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POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:21 AM
Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz. ( ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer )

City Controller Alan Butkovitz today said the city is owed $2.5 million as of June from organizations that received police services, with $1.8 million of that debt being more than 90 days old.

Butkovitz, in a letter to city Revenue Commissioner Clarena Tolson and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, noted that several of the debts are more than 10 years old.

The top five largest debts add up to a combined $1,062,458.  They include:

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: $341,328
  • Philadelphia Phillies: $275,874
  • Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp.: $256,094
  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts: $108,453
  • Philadelphia Gas Works: $80,706
"This is an opportunity for the city to generate more revenues that can help alleviate the financial burden placed on the budget," Butkovitz wrote to Tolson and Ramsey. "The city must take aggressive action to pursue all outstanding debts."
POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 9:13 AM

'Rage Incident?' Cops: After failing lie-detector test, husband confessed to strangling wife, from William Bender and Morgan Zalot. 

Pols who don't belly up to the trough: Some in Pennsylvania (not many) opt out of taxpayer-financed perks, writes John Baer. 

Three innocents hit by gunfire in Juniata, in this report from Vinny Vella. 

POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9:19 AM

Cops: We need to find the monster who strangled jogging mom, writes Morgan Zalot. 

Hite: Thanks for the loot, but...Regina Medina covers Gov. Tom's Corbett's appearance in Philadelphia announcing he will send schools $265 million. 

Chaka Fattah Jr. aims to clear the airwaves following a federal indictment, in this report by William Bender. 

POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 8:52 AM

How does Chaka Fattah Jr. fund the high life that he loves showing off on Instagram? William Bender explains how Fattah Jr. is a mystery wrapped in an indictment. 

U.S. Representative's son bilked schools, banks, feds say, in this report by Julie Shaw. Fattah Jr. charged with 23 counts.

Speaking of indictments, Feds to appeal bail for four of six indicted cops, writes David Gambacorta. 

POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 9:51 AM

The sex-trafficking business is alive and well in Philadelphia, writes Morgan Zalot. Investigators, meanwhile, say they need more funding.

Three of the six cops indicted last week were ordered out on bail yesterday. Julie Shaw has the story.

John Baer writes about Bill Clinton's unlikely visit to the memorial service for Richard Mellon Scaife.

POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:39 AM

Victims of the band of rogue narcotics officers indicted this week shares their stories.

Mayor Nutter and the FOP have accepted an arbitration award with substantial raises.

Another roadblock for the cigarette tax emerges as House Republicans put off their vote on the authorizing legislation.

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:11 PM
Mayor Nutter (MATTHEW HALL / Staff Photographer, file)

After the House of Representatives cancelled a scheduled vote to approve a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund Philly schools, a fired up Mayor Nutter likened it to anguish, harkening the words of JFK:

“You know, President John Kennedy said it often and it is just so absolutely true – the hottest place in hell is reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, do nothing. That’s what’s happened here.”

Nutter had harsh words for House Republicans today who decided not to reconvene as planned to vote on the bill. The School District of Philadelphia has been counting on its passage in order for schools to open on time this fall.

POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:44 PM

Here is a copy of the arbitration award announced Thursday in the contract dispute between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5. The document was supplied by the FOP. The first page contains the union's summary of the new contract.

Click here to view the document.

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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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