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POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 9:00 AM

In a case with plot twists worthy of Hollywood, a martial artist seeks to KO murder charges he's facing in Jason Nark's cover story. 

Brian Tierney will return to the Daily News' parent company. Will Bunch reports.

An editorial says the School Reform Commission did the right thing by failing to pass a "doomsday budget" last week. 

POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014, 10:11 PM
A labor arbitrator has reinstated nine part-time rec center employees who were let go by Mayor Nutter’s administration for apparently violating rules against “double-dipping” in public employment. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer, file)

A labor arbitrator has reinstated nine part-time rec center employees who were let go by Mayor Nutter’s administration for apparently violating rules against “double-dipping” in public employment.

An investigation by city Inspector General Amy Kurland found 13 rec center workers to be in violation of a Home Rule Charter provision that bars city employees from holding two governmental jobs.

Ten, including the nine who will be reinstated with back pay, also worked for the School District of Philadelphia. Two others worked for the US Postal Service, and another for the state Attorney General’s Office.

POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014, 8:58 AM

Lewis Katz, who last week won an auction to take control of the Daily News' parent company, died in a plane crash this weekend in Massachusetts. 

Sam Donellon looks at Katz' tenure as the owner of the New Jersey Nets. And the DN editorial page remembers a titan and his legacy.

John Baer previews the state's budget negotiations.

POSTED: Friday, May 30, 2014, 4:08 PM
St. Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams Jr. (Stephanie Aaronson / Staff Photographer)

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has hired 270 Strategies, founded by veterans of President Obama's campaigns, to prepare for his expected mayoral run next year. 

Jeremy Bird, a founding partner of the firm and the national field director for Obama's 2012 campaign, gave a PowerPoint presentation over lunch at the City Avenue Hilton today to Williams and a group of his high-profile supporters.

"We talked about what a possible campaign might look like, but what I found most important when you think about any sort of pathway [to the Mayor's Office] is: Here’s the kind of people that we’re going to start with, the broad diversity that it represented and the kind of leadership of the folks in the room," said Bird, who on paper is working on Williams' unopposed reelection campaign this year. 

POSTED: Friday, May 30, 2014, 9:19 AM

Tanya Hilton told a federal jury yesterday that she learned about the system of ticket-fixing from her boss: then-Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary.  "He told me it's something that the judges do among themselves," she testified.

Sometimes a story changes - even a story about attempted murder.

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled this week that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey's decision to give himself more power to discipline misbehaving cops with harsher punishments should have been negotiated with the union that represents them.

POSTED: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 4:07 PM
Tracey Gordon on the banks of Cobbs Creek in 2011. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)

Tracey Gordon, a deputy city commissioner, is apparently in trouble once again for engaging in prohibited political activity. 

We hear the City Commission, which runs elections in Philadelphia, seized Gordon's computer yesterday afternoon at the request of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. We also hear the City Commission placed Gordon on a 90-day unpaid leave of absence today.

Michael Cooke, director of enforcement for the Board of Ethics, today said he could not confirm or deny if Gordon's computer was seized.

POSTED: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 8:59 AM

Unsettling: Dana DiFilippo and David Gambacorta detail how police lawsuits cost the city $14 million last year - mostly against troubled cops. 

Petition calls for an end to the SRC: Group seeks charter change on November ballot. 

A gun-toting community college student is nabbed. 

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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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