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POSTED: Monday, July 16, 2012, 10:44 AM

With President Obama’s re-election campaign set to court female voters at a star-studded Philadelphia event this evening, Mitt Romney's campaign attempted to change the conversation this morning. Romney’s camp sent Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh and Renee Amoore, deputy chairwoman of the state Republican Party, to Love Park to accuse Obama of abandoning Pennsylvania’s middle class while favoring his political pals with lavish federal spending.

Speaking for the former Massachusetts governor, Welsh and Amoore accused Obama of using federal stimulus funds and funding for green energy projects to reward his political “cronies.” Welsh noted that the unemployment rate for women in Pennsylvania increased from 7 percent to 8 percent during his time in the White House.

“Barack Obama was trained in Chicago politics,” Welsh said. “What is that? Pay-to-play and support your friends.”

POSTED: Monday, July 16, 2012, 9:12 AM

Pregnant cocktail waitresses at Parx Casino say they were discriminated against.

Questions linger about what an Olney priest did to be found "unsuitable" to work.

Four teens nabbed for stealing from a donation jar to support cops and firefighters.

POSTED: Friday, July 13, 2012, 11:14 AM

An extensive investigation into the Penn State University sex abuse cover-up revealed that everyone knew and did nothing. Penn State leaders and Gov. Corbett could have done more. Unfortunately they were just concerned about themselves.

Philadelphia police officers remember Officer Brian Lorenzo a 23-year veteran who was killed Saturday night by a drunk driver.

You’ll have to wait a little longer to find out the actual value of your property.

POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 4:21 PM

Curious about what the city thinks is the “actual value” of your property?

Well, you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out. Mayor Nutter yesterday announced that new property assessment notices based on market values – which won’t be used until the 2013-2014 tax year – will be sent to property owners on Feb. 15. Nutter had previously said that information would be mailed this September.

Administration officials said they are delayed because Nutter’s property tax overhaul was pushed back a year by City Council. As a result, the city is using the current system for another year and won’t go to a system based on market values – known as the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) – until the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 1:53 PM

Union leaders are planning a massive "Workers Stand For America" rally on Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Aug. 11, where they will unveil a "2nd Bill of Rights."  The idea is to get elected officials at the national, state and local level to sign on to the document.  Then unions will tell their members which politicians signed up.

Ed Hill, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, first spoke about the event in March after the winter meeting of the AFL-CIO.  Then, like now, union leaders were furious that the Democratic National Convention will be held in union-unfriendly Charlotte, N.C.

Hill, who is boycotting the Charlotte convention, today claimed the Aug. 11 rally here was never meant to be "a slap at the Democratic National Convention.  He spoke about the Philadelphia rally with Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 8:30 AM

About 200 people witnessed a 2-year-old get shot in Logan, but no one has given police any information to help catch the gunman.

A cancer-stricken Port Richmand guy is among the 35,000 Philadelphians who are being cut from the state's general assistance public welfare program.

The U.S. transportation secretary says Americans want high-speed rail lines, but their political leaders are too dumb to make it happen.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 12:32 PM

Mayor Nutter, speaking this afternoon for the Democratic National Committee, repeatedly slammed as "nonsense" a speech delivered this morning to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Nutter was particularly critical of Romney's pledge to the NAACP that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which drew boos from the crowd.  Nutter noted that an estimated 7 million African-Americans would gain health care coverage through the law.

"Black folks are not going to sit there and listen to some of that nonsense," Nutter said when asked if the boos surprised him.  "Clearly Mitt Romney has no real plan for the African American community or frankly for America."

POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 12:14 PM

UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF MAYOR NUTTER RESPONDING:

The state Gaming Control Board, in a meeting in Harrisburg this morning, announced that it will begin accepting applications for a second casino license in Philadelphia. Applications are due by Nov. 15.

The board in 2010 revoked the license from a group of local investors who originally planned to open the Foxwoods casino on Columbus Boulevard at Reed Street in South Philadelphia.  That group stumbled through a long string of delays, including an aborted move to 8th and Market Streets in Center City.


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