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Archive: February, 2010

POSTED: Friday, February 19, 2010, 12:25 PM

Reflecting today on First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to Philly to promote her anti-obesity campaign, Gov. Rendell joked that he too is now an example of weight loss success.

"For the first time since I've been governor, I think I'm an example to children," Rendell said, adding that his mother would finally be proud of the way he looked in photos.

Rendell, who has dropped from 265 pounds to 205 pounds, said he success was simply due to self discipline. "Mostly it's about what you put in your mouth," he said.

POSTED: Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:52 AM

Gov. Rendell today said he expects the state to apply for federal aid to help municipalities overwhelmed by the cost of snow removal – including Philly.

“It is my anticipation we will be filing for emergency federal disaster aid,” Rendell said, noting that Mayor Nutter had told him that Philadelphia snow removal costs were likely to hit $15 million.

According to Rendell, states must meet certain criteria to receive aid, including having a record snow fall. He said the application is due March 7 and a response should come in 60 to 90 days. Most snow-related expenses would be eligible for reimbursement, Rendell said.

POSTED: Friday, February 19, 2010, 9:59 AM

Lower Merion School District is accused of spying on students through cameras they put in free laptop computers.

Five years later, South Jersey couple Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo are still missing.

Disgraced news anchor Larry Mendte gets new gig.

POSTED: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 5:16 PM

A reader sent PhillyClout this Flickr set of photos that show a Philadelphia streets department truck dumping snow into the Schuylkill River off the Market Street Bridge. 

This of course comes after Mayor Nutter vowed that no snow would go into the city's two rivers because of the negative environmental impact. Oops.

So we called over to the city's press office to find out what was going on. Nutter spokeswoman Maura Kennedy told us that this was an isolated incident, and not a change in city policy.

POSTED: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:34 AM

The city's financial outlook isn't pretty -- and the snow sure isn't helping.

A father confesses to throwing his infant daughter off the Garden State Parkway Bridge into the Raritan River.

The city launched a contest yesterday to find the "coolest block" in Philadelphia -- temperature-wise, that is.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 5:04 PM

Check out this item from Brian Hickey's blog. Apparantly former City Treasurer Corey Kemp -- sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption --  is now housed in the same Ashland, KY correctional facility as Vincent Fumo and Milton Street.

Talk about the three amigos.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 10:57 AM

The city bill for digging out from three massive winter storms is currently projected at $11.5 million, according to a city financial document that came out yesterday.

Budget Director Stephen Agostini stressed that the number is not final, because the city is still finishing clean-up after the third storm, which hit last week. The city did not have any money in the current budget for snow. But Agostini noted that even in years when the city did set aside money for snow, it was a much smaller amount.

The massively expensive winter couldn’t come at a worse time for the city, already struggling with a grim budget situation. Snow clean-up costs have contributed to an increase in the expected budget deficit for the current financial year, which is now at $48.6 million. Another key reason for the jump in the deficit – which stood at $31 million in the fall – was lower than expected sales tax revenues.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 8:29 AM

Will Bunch examines the bleak outlook for President Obama and the Democrats.

Do you think parking space saving ettiquette should be respected after a snowstorm?

A judge tosses the case against 13 people arrested while protesting at the Sugarhouse casino site.

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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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