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Archive: December, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 8:45 AM

Check out this gripping story about a man who claims to be victimized by the brother of a police officer.

Protesters outside Frankfor High yesterday wanted an investigation into two truancy officers who allegedly beat up a student.

An accused killer who escaped from a city correctional facility on Thanksgiving was captured in Trevose, Pa.

POSTED: Monday, December 14, 2009, 12:40 PM

Mayor Nutter today addressed the controversial issue of 76 patronage workers for the Board of Revision of Taxes who are paid through the School District so that they may do political work.

Nutter said those employees -- who mostly get their jobs through the recommendation of Democratic and Republican elected officials -- must be brought into the city civil service and will have to reapply for their jobs and take a written test. He said that others could apply for the jobs, but the positions would require experience performing real estate appraisals and assessments.

“These are somewhat specialized positions. I would want someone with some experience doing this kind of work,” Nutter said, when asked if the job descriptions were purposely detailed to deter outside applicants.

POSTED: Monday, December 14, 2009, 7:39 AM

John Baer reports on the annual Pennsylvania Society.

Random closings plague library system.

The ediorial board lobbies for state campaign finance reform.

POSTED: Friday, December 11, 2009, 11:52 AM

PhillyClout will be signing off a bit early today because we’re heading up to New York City for the annual Pennsylvania Society.

You have heard of this. Every year city and state politicians, lobbyists and gadflys head up to the big apple for a weekend of cocktail parties, fundraisers and shop-talk at upscale midtown Manhattan hotels.

Given the Philly economy this year, you’d think they’d consider moving it down here. But despite repeated suggestions over the years that this stuff should be in-state, these guys like the flash of the big city.

POSTED: Friday, December 11, 2009, 11:25 AM

Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. -- who yesterday announced introduced a resolution to hold hearings into the disrepair of Amtrak rail bridges in the city -- is set to meet with Amtrak officials early in January.

Jones, chairman of Council's committee on transportation and public utilities, said he was glad to start a conversation, but remained concerned about the state of the bridges. "I have a cynicism. There are some fundamental obstructions to them being even able to comply," Jones said.

The hearings are still planned for early next year. Jones said he was concerned about the deterioration of many bridges and frustrated that federal stimulus dollars aren't being used to improve the conditions and create jobs.

POSTED: Friday, December 11, 2009, 8:34 AM

Dave Davies on the ethics task force report. He wants Mayor Nutter to adopt the recommendations to limit campaign contributions to election cycle.

West Philly is finding it's mojo after years of business decline during the El construction.

Six are charged in a medical insurance scam.

POSTED: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 6:30 PM

Looks like the bike lanes on Spruce and Pine streets in Center City may be staying.

Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler said that after temporarily trying out the bike lanes for about two months, she will recommend to Mayor Nutter that they become permanent.

The lanes run from 22nd to Front Street on Pine and from 22nd to 2nd Street on Spruce, leaving one lane for drivers. According to the streets department, the bike lanes have boosted bicycle ridership, with cycling up 65 percent during peak traffic hours. During those time periods, there are about 11 percent less cars and trucks on those streets, but at other times of day the volume is about the same.

POSTED: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 3:40 PM

Here are the details:

What: Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities delivers results of the Spruce/Pine Bike Lane Pilot Project. The Planning Commission and Mayor's Office of Transportation are holding a public meeting on to deliver the results of the Spruce/Pine Bike Lane Pilot Project.

When: Thursday, December 10th from 6:30-8:30pm

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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