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POSTED: Monday, February 27, 2012, 6:18 PM

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams took to his Facebook page and Twitter feed this afternoon to say there is no get-out-of-jail-free card for his Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

"Regularly scheduled Facebook "friendship" disclaimer. Your use and viewing of this page does not constitute "friendship" to bar criminal prosecution in the City and County of Philadelphia by the Office of the District Attorney," Williams posted on his Facebook page about two hours ago.  He also linked to it on his Twitter feed.

It's a tricky legal landscape out there for Facebookers.  State Rep. Cherelle Parker had a DUI charge tossed out of court in November by a Municipal Court judge who was also her Facebook friend.  A Common Pleas Court judge reinstated the charges last month, saying the first judge should have recused himself because of the Facebook friend status.

POSTED: Monday, February 27, 2012, 10:55 AM

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey blames the Daily News for the return of a disgraced cop.

Larry Platt explains some of the many changes you’ll notice in both the Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

State politics may just make your head spin. John Baer weighs in.

POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012, 12:15 PM

Former U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum always had a complicated political relationship.  It just got even more so.  Specter appeared on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown show this morning and said Santorum was not telling the truth about him during a Republican presidential debate this week.

Santorum, who opposes abortion, takes some hits from conservatives for supporting Specter, who is pro-choice, in the 2004 Republican senatorial election against Pat Toomey.  Santorum, responding to former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney during the debate, said he struck a deal with Specter for his political support that year.  Santorum claimed Specter pledged to support any nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court from then-President George W. Bush in return for political support.

"That is flatly not true," Specter says just after the 3-minute mark in this video. "We never had any such conversation. It would be improper to make a commitment on a vote before I knew who the nominee was and whether I thought the nominee was qualified."

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POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012, 10:46 AM

Jewell Williams says he wants the city to buy him a $38,000 Chevy Tahoe because the public "deserves" to know there's a new sheriff. Sigh.

Ex-cop Frank Tepper is going to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an unarmed man. He also gets to keep his pension. Double sigh.

Budget woes are forcing PHA to offer buyouts to its employees.

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 7:14 PM

Gov. Corbett’s proposed budget threatens the city’s social safety net and would endanger thousands of vulnerable Philadelphians.

So, what does the city plan to do about it? Could there be another property-tax hike on the horizon to deal with some of the cuts?

“Your question is tremendously premature and we’ve had no discussion about that,” Mayor Nutter told the Daily News today.

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 4:52 PM

Updated: To include information from a Pew Charitable Trusts study on Philly City Council

City Council was none-too-thrilled about today’s Daily News editorial which criticized the legislative body for not meeting during weeks of federal holidays and summer recess.

In a letter sent to Council staff this morning, Council spokeswoman Jane Roh, on behalf of Council president Darrell Clarke asked Council staff to submit by Monday information detailing the average number of meetings and events each member attends per week, as well as a list of events after 5 p.m. and on weekends and the average time each member begins and ends their day.

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 10:59 AM
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said he is "just appalled” that there is only one domestic violence shelter in the city. (Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer)

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson knows what it’s like to grow-up in the middle of a war zone.

Johnson lost his 17 year-old cousin and several friends to gun violence 20 years ago, in his Point Breeze neighborhood, after which he launched the organization PeaceNotGuns to help end violence among youth.

“When you live in that environment and you see it firsthand, you know what some of the issues are on a firsthand basis,” Johnson said. “Not making excuses, but some individuals are in certain predicaments just based upon the perspective that they don’t see any other option to do whatever it is that their doing. Do I condone that behavior? No. Do I understand it? Yes.”

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 10:05 AM
W. Wilson Goode Jr.

City Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr., apparently reacting to our reporting this week about Council not meeting today because Monday was Presidents Day, wants his Twitter followers to know that he and his colleagues are working hard despite the down time.  Here's a tweet he put up yesterday:

"The 9 members of City Council's Rules Committee (a majority of Council) approved four bills today. Hey, I thought we were on vacation! :)"

An emoticon from Goode?  We never saw that coming.  Goode probably won't care for today's Daily News editorial.

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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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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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