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By Norris P. West | June 10, 1998
PHILADELPHIA -- During rush hour on Philadelphia's Schuylkill Expressway, traffic is as knotted as the soft pretzels this city is famous for.So it was hard to tell by driving this snarling path last Thursday whether this city's week-old transit strike, affecting 450,000 daily riders, had brought city traffic to a standstill.I was in Philadelphia to see how a major metropolitan area functions without a key portion of its public transportation.As Baltimore area officials grind out a long-range transportation plan, they could learn something from Philadelphia.
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By NEAL R. PEIRCE | April 14, 1992
Philadelphia. -- Despite deficits and threats of bankruptcy that are eroding its image, this birthplace city of the American Republic is trailblazing new efforts to make the center city safer and cleaner.Along the way, Philadelphia may even invent a more humane and effective way to deal with the homeless who frequent central city streets and increasingly intimidate citizens through their aggressive panhandling.The turning point came 13 months ago when a new Center City District, funded by 2,100 downtown property owners in an 80-square block area, swung into operation.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 6, 2001
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers were to leave today for Philadelphia to help restore power to thousands of homes and businesses that lost service in yesterday's storm, which left up to 10 inches of wet, heavy snow in the Pensylvania city. Brenda Pettigrew, a BGE spokeswoman, said the workers will assist Philadelphia Electric Co. crews. Pettigrew said 35 BGE repair trucks with two-man crews and about 20 support and supervisory personnel will gather today at 6:30 a.m. at Maryland House Restaurant on Interstate 95 in Aberdeen and form a convoy to Philadelphia.
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By Larry Atkins | July 23, 2000
PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago 1968 equals Philadelphia 2000? Probably not. But while Philadelphia most likely will not erupt in chaos and anarchy in the streets during the Republican Convention beginning July 31, the city will be awash in protesters. Organizations promoting a melting pot of social causes ranging from pro-choice, gun control, labor, environmental issues, gay rights, women's groups, supporters of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, and advocates for the homeless and the poor are likely to descend upon the city.
FEATURES
February 9, 1992
There will be jazz around the clock in Philadelphia next weekend during the fourth annual Spectacor Presidential Jazz Weekend Friday through Sunday.Regional and international artists will perform in a variety of rhythms and styles, from the sophisticated sounds of Mercer Ellington and the Duke Ellington Band to the Afro-Latin beat of Papo Vazquez Bomba Jazz.As a tribute to jazz musicians Miles Davis and Lee Morgan, 14 regional jazz ensembles will take part in "Jazz 'til Sunrise," an all-night review beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing until 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 14, 1995
After assurances by Mayor Edward Rendell of Philadelphia that the city would consider new ideas to fight corruption in the Police Department, two civil rights organizations and 10 other plaintiffs have agreed to delay filing a federal lawsuit seeking reforms to combat police corruption and abuse.Stefan Presser, the legal director for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the lawsuit was to have been filed yesterday.But after meeting on Tuesday with the mayor, Police Commissioner Richard Neal and city legal advisers, the plaintiffs said they were willing to wait while city officials considered recommendations for change in the Police Department.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Gina Kazimir and Gina Kazimir,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 7, 2001
In its long and storied history, Philadelphia has been everything from the nation's capital to nearly broke. It's seen incredible prosperity and agonizing racial strife, urban decay and a startling renaissance of late. Sounds like Baltimore in a lot of ways, doesn't it? Especially the renaissance part. With our own reputation as a must-see city growing, it's easy to forget that our nearby neighbor is also a major tourist attraction. One of the nation's most historic cities (think William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell)
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By David Conn and David Conn,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 1, 1990
PHILADELPHIA -- If there is an angel of bad luck, surely it has found a home in Philadelphia.Consider:* The major New York bond-rating houses last month declared the nation's fifth-largest city an issuer of "junk" bonds. As a result, Philadelphia was unable to float a short-term loan to keep the city solvent until tax revenues arrive in February. If no solutions appear, the city will be bankrupt by December.* Two weeks ago, a brand-new police trailer was repossessed by the dealer for delinquent payment.
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By New York Times News Service | August 13, 1995
PHILADELPHIA -- The protests and passions of the 1960s made a comeback here yesterday as more than 3,500 people rallied against the death penalty and demanded a new trial for a condemned radio journalist and former Black Panther, Mumia Abu-Jamal.In the 13 years since he was sent to death row for the 1981 murder of a police officer here, Abu-Jamal has become an international symbol for the movement against the death penalty, and several other demonstrations on his behalf were scheduled yesterday in cities across the country and in Europe.
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By NEAL R. PEIRCE | August 19, 1991
Philadelphia. -- Louis J. Gambaccini has learned to preach strong but vividly contrasting sermons in his effort to save, for the public and the future, America's fourth-largest mass-transit system.On the one hand Gambaccini plays Mr. Gloom, Doom and Warning. During the budget battles of spring '91 he pointedly raised the specter of halting, for lack of money, the entire Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority he heads -- a subway-rail-trolley-bus system that covers a five-county area the size of Delaware and carries 1.2 million riders a day.Even with the nation's highest base transit fare ($1.50)
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