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POSTED: Thursday, June 12, 2014, 8:42 AM

'Promise Academies' were designed to repair failing schools, but oh those money woes...less promising, by Solomon Leach. 

School district gets $27 million...and a scolding. 

Lenfest closes $88 million sale for Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com, by Chris Brennan. 

POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 9:02 AM

Sixers get $82 million in tax breaks to move headquarters, practice site to Camden, in this report by Jason Nark. 

Will Bunch shares with us how H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest plans to buy out Lewis Katz's son in ownership of Intertsate General Media. 

A $1 million political donation was a bat bet for casino investor, from Chris Brennan. 

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 3:20 PM
(Charles Fox / Staff Photographer)

The Committee of Seventy, a local good-government group, today renewed its call for City Council to hold hearings on Mayor Nutter's proposal to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works before the lawmakers take off for summer vacation.

Council's last scheduled session before its July 1 budget deadline is June 19. They reconvene in September. 

UIL Holdings Corp., the Connecticut company Nutter has picked to buy PGW for $1.86 billion, is allowed to walk away from the deal if it isn't approved by Council and the state Public Utilities Commission by July 15. 

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 2:29 PM
FILE PHOTO - Airport workers and members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU). (Source: SEIU 32BJ local)

Chanting “Enforce Now!” and “Poverty wages don’t fly!” about three dozen Philadelphia International Airport workers stormed the hallway outside the mayor’s office this morning with a single demand: enforce Nutter’s executive order upping the minimum wage for contractors and subcontractors doing business with the city to $10.88 an hour.

The group was largely comprised of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), whose members ranged from security checkpoint officers to baggage handlers. They never got any mayoral face-time, but Chief of Staff Everett A. Gillison did come out and address the crowd.

Gillison had just wrapped up testifying before City Council’s Committee on Commerce & Economic Development when the airport workers began to crowd chambers, then made their way to the mayor’s office. Their main gripe was that it’s been three weeks since voters passed the minimum wage hike at the polls, but PHL International contractors and subcontractors claim they have yet to see that extra money.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 9:12 AM

Councilman Jim Kenney's bill to let cops ease up on marijuana arrests got committee approval yesterday, writes Jenny DeHuff.

The proposed sale of the old University City High School building to Drexel University also moved forward.

What's that smell coming from next door? Helen Ubinas is on it.

POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014, 9:08 AM

Jaon Nark tells the story of how Russell Samuel Stiver got answers about what happened to his daughters, who disappeared in Philly 46 years ago.

John Baer breaks down the upcoming battle over privatizing or modernizing liquor sales.

And Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf visits Philly PrideDay. Morgan Zalot reports.

POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014, 2:17 PM
City Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr. tweeted this photo of a closed-door meeting Thursday with Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor.

Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, today described as "nonsense" concerns about his closed-door City Hall meeting yesterday with a quorum of Philadelphia City Council members.

Speaking after receiving the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union across the street from City Hall, Wolf said he did not understand suggestions that the meeting amounted to politicking with government time and resources.

"I mean, it's nonsense actually," Wolf said. "I mean, I went in to introduce myself, to say hi and to show that I'm running for statewide office and this is the biggest city in Pennsylvania and I'm happy to meet the people who make decisions on behalf of this city."

POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014, 8:43 AM

Five years ago, then-PA Attorney General Tom Corbett's staff investigated Philadelphia NAACP leader J. Whyatt Mondesire and one of his employees. The employee was prosecuted. What happened to the Mondesire investigation? Now-PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane is looking for the answer.

City Commissioner Stephanie Singer holds an Airing of Grievances for people who have complaints about the May 20 primary election.

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's non-profit, Peace Not Guns, is not registered as a 501(c)3 as his web site has claimed.

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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