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Archive: December, 2011

POSTED: Friday, December 23, 2011, 1:16 PM

Council is undergoing major reorganization as incoming president Darrell Clarke prepares for the largest number of new members since 1992. Some members, like Bill Greenlee, have secured the offices of their dreams; others got whatever was left. Some insiders say that those who supported Clarke in his presidential bid got first dibs. It's Council tradition, they say.

Read the story here. Below are details that did not make it into the paper, like what offices other incoming members are getting and a bit about what other Council presidents have done.

In the past, presidents have varied in how they assigned new office space –some used it as political

POSTED: Friday, December 23, 2011, 12:16 PM

Council is undergoing major reorganization as the next president Darrell Clarke prepares for the largest number of new members since 1992. Here’s a look at who’s getting what office. Also stay-tuned for a blog post with additional details that did not make it into the paper.

What’s Friday without your weekly dose of Philly Clout? Can the new GOP five put an end to the local party’s civil war?

House Republicans agreed to extend both a payroll-tax holiday and unemployment benefits for the next two months. Here’s what you need to know.

POSTED: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 10:30 AM

A sixth woman accuses Bill Conlin of abuse. Ronnie Polaneckzky says victims deserve a day in court. Here’s a timeline of abuse. Inquirer editor says despite what some talk radio hosts say, the paper moved quickly in publishing the Conlin story.

A baby girl is found inside of a cardboard box in North Philly.

A cop is lucky to be alive after a bad car crash.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 5:00 PM

City Council can make recommendations to help improve public schools but Council does not directly control the School District or the School Reform Commission.

Check out the press release below and Councilman Bill Green's proposal here:

***For Immediate Release***

POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 10:59 AM

State Rep. Jewell Williams, who will be sworn in as Philadelphia's next sheriff next month, wins $50,000 in a lawsuit against the city after claiming he was injured when police detained him and placed him in too-tight handcuffs.

Susan Finkelstein, the Philadelphia woman who was arrested for allegedly offering to trade sex for Phillies World Series tickets, had her attempted prostitution conviction overturned yesterday by the state Superior Court.

And testimony continues in the case of a woman accused of keeping people locked in a basement while she collected their government support checks.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 8:28 PM

The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority [PICA]–the city’s state-appointed fiscal watchdog will soon begin searching for a new executive director.

Uri Monson will be leaving from his post as executive director on January 23.

Sam Katz, board chairman of PICA said today during their monthly meeting that a committee consisting of him and two other board members will solicit proposals early next month –for the $150,000 job.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 7:07 PM

A study that will help determine how much of a fire department the city needs will be complete in mid-January, Uri Monson, executive director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority [PICA] said today.

The city asked PICA in October 2010 to fund an independent study to assess the Fire Department's management, operations, structure, system performance and service.

Additionally, the study will also examine response times, which have reportedly increased according to an article in an August issue of the Daily News.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 3:43 PM

Check out the press release below:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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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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