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POSTED: Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 11:27 AM

A new poll released this morning shows "acceptance rather than enthusiasm" for two casinos planned in the city, according to Larry Eichel, project director of the Philadelphia Research Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts.  Pew polls done in January 2009, April 2009 and last month show that the percentage of people who approve of gaming has hovered near 50 percent.

"What has been going down is the number of people who disapprove," Eichel noted. "That suggests to me an acceptance of the reality that its coming."

Today's poll showed that 51 percent of the 1,602 people questioned last month favor the casinos while 34 percent oppose them.  The opinions were very similar when the respondents were asked about table games -- approved for casinos by the state General Assembly last month -- with 54 percent in favor and 32 percent opposed.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 9:33 AM

A new poll shows that 53 percent of Philadelphians approve of Mayor Nutter's job performance as mayor, compared with 32 percent who disapprove.

The poll -- from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative -- looks at how city residents feel about the mayor, the city budget, casinos and City Council. The poll was conducted by Abt SRBI Public Affairs, who surveyed a total of 1,602 residents between January 8 and January 19.

These numbers are likely good news for Nutter, who is halfway through his four-year term and has weathered a tough two years of budget cuts. But when you get a little deeper into the details, you can see that Nutter's approvals vary depending on who you ask and what you're asking.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 9:26 AM

Former Philly police officer Frank Tepper is charged with murder in last year's shooting death of Billy Panas.

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady recalls his mentor U.S. Rep John Murtha, who died yesterday.

Police make arrests in two "cold" rape cases.

POSTED: Monday, February 8, 2010, 4:41 PM

Tributes are rolling in for U.S. Rep. John Murtha, who died today at the age of 77. Here are some press releases we've received so far:

From U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Murtha family at this very difficult time. His service to our nation in Congress reflected an unyielding commitment to his constituents, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our nation. However, he holds my greatest respect for the courage he showed in serving as a United States Marine and subsequently becoming the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. In doing so, he gave a voice to millions of men and women who fought in an unpopular war and were not afforded the respect and care they earned and deserved.

POSTED: Monday, February 8, 2010, 3:14 PM

Here's a release on some hiring and other changes in the mayor's office. Most notably, Mayor Nutter has hired two City Council staffers -- Lauren Vidas, who formerly worked for Councilman Bill Green and Brian Abernathy, who worked for Councilman Frank DiCicco.

Check out the release:

MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES PERSONNEL CHANGES AND RE-ALIGNMENT OF THE MAYOR’S OFFICE

POSTED: Monday, February 8, 2010, 2:44 PM

Mayor Nutter today said the vast majority of city streets have been plowed following the monster storm over the weekend – and the city will be ready if another snowfall hits Tuesday.

“Whatever comes down, we’re going to deal with it,” Nutter said.

Nutter said it was too early to know the precise cost of the weekend snow removal. Cleaning up the massive December storm set the city back $3.4 million during an already tough budget year.

POSTED: Monday, February 8, 2010, 9:57 AM

The DN takes in Sarah Palin's performance at the Tea Party Convention.

John Baer doesn't expect anything dramatic in Gov. Rendell's final budget plan.

Just when we've dug out...another storm is on the way.

POSTED: Friday, February 5, 2010, 1:13 PM

Mayor Nutter says the city is ready to deal with the massive snowfall expected tonight and tomorrow.

“There will be a lot of snow. It will take place over a long period of time,” Nutter said at a press conference today. “We’ve been preparing for this for the last couple of days. First and foremost, your city government is ready and prepared.”

With between 12 and 20 inches predicted, city officials said 500 pieces of equipment are ready for deployment, along with 34,000 tons of salt. The streets department started prepping some streets with a brine solution on Thursday.

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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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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 walshSE@phillynews.com
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