Thursday, July 31, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 9:06 AM

Badge of dishonor: Six drug cops indicted on theft, kidnapping, extortion charges, reports David Gambacorta and Julie Shaw. 

Virgins married to a higher calling: Stephanie Farr takes us behind the scenes of a convocation held in Malvern. 

Building a warmer society over cold ones. Reading Terminal Market event seeks common ground among races, in this report by Dylan Segelbaum. 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:10 AM

Vigil for carjack victims: three kids killed in carjacking mourned at painful vigil, as reported by David Gambacorta and Vinny Vella. 

Corbett tries to Wolf opponent down, writes John Baer. 

And behind Door No. 1...it's a City Hall riddle to solve, in this report by Sean Collins Walsh. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:37 AM

Helen Ubinas writes about the war on children.

Ronnie Polaneczky says it would be a shame if the state Liquor Control Board closes Philly's pop-up beer gardens.

Jonathan Rosa and Cornelius Crawford are charged with killing 3 kids in a July 25 carjacking, writes David Gambacorta.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:25 AM

John Baer suggests using corruption, Pennsylvania's most common political commodity, to fight the pension crisis.

Jason Nark writes that Occupy Philly activist Nate Kleinman is now working to save rare plants on a farm in Salem County, N.J.

William Bender shares the harrowing tale of a mother who is recovering from a gun shot wound and doesn't know that her son has died. 

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:43 AM
(AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)

Speaking in Fargo, N.D., Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput gave the strongest indication yet that Pope Francis will be coming to the City of Brotherly Love next year - not that further confirmation was needed.

"Pope Francis has told me that he is coming," Chaput reportedly said.

The Vatican still has not confirmed the trip and isn't expected to do so for months. But Francis' attendance at the triennial World Meeting of Families, which comes to Philly in September 2015, was considered by many to be a done deal even before Mayor Nutter, Gov. Corbett and Chaput went to Rome earlier this year to formally invite him.

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:14 AM

In this week's Clout column, lawyers at the firm Stradley Ronon will hold a fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. Nothing unusual about that - except that Stradley's chairman is Bill Sasso, a bigtime supporter of Republican Gov. Corbett and the chairman of his transition team.

Mayor Nutter and his wife are in France for a six-day jaunt. 

Carpenters and Teamsters have been protesting outside the Convention Center for weeks. But inside, a six-man crew of carpenters is working and getting paid on the other side of their own picket line.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:12 AM

Love and war: Hundreds rally for Israel in Love Park; pro-Palestine group counters as turmoil continues in Israel, by Dylan Segelbaum. 

Judges not guilty of fraud. But jury convicts four of lying to feds, by yours truly. 

Nazi guard dies before extradition. Philly man was at Auschwitz, writes Julie Shaw. 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:38 AM

In memoriam: Jason Nark takes us into the lives of a family of Frankford teenager murdered in 1968 who finally gets a funeral, and the family, some closure. 

Baer Growls: Pension 'crisis' getting really, really annoying. 

L&I gun-permit map goof costs city $1.4 million, reforms license-to-carry, by William Bender and Sean Collins Walsh. 

About this blog
Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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