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POSTED: Friday, June 25, 2010, 8:54 AM

The Philadelphia City Commission issues subpoenas to judges of elections from the 7th Democratic Ward while investigating the results of the primary election for the state House 180th District seat last month.  And state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams is running in 2012 for state auditor general.

A federal judge rules that the Lower Merion School District didn't discriminate against black students in a plan to decide which high school they should attend.

In Delaware County, high hopes rest with the new professional soccer stadium in Chester while Darby borough sees big drug busts followed by a block party.

POSTED: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 9:12 AM

A federal jury yesterday declared that the city had violated the rights of a local Boy Scouts troop by trying to force it to denounce the group's policy of discriminating against gays.

First the carrot, then the stick -- the city's tax amnesty program ends at midnight tomorrow.  City lawyers will be after those who didn't take the opportunity to pay up back taxes.  Here's how to pay up in time.

Gov. Rendell and the director of Commonwealth Media Services tell Philadelphia magazine they are not having an affair, despite rumors swirling in Harrisburg for months.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6:29 PM

Gov. Rendell doesn't want to answer any more questions about his friendship with Kirstin Snow, the director of Commonwealth Media Services, now that Philadelphia Magazine has prepared a story in which Rendell and Snow deny rumors of a romance.  Leaving a meeting in Harrisburg this afternoon, Rendell shot down questions from reporters about the story and Snow.  Click here to watch a video of that, via Roxbury News.

Here's what Rendell had to say:  "No comment. It’s personal. It’s between me and my family. There’s no governmental interest here. What I said and what Dr. Snow said in Philadelphia magazine is the truth. That’s it. Don’t ask me again."

POSTED: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 4:38 PM

Mayor Nutter's administration says it is disappointed that a federal jury this afternoon ruled that the city can't evict a local Boy Scouts troop from its headquarters on city-owned land just because the group discriminates against gays.

Here's the take, via an e-mail from Nutter press secretary Doug Oliver:  "We are disappointed that the jury did not appreciate the City's obligation to deploy municipal resources in a manner that protects the rights of all of Philadelphia's citizens. While the good work of the Boy Scouts cannot be disputed, the City remains steadfast in its commitment to prevent its facilities from being used to disadvantage certain groups. In the meantime, we will review the trial record to determine our legal options."



POSTED: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 9:48 AM

The July edition of Philadelphia Magazine is hot off the presses with a story on the long-running rumors about Gov. Rendell and Dr. Kirstin Snow, the director of Commonwealth Media Services who was Miss Pennsylvania in 1994 and Mrs. Pennsylvania in 2005.  It's not quite a tell-all, since the only people willing to be interviewed for the record about rumors of an affair were Rendell and Snow.  And they both deny it.  The three-page article includes a full-page portrait of a smiling Rendell seated with Snow standing behind him, resting her arms on his shoulders.

Some key points in the story, which hits newsstands on Friday:

  • "Absolutely not," Snow said when PhillyMag Features Editor Robert Huber asks if she's having an affair with Rendell. "No way. And if I had a nickel for everybody who told me that, or told me they heard that, I wouldn't have to come to my job."
  • Snow tells the magazine she is surprised it has taken this long for the rumors to go public and worries about the gossip hurting Rendell's wife, Midge, a federal judge.
  • Snow is clearly surprised when Huber tells her he has heard that Rendell is describing her as the love of his life.
  • Rendell says he values Snow's insight on political issues and her attractiveness helps add some "pizzazz" when he brings her to fund-raisers.  He says his recent weight loss -- he's down 60 pounds -- had nothing to do with a new romance.
  • "You know, like a lot of people in politics I get hit on by women all the time," Rendell tells Huber. "There are political groupies just like there are sports groupies.  I got hit on when I was 260 every bit as much as when I'm 200."
  • Rendell scoffs at the notion that he would ever use the phrase: The love of my life.  He speculates that people probably heard him joking about Snow, saying something like: "Oh yeah, she's great. She's hot as can be, she's the cat's meow."
POSTED: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 9:00 AM

John Baer takes a look at the long slog to the Nov. 2 general election for governor and declares it state Attorney General Tom Corbett's race to lose.

A federal jury is now considering whether the city can stop providing the local Boy Scouts troop with a free headquarters because the group discriminates against gays.

Two Philadelphia cops face trial for allegedly breaking the jaw of a man spray-painting graffiti. Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey names a new Internal Affairs Bureau chief.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 11:09 AM

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams "pounded up and down" the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art today a dozen times while wearing a Chicago Black Hawks jersey to pay off a bet with the Cook County State Attorney after her team won the Stanley Cup, beating the Flyers.  It was, to say the least, a very hot day to run the "Rocky Steps."  After the jump, you can read the news release from the District Attorney.

Despite the Heat District Attorney Seth Williams Runs

Up and Down the Art Museum Steps a Dozen Times

POSTED: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 8:46 AM

An 18-year-old has surrendered in the killing of a popular recent Central High School grad who was caught in the crossfire of two feuding groups of young men.

A gay man ousted from a local Boy Scout organization testifies in a federal trial.  The Boy Scouts are fighting to keep their free city-owned digs, despite the group's policy of discriminating against gays.

West Philadelphia will be one of the sites for a national discussion Saturday of the country's economy and budget.

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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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