Ralph Cipriano

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The DROP Triple Dip: Philly Officials’ New Maddening Way to Waste Your Money

Just when you thought the city’s controversial deferred retirement option plan couldn’t get more galling.


Inquirer Management Fears Philly Could Have No Daily Paper in 5 Years

An internal memo from the newspaper’s leadership gives the company just five years to change “our business, our products, our operations and our culture.”

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Philly’s Pension Board Is Finally Getting Its Act Together

After years of ineptitude, it’s now kicking its suburban counterparts’ butts.


Kenney on Controller’s Voting Machine Objections: “I Don’t Know What Her Problem Is”

Days after the city took delivery of the first $664,000 worth of its new electronic voting machines amid repeated complaints about the procurement process — and without a signed contract — the mayor strongly defended the purchase.


Will Rebecca Rhynhart Derail the City’s New Voting Machines?

Despite a recent decision, the city controller — and other critics — cite a lack of transparency in the multimillion-dollar purchase.

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The Looming DROP Apocalypse

As other cities around the country dump their DROP plans, can Philly muster the will to get rid of ours — before our pension woes swallow us whole?


He was one of the most colorful characters in the history of the Philly mob  —  a charming killer who tangled with two MAFIA bosses, survived three gunshots to the head, and suffered Through the revenge murder of his own brother. Then he went into the Federal Witness-Protection Program  —  and built a new life for himself that may have been even crazier than his first one