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South Philly community responds in wake of explosion

Michael Seccia thought a truck had hit his wall. The owner of Cosmi’s Deli on the corner of Dickinson and South Eighth streets walked outside and moved swiftly toward the smoke rising from the newly...

Neumann-Goretti’s Diamond Johnson is a humble superstar

It’s not always about basketball for Diamond Johnson. Hoops have provided the highway for the Neumann-Goretti senior point guard, as she will play Division I ball next year at Rutgers University. But basketball wasn’t always...

Don’t throw out your Christmas tree. Recycle it.

The comforting feeling of a fresh start to a new year - or in this case a new decade - that January brings is always a nice feeling. It’s officially time to work on...

On the road to Mummery

The stars seemed to align perfectly for Alexandria McIntyre. The fourth-generation Mummer always embraced New Year’s Day as a special occasion as she watched members of her family lead Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars Fancy Brigade...

New captain aims to keep Saturnalians on the uptick

Tom Dougherty says it’s been a hectic but rewarding year. It started off with a bunch of home renovations and last month he welcomed his first child into the world. Somewhere in between, the 31-year-old...

Toyota food drive makes sure Philabundance is stocked for the holidays

The line of pickup trucks stretched back as far as the eye could see. A caravan of vehicles carrying thousands of pounds of food processed into the large, spacious parking lot on Pattison Avenue in...

SPHS after-school program leaves South Philly over funding issues

An after-school program organized by SEAMAAC, a South Philly-based organization whose mission is “serve immigrants and refugees and other politically, socially and economically marginalized communities” had to be relocated from South Philadelphia High School...

Local Indonesian couple released from ICE detention

The Rev. Kurniawan Diputra, of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community, 1719 Morris St., was among those who traveled on Monday to York County Prison’s Immigration Court for a bond hearing for an Indonesian husband...

City Council bans plastic bags at stores

City Council last week passed legislation that will encourage reusable bags and reduce single-use plastic bags in Philadelphia. Councilman Mark Squilla (D-1st dist.) led the effort to move Bill 190610-A to reduce the use of...
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