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Archive: March, 2011

POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 10:13 AM

Our take on who may run for mayor in 2015.

One high-profile local stimulus project appears to have created few jobs at a high cost.

A new civic group starts cleaning up the South Philly turf of former state Sen. Vince Fumo.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 4:13 PM
City Councilman Frank Rizzo

Malcolm Lazin, a Republican candidate for City Council at-large, didn't have to wait long today for a response from Councilman Frank Rizzo about the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, the controversial program known in City Hall as DROP.

Lazin invited reporters to watch him drop off a letter this morning at Rizzo's City Hall office, demanding that the councilman release publicly his application for DROP.  Rizzo was in Council's chambers at the time for a budget hearing.  Lazin once again criticized Rizzo for participating in DROP while the city faces a budget deficit and the city's pension plan is underfunded.

Lazin also cited what he called "two major indicators" of Rizzo's trouble in his bid for a fifth term: The Republican City Committee and the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police have denied him their endorsements for the first time.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 11:24 AM

It's a big day for birthdays here in City Council. Both Councilmen Bill Green (46) and Bill Greenlee (58) are celebrating turning another year older. And they can celebrate in budget hearings, the lucky guys.

A best wishes to both from PhillyClout!

POSTED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 10:20 AM

Oweing over $1 million in taxes doesn't stop T. Milton Street from criticizing the city's budget moves.

State lawmakers push for the School District to reinstate the safe schools advocate.

Ronnie Polaneczky on why the School District needs such an advocate.

POSTED: Monday, March 28, 2011, 6:07 PM

The New York Times had an interesting story today about one local attempt to fight childhood obesity, which is a huge problem facing the city. Says the report:

Earlier this year, when Michelle Obama, as part of her campaign against childhood obesity, announced that Wal-Mart would reduce salt and sugar in its packaged foods, she said, “We’re beginning to see the ripple effects on the choices folks are making about how they feed their kids.”

But this effort is up against an array of powerful forces, from economics to biology, all of which are playing out in Philadelphia, where the obesity rate is among the nation’s highest. At the intersection of North 28th and West Oxford Streets, the Oxford Food Shop and the William D. Kelley School are in a tug of war over the cravings of kids.

POSTED: Monday, March 28, 2011, 10:27 AM

John Baer dissects the documentary "Waiting for Superman."

Former Philly radio host gunned down in New York.

Could more charges be pending against West Philly abortion doctor Kermitt Gosnell?

POSTED: Friday, March 25, 2011, 12:40 PM

Check out It's Our Money's video recap of this week's city budget hearings:


POSTED: Friday, March 25, 2011, 10:36 AM

The Clout column reports that Councilman Frank Rizzo is still very popular with voters, based on a new poll.

The DN looks at for-profit colleges and how they take a toll on middle class students.

District Attorney Seth Williams begins reviewing bad breathalyzer cases.

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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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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 walshSE@phillynews.com
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