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Archive: April, 2010

POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sometimes we enjoy going through the old Daily News archives to see what has changed about the city -- as well as what has stayed the same. So we decided to see what was going on on this day 25 years ago...

Looks like then Mayor W. Wilson Goode was trying to put the city back together after a massive Center City melee on Easter Sunday. Sound familiar?

Note: Our friends at Philebrity previously posted on this 1985 event back in February. We were unaware that they had written about the event. For further reading, check out their post here.

POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010, 12:39 PM

Mitt Romney enjoyed a hearty welcome this week while speaking to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.  Maybe this is why:  Public Policy Polling just released a poll showing Romney as the leading contender -- with 31 percent -- in Pennsylvania for the 2012 GOP nomination for president.  Former governors Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin were tied for second at 27 percent.

POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010, 11:00 AM

If, like us, you feel life is a little emptier without The Wire, then have we got a show for you. It's called Brotherhood, the tale of two brothers from an Irish-American neighborhood in Providence, RI, one a state legislator and the other a gangster. It ran for three seasons on Showtime before being cancelled last year.

We've just started watching, but we can tell you that this show perfectly captures the political wheeling and dealing that goes on at the local level. So, for your viewing pleasure here's a clip. It features the criminal brother talking with two cops that are tailing him.

POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010, 9:15 AM

A Bucks County legislators finds out what happens when you ask if state Attorney General Tom Corbett is "playing politics" with his investigation into corruption in the General Assembly.

Casino developer Steve Wynn stuns his local would-be partners and Mayor Nutter by dropping his plans to take over the floundering Foxwoods project in South Philly.  Could this be the end for that long-troubled state casino license?

City Controller Alan Butkovitz releases his much anticipated investigation into how some Philadelphia charter schools are spending money.

POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010, 7:00 AM

Mayor Nutter will participate in an anti-litter rally today, which part of a campaign against littering featuring spoken word poets.

Do you think the mayor (who has been known to pick up the mike and rap) will contribute a few rhymes?

Here's the press release:

POSTED: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 4:43 PM

Steve Wynn, the billionaire casino developer who had planned on taking control of the floundering Foxwoods casino project in Philadelphia just dropped a bombshell:  He's pulling out of the deal.  Wynn's company just put out a statement saying it has "terminated all agreements and negotiations" in Philadelphia.

"We are fascinated by the legalization of full gaming in Pennsylvania and stimulated by the opportunity that it presents for Wynn Resorts, but this particular project did not, in the end, present an opportunity that was appropriate for our company, Wynn's statement said.

Just this week, Wynn released a colorful sketch of the casino he said he was planning on the banks of the Delaware River on Columbus Boulevard at Reed Street in South Philly.  Wynn and the local investors who won the state casino license in 2006 filed an agreement with the state Gaming Control Board last week, spelling out his plans to assume a financial stake in the venture.

POSTED: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 11:37 AM

Looking to boost job opportunities for young people, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. today introduced legislation that would provide employers with tax credits for paid interns.

Under the bill, an employer could claim a credit of up to $750 for an intern enrolled in high school or college. A high school student would have to be employed at least 8 hours a week for ten weeks, with compensation of at least $640 and a college student would have to be employed at least 12 hours a week for ten weeks, who would have to be paid at least $1,200.

The New York Times recently published a good story about state and federal labor regulators examining unpaid internships and whether they violate labor laws.

POSTED: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 10:43 AM

The striking nurses from Temple University Hospital have come down to City Council today.

After marching around City Hall, roughly a hundred nurses entered Council chambers and the viewing gallery, bearing signs that read “Temple: Respect Your Professional Nursing Staff” and “Nurses on Strike for Respect.”

As our colleague David Gambacorta reported this week, about 1,500 nurses and other medical professionals who are represented by Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals went on strike last Wednesday. The union members' contract expired in September.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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