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April 24, 2015 | Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Using Earth Day as a backdrop, four environmental groups endorsed former City Councilman James F. Kenney in the Philadelphia mayor's race. The Sierra Club, Clean Water Action Pennsylvania, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and Penn Environment said Wednesday in a joint news release that Kenney's record on Council and his environmental policy proposals "offer a unique opportunity to protect the health of millions of Philadelphians and their environment....
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April 24, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thirty-three environmental groups, neighborhood organizations, and other activists on Wednesday called on Philadelphia City Council to snub an energy hub. In an Earth Day letter to Council organized by Food and Water Watch, the activists urged Council to pass resolutions against efforts to build industries linked to the expanding Marcellus Shale natural gas development. "Such a plan would pose public-safety risks on several fronts, deteriorate our community's public health, and elbow out plans to build our community and economy in a safe and sustainable way," the groups wrote.
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April 22, 2015 | Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
At a January campaign kickoff, a group of Latino Democratic ward leaders enthusiastically endorsed Nelson A. Diaz, seeking to become Philadelphia's first Latino mayor. On Monday, with 30 days until the May 19 Democratic primary, many of those same individuals recanted and instead endorsed former City Councilman James F. Kenney. One even took to name-calling - "charlatan" and "disgrace" - and said Diaz should pull out of the race. Diaz says it's all because he refused to support a City Council candidate, Manny Morales, who has faced controversy over racist and antigay remarks that turned up on his Facebook page.
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April 21, 2015 | Chris Hepp and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
It already may be out of their hands. With the May 19 Democratic primary a month away, the six mayoral candidates are increasingly being reduced to spectators by the volume of television ads produced by organizations officially unconnected to their campaigns. While they continue to debate, produce policy papers, and skewer one another's positions, none so far appear to have the resources to match the level of ads created by three independent groups in the race at the moment. One of those groups, American Cities, has thus far spent in excess of $1.9 million to promote State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, according to a political consultant who is unconnected to the campaign but who is tracking ad buys.
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April 19, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rubberbandance Group's Empirical Quotient is a blend of ballet and hip-hop, but it's a quieter piece than one might expect. In just over an hour, six dancers dressed in subtle grays, navy blue, and dark reds perform a series of dances loosely centered on the push and pull of human interactions, set to vocals and electronica by DJ and composer Jasper Gahunia. The evening begins as the audience arrives, with the dancers warming up on stage. As the lights go down, they huddle, forming a single unit that moves across the stage.
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April 13, 2015 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Did you borrow for college and end up the victim of a sky-high-interest student loan? A new group, Debt Collective, says it's time to go on a "debt strike. " That is, stop paying. An outgrowth of Occupy Wall Street, Debt Collective is a year-old activist organization rallying financially strapped students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. The strikers are mostly young adults, including some single parents, who borrowed from Corinthian's lending arm at up to 14 percent annually.
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April 9, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MEMBERS OF Philadelphia's arts community were singing, dancing and even playing the violin at City Hall yesterday - but they weren't celebrating. Instead, they were trying to bring attention to the fact that Mayor Nutter's budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1 contains a 40 percent reduction to the budget of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. The fund, a nonprofit corporation established by the city in 1991 to award city-funded grants to art organizations, is in line to receive $1.84 million for fiscal year 2016, or $1.3 million less than it received in the current-year budget of $3.14 million.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Independence Health Group Inc., the nonprofit holding company for Independence Blue Cross and other businesses affiliated with the Philadelphia region's largest health insurer, on Monday reported a decline in annual net income for the third year in a row. The drop, to $69.18 million last year from $142.64 million in 2013, came despite a 19 percent gain in revenue, to $13.2 billion, and the addition of two million members to Independence's operations...
BUSINESS
April 7, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the nation's biggest retail landlords says it has turned the page on last year's troubles and is ready to grow again. Five months after its stock lost more than half its value in a financial-reporting scandal, American Realty Capital Properties (Nasdaq: ARCP), one of many firms set up by Jenkintown scrap-metal heir-turned-property mogul Nicholas Schorsch, still controls impressive assets: nearly 5,000 Lowe's building-supply stores, Red Lobster restaurants, CVS pharmacies, Citizens Bank branches, and others, totaling over 100 million square feet.
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April 3, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beverly Robinson Anderson, 88, of Cherry Hill, a former leader of an African American women's organization in South Jersey, died Friday, March 27, of cancer at her home. In 1984, Mrs. Anderson was president of Theta Pi Omega, a chapter covering Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties for Alpha Kappa Alpha, the sorority of African American women. She had been a member for 70 years. Born in Jackson, Miss., Mrs. Anderson earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in dramatic arts at Dillard University in New Orleans in 1947 and, after settling in South Jersey, a master's degree in communications at William Paterson University in Wayne in 1972.
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