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POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:10 AM

Candidates look past November to 2015 mayoral contest. State Sen. Mike Stack is talking about becoming a "super senator" if he's elected lieutenant governor. If it doesn't work, John Sabatina Jr. and John McNesby might be interested in his seat. Chris Brennan reports. 

Natural pass: Council stalls on sale of PGW. City Council President Darrell Clarke denies any foot-dragging. 

Shearer genius with 'Nixon.' And inadvertently just in time for Halloween...Will Bunch has the story. 

POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:41 PM
(Charles Fox / Staff Photographer)

Step on the gas already. That was the feeling among a few in City Council when polled today about the stalled sale of PGW.

There had been talk for weeks that Council President Darrell Clarke would schedule hearings on the sale of the largest city-owned gas utility, but Thursday’s meeting came and went – yet again – with no action.

“This is the way we do our business,” Clarke said today.

POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:46 AM

Woman claims candidate in Delco Senate race is estranged father. Democrat John Kane's campaign ads for the 26th District state Senate race show him with his kids. Woman says she's kin too. William Bender reports. 

Union prez: White guard coddled. Morgan Zalot takes us behind the scenes of a video that shows the alleged beating of a prisoner. 

Bill seeks to fix cracks in L&I protocol: The deaths of two Philadelphia firefighters prompted City Council to move forward on a bill that makes critical changes in how the city handles its large, vacant buildings left to rot. Here's coverage of that hearing. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 8:51 AM

Repo victims seek justice, get slur from judge: seeking help in wronged repos, they're kicked from court and called 'apes,' writes Ronnie Polaneczky. 

Political ads on cable are all about the base. Does your TV-watching reflect your politics? Ask John Baer. 

Malala's mettle gets Liberty Medal: Pakistani teenager is youngest recipient of the award to date. I spent (nearly) the day with her. 

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 8:57 AM

Justice McCaffery benched...nemesis Castille calls him a 'sociopath.' Chris Brennan unveils McCaffery's being ordered off the court in Porngate. 

Teachers contract stands as judge blocks School Reform Commission; with more litigation ahead, Regina Medina reports. 

From intern to Internet's 'patient zero,' Monica Lewinsky talks publicly of her viral shaming at yesterday's Forbes Under 30 Summit. 

POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:20 AM

John Baer consults the calendar of celestial events, phases of the moon and meteor showers, seeking signs to help explain happenings in Harrisburg.

After nearly 1,000 in jail, an accused man insists he is innocent while two of the three cops who arrested him have now been arrested themselves.

And the Daily News Editorial Board takes a look at the porn scandal that has roiled the state's top court and wonders again about merit selection for judges.

POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:24 PM
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference at the Municipal Services building to explain the city's preparedness for a possible ebola outbreak on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The others from left are Mark Gale, CEO Philadelphia International Airport; Samantha Phillips, director office of emergency management; Philadelphia fire commissioner Derrick Sawyer and James Beuhler, MD, Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)

A day after City Council held a four-hour hearing on Ebola, Mayor Nutter and his top safety officials briefed members of the press today on the city’s preparedness, in the unlikely event a case appear in Philadelphia.

Nutter said the city is aptly prepared to handle and control infectious diseases, just as it has been in the past when it was Anthrax, H1N1, Sars, or any other outbreak scare causing widespread panic.

The mayor spent well over an hour laying out the city’s safety measures with his health, fire and police commissioners. He said that while the risk of contracting Ebola is still very low, using an abundance of caution is a matter of good faith.

POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 9:20 AM

Ebola is deadly, scary...and overhyped: Thank politicians and cable news for sounding the alarms in the U.S. Will Bunch reports. 

Guv hanging on to Big Bong theory: Chris Brennan delves into how the Keystoned State struck close to home for Tom Corbett. 

First lady boosts Wolf in Mount Airy: Obama stresses education and the need to get out the vote, in this report by Patricia Madej. 

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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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