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Blind woman beaten, raped in her home

A 50-year-old woman was beaten and raped yesterday in her home on Torresdale Avenue near St. Hubert's High School. The victim, who is blind, was attacked by one or two…

$1.25 million in federal grants for green jobs

From the Next Great City newsletter: Pennsylvania has been selected to receive a $1.25 million State Labor Market Information Improvement grant from the Department of Labor to assess economic activity…

Inquirer: Solar panel factory coming to Navy Yard

Inquirer: Solar panel factory coming to Navy Yard Gov. Rendell is expected to announce Monday that a Greek solar-panel manufacturing company intends to build a production facility at the Philadelphia Navy…

    • The site where the home of abolitionist William Still stood at 240 S. 12th St. Still finance a line of the Underground Railroad.

Taking inventory of Philadelphia’s African American history

Nov. 30
By Alan JaffeFor PlanPhillyHistory is more than a series of well-known names, and it’s not necessarily something that happened a hundred years ago.Those are a couple…

Call to artists for West Philadelphia benefit

The 40th Street Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, provides one year of free studio space to West Philadelphia artists. In exchange, the artists must complete community outreach projects. One such project…

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Sprucing up the Fairmount Park houses

Nov. 30 For the next two weeks, folks interested in taking in the splendor of an age gone by can do just that in a holiday atmosphere thanks to the volunteer…

    • Oscar Alvarado, courtesy of Action News.

[Updated] Murder suspect escapes prison on Thanksgiving

UPDATE (Dec. 16) -- Oscar Alvarado was captured Monday afternoon at the Neshaminy Inn at Old Lincoln Highway and Route 1. UPDATE (Dec. 3) -- Prison officials are still investigating Alvarado's…

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NEast Philly Holiday Song: The 12 Days of NEastmas

Thanksgiving is over, and though many people had their holiday decorations up early this year, the NEast Philly staff wanted to wait for the official beginning of the season. So we…

A Recipe to Stay in for: Lemon Meringue Pie

Turkey, stuffing, cranberries, squash and yams– it must be Thanksgiving.  What better day to stay in and have a wonderful home-cooked meal with family and friends.  Of course, no Thanksgiving meal…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the NEast Philly staff! Whether you're spending the day at home, or traveling to be with family, have a happy and safe turkey day.

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Lewis sentenced to death in Cassidy killing

A jury decided today John "Jordan" Lewis will receive the death penalty in the 2007 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Chuck Cassidy. Lewis, 23, was found guilty Thursday after admitting during…

Real NEastate: Moving near sex offenders

Q: I am looking for a home to buy in Northeast Philadelphia but I am worried about who my neighbors will end up being. Is there a place to research neighborhoods…

Next American City Magazine profiles Philadelphia

From its swanky restaurant scene to its World Series-winning baseball team to its mission of becoming the greenest city in the country, Philadelphia is a model of a Rust Belt comeback…

University City Inspirational Gardens Announced

On Tuesday, November 17, University City District (UCD), in partnership with UCGreen, hosted the fifth annual University City Inspirational Gardens Awards reception.  The ceremony recognized 21 exceptional University City gardens -…

The world may be flat, but is it “about to get a whole lot smaller”?

Mike Armstrong’s column in the Inquirer on Tuesday (, about the silver lining to the polluted clouds represented by Valero Energy and Sunoco shutting down two area refineries, reminded…

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Q&A with Alexander Cooper

Nov. 25 By Kellie Patrick GatesFor PlanPhillyEarlier this week, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation chose New York firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners to lead the team that will design…

The Status of Biking in the City of Brotherly Love: An Interview

The Status of Biking in the City of Brotherly Love: An Interview One of the ways that Philadelphia can achieve the ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, decreasing reliance on…

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Washington football player "has his choice of colleges"

Sharrif Floyd is a senior at Washington High School. He's 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, and can bench 400. And now, thanks to help from his teachers and a generous stranger, the offensive…

    • An early morning fire destroyed the Austin Manor apartments Sunday. Photo courtesy of a NEast Philly reader.

Reader Photos: fire at Austin Manor Apartments

A reader sent in photos from Sunday morning's fire at Austin Manor Apartments. As NEast Philly reported yesterday, the five-alarm blaze took two hours for firefighters to control, and…

Seminar on the regulation of digital signage

SCRUB, the Public Voice for Public Space, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (PPA) Southeast Section is sponsoring a seminar on the Regulation of Digital Signage,…

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