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POSTED: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 11:48 AM
Candidates for mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Melissa Murray Bailey (R) on the day after the primary. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

Jim Kenney isn’t mayor.

Not yet.

Nor is he mayor-elect.

POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:43 PM
Mayor Nutter on location of a train derailment Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Bryan Woolston / For the Inquirer)

I love how everyone's an expert all of a sudden.

Take Michael Nutter, the Philly mayor whose performance during the initial aftermath of the Amtrak crash had been lauded.

In particular, during the dreadful morning after the disaster, Nutter urged for the media and public not to rush to conclusions.

POSTED: Friday, May 8, 2015, 5:00 AM
Mayor Michael Nutter . (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)

It’s tough being Michael Nutter.

The mayor of our city has never really received kudos for much of anything – even his meager accomplishment of keeping Philadelphia running. He’s been booed at an Obama rally, at his City Council budget address and a Tom Wolf event at Temple University – mostly by Democrats in his own party.

Snubbed by the Obama Administration for a cabinet position, Nutter is already fading into obscurity – arguably becoming the most lame duck Philly mayor during our lifetime.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 1:47 PM
A man with goods looted from a store walks past burning vehicles during clashes in Baltimore, Maryland April 27, 2015. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)

Shameful.

That’s how I will remember Michael Nutter. I hope you will, too.

Nutter, who has spent all of 2015 trying to redefine his legacy as Philadelphia’s mayor, put the icing on the cake today when he appeared as a guest on CNN. Defending Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Nutter told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Rawlings-Blake was unfairly criticized for her response to rioting over the police custody death of Freddie Gray. 

POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7:16 PM

Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal has a group of well-wishers from both an Orange, New Jersey third grade class as well as from high school students from the Philadelphia Student Union.  

In an April 5 tweet, Forest Street School teacher Marilyn Zuniga posted, “Just dropped off these letters to comrade Johanna Fernandez. My 3rd graders wrote to Mumia to lift up his spirits as he is ill. #freemumia.”

Fernandez, a professor of Black Studies at Baruch College in New York, wrote on her Facebook page that she traveled with Pam Africa to Mahanoy state prison in Schuylkill County on Apr. 6 to see the wheelchair-bound former broadcaster:

POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 11:38 AM
Signe Wilkinson: Glad Lynne's up and dancing but...

Ageism is alive and well.

After one of the most popular politicians Philadelphians have come to know took a serious fall, there’s been a lot of talk about whether this “older” woman is physically fit for the job.

Forget the fact that she was working the very next day.

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POSTED: Friday, March 20, 2015, 3:56 PM
On Tuesday, voters in the 170th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District will go to the polls to choose a successor to former State Rep. Brendan Boyle (above). (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

It may be freezing outside, but things are heating up in what’s expected to be one of the most competitive special elections in Philadelphia history.

On Tuesday, voters in the 170th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District will go to the polls to choose a successor to former State Rep. Brendan Boyle. Last year, Boyle ran simultaneously for reelection to his PA House seat as well as for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district. He won both elections, and resigned from his PA House seat on Jan. 3.

Sarah Del Ricci was selected by the Democratic Party as their nominee. Martina White will be representing the Republicans.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 5:45 PM
Mitt Romney (left) and Evander Holyfield. (Getty Images)

In what’s being dubbed “The Olympian vs. The Man Who Saved the Olympics,” former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 52, will be taking on former Olympics CEO (and 2012 GOP presidential nominee) Mitt Romney, 68, in a charity match May 15 at the Union Pacific Depot in Salt Lake City.

In a story originally broken by the Salt Lake Tribune, the 68 year-old Romney was quoted as saying, "It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious," adding, "It won't be much of a fight. We'll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit."

Tough to say who has the edge in this one. But U-Turn will go with Romney. Holyfield may have a difficult time defeating the first-time boxer whose stances are rumored to be all over the place.

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