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POSTED: Friday, January 13, 2012, 1:19 PM

Republican at-large Councilman David Oh is preparing for his post as chair of the Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative Innovative Economy -a new committee which deals with foreign governments and international relations.

Oh contacted Kim Sook, Ambassador of South Korea to the United Nations to discuss trade and business opportunities between Philadelphia and South Korea and the two are currently meeting in New York City.

According to his staff, Oh is hoping to encourage more businesses to start in the city. Oh has reportedly expressed interest in seeing Philadelphia enter the global economy.

POSTED: Friday, January 13, 2012, 11:14 AM

Holly Otterbein finds that getting through to the Revenue Department might be slightly harder than finding Jimmy Hoffa's body.

Stu Bykofsky says enough with the Tebow-hating.

Many Penn State alums are still really upset -- about Joe Paterno being fired. Um.

POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 5:26 PM

This just in from Facebook: Perennial Republican candidate John Featherman says he plans to run for the 1st Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the chairman of the Democratic Party in Philadelphia.

Featherman, you may recall, was unable to defeat Democratic committeewoman Karen Brown in last year's Republican primary election for mayor.

Featherman's Facebook post announcing his plans is heavy with the burdens a political campaign places on a personal life.  It appears above another post, where he urges the "decriminalization of prostitution and drugs."

POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 4:08 PM

Check out the press release below from the Mayor's office:

Thursday, January 12, 2012                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 2:39 PM

There are some things that Mayor Nutter gets really fired-up about and “senseless” violence is high on that list.

After a man allegedly shot and killed three teenage boys Tuesday night in Juniata Park who arrived in a car to beat up his stepsons, Nutter had a few choice words for the shooter, the victims’ parents and their friends.

“So let’s be really clear there’s no reason, none for any 14 or 16 year-old to be out on a school night 10, 10:30, 11 at night, out without a parent or guardian under any set of circumstances and certainly not for this nonsense,” Nutter said. “We can’t completely legislate or by policy make people be responsible for their children.”

POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 12:22 PM

Police arrested the man who allegedly shot and killed three teenage boys in Juniata Park after they arrived in a car to beat up his stepsons Tuesday night.

Restoring some of the city’s churches isn’t always easy. Don’t get between residents and their parking spaces.

Even in death there’s no escaping the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 11:05 AM

What is it with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and the state Attorney General's Office? The Democrats have never held the elected office. And the Republican Party now seems poised to maintain control as the state's top prosecutor for another four years.

Consider two events yesterday. First Gov. Corbett plans to support Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed for attorney general prompted state Sen. John Rafferty of Montgomery County to suspend his campaign in the Republican primary election. So, barring the entry of another Republican into the primary, the GOP can unite behind Freed.

On the Democratic side, the Associated Press reported that former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy didn't take the Bar exam in Pennsylvania. Rather, he took it in Minnesota and later was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar, though the former U.S. Army military prosecutor has no courtroom experience in this state.  Local attorney Dan McCaffery's campaign pounced on the news.  So did the Republicans.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 10:17 AM

John Bolaris, who has seemingly been the subject of as many Daily News stories as Andy Reid, is outta here. (In case you've forgotten them, here are some of his tabloid highlights.)

City Controller Alan Butkovitz has concerns about the city's decision to partner with an Oklahoma company that's looking to provide residents with medical information forms -- and collect their personal information.

Sheriff Jewell Williams is laying down some new rules for his staff.

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