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‘Partners’ laws take center court

Philadelphia is once again the focus of a legal controversy that takes on the notions of marriage, morality and equal rights. Late last month, Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court determined that city ordinances extending...

Sweeping away tickets

Get ready for a kinder, gentler and probably less effective street-sweeping program. First District Councilman Frank DiCicco has requested the Philadelphia Parking Authority stop issuing tickets to residents who fail to move...

Reform brings the norm

After a year of speculation about the fate of the revamped school district, officials at local privatized schools happily reported a smooth first week of classes. Joe Ritvalsky, principal of Universal Companies'...

No escape from death

The last time Phillip Gay saw his next-door neighbor alive was around 4:30 p.m. last Friday. At that time, he said, Jennifer Foster told him she was trying to find an address...

Progress moving in

The hole left in the neighborhood after the city imploded the four towers of Martin Luther King Plaza in 1999 is quickly evaporating. In its place are rows of new townhouses, in...

Maine course

A recent article on Ipswich clams in The New York Times prompted me to take a culinary trip to New England. What comes to mind when we think of our northern states? Maine...

Behind the Veil

To enter Vows at 764 S. Fourth St. on Fabric Row is to pass into a fairy-tale world of princesses and happily-ever-afters. Dark pink walls with floral trim cast a romantic glow...

Going the distance

I'm writing this from a rooftop aerie at Skytop Lodge in the picturesque Poconos. I've managed to get away with the family for a week, and this venerable and rustic hotel (it dates...

Fringe

Today through Sept. 14, Philadelphia will experience one of the most unusual theatrical events seen anywhere in the country. The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is a cornucopia of quality, risk-taking and experimental art...

The taxman knocketh

Stewart Miller can recall three times in the last 27 years that he received a notice from the Board of Revision of Taxes informing him his property taxes would be increasing. Two...
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