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Archive: September, 2009

POSTED: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 5:35 PM

Law Abiding Citizen, the Jamie Foxx movie filmed at City Hall earlier this year, is set to have its world debut at the 18 1/2 Philadelphia Film Festival in October. Check this Philebrity report for more details.

The action thriller features Gerard Butler as a man bent on revenge against a corrupt district attorney, played by Foxx. From the looks of the trailer, it's heavy on explosions.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 11:18 AM

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows state Attorney General Tom Corbett leading the Republican pack of gubanatorial candidates and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato heading up the Democrats.

The survey also shows that Gov. Rendell's ratings remain low.

You can check out the poll here.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 7:44 AM

John Baer thinks the state budget is unlikely to be signed by Gov. Rendell Sunday.

Councilman Jack Kelly's one-time campaign treasurer is heading to prison for two years for bribery.

Three rapes have been reported in three days, including one at the University of Pennsylvania.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 5:47 PM

Andy Teitelman, an attorney who served as Councilman Jack Kelly's campaign treasurer, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison this afternoon for bribing Kelly's one-time chief of staff, Chris Wright. His sentence also included a $5,000 fine and two years of supervised release after he gets out of prison. Teitelman's attorney had argued that he should be sentenced to a "substantial sentence of home confinement with community service" while prosecutors sought a 51-63 month prison term.

Teitelman was convicted in February with Wright and developer Ravinder Chawla.  Teitelman served as chief counsel to real estate businesses run by Chawla and his brother, Hardeep, who was acquitted during the trial.  Wright, sentenced in August to four years in prison, must surrender by 2 p.m. Thursday.  Chawla, one of Kelly's most generous campaign contributors, was sentenced three weeks ago to 30 months in prison and must surrender by Oct. 26.

A jury found that Chawla and Teitelman gave Wright use of a rent-free apartment near Rittenhouse Square and free legal services in return for his help on real-estate, zoning and tax matters.  Prosecutors said those bribes were worth about $20,000. Kelly, who was not charged, secretly recorded conversations for the FBI with Chawla and Wright during the investigation and testified during their trial.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 11:50 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had a good story today on the outcome of the G-20 conference. They list six of the important decisions made during the talks.

You can check it out here.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 8:25 AM

The Daily News takes a look at youths who kill in the city and how they often share a common profile.  Some do well when supervised by the courts after early trouble but fall back when released.  And here's a run-down of some recent cases that highlight the problem.

The federal license for a Spring Garden Street gun shop is being revoked after the owner pleaded guilty yesterday to making false statements and failing to keep proper records on the sales of 10 weapons.

A former Philadelphia Sheriff's deputy gets five to 10 years in prison for shooting her neighbor.

POSTED: Monday, September 28, 2009, 3:25 PM

If you missed it last week, we strongly suggest you check out the Sundance Channel documentary series "Brick City."

The five part program documents life in Newark from all angles, as Mayor Corey Booker pushes to revive the downtrodden town. Booker, the police chief and gang members on the street are featured throughout the episodes, which delve deep into the problems of poverty and crime plaguing Newark. It's a great opportunity to see how government works, especially since many of Booker's goals mirror Mayor Nutter's -- in particular crime reduction and job creation.

Here's the website for Brick City.

POSTED: Monday, September 28, 2009, 2:21 PM

It's a slow news day over here in PhillyClout world headquarters. But if you're looking for a politics fix, we suggest you check out the PoliticsPa site for their roundup of top state political scandals. Although, we have to say: ABSCAM only made number 8?

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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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