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Toomey: Sequester could be good first step

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey last week told Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce members about three looming showdowns on Capitol Hill that he hopes will change the way Congress looks at spending.

NE teen remembered as loyal friend, gifted student

Utah Izvuk had an endearingly sheepish way of greeting her best friend’s dad every time he came home and found the Rhawnhurst teen in his living room watching TV or in his kitchen devouring a light snack.

College 101 — Step by step

— At Northeast High School, 31 seniors are getting extra help with college applications, thanks to a new program that is being offered in collaboration with Philadelphia Futures.

Homeowners must have smoke detectors

A city ordinance (No. 120278) requires homeowners to install 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke detectors on every floor.

Property assessments headed home

Property owners can expect to get their actual value assessments in the mail this week, and the city’s fiscal watchdog predicted there will plenty of winners and losers when it comes to paying property taxes next year.

Chasing the dream

Carolina was 10 years old when she left her native Brazil and came to the United States with her aunt and sister.

Pets of the Week (February 20, 2013)

Paulette wants a new best friend

Maggie’s Cafe plans to expand, build parking lot

East Torresdale residents offered an oft-maligned neighborhood restaurant and nightclub their support last week as they voted to allow the business to expand its footprint.

Bank robber sought

The FBI/Philadelphia Police Violent Crimes Task Force seeks the public’s help in identifying the man who robbed a Frankford bank on Feb. 11.

Apartment fire in Frankford

Firefighters quickly brought a blaze in a three-story Frankford apartment house under control early Feb. 13.