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Archive: July, 2008

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2008, 12:25 PM

Brad Linder over at WHYY has a great report on the city curfew centers as part of the It's Our City project. City officials are questioning whether the millions spent on the centers have been a good investment.

Fate of Philadelphia curfew centers uncertain from whyyphila on Vimeo.
POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2008, 10:21 AM
The Daily News used to have an undercover reporter called the Phantom Rider, who traveled on the city's buses, subways and trains and wrote about the ups and downs of Philly public transit, referring to himself in the third person the whole time. He was awesome. But sadly, like many of the great Daily News scribes, the Phantom Rider has long since retired.

But today we came across SeptaWatch which could serve as a good substitute for all your local transit news. (Credit to Dan at YoungPhillyPolitics for alerting us to its presence.) Here you can read SEPTA news, gossip, rumors and rage to your heart's content. Check it out.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2008, 7:43 AM
Mayor Nutter is away from City Hall for the next two weeks on what he described as "private family time," but he's still checking in with the office. Last night his spokesman released a statement from Nutter on the weekend violence.

Here it is:

"We are concerned about the violence that occurred over the weekend. One, much less 10 shootings across the city is simply unacceptable.

We remain committed to the aggressive implementation of our crime fighting strategies, including our efforts to get illegal guns off of our streets and out of the hands of criminals. We will continue to do everything we can to see that those responsible for these crimes are caught and dealt with appropriately."

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2008, 7:38 AM
John Baer interviews a former state House aide who blew the whistle on corruption in the legislature.

Seven weekend shootings leave one dead and nine wounded.

M. Night Shyamalan wants to shoot in a planned movie studio in Chester.

POSTED: Friday, July 18, 2008, 3:07 PM
From the department of fair and transparent governing:

Political activist Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg today expanded his fight for public access to electronic returns on election night. On Young Philly Politics, Urevick-Ackelsberg has been chronicling his campaign to get a password for the password-protected site internet where returns are posted on election night. The Daily News wrote about his quest earlier this month.

Currently media outlets pay to access returns on the website. The thee city commissioners -- who are in charge of elections -- also provide free passwords to political heavyweights and the well-connected. The general public pretty much has to go look at returns on paper.

POSTED: Friday, July 18, 2008, 2:35 PM
Trying to exert some pressure on the city, District Council 47, the union for white collar city workers, just held a press conference to announce the contract terms they want. Here are the details, straight from Chris Brennan:

DC 47 President Cathy Scott says the union ­– which represent 3,372 employees – would accept a one year deal like the Fraternal Order of Police got last week, if they can get the same terms as police.

She said they want raises like the cops and they want the city to pay $1108 per worker into their healthcare fund. Currently the city pays $976, Scott said. But she said with rising costs, they’ll need $1108. And Scott pointed out that they are asking for less than police got – $1165.

POSTED: Friday, July 18, 2008, 1:37 PM
In case you missed it, Clout had an interesting item today about former Prisons Commissioner Leon King, who apparently spent over $3,000 on a 50 inch flat panel TV screen for his conference room.

He says it was strictly for power-point presentations. Seems like a pretty hefty price tag to us...

POSTED: Friday, July 18, 2008, 1:30 PM

We hear that Mayor Nutter may be headed to sunny Spain during his two-week break from the office.

Asked if he was vacationing in the land of Picasso, Miro and Pedro Almodovar, Nutter declined to comment. But if he is going, he may face some language barriers.

"The only person in our family who speaks Spanish is Olivia," Nutter said, referring to his 13-year-old daughter.

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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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