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POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:24 PM
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference at the Municipal Services building to explain the city's preparedness for a possible ebola outbreak on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The others from left are Mark Gale, CEO Philadelphia International Airport; Samantha Phillips, director office of emergency management; Philadelphia fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer and James Beuhler, MD, Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)

A day after City Council held a four-hour hearing on Ebola, Mayor Nutter and his top safety officials briefed members of the press today on the city’s preparedness, in the unlikely event a case appear in Philadelphia.

Nutter said the city is aptly prepared to handle and control infectious diseases, just as it has been in the past when it was Anthrax, H1N1, Sars, or any other outbreak scare causing widespread panic.

The mayor spent well over an hour laying out the city’s safety measures with his health, fire and police commissioners. He said that while the risk of contracting Ebola is still very low, using an abundance of caution is a matter of good faith.

POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 9:20 AM

Ebola is deadly, scary...and overhyped: Thank politicians and cable news for sounding the alarms in the U.S. Will Bunch reports. 

Guv hanging on to Big Bong theory: Chris Brennan delves into how the Keystoned State struck close to home for Tom Corbett. 

First lady boosts Wolf in Mount Airy: Obama stresses education and the need to get out the vote, in this report by Patricia Madej. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 9:53 AM

A call for answers: Did reckless motorist cause beloved mother of three's fatal crash? David Gambacorta investigates. 

The men in Black are back in judicial court: Jon Baer takes a look at how a former Philly district attorney, Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille, a former philly cop and "Eagles" court judge, Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffrey have expanded their longtime animus over style, clout and general manliness to, well, porn. 

Buildings compete for energy prize: The Energy Reduction Race will tally the energy bills of competing skycrapers in the city. 

POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:00 AM

'Real' appeal: 'Depserate Housewives' producer is scoutin' us out. Jenice Armtrong has the story. 

In lap of luxury, she took off with leg. Dan Geringer tells the story of a woman who may have been 'knockout gorgeous,' but this vet still wants an apology for prosthetic leg theft. 

Vet to knife-wielder: 'I don't want to shoot you, but I will,' in this report by Morgan Zalot. 

POSTED: Monday, October 13, 2014, 9:14 AM

John Baer of the Daily News schools Tom Wolf of the Democratic Party (and quite possibly the next governor of Pennsylvania) about the size of the state's General Assembly.

The Daily News Editorial Board uses recent news about City Commissioner Anthony Clark -- he hasn't voted in the last five elections despite running an agency that oversees elections -- to press for a City Charter change to replace elected commissioners with appointed staff.

And a woman stole a guy's prosthetic leg at last night's Philadelphia Eagles victory over the New York Giants.  No. Really.

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2014, 9:38 AM
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, left, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, right, share a funny moment after she came onto the stage at the Constitution Center. Meanwhile, Chris Christie was on Main Line at VFMA stumping for Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett. 10/09/2014 ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

The Nov. 4 gubernatorial election, still 25 days away, already feels so . . . well . . . over. But the race managed to serve yesterday as a stage for a potential 2016 presidential match-up between former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Also in Clout today, a film crew shadows Republican Megan Rath as she challenges U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the city's Democratic Party chairman.

City Commission Chairman Anthony Clark, the man who heads an agency that runs elections in Philadelphia, does not respond to questions about a report that he has not voted in the last five elections.

A Philadelphia judge, citing prosecutorial misconduct, bars the retrial of three men in a case where the victim was tortured, robbed and murdered.

POSTED: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:45 AM

Corbett to Wolf: Smut on your watch, too. Corbett lobs racy-email scandal back to Wolf's tenure in government. Chris Brennan reports. 

Bill targets trouble spots off Temple campus. Valerie Russ interviews City Council President Darrell Clarke who expects to have a bill introduced today that puts stronger demands on landlords and Temple University to take responsibility for the conduct and safety of off-campus housing students. 

Also in City Council, time for a checkup on city plans for epidemic? Curtis Jones, Jr. thinks so. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8:55 AM

Friends with benefits: Records show U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's nonprofits have profited his cronies quite handsomely. William Bender takes us behind the scenes of congressman's nonprofits, which have paid millions to former staffers. 

'Middle class' tax talk gets hazy: Gov. Corbett argues he has kept taxes low during his tenure. Democratic candidate Tom Wolf says he'll lower taxes for the "middle class." But who is the middle class? John Baer reports. 

Green: Cigarette tax factored in contract timing. Solomon Leach explains the remark the came a day after the SRC imposed terms. 

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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
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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
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