Archive: April, 2010
Today is budget testimony day for many of the city’s independent row offices up in City Council. But so far some of those independently elected officials haven’t bothered to show up.
Sheriff John Green and Marge Tartaglione, chairwoman of the City Commissioners, both sent deputies to provide testimony. Green’s deputy was even reprimanded by Council President Anna Verna for being late.
Register of Wills Ron Donatucci did appear before Council this morning.
A woman carrying an infant is shot in South Philadelphia.
Prosecutor calls for the death penalty for a drug kingpin accused of a murder plot.
Flyers owner Ed Snider investing in a conservative cable network.
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter told the Pennsylvania Press Club this afternoon that the U.S. Supreme Court should take up cases involving warrantless wiretapping conducted during President Bush's administration. That's a line he's been using a lot since it became clear President Obama was going to need a replacement for Senior Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who will retire this year. Specter told the Daily News editorial board two weeks ago that the U.S. Congress should pass legislation compelling the court, which he said was ducking the issue, to take up cases on warrantless wiretapping.
Specter, speaking at the group's monthly luncheon in Harrisburg, said he might condition his approval of a replacement on their willingness to consider the topic from the bench, according to the Associated Press.
Specter's Democratic primary election opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, issued a news release today asking if Specter is "fit to serve" based on his performance in previous confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justices. The release, which cites Specter's well-known interrogation of Anita Hill in the Clarence Thomas hearings, claims the five-term senator "has consistently used his position on the Senate Judiciary Committee for his own political survival and personal gain."
Today is the deadline to register to vote. Here's a press release from the Committee of Seventy on what to do:
PA VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
TODAY, MONDAY, APRIL 19TH
John Baer looks at a poll which shows U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter neck and neck with U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic senate primary.
A "midlife epiphany" pushes an East Mount Airy woman to work to clean up her neighborhood.
Family say goodbye to 1-year-old who died when she fell out of her mother's car on Friday.
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz made a speech in the U.S. House last night, praising Daily News staff writers Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman for the "Tainted Justice" series that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on Monday. Here's the speech:
Mr. Speaker, today, it is my unique honor to congratulate Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman from the Philadelphia Daily News, winners of the prestigious 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Their resourceful reporting exposed a rogue police narcotics squad, resulting in an FBI probe and in the review of hundreds of criminal cases tainted by the scandal.
Their investigative reporting series in the Philadelphia Daily News exposed allegations that a narcotics cop and his informant fabricated evidence so that the police could obtain warrants to enter homes and to make arrests. The series led to appropriate actions that better ensure the integrity and confidence that our law enforcement officers deserve.
Diving again into our archives, we found this report from 1980, which proves that unpopular perks are not a new thing in city government. Check it out:
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
Date: Friday, May 16, 1980
EX-RIZZO AIDE CASHES IN
BY KAREN SCANLON
For a mere eight-hour day at his old civil service job, former Deputy Mayor Phillip R.T. Carroll has qualified for almost $20,000 in unused sick leave, holiday and vacation pay, it was learned yesterday.
The one-day-career move has put Carroll, who served as deputy mayor under Frank Rizzo, in position to collect a second check for terminal pay benefits from two public jobs, an enviable position that other civil servants-turned-exempt status employes have not enjoyed.
Eight City Council employees, along with 20 friends and family members, used city-owned Blackberries in scam run by a Division of Technology employee who now must pay the city $30,000.
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has a major lead in campaign fund-raising but former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey is closing the gap, raising twice as much as Specter in the first three months of 2010.
City Council moves forward legislation to cut the salaries of members of the Board of Revision of Taxes.