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POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 12:47 PM
Mike Barley, Gov. Corbett's campaign manager, tweeted his thoughts yesterday about a Daily News-Franklin & Marshall College "junk poll" that shows his boss trailing Democrat Tom Wolf by 25 points.

Gov. Corbett's campaign manager took to Twitter yesterday to slam as a "junk poll" the Daily News-Franklin & Marshall College Poll released yesterday that showed his boss trailing Democrat Tom Wolf by 25 points.

"Interesting that Tom Wolf's wife is on the board of trustees at F&M College, then junk poll comes out showing Wolf leading?  hmmm #pagov," Mike Barley tweeted.

Barley only had a 140 characters to work with so he didn't mention that every F&M poll -- in fact, almost every public poll -- has shown Wolf with a lead over Corbett.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 9:13 AM
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (File photo)

Who is "Person D?" That has been the hot question in political and legal circles since a longtime aide to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah admitted in federal court Wednesday that he lied to investigators to conceal an illegal $1 million loan to Fattah's 2007 campaign for mayor of Philadelphia.   A source familiar with the investigation said yesterday the man who made that loan - identified as "Person D" in federal documents - is believed to be Albert "Al" Lord, the former CEO of Sallie Mae, the giant student loan financing corporation.

Meanwhile, a federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed this year by Fattah's son, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. against the IRS, FBI and U.S. Department of Justice but allowed another part of the suit to proceed.  The son is under federal indictment, accused of defrauding banks, the IRS and the School District of Philadelphia of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

And City Controller Alan Butkovitz says littering fines add up.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:52 PM
CHARLES FOX / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Butkovitz: Releases report.

Gladden the notion of fines collected effortlessly for things like parking tickets, code violations, real estate taxes, or say, fines for littering. At $150 a pop, the city’s SWEEP (Streets & Walkways Education and Enforcement Program) tries to keep it clean, but fines collected are still way below the targeted goal.

In his latest economic report, City Controller Alan Butkovitz ran the numbers on revenues collected for violations issued to people for improperly disposing of garbage, rubbish, refuse and plain, old litter. He said the city collected $5.1 million in Fiscal Year 2014, alone, and a total of $26 million since 2009. But many more millions go uncollected, he said – almost $70 million owed to the city since 2009 in litter fines, according to an agency receivables report by the revenue department.

“The Office of Administrative Review should seek assistance from the city’s revenue and law departments to utilize their collection agencies to pursue the delinquent accounts,” he said, offering a recommendation to the default.

POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 9:23 AM

Hidden horror: two bodies found in Schuylkill River with throats slit; third victim clings to life. Cops say victims were targeted due to drug ties, in this report by Morgan Zalot and Patricia Madej. 

Fattah aide admits campaign-money cover-up, writes Chris Brennan and William Bender. 

Kidnapped girl: 'I just remember hurting.' Regina Medina reports

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:26 AM

Summer of Rage: Fifty years ago, a riot changed Philadelphia forever. Will Bunch takes us back to 1964 when a North Philly riot left wounds that still fester.  

Injury pictures rattle jurors in child-abduction case, in this report by Regina Medina and Solomon Leach. 

Could I see you in my office Ms.? John Baer talks politics.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:45 PM
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams today went live with a new web site, a likely sign of his intention to be a candidate in the 2015 Democratic primary election for mayor in Philadelphia. (AnthonyHWilliams.com)

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, a West Philly Democrat, today launched a new web site encouraging visitors to "Join Team Tony" -- one more sign that he intends to run for mayor next year.

The "Team Tony" slogan has been popping up in political fund-raisers thrown by Williams since last year. Visitors who submit an email address on the new web site are asked "what issues matter to you most" and are given options of education, jobs, the economy and/or public safety.

The web site, paid for by Williams' state senate political action committee, also offers visitors the chance to donate $20, $35, $50, $100, $500, $2,500 or more.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:29 AM

Philly-area day laborers, desperate for work, getting killed at higher rates, writes Vinny Vella. 

How a bike lane tells the future. Helen Ubinas takes us behind her mission: to stake out the blocked bike lane outside the 7-Eleven near the corner of 22nd and Lombard streets and see what she discovers. 

Cop testifies to chaos after girl's abduction from school, in this report from Regina Medina. 

POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:53 AM
The (Philadelphia Public Record)

Jimmy Tayoun, publisher of the Philadelphia Public Record, says he has fired the employee who wrote a series of racial slurs that appeared in a photo caption in Thursday's edition.

That's a change of tune for Tayoun, who on Friday told Clout and Philadelphia magazine the photo caption slurs were a "proofreading error" that was missed after a freelance photographer submitted "nicknames" for three of the nine people in the picture with City Councilman Mark Squilla.

Tayoun yesterday retracted his comments that blamed the photographer, saying he spoke in "haste the other day about the deplorable error in our Aug. 21 issue."  

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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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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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