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No escape from death

The last time Phillip Gay saw his next-door neighbor alive was around 4:30 p.m. last Friday.

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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.

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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.

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Toddlers in harmony

Four small children and their mommies sit in a circle, the youngsters tapping their red drumsticks against a hardwood floor. The small audience of grownups applauds and cheers the performers, hoping for an encore.

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A difficult date

It’s hard to believe that Wednesday will mark one year since America watched in horror as two majestic towers crumbled against the Manhattan sky.

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Opening bell

As local students return to public school today, the nation watches. Time, Newsweek, network news crews — all were expected to descend upon the city today as Philadelphia officially begins one of the most ambitious and radical public-school reforms ever.

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New digs on the block

South Philadelphia still encompassed swamp and farm land the last time a developer proposed constructing a residential community as big as the one destined for the Navy’s old Capehart Housing property.

Last week, it became public that Westrum Development Company had bought the 27-acre site located along 20th Street between Pattison Avenue and Hartranft Street from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.

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Building hope

Strings of yellow and white flags span the 2300 block of Cross Street, left over from a block party neighbors held back in June. But there’s no need to take the banners down now because block captain Kathleen Martin is planning a “victory celebration.”

For five years, by Martin’s count, she has been pleading with the city to help her block, where a strong core of homeowners gradually has been losing its battle with vacant and blighted properties.

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Recycling site could be dumped

Philadelphia’s Partnership Recycling drop-off center on 12th Street in the parking lot just south of Wharton Street is scheduled to close. The first-Saturday-of-the-month event ceased operations this month and will not accept any recyclables after Sept. 7, according to program coordinator Bob Pierson.

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From foul to fresh

Maybe old merchants can be taught new tricks.

During a trip to the Ninth Street Market on Tuesday, it appeared that all the vendors were complying with the new regulations designed to make the row cleaner and more attractive to shoppers.

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