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POSTED: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7:53 AM

How big tobacco derailed cig-tax bill: Tobacco lobby's jockeying helped delay cigarette tax - and money for schools, writes Chris Brennan and Solomon Leach. 

Mayor taking the heat: Protestors, Liberian ambassador go to City Hall, by Sean Collins Walsh and Dylan Segelbaum.

Cops: we nailed the cad burglar. Stephanie Farr offers us the latest on the 'bum' accused of breaking and entering and terrorizing a Delco woman. 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:09 PM
Liberian Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh (center) with Red Cross CEO Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes visits Gesner Street where a fire claimed 4 young children early Saturday morning. The ambassador met with members of City Council Wednesday morning. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )

Jeremiah Sulunteh, Liberia's ambassador to the United States, this morning met with City Council members and relatives of the four children - all of Liberian descent - who died last weekend in a fire in Southwest Philly.

"We come with heavy hearts," said Sulunteh, who stressed the the strength of the U.S.-Liberian relationship before pledging to investigate the matter.

"Was this something that would have been prevented? ... What actions were taken?" Sulunteh asked rhetorically. "That is the question that [Liberian] President [Ellen Johnson] Sirleaf wants me to get back to her with an answer: What went wrong?"

POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 8:47 AM

Inmate's letters asks the DN to let victim's parents know of his vow to honor their son. They don't want to hear it, writes Ronnie Polaneczky. 

Chief: You're asking for superheroes. 9-1-1 recordings show Philly Fire Deptartment acted quickly, in this report from Morgan Zalot, Vinny Vella and Dylan Segelbaum. 

Cig tax back-and-forth turning into a nail-biter. Solomon Leach writes of the how the Senate's changes send the bill back to the House. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 4:45 PM
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (center) speaking in March at the Union League about bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention as former Gov. Ed Rendell (right) and Local 98 leader John Dougherty (left) listen.

The odds of Philadelphia hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention just improved a bit.  And the thanks goes to Cleveland, Ohio.

The Republican National Committee today announced that it is recommending Cleveland for its 2016 convention.  Cleveland is one of six cities that filed applications last month to host the Democratic convention that year.

The Democratic National Committee's "exclusivity clause" in that bidding process will cut Cleveland from the running if that city signs a deal with the Republicans. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12:11 PM
Eva Gladstein, head of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity. Janurary 14, 2012 (RON TARVER / Staff Photographer)

The city today opened six BenePhilly Centers to assist low-income Philadelphians who are eligible for benefits but are not receiving them. 

Increasing benefits access is a major goal of Shared Prosperity, an anti-poverty plan that Mayor Nutter unveiled last year. He tasked Eva Gladstein, the executive director of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, or "CEO," with developing and implementing the plan. 

The centers, Gladstein said, will help people "get benefits that can help alleviate some of the worst affects of poverty."

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:12 AM

About 200 residents protested what they said was a slow response time by the Philadelphia Fire Department in the Gesner Street fire that killed four children over the weekend. The city says crews were on the scene within minutes.

City officials are cautiously optimistic about Harrisburg today approving a new cigarette tax that could provide school funding.

Three West Philadelphia families were displaced after a rowhome collapsed yesterday on Spruce Street, near 60th.

POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014, 9:01 AM

William Bender reports on the aftermath of the deadly Southwest Philly blaze.

John Baer dicusses the new cigarette tax, which the General Assembly is poised to pass.

Stu Bykofsky questions the tactics behind a Philadelphia magazine story.

POSTED: Thursday, July 3, 2014, 9:03 AM

Ambulances couldn't meet demand Tuesday; some say that's common. Tuesday afternoon would've been a bad time to suffer a heart attack or any other medical emergency in Philadelphia, in this report by David Gambacorta and William Bender. 

Judge's cousin recalls 'hookup' in Philly federal corruption and fraud trial of alleged ticket-fixing by traffic court judges. 

Senator's lawyer seeks a Philly trial. Montgomery County D.A. also keen on idea, which was pitched to Kane, writes Chris Brennan. 

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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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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