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POSTED: Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 2:26 PM

On Friday night, the website Philebrity is hosting a Christmas pageant to aid the Friends of the Free Library effort to keep open 11 libraries slated for closure.

Here's the invite:

THIS FRIDAY!

POSTED: Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 11:27 AM

Attorney Irv Ackelsberg plans to file a class-action lawsuit today on behalf of a group of Philadelphians to try to stop Mayor Nutter from closing 11 libraries.

Ackelsberg last week announced that he would file the suit unless Nutter pledged to keep the libraries open. The suit, which he will file in the Court of Common Pleas, argues that Nutter is violating a city ordinance which states that city-owned facilities cannot be closed without approval from City Council. Seven residents are listed as plaintiffs, as well as local labor union District Council 47.

City Solicitor Shelley Smith has said the administration holds that ordinance is invalid.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 10:23 AM

At a ceremony memorializing a slain police officer, Mayor Nutter vows to make the city safer.

The Black Clergy of Philadelphia declares opposition to library closings.

Check out this moving Christmas story by Dan Geringer about a 7-year-old who lost his mother to cancer and his dad to gunfire, but is surviving with support from his grandmother and school.

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2008, 4:17 PM

Check out this interview Broadcasting and Cable did with NBC New boss Steve Capus. (Hat tip to TVNewser where we first saw this.)

Capus says he doesn't think Hardball host Chris Matthews is running for office. Matthews is rumored to be considering a bid for Arlen Specter's senate seat in 2010. Here's the key part of the Capus interview:

Q: Right, (shoe tossing Iraqi journalist) Mr. Zaidi could take over for Chris when Chris goes off to run for office.
Capus: [Chris Matthews] is not running for office.

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2008, 12:49 PM

Community activist Marc Stier has hooked up with government watchdog website Hallwatch to launch a new effort to save the 11 libraries slated for closure.

Hallwatch has set up a fax bank on the site for library supporters to send letters to their city councilpeople. The site asks people to push their representatives to join a lawsuit against the closings. 

So far there have 151 letters sent, according to a ticker on the website.

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2008, 11:14 AM

John Baer offers holiday gift ideas and advice for politicians.

Bill Bender looks at the jail privitization debate in Delaware County.

The DN opinion board questions whether the mayor's town hall meetings will change the planned budget cuts.

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2008, 4:56 PM
Filed Under: City Council | Nutter

Councilman Bill Green has sent Mayor Nutter a letter asking him to get City Council approval before closing 11 library branches. In the letter, Green references an ordinance in the Philadelphia Code which states that city facilities will not be closed, abandoned or allowed to go into disuse without approval from Council.

A group of Philadelphians are threatening to sue Nutter to keep the libraries open, based on that same section of the code. Green is not part of that lawsuit. City Solicitor Shelley Smith said yesterday that the administration holds that the ordinance is invalid.

To read Green's letter click here.

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2008, 3:02 PM
Filed Under: Budget | Nutter
Sounds like Mayor Nutter had a tough time at his final town hall meeting last night in Northwest Philly, where residents questioned closing libraries and suggested the city cut police instead. Check out a full report -- and the video -- here at It's Our City.
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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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