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POSTED: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 12:43 PM
Filed Under: Statehouse

Pennsylvania's new governor, Tom Corbett, was sworn into office today calling for civility in the pursuit of public policy.  Citing William Penn and the country's founding fathers, Corbett said those "noble leaders stood true to the belief that civility stands at the core of fair and peaceful governance."

"As we open this new chapter in Pennsylvania’s history, let us also step forward firmly dedicated to a civil discourse," Corbett continued. "Let us not confuse acrimony with passion or partisanship with principle. Rather, let us take this opportunity to begin a new kind of debate – one that honors our shared history and unites us as citizens in common purpose. In doing so, I have great faith that we will unleash a new common prosperity to benefit all Pennsylvanians."

After the jump, you can read Corbett's complete innaugural address.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 10:44 AM

Is the Strangler behind bars? Police last night nabbed a man who is a DNA match to the slayings of three women in Kensington.

More on the Kensington slumlord who defaulted on loans for houses he rented to city's poorest residents.

On his final day as governor, Ed Rendell predicts a new era of political activism in Pennsylvania.

POSTED: Monday, January 17, 2011, 6:55 PM

Mayor Nutter just told us that the person of interest in the Kensington Strangler case in now in police custody.

"We got the mother------," said Nutter.

Nutter did not have any details about how the police caught the guy, but a police press conference is underway.

POSTED: Monday, January 17, 2011, 5:58 PM

Mayor Nutter tonight said police had zeroed in on a "person of interest" in the Kensington Strangler case and asked that man to turn himself in.

"We need to catch this person and get him off the streets now," Nutter said. "We know who you are and we're looking you. It's not if, it's when."

Nutter praised the police department for this breakthrough in the case. The person police are seeking is a DNA match for the strangler.

POSTED: Monday, January 17, 2011, 10:47 AM

Nice work if you can get it, eh? Philly's federal judges often hear cases in U.S. Virgin Islands.

John Baer imagines outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell's words of wisdom for new Gov. Tom Corbett.

Stu Bykofsky reports that Councilman Jack Kelly has made it official that he won't run for re-election.

POSTED: Friday, January 14, 2011, 6:19 PM

So we all know that Mayor Nutter is a vocal recycling advocate. But this week, PhillyClout wondered if that ethic extended to his campaign.

At a Nutter campaign event this week, we noticed that the red and blue sign with the words “Nutter for Mayor” hung up on the podium looked exactly like the signs from Nutter’s 2007 run. Turns out, that’s because this was a leftover sign from the last campaign.

So is Nutter being thrifty and just using the old signs? Campaign spokeswoman Sheila Simmons tells us that they will probably get a new logo and sign, but they haven’t done it yet because the campaign is still getting up and running.

POSTED: Friday, January 14, 2011, 3:07 PM

Mayor Nutter announced this afternoon that actress Mia Farrow will win the 2011 Marian Anderson Award.

Nutter cited Farrow's humanitarian work in regions like Darfur as a key reason for the honor. As an actress, Farrow is perhaps best known for the films "Rosemary's Baby" and "Hannah and Her Sisters"

Farrow, who was married to Frank Sinatra and Andre Previn, had a longtime relationship with Woody Allen, which famously broke up in 1994 when it was revealed that Allen was involved with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi.

POSTED: Friday, January 14, 2011, 11:44 AM

People owed money from the Sheriff's Office want to know where their cash is located.

Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller will not seek re-election.

A report says the schools' zero tolerance policy is too harsh.

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