Sunday, December 21, 2014

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:02 AM

We have a long list of questions that really need some answers. Clarke: in or out of the mayor's race? Fattah's future? Among others, Chris Brennan breaks it down. 

Leap in the dark: Froggy Carr's clubhouse gets ransacked; Mummers outfits pilfered. Dana DiFilippo explains how a dozen Froggy Carr suits were stolen earlier this week out of the group's South Philly clubhouse. 

Vets Court: 'At a loss to explain' slayings: They say gunman in six Montco killings had no violent tendencies. David Gambacorta has the story. 

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 3:49 PM

Much like the Yellowpages serve as a phone directory for businesses, Project Nextdoor is an online database to improve city-to-resident and neighbor-to-neighbor communications throughout Philadelphia.

Whether you or your neighbor’s need is finding a local handyman, a babysitter, a lost pet, or even any immediate need like a cup of sugar, Nextdoor is now live on the web. The Nutter administration announced the official launch today of this free, private social network designed to connect neighborhoods. Its purpose is to partner with city departments and Philadelphia Town Watch to gather and push out information.

“This is the first administration to come to life in the digital age,” said city Managing Director Richard Negrin.

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 10:13 AM

Jingle-bell Roz: A caring cop makes holidays happy for special-needs kids. Officer organizes gift exhange between cops and special-needs kids. Stephanie Farr interviews Officer Roslyn "Roz" Talley. 

Questions remain in Montco slayings. Coroner's Officer still investigating how Stone died, in this report by Jason Nark and David Gambacorta. 

Ex-judge guilty - again: Tearful Thomasine Tynes gets sentence in second corruption case. Julie Shaw was in the courtroom for it. 

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 3:01 PM
Mark McDonald, Mayor Nutter's press secretary, tweeted that Council President Darrell Clarke "chickened out" on holding hears about a proposed sale of PGW> (Twitter)

The proposal to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works is dead but the political fight between City Council President Darrell Clarke and Mayor Nutter's administration rages on.

Clarke was on WHYY's Radio Times program this morning, defending his opposition to the $1.86 billion deal.  Council refused to hold hearings this year on the legislation for the proposed sale of PGW to UIL Holdings Corp., stymieing the deal.

Mark McDonald, Nutter's press secretary, used his Twitter feed to post 18 responses between 10 a.m. and noon today, many while Clarke was still on the air.  At one point, McDonald tweeted:


POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 8:10 AM

What drove Iraq vet to kill ex, her kin and apparently himself? Nobody can make sense of the ex-Marine's Montco killing spree of six. Day 2 of officers' search of Brad Stone ends with the finding of his body in the woods near his Pennsburg home, in this report by our talented staff writers.

Post-sting, two state reps are charged: D.A. Seth Williams released the indictments of Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown yesterday, saying A.G. Kathleen Kane "cold-cased" the original investigation. 

Trio held for trial in attack on gay couple, Mensah M. Dean follows them to court as the case moves forward.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 1:24 PM
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in an opinion posted yesterday, ruled that the law firm Cozen O'Connor can write off a $448,468 debt incurred by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady in a court battle to stay on the 2007 Democratic primary election ballot for mayor.

That ruling apparently puts an end to a nearly seven-year legal struggle.

Cozen sued the Philadelphia Board of Ethics in March 2008, seeking to overturn campaign-contribution limits that restricted how Brady, chairman of the Democratic City Committee, could raise money to pay off the debt.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:09 AM

Still at large: Murder spree claims Iraq vet's ex-wife and five ex-in-laws. The hunt is still on for Brad Stone, who made four different stops over two counties leaving six dead and a seventh injured, in this compilation piece by the DN. 

'Tollie' plea withdrawal comes out of left field: Dan Tollefson surprised a Bucks County courtroom yesterday with his decision to represent himself on fraud charges. Vinny Vella and Molly Eichel have the story. 

Two-year sentence for ex-Traffic Court's 'ashamed man.' Julie Shaw provides the details behind the case of Wiliam Hird, who will serve two years for his role in a ticket-fixing scheme. 

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 9:33 AM

John Baer surveys the scene at Pennsylvania Society, that annual trip to New York City by the state's politicians and campaign donors, and finds some of them are seeing double.  And not just from the open-bar events.

David Gambacorta examines what happened to City Council legislation that would have addressed a secretive practice in zoning for shelters.

And Jenice Armstrong checks in on a much-slimmer District Attorney Seth Williams.

About this blog
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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