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POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 11:54 AM

Will voters ask why Abraham's probe into Sandusky charity yielded nothing? Former D.A. Lynne Abraham is running for mayor, but has otherwise avoided the limelight since her investigation into Jerry Sandusky. Will Bunch asks the question. 

Abraham fuels smackdown! 'America's deadliest DA' targets Council chief Clarke for dead PGW deal, in the latest from Chris Brennan and Clout. 

Bills, bills, bills...Council passes a bunch during its last 2014 meeting. Mensah Dean and yours truly were there during the whole five hours. 

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 8:46 AM

In Clout today: The 2015 race for mayor spiraled into a series of smackdowns this week between Lynne Abraham, a declared candidate, and City Council President Darrell Clarke's campaign for . . . he won't say what.  Also, Tom Knox endorses state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams for mayor.  And Joe Torsella has nearly $1 million banked for a 2016 run for state treasurer.

Speaking of Abraham, Will Bunch takes a look at her high-profile, short-lived probe of the controversial Second Mile charity founded by Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach sent to prison for the sexual abuse of children.

And City Council finished off its final session of the year with grand overtures of jingle-bell ringing, flag waving, back slapping and a litany of bill passing before members broke for the holidays.

POSTED: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 8:39 AM

For mayor: no Rizzo, no Evans. Chris Brennan breaks it down. Former Councilman Frank Rizzo is ditching his mayoral plans in hopes of returning to City Council. Dwight Evans announced he would not run for mayor either. 

Chaka Fattah Jr. pens 305-page court motion. He had no loss for words in his motion to end the feds' bank-fraud and tax evasion indictment against him. William Bender has the story. 

DHS reforms dissected at hearing. Danieal Kelly's death led to serious changes at the city's Department of Human Services. 

POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 9:56 AM

'Tremendous loss:' City heartbroken over death of 11-year firefighter veteran and mother of two. Our team collaborates on coverage. 

Merry Christmas to all from the new head of Pennsylvania. Will Tom Wolf make like Santa and bring Pennsylvania the gift it desires? John Baer asks the question. 

School district go ASPIRA: Hand over the paperwork. Regina Medina looks into how Lyon Contracting billed ASPIRA $7,300 to paint its decaying hallway in Olney Charter School. 

POSTED: Monday, December 8, 2014, 11:34 AM

Hundreds take a stand by lying down in Broad Street after Eagles game. They staged a "solidarity die-in" at Broad and Pattison streets. Jason Nark reports. 

Will Wolf budge on budget? John Baer writes that Wolf has inherited a mess that could stifle all his plans. 

At NAACP, 'healing' could take awhile. Minister Rodney Muhammad is the new Local NAACP president-elect, but he's not without challenges ahead. Valerie Russ has the story. 

POSTED: Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:00 AM

Charter's maintenance crew says contractor left the rolling to them: Invoices show that ASPIRA, the operator that manages Olney Charter School, paid Lyon Contracting $163,365 to paint the school in 2011. 

PGW buyer: Please cancel our $2 billion deal. UIL Holdings of Connecticut withdrew its $1.86 billion  offer to buy the Philadelphia Gas Works yesterday. 

Deep pockets in play for City Council at-large races: Chris Brennen delves into the news behind a new group of corporate executives who are on the hunt for business-friendly candidates.

POSTED: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:53 PM
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, (right) walks with James Torgenson, President of UIL Holding Corp, prospective buyer of PGW from the city of Philadelphia. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ) (DN)

UIL Holdings, the Connecticut utility company chosen by Mayor Nutter to purchase PGW for nearly $2 billion, has killed its offer indefinitely.

“Unfortunately, there was not enough political will to get this done,” said UIL spokesman Michael West.

“Our investment apparently wasn’t that attractive to some City Council members in leadership, so we felt that we needed to exit the deal at this time.

POSTED: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8:31 AM

Can't believe our eyes: Video clearly shows N.Y. cop choking why is he off the hook? Jury process questioned after no charges in NYC chokehold death. Full coverage here from Mensah M. Dean. 

Survery says: No family fued in city commissioner's race. Renee Tartaglione Matos denies claims that she's planning a run for the job. Chris Brennan has the story. 

City's crawl to arms in bedbug battle: Legislation aims to address the 10 percent of Philly homes that have bedbugs, according to one expert. 

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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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