical Eating Finds Few First-Rate Restaurants in Philadelphia

A local organization that advocates for the rights of restaurant workers has issued its second annual dining guide, hoping to promote better employment practices in the city’s restaurant industry.

01/31/2014

(Credit: Tony Romeo)

Public Employee Unions Rally in Harrisburg Against Anti-Checkoff Bill

Rick Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, addressed hundreds of union supporters at a capitol rally in opposition to the legislation.

01/28/2014

(The current headquarters of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, in the former Strawbridge & Clothier building, near 9th and Market Streets in center city.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Judge May Hear Competing Auction Scenarios In Battle Over Philadelphia’s Newspapers

Bill Ross, executive director of the Newspaper Guild, which represents newsroom workers, says the “company appears to be gridlocked.”

01/13/2014

(Philadelphia NAACP president Jerome Mondesire announces the essay contest.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Two Phila. Groups Sponsoring Black History Month Student Essay Contest

The Philadelphia branch of the NAACP and the antiviolence initiave “Hands Across Philadelphia” are teaming up with the Philadelphia school district to launch a new essay contest focused on black history.

01/09/2014

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Schoolteachers, School District Hoping State Mediator Will Break Logjam

Philadelphia public school teachers have been working without a contract since the start of the school year.

01/08/2014

(The firehouse for Engine 66, in Roxborough.  File photo by Aaron Mott, used with permission)

Roxborough Firehouse Remains Closed By Unexplained Fumes

Engine company 66, in Roxborough, remains closed while investigators trace the source of toxic fumes that sickened some firefighters.

01/02/2014

(The Benjamin Franklin firehouse, at 4th and Arch Streets, has been boarded up since a fire in September.   Photo by Ed Fischer)

Damaged Old City Firehouse May Not Reopen For Another Year

The fire last September, which started in the engine of an ambulance parked in one of the bays, left the Ben Franklin firehouse heavily charred.

01/02/2014

(A Camden County police car.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

2013 IN REVIEW: Camden Police Force Is Overhauled

Long-sought changes in police protection for Camden, NJ residents and businesses finally took effect this year.

12/26/2013

(Hotel developer Brooke Lenfest, center, talks with City Council president Darrell Clarke, right, and others just before Council approved a tax break for his project.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Council Approves $33-Million Tax Break For Center City Hotel Project

Developer Brooke Lenfest (center of photo) wants to build two hotels — a “W” and an “Element” — on what is now a parking lot at 15th and Chestnut Streets.

12/12/2013

(This Kraft Foods factory on Roosevelt Boulevard near Woodhaven Road was the scene of a workplace shooting in September 2010.)

Landmark Industrial Bakery on Roosevelt Blvd. May Shut Down

For the more than 300 workers employed at the former Kraft Foods bakery, this is bad news.

11/07/2013

(A Philadelphia police officer identified as Philip Nace overturns a basketball stand.  Image from Youtube)

Philly Cop Under Investigation After 2nd Questionable Act Caught on Video

In the latest video, an officer identified as Nace moves a sidewalk basketball backboard, then knocks it over.

10/17/2013

(Steve Masters and members of the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group demonstrate outside the US courthouse in Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Philadelphia Protesters Urge Remedy to 2010′s ‘Citizens United’ Ruling

Speakers denounced the 2010 “Citizens United” decision, which opened the floodgates for corporate (and, to a lesser extent, union) donations to political action committees.

10/08/2013

(Government employees rally outside the Social Security Administration building in Northern Liberties.   Credit: Cherri Gregg)

U.S. Government Workers Protest In Northern Liberties

More than 100 members of the American Federation of Government Employees gathered outside a Social Security building after being told they either had to go home or work with the possibility they may not get paid.

10/01/2013

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