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POSTED: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:12 PM

A state court ruled Thursday that the city’s paramedics will remain in the firefighters union reversing a decision made by the state Labor Relations Board to separate them.

Union leaders applauded the Commonwealth court’s decision which is a loss for Mayor Nutter who appealed to the state Labor Relations Board in 2009 to take paramedics out of Local 22, arguing that their work differed from firefighters.  

“It’s a great victory,” said Bill Gault head of Fire Fighters Local 22. “It’s what I’ve been saying…they belong with us. I’m happy this is done.”

POSTED: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 12:00 PM


City Council president Darrell Clarke is starting to fill some key positions with familiar faces.

Council’s Chief Financial Officer Charles McPherson retired when former Council president Anna Verna did, and sources said yesterday that former City treasurer Folasade Olanipekun-Lewis will  fill that position in February. She served as treasurer under former Mayor John Street and later served as Chief Financial Officer for the Philadelphia School District.

POSTED: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 11:31 AM

The city's two job-training and placement programs have burned through $493 million in the last four years. Has it been well spent? Maybe not.

A grand jury says the owner of the Pain Center and his daughter defrauded insurance companies out of $5 million.

Ronnie Polaneczky weighs in on former state Welfare Department special assistant Robert Patterson who's apparently a big fan of semen boosting women's self-esteem. And, uh, yeah...

POSTED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 12:24 PM

There are 50 public employees in Pennsylvania earning more than $150,000, according to a new report released by the Sunshine Review, a nonprofit that focuses on government transparency.

The nonprofit said it collected public salary information for Pennsylvania and seven other states -- California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas and Wisconsin -- by using information that was already available online or by filing Freedom of Information Act requests.

Pennsylvania had the quickest response rate to the information requests, the Sunshine Review said. The state ranked sixth with 50 public employees earning more than $150,000. California was number one, with 1,332 employees earning more than $150,000.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 11:25 AM


The city asked the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority in October 2010 to fund an independent study to assess the Fire Department's management, operations, structure, system performance and service.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 11:09 AM

Judge reinstates DUI charges against state rep.

The city and the Fraternal Order of Police offer a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the thugs who beat a Temple University grad on Saturday.

School report focuses on safety.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 8:33 AM

More than 85,000 people fanned out across Philadelphia yesterday to volunteer for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  An the annual luncheon, Mayor Nutter asked for the end of violence that has given 2012 a bloody start.  And Occupy Philly spends the day in service of the community.

Here's a blast from the past: Gino's Giant, the once [and future?] king of burgers in this area.  The burger chain once gave a scholarship to a St. Joe's Prep student who went on to be mayor of Philadelphia.

And the It's Our Money team have a podcast of their conversation with City Council President Darrell Clarke about selling city assets in these tough fiscal times.

POSTED: Monday, January 16, 2012, 10:40 AM

Mayor Nutter hopes the city can celebrate MLK Day by not having any violent incidents. He also cursed again.

Julie Shaw spoke with the mother of Kevin Kless, a Temple grad who was beaten to death early Saturday near 4th and Chestnut streets.

Bob Brady's congressional district got a whole lot whiter, thanks to redrawn boundaries.

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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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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
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