Archive: December, 2010
As the year winds down, we took a look back to see what blog posts were tops with our readers over the past 12 months. It's a diverse list, complete with the Holiday Village controversy, the soda tax debate and the Daily News Pulitzer win.
Here are our top ten, based on page views:
1: Nutter Puts "Christmas" Back In Village After Controversy
2: UPenn Issues Flash Mob Warning For 40th Street Today
3: Trash Fee, Soda Tax Are Go
4: Voter Told To Swear On Bible To Gain Access To Ballot
5: DN Reporters Win Pulitzer!!!!!
6: State Yanks The Foxwoods Casino License In South Philly
7: Nutter Calls For DROP To Be Abolished
8: PhillyMag On "The Governor, The Blond & The Rumor Mill"
9: Nutter: City Offices and Services Closed Thursday
10: Flash Mob Warning: Parents Face Trouble, FBI Involved, Earlier Curfew Possible
PhillyClout teams up with It's Our Money to look at what happens when the stimulus money goes away.
Former Delaware Sen. Christine O'Donnell blasts reports that her campaign was under federal investigation for misuse of funds.
Clout ponders why Gov. Rendell felt the need to so loudly complain about the snow-postponed Eagles game.
It’s been a wild and woolly year for those of us who cover politics in Philadelphia. We thought we’d look back at the top 5 political stories of the year:
- John Street vs. Mayor Nutter. This story just got weirder and weirder. Several months ago, the former mayor began loudly bashing Nutter – suggesting, among other things, that he was not perceived as a black mayor -- and publicly encouraging pretty much anyone else in Philadelphia to run against him. So far, no one has stepped up.
- PHA Scandals. What began as a story about former Philadelphia Housing Authority Director Carl Greene’s unpaid mortgage bills ballooned into a wide ranging investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Greene, as well as reports that PHA staffers were required to pay for parties and other festivities. Greene has been fired and a federal probe into his management of PHA continues.
- The Specter/Sestak/Toomey race – The epic battle to control one of the state’s Senate seats started when longtime GOP Sen. Arlen Specter switched parties to avoid a primary battle. Then he lost in the Democratic primary anyway to scrappy U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak. But Sestak couldn't fend off conservative former congressman Pat Toomey, who’ll take over the seat in January.
- Gov. Corbett – The political story that was finished before it started. As it was always predicted, Republican state Attorney General Tom Corbett won the gubanatorial race in November and will bring a new level of conservatism to Harrisburg next month.
- The Fall of Perzel – In an upset that seemed unbelievable up until the very end, longtime Republican state Rep. John Perzel -- who rose to leadership in the state House of Representatives, but was weakened by corruption charges – lost his seat to a Democratic newcomer. Kevin Boyle will take over his Northeast Philadelphia district.
You may have heard about this: The Philadelphia Eagles postponed a home game Sunday evening due to an impending snowstorm and Gov. Rendell thought that reflected the wussification of America, where men used to toss around the pigskin no matter what the weather offered on game day.
Legendary play-by-play man Al Michaels, speaking half way through the first quarter of last night's loss to the Minnesota Vikings, said a "senior Eagles official" told him Rendell comments reflected that he was "just too attention starved."
We're still waiting on confirmation from the People's Republic of China that a football team in that country, as Rendell claimed during his complaints, would have played on in the 12.4 inches of snow that fell during the storm. We'd also like confirmation that there are teams that play American-style football in China.
City aid helps transform Dakota Street after years of neglect.
The ousted district probabation director pays his belated restitution.
John Baer apologizes for 2010 mistakes.
Fans have mixed reactions to the snow delay of Sunday's Eagles game.
Meanwhile, a new poll shows that fans are warming to Michael Vick.
Latest Kensington fatality was not a victim of the strangler.
Will Bunch calls those who chose to postpone last night's Eagles game a bunch of wimps.
Details on the winter storm that caused the postponed game.
Police waiting on DNA tests to see if latest Kensington crime victim was attacked by the Kensington strangler.
We'll be back on Monday. Until then, enjoy this clip from our favorite holiday movie: "A Muppet Christmas Carol."