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July 31, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, STAFF WRITER
Joe Prete, who grew up in Norristown, spent much of the years 2006 to 2014 as an Army infantryman in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, he's a home contractor and has applied to become a police officer in his hometown. His friend Markus Ismael spent five years in the Air Force in the 1990s, and now works in technology services at the Hill School in Pottstown. Prete, 29, and Ismael, 45, met on Facebook, drawn together by their military service and their participation in a 12-hour endurance event based on experiences of Special Forces soldiers.
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July 30, 2016 | By Rashad Robinson
  'Look at my African American over here. " When Donald Trump pointed out a black man at a California rally, social media erupted: Here was a man running the most racist campaign in decades trying to use the language of diversity for electoral gain. But here's a dirty little secret: Trump's contradictions when it comes to black people are the norm in American politics. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have long used black communities as pawns in their political chess game, each capitalizing on the symbolism of "blackness" to serve their parties' electoral needs.
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July 27, 2016 | By Vibha Kannan, Staff Writer
THE PLAYGROUND at Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences in Chestnut Hill - with its spacious sandbox and chunky wood structures - is a place of imagination, as Eden Kainer describes it. In a city of cracked asphalt schoolyards, Jenks' playground is a model of green architecture. But in the cash-starved Philadelphia School District, playground equipment and green fields are secondary to more urgent needs - such as replacing fire alarms, hiring nurses, buying books, and repairing decades-old buildings.
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July 23, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
The skies over Philadelphia and surrounding communities will be a "no-drone zone" during next week's Democratic National Convention. The Federal Aviation Administration said that from 2 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. next Friday, the airspace within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the Wells Fargo Center will be off-limits to drones and many other things that fly, including radio-controlled model aircraft, gliders, seaplanes, parachutes, balloons, and banners....
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July 22, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A national ranking service this year rated the Chesterbrook section of Chester County as the best suburban community in the country in which to buy a house. So, understandably, neighbors are upset about what has happened to a property on the Armstrong Court cul-de-sac. They believe the house has been vacant since at least 2012, although on occasion they have witnessed people they didn't know using the house at night. High grasses and weeds overtook the property on which the two-story home is situated.
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July 20, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITER martha.woodall@phillynews.com 215-854-2789 @marwooda
City officials on Monday named nine schools that have been selected to receive extra money and support to create hubs for social, health, and other services in their neighborhoods as part of the new community schools initiative. Otis Hackney, the city's chief education officer, announced that the first group of community schools are: William Cramp Elementary and Murrell Dobbins, Career and Technical Education High School, both in North Philadelphia; F.S. Edmonds Elementary, East Mount Airy; Edward Gideon Elementary, Brewerytown; Kensington Health Sciences Academy; Logan Elementary; Southwark Elementary; South Philadelphia High School; and Tilden Middle School, Southwest Philadelphia.
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July 19, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
At past college freshman summer orientations, Rowan College at Burlington County administrators noticed that a surprising group of people kept showing up: parents. They were able to learn the ins and outs of the school, but it was supposed to be student orientation. "That was good in terms of the student having the support network right there with them," said Cathy Briggs, the Burlington County community college's dean of student success. "What it cut into was the students' ability to … make connections with other students, because they were sitting with their parents.
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July 18, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
WHOEVER THOUGHT that urban farming was a way to demonstrate that black lives matter - just as much as everyone else's? The youth who started Life Do Grow Farm in North Philadelphia thought so. They say "the farm," as they call it, is about more than just growing food. It's about community building and changing the neighborhood surrounding the farm on 11th Street near Dakota, a few blocks north of Temple University. "Going to these protests [such as for Black Lives Matter]
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July 14, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
A unit of Prudential Financial Inc. has acquired a pair of senior housing communities, including one in Chester County's Willistown Township, from a venture involving Radnor-based Shelbourne Capital L.L.C. PGIM Real Estate purchased The Solana Willistown, along with The Solana Roseland in the New York suburb of Roseland, N.J., Prudential spokesman Brendan Duffy said in an e-mail on Tuesday. Formation-Shelbourne Senior Living Services sold the communities as a package for $98.3 million, according to a release from commercial real-estate services firm HFF, which marketed the properties.
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