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Philadelphia Daily News

Philly lender scooped up dozens of houses using fishy tactics

112513_lender_600They all appear to have fallen prey to a unique lending hustle that enabled the company to amass a small empire of subpar housing in a completely legal Wild West of quick real-estate funds and even faster losses, leaving low-income renters with housing horror stories. ***COVER STORY, DN Exclusive***

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Struggling with his own demons, man saves stranger who fell on SEPTA track

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CHRISTOPHER Knaflec wasn’t even sure if he was a good person until a reporter asked him what it felt like to be a hero after he’d risked his life to pull a stranger off the SEPTA subway tracks Thursday. ***COVER STORY***

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The King of … North Philly? 

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LEBRON JAMES, a product of the mean streets of Akron, Ohio, thinks he can tackle North Philly.  ***COVER STORY***

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Veterans group wants vets in city’s VA office

092713_metra_600A VETERANS GROUP wants to see some of its kind – actual vets – working at Philadelphia’s self-described “one-stop shop” for the city’s nearly 80,000 veterans.

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Lawmakers to push for ban on gay conversion therapy

20130918_dn_0mtakiqlPENNSYLVANIA could be the third state to ban anti-gay conversion therapy for minors if Philly lawmakers get their way.

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Immigrant-rights group seeks end to police, ICE collaboration

simmig30z-600JOHN AND Zulymar Rios, 6 and 9, were among undocumented immigrants’ children who rallied yesterday at City Hall to urge city officials to abandon a collaboration with the feds that leads to deportation.

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Experts see imminent strike on Syria with uncertain results

Mideast SyriaTHERE’S LITTLE doubt that President Obama’s “red line” – the use of chemical weapons – has been crossed in Syria’s bloody, two-year civil war, but what comes next is less certain.

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Savage’s defense rails against prosecution’s “trial magic”

IMG_1246THE LINCHPIN witnesses in the racketeering/murder trial of reputed Philly drug boss Kaboni Savage were simply reading from the prosecution’s script, defense lawyer Christian Hoey said during his closing arguments yesterday.…………

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Philly marathoners gear up for solidarity run on Thursday night

130415RC_G1NPXRUNN17C_APhilly running groups plan on showing solidarity with Boston Marathoners by doing what they do best. They’ll run.

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La Salle T-shirts disappear as campus swoons over team

Kate-Ward-Gaus_Denise-Pruskowski-Kavanagh_600THE FIRST batch of Explorers Basketball Sweet 16 shirts were hung on racks at the La Salle campus store about noon Tuesday. They were gone in less than half an hour.

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Residents blast city over noisy S. Philly scrapyard

Penrose_avenue_scrapyard_400Nightmares don’t send Andrew Rosser’s three young children running for the safety of dad’s room. Instead, they start screaming when their South Philadelphia house starts shaking in the middle of the night.

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Sugar-daddy billboard protested in Southwest Philly

020613_billboard_600Close to a dozen pastors, reverends and bishops crowded the entrance to the Steen Outdoor Advertising building in Southwest Philly on Tuesday to protest a billboard that makes a cheeky edit to the 7th Commandment.

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