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POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 3:44 PM

For your reading pleasure, we offer a hyperlink haiku on the recent police arbitration award.

Cops have a contract
But it costs big bucks. Nutter
Can you spare a dime?
 

POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 11:40 AM

Joey Vento, the controversial owner of Geno’s Steaks, took center stage at today's City Hall press conference announcing that the city and Mummers had reached a deal for the annual New Year's Day parade.

Vento – who donated $40,000 to keep the parade running this year – took the podium to say that the Mummers tradition should be kept alive. He was flanked by Mayor Nutter, U.S. Rep Bob Brady and Councilmen Jim Kenney and Frank DiCicco, as well as other top officials.

“Life has been good to me and I do believe you should give back,” said Vento, who also gave $40,000 to last year’s parade.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 7:31 AM

The state Human Relations Commission will probe allegations of racial discrimination at South Philadelphia High School.

John Baer publishes his annual "mea culpa" column.

A preview to Friday's Mummers Parade.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 5:47 PM

It's almost official.

Mere moments before their annual New Year's Day parade, the Mummers have a tentative contract with the city, George Badey III, chairman of www.savethemummers.com said today.

"We have a tentative deal and I have to get approval from all my members," Badey said. "I’m fairly confident everything will be fine."

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 3:24 PM

The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -- which oversees the city budget -- today sent a letter to the mayor reminding him that under PICA rules, the city must provide a report on the impact of the police arbitration award by January 4.

Here's a copy of the letter. This means we may see some more detail from the city on the costs of the police contract. Also, once the award is final, the city must revise the five-year financial plan to show how they'll pay for it.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 10:18 AM

This has been an eventful holiday break for Councilman Frank Rizzo who fractured his ankle after slipping on a patch of ice Christmas Eve.

Rizzo had surgery at Hahnemann Hospital Christmas Day to realign his left ankle. He got back home yesterday and will be in a cast for at least two weeks. But the Republican councilman says he’ll be hard at work as he recuperates.

“I feel great. I was working in the hospital. I got a lot of work to do from patients I met in the hospital,” Rizzo said. “Thank God it was during the break.”

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 8:57 AM

Al Schmidt, who this year lost a Republican bid for City Controller, has taken on a new gig with the state GOP. Here's what Schmidt said about the job in a mass email:

"After taking time off and evaluating offers, I have decided to accept a position with the Republican Party of Pennsylvania as "senior advisor" in Philadelphia. This position allows me to remain politically involved and continue to contribute to strengthening our party at the local level."

Mark our words, we haven't heard the last of this guy...
 

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 8:53 AM

Check out the DN review of the top stories of the decade.

The Philly PD still hasn't resolved their investigation into officers accused of framing suspected drug dealers.

The PSPCA investigation into animal remains in Feltonville continued yesterday.

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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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