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Archive: April, 2012

POSTED: Monday, April 23, 2012, 9:23 AM

John Baer says that without Rick Santorum, tomorrow's primary is a snooze.

North Philly residents worry about Council President Darrell Clarke's plan to create a neighborhood improvement district around Temple University.

Naked man who proclaims "I'm Tarzan" and tries to fight a police officer dies in the struggle.

POSTED: Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:21 PM

You could get dizzy from trying to keep track of all of the candidates for state House seats who will be on the ballot on Tuesday.

Luckily for you, dear PhillyClout readers, Chris Brennan and Vinny Vella have put together a list -- with handy biographical information! -- of the local candidates who will be asking for your primary election vote.

Click here and let the magic begin!  

POSTED: Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:20 AM

Foes are raising questions about Jewel Williams, the daughter of Sheriff Jewell Williams, as she runs for her dad's old state representative seat.

South Philly's Steve Carter is on the cover of People magazine. He solved a missing person case -- his own!

City Councilman Bobby Henon wants to make absentee landlords testify before Council and explain why they're such jerks. The landlords, that is.

POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 9:38 PM

Today’s debate: Should an independent rate-making body be established for fixing and regulating charges for water and sewer services?

That was the issue City Council’s Committee on Law and Government tackled this afternoon, approving the measure which was sponsored by Council president Darrell Clarke.

Under Clarke’s proposal, voters would have to approve an amendment to the Home Rule Charter to establish an independent board. Should Council approve Clarke’s bill the question would be on the ballot in November.

POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5:06 PM

Earlier last month City Councilman Bobby Henon announced plans to create a free iPhone application called the CityHall App that would allow residents to make complaints and take photos of quality-of-life issues like trash, graffiti and potholes.

His office told PhillyClout today that the app is now live. You can check it out and download it by going to Henon’s website.

Meanwhile, the city has said it should have its new free 3-1-1 mobile app up and running by the summer. Philly 3-1-1 is the city’s nonemergency call center, which handles a million calls a year. The app would allow residents to file complaints via a smartphone.

POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:23 PM

Unemployed? Need a job? Well look no further.

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will be holding a job fair on Friday with more than 50 employers at the Myers Recreation Center at 5803 Kingsessing Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participating employers include Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Philadelphia Fire Department, the state Department of Transportation, Philadelphia Gas Works, Wal-Mart and more. The job fair is sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1:46 PM

Last week City Councilman Jim Kenney called for hearings on the status of a 2009 franchise agreement between Verizon Communications Inc. and the city to bring the FiOS –fiber optic network to Philadelphia.

And today, during Council’s weekly session, Doug Smith, the external director of affairs, for Verizon Pennsylvania tried in vain to get Council to table the resolution. Kenney introduced the resolution after hearing that Verizon may not be building-out in low income areas. (Check out an earlier PhillyClout post.)

“Let me be clear a hearing on the FiOS project is not needed and I ask the sponsor to table this resolution,” Smith said. “The sponsor claims to have information suggesting Verizon is out of compliance with the contract. Let me be clear again, we are in compliance.”

POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 10:41 AM

Three longtime local incumbents, state Reps. James Roebuck, Babette Josephs and Angel Cruz are in heated re-election battles.

Roebuck is opposed Fatimah Muhammad, a pro-school voucher candidate. Josephs is opposed by her former campaign treasure, Brian Sims. Cruz has two opponents: Jonathan Ramos and Anthony Johnson.

Before last night's miserable Game 4 loss, Flyers fans shared their love for the orange-and-black with Broad Street Bully.

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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 benderw@phillynews.com
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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 gambacd@phillynews.com
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