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POSTED: Friday, September 30, 2011, 4:51 PM

Here's the press release on Mayor Nutter's bet with St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay in advance of the upcoming series between the Phillies and the Cardinals:


Philadelphia, September 30, 2011- Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Mayor Francis G. Slay announced a National League Divisional Series (NLDS) bet serving their communities and betting beer. The Mayors agree that they will both volunteer in their respective cities with Habitat for Humanity to celebrate the NLDS. Additionally, Mayor Nutter will bet a selection of microbrews from the Philadelphia region versus Mayor Slay’s bet of Budweiser, which is regionally headquartered in St. Louis.

POSTED: Friday, September 30, 2011, 9:46 AM

Looks like more city budget cuts are in the pipeline.

Blue collar city workers file lawsuit over changes to DROP.

Republican City Council candidate Al Taubenberger is out in the field with a poll that insults himself.

POSTED: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 4:10 PM

Blue-collar municipal union District Council 33 has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming that changes made to the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan were illegal.

Two weeks ago, City Council voted unanimously to override Mayor Nutter’s veto of a bill that preserves the DROP program at a reduced cost. Nutter wanted Council to end DROP, adding that the city could not afford it. The new plan will delay the time in which employees can enroll in DROP and it reduces the interest rate of employees’ DROP accounts.

The suit filed Wednesday argues the city could not change the terms and conditions of employment under state law without bargaining with the union.

POSTED: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 12:36 PM

Diop Olugbala, a.k.a Wali Rahman, just wrapped up a protest outside Fox29's television studios on Market Street.  Olugbala, a member of the International Peoples' Democratic Uhuru Movement, is on the Nov. 8 general election ballot as an independent candidate for mayor.  He wants to participate in the debate Fox29 will tape Tuesday to air on Friday.

Olugbala says Fox29 has not responded to his request.  He added that the station sent out a security guard to greet his protest. The guard gave Olugbala some phone numbers he could call to contact station officials.

"I represent an entirely different kind of politics that needs to be heard," Olugbala told us.

POSTED: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 8:22 AM

Julie Shaw was on the scene in Port Richmond yesterday when a gunman wounded three people.

Cops are hunting for leads in a shooting that left four people -- including a 2-year-old girl -- wounded in South Philly on Tuesday.

Morgan Zalot takes a close look at the issue of absentee landlords and Section 8 housing in Northeast Philadelphia.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 10:07 AM

Council held its last hearing yesterday on rewrite of new zoning code.

Three felons lose their pensions after a Daily News report.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination stressed the importance of job creation at a Philadelphia fundraiser.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 8:08 AM
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, passes behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry during a break in a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is still relatively new to the race for the Republican presidential nomination and newer still to Pennsylvania, where he held his first fund-raiser in Philadelphia yesterday.  And so his camp is in a mad scramble to raise funds and meet with officials here who can provide valuable endorsements.  Today's Quinnipiac University Poll holds some good news for Perry, who has taken many shots in the last couple of weeks for his debate performance and record in Texas.

The poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who still has a campaign infrastructure set up in this state from 2008, leading the GOP pack at 18 percent with Perry right on his heels at 16 percent.  Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum came in third at 12 percent, probably due to his high name recognition in Pennsylvania.  Santorum tends to bring in lower numbers in national polls.

While President Obama's approval rating has been sinking in Pennsylvania, the poll still found he would beat Romney 45-43 percent, beat Perry 46-40 percent and beat Santorum 45-42 percent.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 7:23 PM

Mayor Nutter's live "town hall meeting" at NBC10 is about one-quarter over but Karen Brown, the Republican nominee for mayor, has already ended her protest outside the City Avenue studios.  Why?  NBC10 has apparently caved to her demand for a televised appearance to meet the "equal time" federal law she and an attorney cited yesterday.

Brown's campaign manager just forwarded to us an e-mail from NBC10 spokeswoman Kathleen Burke, who offers for Brown "to appear on our air on a date and time to be determined." Burke adds that the station will be in touch by the end of this week.

Brown's attorney, Republican Ward Leader Matt Wolfe, had argued in a letter to NBC10 yesterday that the town hall did not seem to meet the exemptions in the equal time federal law for how televisions offer air time to candidates.  Those exemptions are for newscasts, news interviews, on-the-spot news events and news documentaries.

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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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