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POSTED: Friday, February 5, 2010, 10:52 AM

Here's the release:


WHO: Mayor Michael A. Nutter
Managing Director, Camille Barnett
Police Commissioner, Charles Ramsey
Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Public Utilities, Rina Cutler
Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Everett Gillison
Office of Emergency Management, MaryAnn Tierney

WHAT: Mayor Nutter and senior City officials will provide an update ahead of the snow storm, outlining snow removal plans for the weekend and advising citizens about what to expect during the storm.

POSTED: Friday, February 5, 2010, 10:43 AM

If you can't get a gun permit in Pennsylvania, Florida will be happy to help you out. Local law enforcement is not amused.

The Clout column reports on a GOP challenger to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady.

A retired cop is arraigned in a rape case.

POSTED: Thursday, February 4, 2010, 5:51 PM

Doris Smith-Ribner, a retired state Commonwealth Court judge from Philadelphia, announced her candidacy today for the Democratic primary election for lieutenant governor.  Smith-Ribner filed last year to run for the U.S. Senate but quickly dropped out of that race, saying the move came "out of deference to many, many respected friends, advisers and supporters."

Smith-Ribner today vowed that, if elected, she will "work to reverse job loss and promote small business growth and expansion while creating a viable workforce to compete in our emerging high-tech economy."

Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel declared his candidacy for the lieutenant governor's post last week.

POSTED: Thursday, February 4, 2010, 3:57 PM

As we all know, major snow is being predicted for tomorrow night. We're wondering if another mega-storm will put another dent in the city budget?

The city was out $3.4 million after a December storm blanked streets with 23 inches. And the city doesn't budget specifically for snow removal, because the region doesn't always get winter storms. So this storm response may also end up on a city tab that they have to figure out later.

POSTED: Thursday, February 4, 2010, 10:27 AM

Councilman Frank DiCicco today continued his push for properties that received new valuations in the fall to be included in a citywide freeze on assessments.

Mayor Nutter and the Board of Revision of Taxes announced last week that reassessments would be frozen until the embattled agency is reformed. But that freeze did not include the 18,000 properties that received notices in 2009.

DiCicco today will introduce a resolution asking that the freeze be expanded to include the 2009 reassessments.

POSTED: Thursday, February 4, 2010, 9:20 AM

Nutter administration considering a tax on sugary drinks.

The DN unearths another tale of asbestos woe at a Philadelphia Housing Authority apartment.

Philly cops win a shoot-out with robbery suspect.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 4:36 PM

Here's the release:

Butkovitz: Construction Company Overcharged City for Questionable Employee Time
Billed for numerous employees working simultaneously at different locations

PHILADELPHIA – City Controller Alan Butkovitz today released a special audit of City contracts for the Pannulla Construction Co., Inc. which found the company overcharged the City $167,815 for unsupported labor costs -- including employee time that could not be substantiated or documented.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 11:23 AM

John Baer takes a look at the stats on local legislators, with the help of the new Common Cause web site.

A let's-make-a-deal offer from a casino trade group to skeptical state legislators goes nowhere.

A hospital executive from Aria Health's Frankford campus tells City Council its staff did not follow procedures when a man died of a heart attack in their waiting room while waiting for treatment.

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