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POSTED: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 10:42 AM

Here's the release:

Butkovitz Releases Audit of Clerk of Quarter Sessions
Controller finds uncollected bail debt not reported to Revenue Department

PHILADELPHIA – City Controller Alan Butkovitz today released the FY08-7 Clerk of Quarter Sessions (CQS) audit that found the $1 billion in forfeited bail was sent for collection but never reported to the Revenue Department for financial accounting and reporting, as required.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 10:30 AM

Here's the press release:


WHO: United States Senator Arlen Specter and the leadership of the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council.
WHAT:  The leadership of the Philadelphia Building Trades will announce their unanimous endorsement of Senator Specter for a sixth term in the United States Senate.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 11:00 am sharp.
WHERE: Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 Union Hall
                                    14002 McNulty Road
                                    Philadelphia, PA  19154
                                    Local 692 Main Phone: 215-671-1692

POSTED: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 10:10 AM

John Baer writes about why Jonathan Saidel wants to be lieutenant governor.

Is William Mackey -- known for running high-profile youth programs -- the subject of a federal grand jury investigation?

Judge checks attorney at a defemation trial yesterday. The case involves City Councilman Jack Kelly, who says fliers circulated in 2007 damaged his campaign.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 11:36 AM

Things are heating up over at a hearing today for Councilman Jack Kelly's defamation lawsuit against Paul Corbett, who he has accused of distributing fliers that damaged his 2007 re-election campaign.

Earlier this morning, Judge Albert Snite Jr. blew up at Corbett’s attorney C. Scott Shields after Shields tried to define the laws surrounding defamation during his opening remarks. Snite – who took issue with Shields’ definition and repeatedly tried to silence him from reading from the state's constitution­-- halted proceedings and let out the jury, saying he wanted a sheriff’s deputy to take Shields into custody.

“I don’t care what you want to do. Be quiet. And stop smiling about this. You don’t think I’m serious,” Snite said to Shields.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 11:02 AM

The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority today released their report on the city's December tax collections. It shows that overall tax collections were slightly up in December, compared with that same time period in 2008. The key reason is the temporary hike in the city portion of the sales tax.

Check out the full report here.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 10:51 AM

Bank robberies jumped 41 percent in 2009, compared with 2008.

Councilman Kelly is in court today for a defamation suit he filed related to fliers that he said hurt his last campaign.

Alicia Lane's suit against CBS 3 and Larry Mendte drags on.

POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2010, 11:21 AM

At a press conference to announce a new jobs program today, Mayor Nutter declined to speculate on the future employment of Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who failed to lead the team past the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.

“I think that Andy Reid and Joe Banner and Jeff Lurie do a good enough job evaluating their talent,” Nutter said.

Since Saturday's loss, columnists and commentators have questioned whether it’s time for the team to look for a new QB.

POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2010, 11:06 AM

According to a story from the Associated Press, the Recovery Act funds spent on roads and bridges have not helped the sagging unemployment rate.

Here's an exceprt:

AP's analysis, which was reviewed by independent economists at five universities, showed that strategy hasn't affected unemployment rates so far. And there's concern it won't work the second time. For its analysis, the AP examined the effects of road and bridge spending in communities on local unemployment; it did not try to measure results of the broader aid that also was in the first stimulus like tax cuts, unemployment benefits or money for states.

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