Paul Kurtz

New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks to supporters at Livingston High School, in Livingston, NJ, on the day he launched his White House campaign.  Photo by Kena Betancur/ AFP/ Getty Images

Christie’s Presidential Announcement Draws a Jersey Ho-Hum

Chris Christie made it official today, confirming what most people had assumed for months: he’s running for the GOP nomination for president of the United States.

06/30/2015

(US Sen. Bob Casey, at 30th Street Station, says Congress increase funding for Amtrak.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Sen. Casey Presses For Expanded Funding For Amtrak

At a press conference at 30th Street Station, Casey said last month’s train disaster in Philadelphia underscored the need to make sure Amtrak has the proper funding to improve safety and infrastructure.

06/26/2015

NJ governor Chris Christie, at a press conference following his state budget actions.  Image from State of NJ television

Area Politicians Weigh In on US Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

Following today’s decision by the US Supreme Court overturning several states’ bans on gay marriage, political figures across the country were staking out various positions on the issue.

06/26/2015

(Jymm Mitchell poses with his pair of photos that are being turned into a "Showing Face" billboard.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Billboard Project Teams Up Older and Younger LGBT Philadelphians

The yearlong collaboration between members of the Attic Youth Center and seniors from the LGBT-oriented John C. Anderson Apartments produced a series of photos that focus on faces, with eyes open and closed.

06/24/2015

(Doug Schaer and Rick Licht of Hero Ventures, with their Marvel Experience in the background.  Photo by  Paul Kurtz)

‘Marvel Experience,’ A Portable Theme Park, Sets Up at South Philly Ballpark

The “Marvel Experience” opens on Wednseday. It’s a mobile theme park that packs a punch.

06/23/2015

(Gov. Christie addresses the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, meeting today in Philadelphia.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Gov. Christie, in Philadelphia, Turns Up Rhetoric Ahead of Expected Campaign Announcement

New Jersey governor Chris Christie spoke at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, unleashing some verbal broadsides at the Obama administration.

06/19/2015

(Mural Arts Program director Jane Golden tries out a Segway outside the Philly Tour Hub headquarters, on Arch Street.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Segway Tourism Company Adding a Philadelphia Murals Tour

An Old City company that specializes in Segway tours is now offering visitors a look at the city’s world-famous murals.

06/17/2015

(Wendy Fox, a volunteer, reviews results with a participant in the older driver evaluation program.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Older Drivers Get a Free Competency Review at NE Philly Clinic

Volunteers helped aging drivers review their driving issues, polish their skills, and learn techniques for adapting to declining abilities.

06/16/2015

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The Brains Behind A Fan Favorite Kids Toy Passes Away

This past week saw the death of a local man who was the brains behind a toy that became a kids favorite all over the world, the Super Soaker.

06/14/2015

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Burlington County College And Rowan U. Team Up To Make Tuition More Affordable

Burlington County College and Rowan University have formed a partnership designed to streamline the transfer process and make tuition more affordable.

06/13/2015

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Prayer Service Held For “Gosnell Babies” At Laurel Hill Cemetery

Anti-abortion groups held a prayer service Wednesday at Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls for the so-called “Gosnell babies.”

06/10/2015

(Catherine Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services, accepts the Philadelphia Bar Association's "Sandra Day O'Connor" award.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Head of Community Legal Services Gets Phila. Bar Association Service Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association honored Catherine Carr for a career devoted to justice and advocating for women’s rights.

06/09/2015

(A skateboarder interacts with a new sculpture built to be skated on.   Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program Goes Interactive With Its Newest Artworks

The city’s renowned Mural Arts Program is working with fourteen well-known artists on a series of works that interract with the viewing public.

06/04/2015

(At Children's Village, a pre-K facility on North 8th Street, Mayor Nutter is flanked by early education advocate Eva Gladstein and councilman Mark Squilla as he outlines his administration's program.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia Officials Press For Universal Pre-K, Appeal For State Funding

“A Running Start Philadelphia” is a five-step plan to provide the services and programs needed to implement a pre-kindergarten system for every Philadelphia schoolchild.

06/02/2015

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Bigger Than Ever, 8th Annual Philly Beer Week Returns

The largest beer celebration in America begins today!

05/29/2015

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