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NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
As neighbors filled the church pews and lined the aisles, they were warned: Don't talk about your property taxes tonight. But some feared the project on the table - 22 single-family houses spanning half a block of Point Breeze - would price them out of their homes. And the man at the front of the room, developer-turned-candidate Ori Feibush, seemed to only add to the anxiety. In minutes, people were shouting over the pews. "I would love change. But we want affordable change," a woman yelled into the microphone as others waited to speak.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Lawyers for the Convention Center filed an emergency motion on Friday to vacate a Pennsylvania labor relations hearing examiner's decision to reconsider the ban that keeps union carpenters from working there. In March, hearing examiner Jack E. Marino dismissed complaints by the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters and Teamsters Local 107 alleging that the two unions had been improperly barred from working at the Convention Center. On April 16, Marino reopened the issue, writing that there could be merit to their complaints.
NEWS
April 28, 2015
T ONYA COMER, 43, of Fishtown, owns Tonya Comer Interiors, a design firm with residential and business clients in nine states and the District of Columbia. The Pittsburgh native grew up in a public-housing project and was raised by a single parent. She has an undergraduate degree from Duquesne and an MBA from Michigan State. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the company? A: I discovered a passion for interior design working for an office-furniture company. A client asked me to design her kitchen.
NEWS
April 27, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
For four weeks, federal prosecutors have challenged the choices of six members of an elite Philadelphia police drug squad and accused them of pocketing drug money and trampling on suspects' rights. But as defense lawyers opened their case Friday, it was their turn to object to the FBI's methods. Moving through nine witnesses at a whirlwind clip, lawyer Jack McMahon left no decision made by federal investigators unquestioned. Why, McMahon asked, did agents wait until after indicting the officers to interview police supervisors who witnessed operations the FBI has since flagged as suspicious?
NEWS
April 23, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham and Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writers
A lawsuit contending that Pennsylvania's system of school funding is broken will move to the state's top court, attorneys vowed Tuesday after a lower court dismissed the case brought by school districts, parents, and advocates. Lawyers said they would appeal to the state Supreme Court after the Commonwealth Court ruled that education funding was a legislative issue and not a legal matter. "This is a question of paramount importance to all Pennsylvanians, and we always knew this would ultimately be decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court," said Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, part of the team that represents petitioners in this case.
SPORTS
April 20, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
VINNY LECAVALIER and R.J. Umberger got one coach fired. It will be fascinating to see how far they can erode the new coach's equity. Lecavalier signed with the Flyers in 2013, before general manager Ron Hextall got the job. Hextall replaced popular, inconsistent Scott Hartnell with Umberger. Lecavalier and Umberger occupied a whopping 14 percent of the Flyers' cap room this season. They occupied about 1 percent of the opposition's attention. They were disasters that first-time head coach Craig Berube was unable to solve in his first full season.
SPORTS
April 13, 2015
Six games into the season, the Phillies will get their first taste of the headliner to baseball's best rotation. New Nationals ace Max Scherzer will make his Citizens Bank Park debut Sunday opposite Sean O'Sullivan, who is coming up from triple-A Lehigh Valley to serve as the Phillies' fifth starter. Scherzer, who in January signed with Washington for seven years and $210 million, lost his debut Monday but received only one run of support. The 30-year-old righthander allowed three unearned runs on four hits over 72/3 innings.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter took shots Thursday at the people hoping to become his successor, suggesting the candidates' plans to fund the Philadelphia School District were "bogus. " "You cannot run around this school, shake hands with students, take pictures, read to second graders, talk to middle schoolers, inspire high school students, and then when you're back at your office comfortably not put forward the money that they need to educate their students," Nutter said at an event at Kensington Health Sciences Academy with Gov. Wolf.
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and challenger Ori Feibush faced off in a one-hour debate Thursday that touched on campaign finance, school funding, and development. The debate, at times spirited but cordial throughout, drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 people to the Greenfield School's auditorium. Feibush, a Point Breeze real estate developer, said he's running because the Second Council District has become "a tale of two cities. " "I have some incredibly boring but incredibly important policy ideas to share with you," he said.
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