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(Fourth-grader Quadira, using a donated GSA computer to work on a web site that provides online training with reading, is flanked by GSA administrator Sara Manzano-Díaz, left, and Belmont Charter School principal Claire Cohen.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Latest Beneficiary of US Laptop Largesse is a Mantua Charter School

The federal government recycles employee computers every other year. But they don’t just toss the used laptops into landfills — they give them to schools.

05/29/2014

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Philadelphia Celebrates Its Selection as a ‘US 2020′ City For STEM Education

Philadelphia has been selected in a national competition as one of seven cities to encourage youth mentorship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”).

05/27/2014

(City councilman Wilson Goode Jr. watches as Mayor Nutter signs an executive order raising the minimum wage for certain city contract workers.   Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Raises Minimum Wage For Most City Contract Workers

Nutter has long opposed raising the minimum wage required to be paid by firms with local government contracts, but he said he gradually changed his mind.

05/06/2014

(Vice president Joe Biden speaks about protecting students from sexual assault, during April 29th event in Washington, DC.   Photo by Win McNamee/ Getty Images)

Campus Sex Crimes Getting National Attention; Local Organization Hopeful

The head of a local organization focused on improving campus security is pleased that the issue is getting a spotlight from the vice president of the United States.

04/30/2014

(Maari Porter, the City of Philadelphia's chief grants officer, and Michael Thorpe, a Mantua resident, both expressed delight with the neighborhood's designation.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Mantua Neighborhood Gets Federal ‘Promise Zone’ Designation

The selection as a Promise Zone means that neighborhood will be given preference when applying for a host of other federal grants.

01/08/2014

Stigall Show Log 10.29.13

Chris examines the loss healthcare plans under Obamacare, Chris Christie’s appearance on CBS This Morning, and the damage done to the Philadelphia region by calling it the “Delaware Valley.”

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–10/29/2013

(The University of Pennsylvania campus.  File photo)

Report: 7 in 10 College Students Get Financial Aid

New data from the National Post Secondary Student Aid Study, shows 71% of undergraduates received some form of financial aid in the 2011-2012 academic year, up from four years before.

09/18/2013

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Air Pollution Controls On Coal Burning Power Plants Have Environmentalists Saying They Now Need Water Pollution Controls Too

The public comment period ends next Friday on proposed environmental regulations that could pit your light switch against your water faucet.

09/14/2013

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Government’s Access To Cell Phone Records Leaves Privacy Advocates Fuming

The Obama administration and some senators are defending the newly-uncovered but long-active government program to grab our cell phone records – it’s crucial for national security, they say. But privacy advocates are fuming.

06/06/2013

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Why You Should Wait Until 2016 To Sell Your Home

Planning to sell your home? You may want to wait until 2016 before listing it.

02/06/2013

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Attorney General Promises Local Law Enforcement Officials Greater Federal Assistance

U-S Attorney General Eric Holder was in Philadelphia on Monday to announce some new federal help in the city’s ongoing struggle against violent crime.

07/23/2012

Alzheimer's Disease

Health: First National Alzheimer’s Plan

The Obama administration today declared that Alzheimer’s disease is one of the country’s biggest health challenges and unveiled the first national Alzheimer’s strategy.

05/15/2012

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Local Expert Weighs In On Libya’s Official Transition To Democracy

Three days after the death of Moamar Qaddafi, Libyan rebels have declared liberation and say the country will be guided by Islamic principals.

10/23/2011

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Sweeping Overhaul To No Child Left Behind Act

Since Congress has not acted to change the No Child Left Behind Act, in a radical overhaul the Obama administration will alter the requirements of the law.

10/05/2011

(A hazy day in Philadelphia.  File photo)

Philadelphia Among America’s Smoggiest Cities, Says Environmental Group

Michael Tracht of Penn Environment says Philadelphia is the fifth smoggiest big city based on the number of days when the air was unhealthy, both in 2010 and this summer.

09/21/2011

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