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POSTED: Saturday, October 11, 2008, 1:35 PM
Up the Northeast, Obama told the crowd he needs them on board in November.

“I need North Philly, I need all of Philly,” Obama said to the supporters packed outside the Mayfair Diner shortly before 10 a.m.. The crowd of about 5,000 – which was smaller than in North Philly -- was dotted with union signs, from the teamsters and the firefighters.

Obama made much the same speech again, hitting the economic message hard. He noted the statement several weeks ago by Republican candidate John McCain that the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.”

“I don’t know about you, but where I come from nothing’s more fundamental than a job. Where I come from nothing’s more fundamental than health care and a pension,” Obama said.

POSTED: Saturday, October 11, 2008, 9:59 AM
In the case of Barack Obama, absence has certainly made the Philly heart grow stronger.

The Democratic presidential candidate was greeted by exuberant supporters today during his first visit to Philadelphia in months.

“I know these are difficult times. I know folks are worried,” he told the crowd at his first stop at Broad and Jefferson streets at 8:30 a.m. “But I also know now is not the time for fear, now’s not the time for panic. We’ve always seen that mountaintop from the deepest valley. We can do it again."

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2008, 7:59 PM
Sen. Barack Obama got a true Philly welcome tonight at a Center City fundraiser when Gov. Rendell presented him with a lifetime gift certificate to Pat’s Steaks.

“A cheese steak once a day,” Democratic presidential nominee said, surveying at the gift. “And I’ll have the pleasure of looking like Ed Rendell.”

Obama appeared last night at two fundraisers. First came a cocktail hour at the Sheraton Center City Hotel, followed by a private dinner at the home of Comcast executive David L. Cohen. Organizers said they raised over $5 million.

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2008, 3:55 PM
DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose just announced that four more DHS workers will leave the department due to their involvement in the case of Danieal Kelly, a 14-year-old girl who starved to death in 2006 despite DHS oversight.

Two DHS employees were charged criminally in the case, along with Kelly's parents, family friends and workers from an agency that did contract work for DHS. Those two workers were fired over the summer.

But another seven DHS workers were named the Grand Jury investigation. In August, two were briefly suspended without pay and one retired. And today Ambrose announced that two more will be fired and she has accepted a resignation from one, and retirement from another.

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2008, 3:46 PM
Latrice Bryant

Latrice Bryant, City Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr.'s controversial chief legislative aide, is now square with the city for time she spent attending to personal errands while logged in as working at City Hall.  Bryant can thank her boss, who delivered a personal check this afternoon to City Controller Alan Butkovitz for $836.35.

Butkovitz tallied Bryant's tab using a Fox 29 News report on her activities this summer.  Goode, acknowledging that there had been problems with how his staff logged their hours, promised Butkovitz in an Oct. 1 e-mail that he would pay for Bryant if she didn't take action on the matter by today.  Fox 29, of course, also reported this.

"The whole point of this is nobody’s above the law or these time constraints," said Butkovitz, adding that his office has been telling City Council for two decades that it should tighten up its procedures for logging employee work hours. 

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2008, 3:15 PM

Sure, sure, the Philadelphia Phillies just put up a stirring come-from-behind effort last night to win game one of the National League Championship Series.  But what does Politico want to dwell on?  Santa Claus, of course.  You know, the one that we beaned with a snowball. OK, OK... a bunch of snowballs.

In a piece on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin coming to down to drop the puck for a Flyers game tomorrow night -- Politico calls it "Barracuda in a Shark Tank:  Palin in Philly" -- this quote from Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis stands out.  "I am surprised that the candidate would go on the ice in Philly – Philly fans threw snowballs at Santa Claus and booed Beyonce because she was wearing a Michael Jordan dress; this is dangerous territory."

The story includes a round-up of what Philly bloggers are saying about Palin's trip here.  Of course, it doesn't tell you the story of why Santa had it coming on that snowy day in 1968 at Franklin Field.  For that, PhillyClout recommends the Great Philadelphia Fan Book.

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2008, 12:46 PM

There is a famous Daily News photo of enraged Chinatown residents in City Council during then-Mayor Street's first term, protesting the notion of building a baseball stadium in their neighborhood.  One sign says: "Chinatown is troubletown for stadiums." The Phillies, of course, still play their playoff games in a South Philly stadium.  Many of the people who crammed into a Chinatown meeting last night keep fresh the memory of the last fight as they oppose a potential casino at the nearby Gallery.

Mayor Nutter, who says he is "favorable" to the casino project, was not at the meeting.  PhillyClout asked him today if he was surprised by the fear and anger that took hold there.  "This is the start of a process," Nutter said. "Often in these kinds of situations there is a lot of concern and anger and fear about something that is new."

Nutter has been stopped by Chinatown residents on the street who like the idea of a casino at the Gallery.  He wasn't surprised that they were not heard from last night.  "I think it's difficult in this kind of environment at times to be a lone voice or two because of the anger and shouting," the mayor said. "For some people that can certainly be an intimidating kind of environment."

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2008, 9:53 AM
Councilman Frank DiCicco gets emotional at a meeting to discuss the Center City casino plan.

What did VP Candidate Sarah Palin -- who loves to talk about Joe Sixpack -- drink at the Irish Pub two weeks ago?

Temple students facing eviction may get a reprieve.

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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 benderw@phillynews.com
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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 gambacd@phillynews.com
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