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Mike DeNardo

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Hoping For Viable School Makeover Plans

The district is inviting principals and teachers to present their own instructional ideas to overhaul Philadelphia schools.

07/22/2014

(Michelle Khatwani takes a photo of her husband and son at the top of the "Rocky" steps, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Plan To Cut Into Museum’s ”Rocky” Steps Draws Visitor Consternation

“I think it would be sad, because we came here specifically for running up the stairs, because of the ‘Rocky’ scene,” said one tourist from Texas.

07/21/2014

(LA Kings' assistant coach John Stevens, second from left, poses with ice hockey fans next to the Stanley Cup, which he brought for a brief visit to his summer home in Sea Isle City.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Lord Stanley’s Cup Pays A Visit To Sea Isle City, N.J.

Former Flyers’ coach (and current LA Kings’ assistant coach) John Stevens brought the cup to his summer home in Sea Isle, to the delight of shore visitors.

07/17/2014

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Philly Summer Recreation Program Invites First Lady Michelle Obama

The children have put together a video inviting the first lady to the program’s big finish on August 13th, at Vogt Recreation Center.

07/16/2014

(Kids play at the Independence Seaport Museum, thanks to the "Casey Cares" Foundation.  Photo by Dustin Wingate)

A Day at a Philadelphia Museum For Kids Who Really Need Some Fun

A few dozen children were taking a break from their struggles with life-threatening diseases to enjoy a much-needed day out at the Independence Seaport Museum.

07/15/2014

(An Atlantic City Line train at the AC rail station.  File photo by Adam E. Moreira)

No Thanks, We’re Doing Fine, Says NJT of Its Atlantic City Rail Line

NJT spokesman William Smith says the agency currently has no plans to act on any of the proposals in a 2009 consulting company’s report.

07/15/2014

(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Big Homeless Enclave In Camden, NJ Is Evacuated, Then Leveled

Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen says 45 homeless people have been moved to shelters and to addiction treatment.

07/14/2014

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

Local Band Brings Unique Brand Of Progressive Rock To Music World

Radiologists and an air traffic controller by day. Progressive rockers by night. That’s the story of the Philadelphia-based band Shadow Merchant.

07/12/2014

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Book Illustrates How Often Issues Are Misrepresented To American Public

An investigative journalist says our nation’s future depends on finding truth when governments and corporations are publicly dishonest.

07/12/2014

(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

US Education Secretary Pleads For Pa. Lawmakers To ‘Do the Right Thing’ For Philly Schools

“The children of Philly deserve better,” said secretary of education Arne Duncan (center) at a Community College of Philadelphia roundtable on how young men of color can achieve.

07/11/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Trimming Hundreds of Jobs Through Layoffs

In all, 342 layoff notices are going out. A school district spokeswoman says this is unrelated to the cigarette tax standoff in Harrisburg.

07/10/2014

Leonard Check, chief of Berlin Township PD, and Grace Clodfelter, detective for the Camden County prosecutor's office, at press conference.   Photo by Mike DeNardo)

NJ Window Installer Charged with 8 Counts of Fraud; More Charges Possible

Camden County authorities are accusing the owner of Dream House Windows, in Berlin Township, of passing bad checks and keeping deposits from customers without doing the work.

07/08/2014

(Pa. state senator Anthony Williams, left, listens as Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters regarding school funding issues.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Politicians Hopeful As Pa. Senate Prepares to Vote on Cigarette Tax

“While there has been a lot of backslapping and clapping and ‘We finally got it done,’ we have not gotten it done,” warns state senator Anthony Williams (at left in photo).

07/07/2014

(A seamstress works on one of the hand-sewn flags created by the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Continues Centuries-Old Tradition of Hand-Sewn Government Flags

The nation’s presidential and vice presidential flags are all embroidered by hand, and only in Philadelphia.

07/06/2014

(Education activist Helen Gym, standing outside a charter school in Chinatown she helped found.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Phila. Education Advocate Urges Caution Over Amended Pa. Tax Legislation

An amendment attached to the Pa. House bill would give groups who want to open charter schools in Philadelphia the right to appeal to a state board if they get turned down by the School Reform Commission.

07/03/2014

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