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POSTED: Friday, May 30, 2008, 4:37 PM
Mayor Nutter has appointed a former Philadelphia Gas Works vice president as the city’s director of human resources, a job previously known as personnel director.

Albert D’Attilio last served as vice president of human resources for PGW. Nutter said he expected D’Attilio to modernize the renamed department.

“I am tremendously confident that Al is more than equipped to transform this department,” Nutter said.

POSTED: Friday, May 30, 2008, 9:48 AM
The pressure is on for 3-1-1 to be up and running by year's end.

Elmer Smith writes about the plight of the mentally ill homeless.

And because it's Friday, here's the info if you'd like to apply to be one of the Daily News' "Sexy Singles."

POSTED: Thursday, May 29, 2008, 12:25 PM
Mayor Nutter was careful to not assign blame today over allegations that the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative may be $30 million short to pay for property acquisitions.

"I'm not going to point fingers at anybody. I'm not going to make any accusations," Nutter said. But he stressed "we're very concerned about this."

NTI was former Mayor Street's signature anti-blight program. Nutter bristled at the suggestion that the public questioning of NTI's finances could be interpreted as a criticism of Street.

POSTED: Thursday, May 29, 2008, 12:14 PM
Nutter today recommended Rue Landau -- an longtime attorney for Community Legal Services and former co-chair of the Liberty City Democratic Club -- for the job of executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

"I believe that Rue will revitalize the commission and further expand its programs," Nutter said.

The commission, established in 1951, enforces civil rights laws and manages conflict in the city. Nutter said he would also soon announce a number of new commissioners.

The commission recently made headlines for a showdown with South Philly cheesesteak shop Geno's. In 2006, the commission chairman filed a discrimination complaint against the eatery for displaying a sign that read "This is America: When ordering please speak English." But in March a split three-member commission panel ruled that the sign was not discriminatory.

POSTED: Thursday, May 29, 2008, 10:01 AM
The Neighborhood Transformation Initiative faces an audit after the administration finds financial mismanagement.

The city decides to pull back a previously awarded 3-1-1 contract and put it out for bid.

More on Mayor Nutter's homeless plans.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 6:18 PM
Mayor Nutter attended a VIP screening of the new "Sex and the City" film last night at the Ritz Five cinema. He introduced the movie and stayed for the entire screening. Clearly he enjoyed it.

"I'd say at least three stars," the mayor told us this morning.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 12:03 PM
Mayor Nutter this morning announced a series of new initiatives to fight homelessness in Philadelphia.

"We have to build this city," he told the crowd assembled in Dilworth Plaza for the announcement. "We have souls and lives to save."

Nutter said the city will create 75 new beds for chronically homeless people with behavioral or substance abuse problems. Two overnight cafes -- drop in centers that provide food and help during the winter -- will be operated throughout the summer. And the Philadelphia Housing Authority will make 500 existing housing units available specifically for people who are in transitional housing and need permanent homes.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 11:28 AM
The local Boy Scouts sue the city to stay in their headquarters.

SEPTA plans major upgrades in 2009.

More cops accused of brutality.

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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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