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Parkwood woman charged in attempted straw gun purchase

A Parkwood woman has been charged for allegedly trying to buy a gun for someone else. Margaret Litton, 27, of the 3000-block of Morning Glory Road,  was caught during a state…

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Somerton couple fights charges filed for sending daughter to Montco school

A Somerton couple is giving up the fight that began last summer when they were charged with faking their residency to send their daughter to school in Montgomery County. Hamlet and…

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Northeast Philly beauty schools focus on demand, not competition

Northeast Philadelphia already features two well-known academies with Jean Madeline Aveda Institute located at 7248 Frankford Ave. and Empire Beauty School at 4026 Woodhaven Rd. But in the next few weeks,…

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April 11: Rec center report | Please Touch seeks $30 million | Hidden City Festival returns | Saving the Pennsylvanian | chess champs

Good morning Streeters. Philly broke its 87 degree record temp yesterday, but things are set to cool down a little today. Enjoy! City rec centers are a wreck, a report from…

    • Jimmy Cade, 65, advocated for PHL Local Gaming, in part for its location, in part because the ownership is local.

A day of casino testimony underway

Local officials urged the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to think about more than slots and table game receipts when it considers six proposals for Philadelphia's second casino license. They said it…

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SEPTA to close Bridgeport Viaduct, bus passengers during construction

Wear, deterioration and this summer's high temperatures will force SEPTA to close the Bridgeport Viaduct – a vital Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) bridge over the Schuylkill River. While the structure…

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Many in Old City support 205 Race development, by any means

It may shock PlanPhilly readers, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t come right out and say it: for many people, the zoning process is secondary, at best, to the developments…

    • Philadelphia Streets Department is hosting the 6th annual Philly Spring Cleanup Saturday, April 13
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Philly Spring Cleanup preview: Painting, river work, Chinatown street sweep, playgrounds and more

The warm weather is here just in time to get everyone outside for the sixth annual Philly Spring Cleanup Day. This Saturday, Apirl 13, volunteers at 534 registered sites across…

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Fabric Row Fire Relief Fund launched

The Queen Village Neighbors Association launched a Fabric Row Fire Relief Fund to assist those displaced by Saturday's tragic fire at 4th and Fitzwater, which claimed the life of Fire…

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OARC, commonwealth discuss possible settlement

The Ogontz Area Revitalization Corporation and Corbett administration budget officials are in talks to settle a lawsuit filed by the housing and community action agency over a state investigation. Read more…

What to do if the settlement on the house you're buying is earlier than settlement on the house you're selling [Real NEastate]

Q: I signed an agreement of sale my house in Normandy last week and will go to settlement on June 14. I figured that would be enough time to find a…

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    • The Federal-style house can be seen from the top of Kelly Drive.

Look Up! The vantages of Lemon Hill

Restoration of Lemon Hill has opened up great views of the 1799 house from Kelly Drive and wonderful vistas of the city from atop the historic property.   “Look Up!” is…

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Fallen firefighters honored outside Philadelphia City Hall [video]

What was going to be a memorial marking one year since two Philadelphia Firefighters who lost their lives on the job became even larger today. Dozens of firefighers and their families…

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Suspects sought in Fox Chase, Rhawnhurst bank robberies [video]

Police in the 7th and 2nd districts are looking for the suspects in two separate robberies. The first took place March 13 at the Trumark Financial credit union located at 7306 Castor…

    • Equal Dollars staff explained the program to the community at 2nd and Thompson streets Saturday afternoon.
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Keepin' It Local: Alternative currency circulates in Kensington

As part of their reporting for Philadelphia Neighborhoods and PlanPhilly, Sara Khan and Diana Cooper checked in on South Kensington's Keepin' It Local Day  to see how volunteers rewarded with Equal Dollars…

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Old City rezoning bill drafted to avoid ZBA opposition from adjacent billboard owner

Facing opposition from Old City Civic Association and Keystone Outdoor Advertising, which owns a towering, tri-face billboard across the street from the site of the proposed 205 Race Street project, the…

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Fishtown Neighbors vote for Wynn casino proposal by a 3-to-1 margin

More than 200 Fishtown residents heard a pitch Monday night for a Steve Wynn casino on a 60-acre parcel on the Delaware River. Most of them liked what they heard: 173…

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St. Matt's track coach devoted to parish, but four sons come first [video]

Pam ewing with three of her sons, from left: Mark, Jimmy and Ian, and dog Hunter. Photo/Tiffany GoforthMotherhood is a full-time job, one in which the work is demanding, stressful, challenging…

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April 9: Councilmanic rezoning to benefit 205 Race St | Blatstein buys on Rittenhouse, Piazza update | Hollaback ad campaign | Made in America returning | free cone day

Good morning Streeters. It promises to be an even warmer day than yesterday, so be sure to get out and enjoy the day. Councilman Mark Squilla is trying to change Old…

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