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POSTED: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 10:47 AM

The Daily News takes a look at what Hurricane Sandy wrought up and down the east coast, from power outages to huge chunks of the Atlantic City boardwalk ripped up to local flooding.

In North Wildwood, residents hunkered down as emergency workers pleaded with them to evacuate during the storm.

And spending hours on television talking about a hurricane may lead to a little meteorological conflict between colleagues, as an open mic at 6ABC shows.

POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012, 7:28 PM

Ferocious winds knocked against the black Chevy Tahoe and rain trickled down the windows.

“Being ready is important,” said the city’s managing director Rich Negrin staring out of the passenger side window as he rode through the city. In comparison to Hurricane Irene, Negrin said of Hurricane Sandy, “This looks like it’s going to be much worse.”

Negrin received updates about downed trees and phoned in a report of a traffic signal pole that was tilting on 15th and Arch streets.

POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012, 5:06 PM

Calling the conditions outside “horrible,” Mayor Nutter says residents must get to safety before the bulk of the storm hits.

“It’s pretty rough. At the moment it’s not as bad as Irene, but it’s not here yet. It’s very windy,” Nutter said in the late afternoon, as he drove around the city to assess the situation. “The main message is stay inside, be safe, don’t come outside in this, it’s horrible. Keep looking out for each other."

Nutter said he didn’t know of any major injuries or fatalities so far due to the storm, but he said trees are coming down and the storm is picking up pace, with a surge expected overnight.

POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012, 11:51 AM

Restore Our Future, a political action committee run by supporters of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is putting $2 million into television commercials in Pennsylvania in the last week of the race, with more than half of the money going to the Philadelphia market.  President Obama will also start running ads in Pennsylvania, campaign manager Jim Messina said in a conference call with reporters Monday morning.

"They understand that they're not going to win in Ohio so now they're getting desperate," Messina said. "They are not close in Pennsylvania. We are going to win Pennsylvania."

David Axelrod, Obama's senior campaign adviser, said the Democratic ads are a "precaution."


POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012, 10:35 AM

Hurricane Sandy is descending on the region today. Here's everything from the DN this morning.

At Echo's Bar in North Wildwood, owner waits for Sandy.

Mayor Nutter says city residents need to take storm seriously.

POSTED: Friday, October 26, 2012, 3:44 PM

A little romance came to City Hall this afternoon.

Fox 29 producer Anthony Hopkins surprised girlfriend Ami Patel, the mayor’s deputy education officer, with a proposal at a fake press conference. Mayor Nutter and most of City Hall was in on the plan.

Hopkins, 31, said he’d been working on the proposal scheme for several weeks with the help of the mayor’s press office. Patel, 30, thought she was attending an education announcement until Nutter turned the podium over to Hopkins. She tearfully said yes.


POSTED: Friday, October 26, 2012, 2:41 PM

The nation's economy was the central focus of the debate Friday morning between U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and his Republican challenger, former coal company owner Tom Smith from the very first question.  Smith, who has invested at least $16.5 million of his own money into the campaign, said ending deficit spending in the federal budget and paying down the national debt will spur economic growth.

"I'm a businessman who wants to go to Washington and change things," Smith declared.

Casey cast himself as a defender of the middle-class, noting that Smith has spoken favorably about proposed Republican budgets in the U.S. House that would offer privatized Social Security and vouchers for Medicare for people too young to use those programs now.  He also criticized Smith for calling the temporary payroll tax cut a "gimmick."

POSTED: Friday, October 26, 2012, 1:40 PM

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. continued his campaign of linking Republican opponent Tom Smith to the Tea Party and what Casey denounces as "radical" federal budget ideas during a debate taped at 6ABC Friday morning.  Smith continued cast himself as independent minded while knocking Casey as a "career politician" who doesn't accomplish much.

But that doesn't mean the two men can't find common ground. 

  • Gun Violence: Casey said the focus should be on federal programs to combat crime. "I don't think we need new gun laws to change the dynamic on the street," Casey said. Smith agreed, blaming poor economic issues for gun violence.  "I think we have sufficient regulations on the books with gun laws," Smith said.
  • Equal Pay: Both candidates support equal pay for women who do the same work as men.  "The disparity, it's not good," Smith said of unequal pay. Casey cited votes he has made in the Senate in support of equal pay.
  • Nuclear Iran: Both candidates said a policy of "containment" was not enough to prevent Iran's nuclear development program.  Both said Iran must be stopped from developing nuclear weapons through sanctions.

6ABC will broadcast the debate at 1 p.m. on Sunday. It will be rebroadcast on C-Span at 3 p.m. on Sunday, PHL-17 10:30 p.m. on Sunday and the Pennsylvania Cable Network at 10 a.m. on Monday.

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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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