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POSTED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 8:45 AM

Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson gives $50,000 to fund for veterans and their families.

Mayor Nutter has some veto notices for City Council.

Two veteran Philly cops arrested for stealing utilities.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 4:34 PM

And the public price tag for Mayor Nutter’s trip to the Democratic Convention is in.

Taxpayers paid $7,363.60 to send five staffers with Nutter to the political event in Charlotte, NC, according to mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald. Nutter’s travel and expenses were paid for through his campaign and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which he is president.

Mayoral aides Lauren Walker and Tumar Alexander accompanied Nutter, as well as three members of the mayor’s police detail. The tab includes hotels, meals, and airfare or other transit costs for all those people.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 12:55 PM

Just days before City Council is set to return from its summer recess, Mayor Nutter sent veto notices to the legislative body today.

Nutter vetoed a bill sponsored by City Councilman Mark Squilla that would increase the fee on parking tickets to generate $4 million for maintaining recreation facilities and for operations of the Philadelphia Parking Authority Taxicab and Limousine Division.

In his letter, Nutter notes that the bill violates state law which requires that any parking revenues that exceed the base amount must be directed to the School District.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:24 AM

Buying city-owned property keeps getting easier.

A website launched earlier this year to provide information to the public about the city’s land holdings has been updated to include pricing information, according to Paul D. Chrystie, spokesman for the city office of housing and community development.

You can check out the site here.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 9:22 AM

Civic groups eager to help senior citizens obtain the state-approved identification now needed to vote find that PennDOT is not very receptive to their efforts.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a challenge to mandatory life sentences for teens.  And a Philadelphia man could face execution on Oct. 3.

A local blogger who once infuriated restaurant owners now faces criminal charges for advocating death on the Internet for local law enforcement officials.

POSTED: Monday, September 10, 2012, 4:04 PM

Council President Darrell Clarke says that after two Council staffers were arrested for drunk driving in city vehicles, he’s going to put new restrictions on Council’s pool cars.

“I’m going to lock the keys up,” Clarke said at a press conference this afternoon.

Clarke has already fired the two Council staffers charged with illegal activity over the weekend. Council receptionist Robin Jones, 50, was charged with DUI after she drove a city-owned 2008 Chevy Cobalt into a building at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. While at the scene, she called sergeant-at-arms Rodney Williams, 42, who showed up “visibly intoxicated” in a city-owned 1997 Ford Explorer, police said. Williams was hit with a DUI charge also.

POSTED: Monday, September 10, 2012, 10:32 AM

This just in from the District Attorney's office. According to today's DN, the two staffers will be terminated today.

Philadelphia- The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 50-year-old Robin Jones with DUI and Driving with a Suspended License for an accident that happened on September 8, 2012 in Center City Philadelphia. She has been released on her own recognizance and is scheduled for court on October 11, 2012 in courtroom 404. 41-year-old Rodney Williams is facing a DUI charge after he allegedly showed up to help Jones at the scene of the earlier crash. Williams was also released on his own recognizance and is scheduled for court on October 11, 2012 in courtroom 404. Both Jones and Williams are City Council employees.


POSTED: Monday, September 10, 2012, 8:46 AM

Two City Council staffers will get termination letters today after being charged with drunk driving in city cars.

A community garden is a bright spot in a troubled North Philadelphia neighborhood.

What kind of person steals a keyboard from a church?

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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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