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POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2009, 7:42 AM

City and state lawmakers disagree about how revenue from table games in casinos should be used.

Two more narcotics officers have been taken off the street in an ongoing corruption investigation.

Was getting bashed by Rush Limbaugh a lucky break for U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak in his senate campaign against U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter?

POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 10:32 AM

The proposed bicycle regulations from Councilmen Jim Kenney and Frank DiCicco are the hot topic up in City Council today. Kenney and DiCicco are introducing several pieces of legislation that would up fines for cycling on the sidewalk and require registration of bicycles in the city.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia showed up in City Hall to express their displeasure with the proposed laws.

“We are opposed to all of this legislation that is being introduced,” said Sarah Clark Stuart, campaign director for the Coalition. “The reasons there are problems in the street is that there hasn’t been any enforcement. New laws are not going to help the situation.”

POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 9:25 AM

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is in the news today down in Washington D.C., where he once served as police chief. A lawsuit filed on behalf of protesters arrested during a 2002 demonstration includes a statement from a police detective, who says he heard Ramsey order the mass arrests.

Ramsey has denied ordering the arrests in the past.  Here's an excerpt from the Washington Post:

The detective, Paul E. Hustler, said in an affidavit that he was a few feet from Ramsey during the protests at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank when he overheard the chief tell officers that "we're going to lock them up and teach them a lesson."

POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 8:28 AM

Cop killer apologizes in court to slain officer's widow.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey wants to merge two North Philadelphia police districts.

And a judge and a contractor must pay fines to the Ethics Board.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 4:52 PM

Mayor Nutter's previous legislative director, Julia Chapman, resigned abruptly last week with no explanation. Here's the release on her replacement:


PHILADELPHIA, November 18, 2009 — Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the appointment of Lewis Rosman as Legislative Affairs Director. Mr. Rosman is a Senior Attorney in the Appeals and Legislation Unit of the City of Philadelphia Law Department, where he has worked since July 2000.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 1:21 PM

The city's home forclosure program was profiled today in a lengthy New York Times story, which calls it a model for keeping people in their homes.

Still, while better than what most cities have to offer, the story does acknowledge that there are some problems with the Philly effort:

Some suggest the city’s program is plagued by the same basic defect as the Obama rescue plan: Nearly all the loans that have been modified have been altered on a trial basis, requiring homeowners to reapply for an extension of the terms after only a few months — a process that appears rife with obstacles, according to participants.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 11:04 AM

In case you missed it yesterday, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum -- the arch conservative who lost his seat to Sen. Bob Casey in 2006 -- has endorsed state Attorney General Tom Corbett for governor.

Here's a report from the Allentown Morning Call.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 11:00 AM

Here's the release:



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