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The annual celebration started three years ago, to focus attention on the city's effort to raise graduation rates. (credit: Pat Loeb/KYW)

Hundreds Of Philadelphia High School Students Participate In Citywide Graduation Celebration

The annual celebration started three years ago, to focus attention on the city’s effort to raise graduation rates. Lori Shorr from the Mayor’s Office of Education says the rate has gone from 53 percent in 2007 to 64 percent this year.

06/06/2014

(A Septa regional rail train.  File photo)

2 Unions Authorize Strikes Against SEPTA Regional Rails

The unions have been working without a contract for four years, and mediation officially failed last month, triggering a 30-day cooling-off period.

06/05/2014

(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

City of Phila. Partners With OSHA To Improve Workplace Safety

Since the deadly demolition site building collapse in center city one year ago, the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been working more closely with federal workplace safety officials.

06/05/2014

(Eastern State Penitentiary officials and former prisoners help inaugurate the former prison's new exhibit, "The Big Graph."  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Historic Philadelphia Prison Opens Thought-Provoking Exhibit

If you think of Eastern State Penitentiary as just a tourist attraction, you might have to think again.

06/04/2014

(The Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, on Logan Circle, in the spiritual headquarters of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  File photo)

Phila. Archdiocese Sues To Block Obamacare’s Contraceptives Rule

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new federal mandate that some of its affiliates allow their employees to get birth control coverage in their health insurance.

06/03/2014

Katz’s Death Strikes A Hard Blow For Staff Of Philadelphia’s Daily Papers

Lewis Katz’s death has hit Philadelphia’s daily newspapers especially hard. His victory in Tuesday’s auction for ownership was seen as a boost for high journalistic standards. His loss is felt both personally and professionally.

06/01/2014

(The Philadelphia Museum of Art, top, and the Fairmount Water Works, in 2009 file photo by KYW's John Ostapkovich)

Philadelphia Art Museum Preparing to Show Off Its Renovation Plan

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is getting ready for a new exhibit and the subject is… itself.

05/30/2014

Paulsboro train derailment scene (Credit: American Red Cross)

Report: Most Residents of Paulsboro, NJ Got Sick After 2012 Derailment and Spill

A New Jersey health department survey finds the majority of residents in a town where a train derailed and released a noxious gas reported new or worsening health problems within weeks.

05/29/2014

Park service spokeswoman Jane Cowley (credit: Pat Loeb)

Advocates Urge Officials To Make Necessary Repairs To President’s House Exhibit

It took a monumental effort to get the President’s House exhibit open on Independence Mall four years ago, and now advocates are promising another campaign to get it operating properly.

05/29/2014

(Photo by Pat Loeb)

US Sen. Bob Casey Joins Call For Veterans’ Health Care Accountability

Appearing with a pair of US military veterans, Casey (at lectern) said the average time for the VA to process disability claims in Pennsylvania is now 300 days.

05/28/2014

(US Rep. Pat Toomey, at lectern, is flanked by, from left, Pa. state representative Thomas Murt, state senator Stewart Greenleaf, and  Stewart Hickey of Amvets.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Toomey Wants To Let US Veterans Sue Over Long Waits For Treatment

US senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is weighing in on the scandal over long wait times in the Veterans Administration medical system.

05/27/2014

Vince Sangmeister (credit: Pat Loeb)

New Exhibit Tells Stories Of Homeless War Veterans Through Photos, Video

Project HOME, this week, will open an exhibit of photographs and a video telling the stories of homeless veterans.

05/26/2014

(File photo:  Credit: Steve Butler)

Local Environmental Group Campaigns To Stop Rutgers Study Of Ocean Floor

Rutgers University scientists plan to explore the impact of sea level rise. Local groups are trying to stop the expedition.

05/25/2014

(Philadelphia Traffic Court operations were placed under the control of Municipal Court after the ticket-fixing scandal broke.  Photo by KYW's Ed Fischer)

Surprise Guilty Plea in Philadelphia Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Case

One of the defendants in the federal ticket-fixing case against six former Traffic Court judges and two businessmen pleaded guilty today.

05/22/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, during hearings on the school district's next budget.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

School Officials Renew Their Plea For Funding At City Council

Philadelphia school officials told city council, today, the deadline for massive lay-offs is getting close and a failure to to come up with funding will mean dire conditions in schools next year.

05/21/2014

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