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POSTED: Friday, September 23, 2011, 7:10 PM

Talks between the city and blue-collar municipal union, District Council 33 have been sparse since their contract expired in 2009.

But city officials and union representatives met today for several hours to discuss contract deals, said Mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald.

“We hope this is the beginning of a dialogue that will lend to an agreement,” McDonald said, adding that the union contacted the city last week to request a meeting. It is unclear when the next meeting will be, McDonald said.

POSTED: Friday, September 23, 2011, 10:55 AM

A report by the city’s chief integrity officer revealed that former School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie and state Rep. Dwight Evans worked behind the scenes to keep Martin Luther King High School under the control of Foundations Inc.

The Board of Ethics announced fines imposed on six candidates and three political committees for campaign finance violations.

David Oh has gripe about latest news coverage. Check out today’s Philly Clout column.

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 3:48 PM

Managing Director Rich Negrin today announced that the city will halt tours of the City Hall tower, while a crack in the north part of the tower is repaired.

The problem was first reported by Fox 29 this week.

Possibly the result of the minor earthquake last month, Negrin said the crack was discovered when marble debris was found on the roof. It faces inward, Negrin said, so people walking under City Hall face no danger. On the advice of an engineer, the city will tomorrow start a month-long process to fix the crack.

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 3:03 PM

Updated: An earlier version of this press release was inaccurate, below is the corrected version which includes a shorter list of certain city taxes that are eligible for the extension.

The Department of Revenue announced today an extension of filing deadlines for individuals and businesses on certain city taxes following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Check out the press release below:

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 3:01 PM

Just got a massive press release from the Board of Ethics detailing settlement agreements with a bunch of city political candidates who had violated campaign finance rules. Among them is Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who is paying a total of $8,000 in fines for not properly disclosing contributions.

To read all the details, click here.

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 12:17 PM

This post has been updated:

Acting under pressure from a state lawmaker, recently departed School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie sought to guide a charter school contract for Martin Luther King High School to a politically connected non-profit against the wishes of parents, according to an investigation by the Nutter administration.

The administration today released a long-awaited report on the MLK controversy. You can read it here.

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 12:09 PM

Just read press release from City Controller's office.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

Here's the skinny:

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 10:38 AM

After weeks of debate, City Council today gave final passage to a redistricting plan that will clean up some of the current gerrymandering problems with the city's 10 Councilmanic distircts, although the population difference between districts will be very high.

The map passed 15-2, with Councilmen Brian O'Neill and Jack Kelly voting against. If the mayor signs off on the map, Council can get paid by tomorrow, Council President Anna Verna said. Under city law, Council would have gone without pay, if they didn't pass a map today.

Council plans to approve a map developed by Councilmen Frank DiCicco and Jim Kenney over a map created by a working group of Council members. The key difference between the maps is how they divvy up the 56th ward in Northeast Philadephia, which became the battleground of the talks.

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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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