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POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010, 5:38 PM

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POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010, 4:47 PM

Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters has been awarded a new four-year contract in arbitration that starts with a one-year wage freeze, retroactively from June 30, 2009 [when the last contract expired], a 3 percent pay increase retroactive to July 1, 2010 and then 3 percent increases in July 2011 and July 2012.

Mayor Nutter announced today that the city plans to appeal the entire contract -- with the exception of some changes to the pension and vacation plans. He said the award, estimated to cost an additional $146 million over five years, is too expensive.

"This award is bad in the short term and worse in the long term," Nutter said. "We cannot afford this."

POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010, 3:28 PM

We guess it was only a matter of time in Pennsylvania's contentious race for the U.S. Senate.  Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican nominee, declared that the latest campaign ad from his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, "is full of poop."

Toomey does have a point, since the ad features clips of Sestak cleaning up after his family's fluffy white dog, Belle, and comparing the plastic bags of Belle's backyard business to the clean-up he said was necessary after the economic policies of President Bush and Toomey's time in Congress.  Sestak also compares Toomey's campaign ads about his votes for bank bail-outs to a bag of dog poop. Here's what Sestak says in the ad:

"My family loves Belle but she can make a mess and we have to clean it up.  I think about Belle when see Congressman Toomey's ads attacking me. It made me sick to bail out the banks.  But I had to clean up the mess left behind by these guys [Sestak gestures here to side-by-side pictures of Bush and Toomey].  They let Wall Street run wild.  Now Pat Toomey is attacking me for cleaning up his mess [Sestak holds up a bag of Belle's business here].

POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010, 3:12 PM

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POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010, 10:30 AM

A Columbia prof accuses decorated Philly cop of getting rough during a traffic stop.

The Delaware Senate race is getting more national interest than the Pennsylvania battle.Will Bunch looks at why. \

Former City Councilman Rick Mariano is plugged in for a job when he gets out of prison.

POSTED: Friday, October 15, 2010, 9:25 AM

POSTED: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 11:54 AM

A hearing scheduled for today to settle the dispute over whether paramedics belong in firefighter union was postponed as both sides try to reach a resolution.

The paramedics sued the city after they were removed from the fire union based on a state Labor Relations Board ruling that they are not firefighters. The medics argue that the city has moved too quickly to change their status and has not given them time to find representation.

This dispute dates back to 2003 when a group of paramedics sued the city for unpaid overtime on the grounds that they shouldn’t be held to the same rules as those working in “fire suppression.” They won the suit in 2008. Based on that ruling, the Nutter administration has sought to remove them from the union.

POSTED: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 8:59 AM

Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey says U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak is partially to blame for the housing bubble that nearly collapsed the nation's economy, which is strange because Sestak says Toomey is the blame.

Polls show a tight race for the 7th Congressional District between Republican Pat Meehan and Democrat Bryan Lentz.

What's more lame than a guy disrupting a presidential speech by streaking?  How about a rich guy who offered $1 million for the stunt but then changes the rules after it happens.

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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
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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
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