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Archive: August, 2011

POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2011, 2:14 PM

She's got spirit but Cheri Honkala, the Green Party candidate for sheriff, doesn't have much of a chance to win the Nov. 8 general election.  She can, however, use her candidacy to draw more attention to her key cause: People losing their homes to foreclosure in sheriff's sales.

And nothing draws attention like a stunt.  That's why Honkala will climb up on a horse Monday morning and ride eight blocks east from Kensington and Allegheny avenues to a concert venue at Allegheny Avenue and Kip Street* where she plans to hold a campaign fund-raiser next month.  Honkala's campaign will be playing songs from some of the performers who will be featured in that fund-raiser.  Honkala's horse ride, first scheduled for tomorrow, was moved to Monday due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.

We told you in today's PhillyClout column [last item] about former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney coming to town today to campaign for Honkala.  McKinney, a Georgia Democrat who jumped to the Green Party, most recently made news by railing against U.S. foreign policy on state-controlled television in Libya.

POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2011, 2:08 PM

Here's the latest press release from Mayor Nutter:


Philadelphia, August 26, 2011 – The City of Philadelphia continues to prepare for Hurricane Irene and its potential impact on Philadelphia. The Emergency Operations Center will open on Saturday, August 27 at 6 p.m. to monitor the storm and coordinate the City’s response and recovery activities. The City will not issue an evacuation order; however, citizens should evacuate if they are in a potentially dangerous situation and proceed to a City shelter or other safe location. The City’s 311 Call Center is currently open 24-hours through Monday, August 29. SEPTA will suspend all transit services beginning at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. All City park and recreation centers will close at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2011, 1:35 PM

Mayor Nutter just announced that, for the first time in their history, SEPTA will suspend all service Saturday night in response to Hurricane Irene.

All buses, subways, trolleys and regional rail will halt at approximately midnight, Nutter said. Service will likely resume at some point Sunday after the storm has passed.

SEPTA Spokesman Richard Maloney said that several regional rail lines powered by Amtrak will shut down earlier, at 5 p.m. Saturday. Those are the Airport line, Chestnut Hill West, Wilmington and Paoli.

POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2011, 10:26 AM

Former schools chief Paul Vallas blasts the $905,000 payout given to outgoing superintendent Arlene Ackerman.

Two ex-city workers with felony convictions lose their pensions. The DN identified them last month as part of a story on convicted felons receiving city pensions.

Program works to rehab prison inmates and shelter dogs.

POSTED: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 1:49 PM

Here's a press release from the city:

Philadelphia Braces for Impact of Hurricane Irene,

Mayor Nutter Urges Philadelphians to Prepare Now

POSTED: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 12:12 PM

Mayor Nutter said he would not entertain former Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman who has taken to the airwaves since her departure Monday blaming her dismissal on political wrangling.

Ackerman has said publicly that Nutter instructed School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie two months ago that he wanted her out.

“I’ve heard or seen some of the comments the former Superintendent has made and so first, all I’m really going to say about that is there are any number of mischaracterizations that have been laid out which I’m not going to go into detail about,” Nutter said. “Second, it’s clear that the former Superintendent is on what amounts to a media tour. She has obviously a fair amount of time to kind of talk, run around and do what she’s actively engaged in.”

POSTED: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 11:47 AM

Was Arlene Ackerman the victim of a $905,000 lynching?

The Queen speaks:"I couldn't be prouder for losing my job."

Will two felons -- and former city employees -- lose their pensions?

POSTED: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 4:34 PM

Outgoing schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has given an exit interview to Education Week -- and she's not holding back one bit.

In the article, Ackerman blames Mayor Nutter for putting full-day kindergarten on the chopping block during this year's contentious budget fight.

According to the piece:  

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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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