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NEast Links: Crime, politics and the church sex abuse scandal

NEast Links: Bringing you additional Northeast news Police critically wounded the man who tried to rob the Pantry 1 Food Mart and the 7-Eleven early Thursday along the 5300-block of Harbison…

    • SEPTA projects a $100 million budget gap in 2015.
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Michael Yaron's career, convictions | SEPTA's budget woes | Germantown CDC builds board | Xfinity Live sneak peek | Centennial restroom rehab | Globe Dye as incubator

The Daily News profiles Old City developer Michael Yaron, tracing his career trajectory from chemist to well-heeled developer, and his rebounds from two former convictions. Yaron could face 20 years…

    • Business partners Mike Ahmad and Walid Mustafa

Fresh food and "connectivity" coming soon to Front and Norris

A small grocery store and cafe with free wi-fi, take-out or eat-in American and Middle Eastern dishes and free community space is set to soon open at the corner of Front…

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A Philadelphia land bank – Why we need to get it right [DAGspace]

By John Kromer There’s money to be made in Philadelphia’s vacant buildings and lots. As the city’s real estate market continues its slow recovery, more investors and developers are going to…

City fights suggestion to hold up funding for planning projects

The city successfully fought back Thursday against a recommendation by a Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission advisory committee that would have held up a grant to support planning work. The grant,…

SEPTA Board approves a contract for new buses

The SEPTA Board approved the purchase of 155 60-foot articulated and 90 40-foot hybrid buses from Nova Bus as part of its bus fleet replacement program on Thursday. The buses supplied…

    • This Furness bank could go beer hall and tiki bar later this year. | Historic American Buildings Survey
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No Tiki for Furness Bank

The Northern Savings Fund Bank at 6th and Spring Garden has had a weird life since Frank Furness designed it. Since it's days as a bank, the building has been nightclubs…

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Developer dreams on an artsy future for old school at Spring Garden and Broad

Developer Eric Blumenfeld is dreaming up a new future for the vacant Thaddeus Stevens School of Practice on Spring Garden Street east of Broad. Blumenfeld is in contract to acquire the building…

    • The doors of St. Hubert's and the other 16 Archdiocese of Philadelphia high schools will be open this week for prospective students.               File photo/Shannon McDonald

Archdiocesan high schools host open houses this week for prospective students

The doors of St. Hubert's and the other 16 Archdiocese of Philadelphia high schools will be open this week for prospective students.               File photo/Shannon…

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Perzel sentenced up to five years in prison as corruption trial comes to an end

This is part of ongoing coverage in “District 172: The Politics of Change after State Rep. John Perzel,” a collaborative effort with Philadelphia Neighborhoods funded by J-Lab. The self-professed…

NEast Links: Home invasion suspects sought, trains don't meet their platforms, Mayfair Civic sees high attendance

NEast Links: Bringing you additional Northeast news Mayfair Civic Association meetings have been moved to the third Monday of every other month. The March meeting drew more than 100 people, and…

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Neighbors rally to fight crime in Strawberry Mansion, River Wards | Seal the Divine Lorraine | OCF and Point Breeze | SEPTA cops strike | fund the Free Library

On Tuesday 100 Strawberry Mansion residents rallied against effects of violence and blight on their neighborhood, marching from 33rd and Diamond to Strawberry Mansion High, reports Philly Confidential. Sheriff Jewell Williams…

    • Jeff Hackett with PaRC Star Gregorio Cojulun

Parks & Recreation Commission gets ready for warmer weather

Continuing its road show, Philadelphia's Parks & Recreation Commission held its bi-monthly meeting last night at Christy Rec Center in Southwest Philadelphia.City Councilmember Jannie Blackwell made a surprise guest appearance…

    • SEPTA predicts future budget deficits

SEPTA predicts future budget deficits

SEPTA's proposed $1.3 billion operating budget for next fiscal year contains no fare increases and predicts continued ridership increases in the face of improved regional employment and high gas prices.But…

    • Germantown United CDC seeks board members

Germantown United CDC seeks board members

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillySince the Germantown United CDC incorporated late last year, its founding members have met in small groups and at large forums, discussing and eventually agreeing…

    • A little afternoon preening.
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Webcam: Franklin Institute hawks nest

Live stream videos at Ustream People like to think of the Parkway as the start of Fairmount Park, a piece of nature grafted into the city. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks…

    • Holmesburg Library. Image/Google Maps

Holmesburg Library looks for volunteers, creative fundraising opportunities

Holmesburg Library. Image/Google Maps If the Friends of Holmesburg Library had a mantra, these days it would be, "Help us help you." President Karen Lash was at Tuesday night's Holmesburg Civic…

    • HUP doesn't make any payments in lieu of taxes. Neither does Penn, Drexel, or Jefferson.
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Are our city’s anchor institutions a revenue drag?

By now you all know that the city’s property tax assessment system is in flux. And While the city anticipates that the move to actual-value assessments will generate $90 million more…

    • Philadelphia Councilwoman Marian Tasco, seen here at the 2011 Rising Sun Avenue Clean-up, announced City Council will hold a public budget hearing in Lawncrest. File photo/Ian Romano

City Council schedules public budget hearing in the Northeast

Philadelphia Councilwoman Marian Tasco, seen here at the 2011 Rising Sun Avenue Clean-up, announced City Council will hold a public budget hearing in Lawncrest. File photo/Ian Romano Philadelphia City Council is…

Real NEastate: What can a short sale negotiator do for me?

Q: I made an offer on a short sale in Morrell Park. I backed out of the deal because the sellers were using a short sale negotiator who wanted to charge…

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