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Archive: December, 2009

POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2009, 4:11 PM

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."

POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2009, 3:45 PM

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, 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.

POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2009, 2:18 PM

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.

POSTED: Monday, December 28, 2009, 10:47 AM

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.

POSTED: Friday, December 25, 2009, 9:00 AM

...and Fozzie Bear. We'll see you guys next week.

POSTED: Thursday, December 24, 2009, 9:08 AM

Ronnie Polaneczky does some last-minute Christmas shopping at, a new web site founded to help raise money for the annual parade.

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.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 11:30 AM

You can check out a list of PA's most powerful from Politics Magazine, authored by, right here.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 10:00 AM

And Mayor Nutter's schedule is getting light. Here's what he's up to today:

3:00 PM-
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.

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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
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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
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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
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