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Archive: August, 2012

POSTED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 12:02 PM

It's a predictable part of presidential campaigns that candidates say harsh things about their competitors in primary elections but then eat those words when they have to endorse the victor.  It's chow time for former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.

The Republican National Committee just announced that Santorum will be one of the "headliner" speakers at the party's convention in Tampa, which starts Aug. 27.  Here's a statement the RNC released on Santorum's behalf:

"I am so passionate about this election because the core principles of our country are at stake. The Republican National Convention is an important time for us to rally behind Mitt Romney and his vision to put our country back on track. We need a leader in the White House who is committed to reforming government."

POSTED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 9:08 AM

ATV riders are causing destruction in Tacony Creek Park, chewing up the terrain.  Philadelphia Police pull a weekend raid, seizing 37 ATVs.  And in Northumberland County, local officials hope ATV riding help bring economic growth.

It's being called the "Workers Stand for America" rally.   It could just as well be called "Mixed Messages for the Masses."

The vice president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition says a court ruling that municipalities can control zoning on natural gas drilling projects is a blow to safe industry practices.

POSTED: Monday, August 6, 2012, 4:34 PM

PhillyClout hears that Mayor Nutter is out of the office at the moment on summer vacation with his family.

Official details on the trip are scant, as usual. The mayor is likely away for two weeks, though staffers tell us that even when Nutter is on vacation, he’s usually checking email and is rarely out of touch for long. Just where he went is unknown for now. In previous years he has jetted to Aruba and Mexico.

Nutter’s press office declined to comment on the mayor’s whereabouts, calling it a private matter.

POSTED: Monday, August 6, 2012, 12:31 PM

Union leaders from Philadelphia gathered this morning to preview their "Workers Stand for America" rally, expected to pack 30,000 organized labor members on the Ben Franklin Parkway Saturday.

John Dougherty, leader of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, made clear that labor is feeling taken for granted by traditional Democratic political allies but denied that the rally is a "shadow convention." Unions are furious that the Democratic National Convention will start in union-unfriendly Charlotte, North Carolina on Labor Day.

"I want to thank the DNC for waking us up," Dougherty said. "The days of taking the labor movement for granted are over."

POSTED: Monday, August 6, 2012, 9:24 AM

Garrett Reid, son of the Eagles coach Andy Reid, is found dead. Daily News columnists weigh in on the tragedy.

Local Sikhs are stunned by massacre at a Milwaukee temple.

Stu Bykofsky investigates why police killed a homeless man's dog.

POSTED: Friday, August 3, 2012, 12:21 PM

During the summer we like to stay on top of what your City Council members are up to.

And so when Mayor Nutter held a news conference the day after a massive water main break in Southwest Center City nearly two weeks ago, we wondered why City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson was not there beside him.

Getting a response from Johnson’s office turned out to be more of a headache than what it was worth.

POSTED: Friday, August 3, 2012, 10:42 AM

Gabby Douglas didn’t just make history as the first African-American to win all around gymnastics gold; she’s also a role model to young African-American youth.

Fans and colleagues bid farewell to WDAS radio icon Joe “Butterball” Tamburro.

And in your weekly dose of PhillyClout former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s former aide is portrayed in HBO’s new series “The Newsroom.”

POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 9:29 AM

Looks like plans are heating up for the labor rally scheduled to be held next weekend in Philadelphia, in advance of the Democratic and Republican conventions.

Here's a press release about an event Monday to announce special guests:


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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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