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October 22, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Highlighting what they say is a national increase in anti-Muslim bias, triggered in part by the rhetoric of some Republican presidential candidates, about 50 amateur lobbyists affiliated with the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations converged at the state capitol to pitch lawmakers on a range of social issues. Armed with a talking-points memo and posters emblazoned with "I am a proud American Muslim" and "Islamophobia = Racism," the members of the advocacy group fanned out for office visits with legislators and their staffs.
NEWS
October 15, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of Concord Township residents dislikes the local supervisors so much that it spent the last year fighting to force them out of office. On Tuesday, days after the group's efforts were abruptly halted, the residents were considering what might be next. After the state Supreme Court last week denied the group's last-chance petition for extraordinary relief - ending a 14-month battle - the group questioned whether its fierce fight might indeed be over. The five members of the Delaware County township's board of supervisors can breathe a sigh of relief, as their jobs are safe for now. The residents wanted to put a referendum question on the November ballot that, if passed, would have removed the five from office.
NEWS
October 15, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union of Concerned Scientists on Tuesday sounded a cautionary note about the shale-gas boom, citing Pennsylvania as one of the states most at risk of becoming overly reliant on gas as a fuel source for electrical power. Although 24 percent of Pennsylvania's power comes from natural gas - a smaller share than coal - the advocacy group said the state had experienced above-average growth in gas-fired generation since 2008. It also said that 97 percent of Pennsylvania power plants under construction rely on gas. An overreliance on one fuel can expose investors and consumers to price shocks in the event of market volatility, the organization said.
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October 15, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A LOCAL GROUP of education advocates has sent Gov. Wolf a letter asking for the removal of Farah Jimenez from the School Reform Commission because of her husband's association with charter schools. The Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools says it is also concerned about Jimenez's oversight of the school district's Charter School Office, which she details on her LinkedIn page. The group alleges in an Oct. 8 letter obtained by the Daily News that Jimenez, who was appointed to the SRC in February 2014 by former Gov. Tom Corbett, "has taken actions which raise additional problems with her continuing as a Commissioner.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is the season to dress up and be somebody, at such pop-up Halloween haunted houses as "Terror Behind the Walls" at Fairmount's Eastern State Penitentiary and such "room escape" adventures as "Trapped in a Room with a Zombie" in East Falls. Now there's a kinder, gentler, and new option that opened last month on South Philadelphia's East Passyunk Avenue commercial strip. A clock-ticking, cooperative play challenge that lets you dress like Ferris Bueller, Rocky Balboa, or the gang from Sixteen Candles.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Holiday-season sales are forecast to increase 3.7 percent, not as much as a year ago but still solid, the head of the National Retail Federation said Thursday. November-through-December sales increased 4.1 percent last year, compared with 2013. "It's a strong, solid, realistic forecast reflective of the current state of the consumer and overall macroeconomic conditions, including historically low gas prices, home values improving, and consumer spending improving," Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the retail trade group, said during a conference call with reporters.
NEWS
October 7, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The government watchdog group Committee of Seventy has teamed up with three local political action committees in seeking accountability from the chairman of the City Commissioners. A right-to-know request was filed last week by Philadelphia 3.0, one of the PACs, on behalf of the four groups seeking information on City Commissioner Anthony Clark's attendance, communication with staff and voters, and his work activities. "We're very concerned that the taxpayers aren't getting their money's worth from Commissioner (Anthony)
NEWS
October 3, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Washington, D.C., group says that Comcast Corp. ranked eighth in the United States in economy-boosting capital expenditures in 2014, with $7.4 billion spent on network infrastructure and other business investment. The No. 1 company on the 2014 list was AT&T Inc. with capital expenditures of $21.2 billion in wireless and wireline upgrades, according to the report by the think tank Progressive Policy Institute. The group culled the companies' regulatory filings for the their business investments.
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October 2, 2015 | Paige Gross, Daily News Staff Writer
AFTER EXPERIENCING a deserted downtown during papal weekend, a group of bike lovers is petitioning mayoral front-runner Jim Kenney to re-create the empty streets next summer. Open Streets Philly has received almost 3,000 signatures online in the past 48 hours from city dwellers who want to experience a quiet Philadelphia again. Alexandria Schneider, a Comcast technician from Horsham, Montgomery County, expected a few friends to join her when she told her social-media followers that she was going for a bike ride in Center City on Friday.
NEWS
September 30, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Phil Murphy, a likely Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor in 2017, launched a political organization Monday that he says will spend millions of dollars to promote a "middle-class-first" agenda. The organization, New Way for New Jersey, aired its first cable TV ad Monday night in parts of Bergen County, a key area of Democratic voters. The ad will expand starting Tuesday. "These guys have it wrong," Murphy says as the 30-second ad shows images of Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump and Gov. Christie.
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