Archive: December, 2009
In case you missed it, local Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby posted a message to members on Christmas Eve regarding the recent police contract award -- which grants the city the right to furlough officers for up to 30 days a year.
Here's what McNesby says:
"As for FURLOUGHS, I do not anticipate them happening throughout the five year period of this contract."
With just days to go before the annual Mummer’s Parade, the city still doesn’t have a signed contract with the strutting showmen. But both sides expect that the show will go on.
Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison said he hoped a contract would be signed soon for the New Year’s Day event, noting that both sides have agreed on the city bill for police and sanitation expenses -- $148,017.
But attorney George Badey III, chairman of www.savethemummers.com, said the Mummers still want an itemized explanation of the costs and they want the city to provide copies of their contracts with other special events.
You may have already heard that our friend and colleague Dave Davies is leaving the Daily News for a gig at WHYY-FM, where he has been a fill-in host for Terry Gross on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air." We can't say enough about how much Dave will be missed at the paper and in the City Hall bureau, where we have often relied on his keen insight and political know-how. He will be missed.
Here's hoping he does many more awesome interviews, like this one. We wish him the very best of luck.
SPCA finds pet graveyard and evidence of religious animal slaughter rituals in Feltonville.
Death of 83-year-old woman a mystery.
A Phillies fan robs a bank.
...and Fozzie Bear. We'll see you guys next week.
The Philadelphia School District plans to fire one school police officer and discipline another for using "excessive force" during a physical confrontation with a student in October.
And an 11-year-old gets a new family for Christmas.
You can check out a list of PA's most powerful from Politics Magazine, authored by www.PoliticsPa.com, right here.
And Mayor Nutter's schedule is getting light. Here's what he's up to today:
3:30 PM Mayor Nutter to Visit to Woodstock Shelter with Vice-Mayor Arsenis of Athens, Greece
Vice-Mayor of Athens, Greece Georgios Arsenis will visit the Woodstock Shelter during an official visit to Philadelphia. Michael’s Family Restaurants will donate a complete meal for all residents and event attendees at the Woodstock Shelter. Woodstock Shelter, 1981 N. Woodstock St.