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New schools coming soon

South Philadelphia students will feel the effects of a $1.5-billion plan to improve the school district. The five-year proposal, announced Friday by schools CEO Paul Vallas, is the largest and most expensive in...

Running start

27018817 Three years into a four-year mayoral term seemed as good a time as any for Mayor John Street to tout the accomplishments of his tenure in City Hall. Never mind that Republican Sam...

Turning circles

27018807 According to the e-mails I receive every day, size matters. I'm inclined to agree, at least when it comes to the best vehicles to take on a holiday shopping trip. Maybe you live...

Runaway hit

27018797 Catch Me If You Can PG-13 Playing at area theaters Three reels out of four Catch Me If You Can is based in the 1960s, just as Vietnam was heating up and social unrest was...

Bella

27018772 Bella 2000 Lombard St. 215-985-3222 American Express accepted Not wheelchair-accessible www.BellaEpicura.com � "What's in a name?" wrote the great Bard of Avon. Juliet's musings sprung to mind when Edward and I drove past a new restaurant...

This Christmas, avoid guest work

Nothing is nicer than being invited for Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner. The question guests always ask is, "What can I bring?" Certainly toting along a bottle of wine, a box of imported chocolates...

Comfort and Joy

A lack of storage space didn't stop the Rev. Ida Williams from distributing the gifts her charity had collected last year. When she discovered the space she had reserved in a local church...

Youth Appreciation Award: Marchelle Smalls

Writing the wrongs Many high-school students are active; Marchelle Smalls is also an activist. The senior at Parkway Center City High School enjoys helping others and, when the need arises, she speaks up. Marchelle, of the 1800...

Taking giant steps

These days, James Daly has a lot to laugh about. But that wasn't always the case for the Phillies "dancing usher," who suffered a near-fatal beating on a South Philly street last year....

The deal is in the details

The deal finally landing IKEA in South Philadelphia is more complicated than the instructions for the Swedish retailer's assemble-it-yourself furniture. It took teams of lawyers, millions of dollars and a visit from state...
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