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Archive: August, 2008

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2008, 5:03 PM
Daily News crime blog Philly Confidential reports that Councilman Darrell Clarke found Nazi symbols and the letters KKK spray painted on his car this morning.

"Some idiot decided for whatever reason they needed to paint a swastika and 'KKK' all over my car," Clarke said. "I couldn't believe it."

Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2008, 10:01 AM
Speculation is mounting that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may be John McCain's VP pick. Just last month, Palin was in Philly for a National Governor's Association meeting and got attention for hitting the dance floor.

At the time, Gov. Rendell teased: "Governor Palin was the first governor to dance, the only governor to do the electric slide, therefore scratching her from the vice presidency."

Maybe not?

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2008, 7:39 AM
Obama tells voters exactly what he'll do as president. John Baer writes that the speech may have been too showy for the average Pennsylvania voter. Clout looks ahead to the Republican Convention in Minneapolis next week.

Man fatally shot near Septa bus in North Philadelphia.

Popular jeweler charged with being peeping tom.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2008, 4:34 PM
Activist Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg has declared victory in his fight to get election returns made available to the public.

Urevick-Ackelsberg, who writes on YoungPhillyPolitics, and Ed Goppelt, of Hallwatch, started a fax campaign last month, asking people to fax letters to the city commissioners -- who control elections -- requesting access to the city's password-protected election returns website. Currently, only city bigwigs and paying members of the media can access the site on election night.

But all that is about to change. Last week Goppelt received a letter from the office of City Solicitor Shelley Smith pledging to set up a public website that will provide near real time election returns. According to the letter, the website will be available for the November general election.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2008, 10:54 AM
John Baer reports that vice president candidate Joe Biden just spoke at the Pennsylvania delegation breakfast at the Democratic Convention in Denver. Before a crowd of more than 400, Biden talked about his Scranton, Pa. roots and stressed the importance of the keystone state in the general election.

“It is not hyperbole. We cannot win without winning Pennsylvania,” Biden said.

Biden, who has served in the Senate for Delaware since 1973, also talked about his long Washington career. He jokingly reflected on the age difference between himself and the 47-year-old presidential candidate Barack Obama .

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2008, 8:36 AM
Democratic Convention news: John Baer says he hasn't always been a fan of vice president nominee Joe Biden, but he's starting to come around. Will Bunch asks if presidential candidate Barack Obama's big stadium acceptance speech tonight is a good idea? And Clout notes that the convention is not environmentally friendly.

Stu Bykofsky predicts his own death.

More Philly schools are on a state violence list this year than last year.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 4:25 PM
John Baer just called us with this tale of celebrity misadventure at the Democratic Convention:

Pennsylvania State Rep. Josh Shapiro was honored last night at a party for ten rising young stars. Newark Mayor Cory Booker was another honoree at the bash, held in downtown Denver at Club 5 Degrees.

Baer reports that during the festivities, a disheveled, unkempt man came up to Shapiro and thanked him for the party. As the man walked away, a friend rushed up to Shapiro and breathlessly said: "Can you introduce me to Sean Penn?"

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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