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POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011, 5:07 PM

Sensing, perhaps, that we're a bit desperate for local political news of some kind today, the Mayor's Office has released a quarterly update of federal stimulus spending.

Quick refresher: the city was previously awarded 50 grants worth $351 million in Recovery Act funds. The city is responsible for managing the bulk of it, some $276 million. Quasi-city agencies are in charge of the other $75 million.

The Mayor's Office said the city has already committed 75 percent of the money that it is in charge of. So, where's all the dough gone?

POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011, 4:43 PM

Seven of the 10 candidates in April's Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate spent much of a debate today agreeing on some basic political principals:

They won't raise taxes but might close tax law loopholes; they want to outlaw abortion and would not support for the federal bench an attorney who didn't agree with that; they'll never allow limits on gun ownership and think a gun license from one state should apply to all states.

But it was in the personal stories that a few set themselves apart in a crowded field. When asked of the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was appropriate after a child sex abuse scandal rocked his program, the candidates all agreed. 

POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011, 8:14 AM

From yours truly: a profile of Claire Robertson-Kraft, the chair of Young Involved Philadelphia.

Chris Brennan caught up with the founders of YIP.

A cop who had been convicted of molesting a young girl has now lost his pension, thanks to a Daily News investigation.

POSTED: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 7:11 PM

Bouncers will now be required to receive proper training and register with the city before they can begin working at local clubs and bars.

City Council voted unanimously today to pass a bill, sponsored by Councilman Bill Greenlee that would require bouncers to receive city-approved training courses from third-party agencies within 45 days of getting hired.

Horrifying stories about reckless bouncers in a Daily News story this year inspired Greenlee to draft the legislation. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign-off on the bill.

POSTED: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 6:49 PM

Check out the press release below:

MAYOR'S OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Philadelphia, December 8, 2011 –  Nancy Winkler, City of Philadelphia Treasurer, was selected by her peers to be recognized by The Bond Buyer, a national public finance publication, as one of several “trailblazing” women in public finance for her many accomplishments.  This recognition is a part of The Bond Buyer and the Northeast Women in Public Finance non-profit’s series of initiatives aimed at raising awareness about the accomplishments of women in the public finance industry.

POSTED: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 2:09 PM

Granted, common sense and fireworks don't often appear in the same headline. But they were both the subject of separate news conferences that were held by Mayor Nutter earlier today.

Let's start with common sense first. Nutter, addressing concerns that were raised by a recent Inquirer story, noted that fences for the upcoming Dilworth Plaza renovation project are completely blocking the northwest and southwest sidewalks around City Hall from pedestrian traffic.

The mayor urged citizens to use an "enormous amount of common sense" and not walk in the street next to the fences -- in the middle of oncoming traffic. Instead, Nutter said, pedestrians should simply use sidewalks on the other side of the street.

POSTED: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 7:53 AM

Stephanie Farr delivers a profile of Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood that is as crazy as the man himself.

The city's PhillyRising program is now reaping the benefits of a business rewards credit account that was set up by two knuckleheads who had allegedly used the account to defraud the city.

A female guidance counselor at Valley Forge Military Academy was fired for some "inappropriate actions" that involved two cadets.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 8:20 PM

Philadelphia’s zoning code has been modernized, but this is only the beginning.

City Council’s Committee of the Whole approved the first major change to the city’s zoning code in nearly 50 years.

The zoning code was first established in 1963 and updated periodically though numerous individual ordinances and overlays, all of which now make-up the city’s current complex code.

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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 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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