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POSTED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 9:04 AM

Upset students and parents rally outside the St. George Catholic Elementary School while a crowd at St. Hubert's High School looks for ways to keep it open and St. Cyril's faithful look for another miracle.

Three men plead guilty in federal court to running a scam on the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, to the tune of $400,000.

Heads continue to roll in a scandal in the Philadelphia Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit.

POSTED: Monday, January 9, 2012, 11:10 AM

Life after the closure of Catholic schools just won’t be the same.  It’s a rough weekend for the children. Delaware Valley Catholics mourn.

Public to GOP: Any job solutions? It’ll be hard to stop Mitt Romney.

Herb Clarke, longtime local TV personality dies at 84.

POSTED: Friday, January 6, 2012, 1:46 PM

Jimmie Moore, a former Philadelphia Municipal Court judge challenging U.S. Rep. Bob Brady in the April 24 Democratic primary election, has not exactly been campaigning with a fervor.  Until today.  Moore just released an open letter to Brady, slamming him for rounding up Philadelphia Democrats in the state House to support the once-a-decade redistricting plan drawn up by the Republicans who control the state General Assembly.

Moore addresses his letter to "Chairman Brady." It has a headline calling him the "honorary chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party."  Brady is chairman of the Democratic City Committee in Philadelphia.  Moore got his start in local politics working for the committee under the direction of Brady.

In the letter, Moore accuses Brady of selling out his political party in return for having the lines of his congressional district redrawn in a way helpful for his re-election.

POSTED: Friday, January 6, 2012, 9:10 AM

Dan McCaffery sued the Philadelphia Board of Ethics after he lost the 2009 Democratic primary election for District Attorney.  The suit drags on 25 months later, as he is running for state Attorney General.  Is that a political liability?  He says no.

Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary is suspended without pay for allegedly showing a court staffer a picture on his cell phone of what was going on under the robe.

Sty Bykfosky tells the very different stories of two elected officials who just collected six-figure DROP payments, retiring briefly and then returning for new terms -- Councilwoman Marian Tasco and Register of Wills Ron Donatucci.

POSTED: Thursday, January 5, 2012, 3:15 PM

The best thing for reporters about former City Controller Jonathan Saidel acting as master of ceremonies at political events: You never know what he's going to say.  The worst thing for the politicians who show up for such events: They never know what he's going to say.

And so it went this afternoon as Saidel took the podium at City Hall's Mayor's Reception Room to talk about all the politicians who showed up for Dan McCaffery's official announcement that he will run for state Attorney General.  Saidel joked his way through the list, saving his best zinger for longtime Register of Wills Ron Donatucci.

"And the man who has been Register of Wills since 1790, except for five days last week, my man Ron Donatucci," Saidel exclaimed in a veiled reference to the brief retirement Donatucci took on Dec. 23 to collect a payment from the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan.

POSTED: Thursday, January 5, 2012, 10:32 AM

Stephanie Farr explores efforts by local colleges to avoid being linked to porn sites.

The PPA -- for reasons even it can't explain -- towed City Councilman David Oh's car. On his first day in office, no less.

Scammers are targeting PECO customers.  

POSTED: Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 3:33 PM

Ah the pageantry of political campaigns. Attorney Dan McCaffery made it clear last March that he would run in the 2012 Democratic primary election for state attorney general.  Then he released a campaign web commercial in September. And now he plans to make it all very official with a packed campaign announcement tomorrow afternoon in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall.

Here's a partial line-up of the pols McCaffery will line up during the event to demonstrate his political backing: 

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, IBEW Local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty, Rev. Terrence Griffith of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby, Fire Fighters Local Union 22 President Bill Gault, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, former City Controller Jonathan Saidel, new City Councilman Bobby Henon, new Sheriff Jewel Williams, and Register of Wills Ron Donatucci

POSTED: Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 1:43 PM

With roughly three weeks before City Council’s first session members are trying to get their offices in order.

Desks and other furniture still sit outside of some offices on the 4th and 5th floors of City Hall as six new members move-in and others change offices.

“We are a mess,” said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. who’s expanding his office. “We’re trying to get ready for the first session.”

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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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