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Archive: December, 2012

POSTED: Monday, December 31, 2012, 1:50 PM

As teenagers move into new Youth Detention Center in West Philadelphia, residents there are none-too-thrilled.

Failure to reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff" could impact many Americans.

After the fire ain't no stopping the Fralinger band.

POSTED: Friday, December 28, 2012, 5:03 PM

Major changes to the city’s property-tax system are on the way and you probably have tons of questions about the process.

And the city gets that. So, the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) is offering informational sessions on Mayor Nutter’s plan to move to a new property tax system based on market values known as the Actual Value Initiative (AVI).

Organizations, service clubs, community groups and places of worship can request to have a city representative make a presentation before the respective group on the reassessment process and the Homestead Exemption program which will provide some relief to homeowners under AVI. Go to the this website to find out how to set up an appointment.

POSTED: Friday, December 28, 2012, 10:56 AM

It's a political cursing frenzy. Mayor Nutter has been making headlines for his salty language. Most recently he called the NRA’s plan to staff schools with armed guards a “dumb ass idea.”

But in some towns Nutter could be fined for his occasional profane language. And here’s a look at some of his most famous A-bombs.

SEPTA conductor screwed up and columnist Helen Ubinas is calling him out.

POSTED: Thursday, December 27, 2012, 5:59 PM

In the next episode of the firefighters' union vs. Mayor Nutter -the union filed a motion Thursday to hold the city in contempt of court for not implementing its recent arbitration award which included raises.

Earlier this month the Nutter administration appealed the award, again, after Common Pleas Court judge Idee C. Fox upheld it. Nutter said the award would be too expensive, costing more than $200 million over the current five year plan and an extra $84 million in the current fiscal year. The union argued it would cost the city only $16 million.

But Bill Gault, head of the Firefighters' Union Local 22 said the administration was put on notice that it had to obey Fox's decision because it had not asked for a stay of the judge's order. So the union filed a motion in Common pleas court to hold Nutter in contempt.The union also filed charges with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board against the city for unfair labor practices.

POSTED: Thursday, December 27, 2012, 9:19 AM

The People Paper's crime squad wraps up what proved to be a deadly year.

The special report comes complete with a map of murders across the city, in-depth looks at some of the year's more grizzly homicides and a window into the thinking of Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey

Ronnie Polaneczky highlights some worthy causes that benefit Philadelphia children.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 2:50 PM

Mayor Nutter took to the airwaves Wednesday to tell people how he really feels about NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre's saying that schools should be staffed with armed guards to prevent tragedies like the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

To make his point, he applied the logic of that plan to the ambush shooting of firefighters in western New York -- and then added some color.

“I guess out of last week’s bizarre press statement – it wasn’t a press conference – I guess that Mr. LaPierre would say that firefighters need to have armed guards go with them. I think it just shows that that was a completely dumb ass idea from that start with the announcement last week,” Nutter said on MSNBC.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 10:16 AM

Frankford seems to be riding high these days. A walk through the neighborhood with lifelong Frankforder Jason Dawkins, an aide to Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez.

Rev. Adan Mairena, of the West Kensington Ministry at Norris Square Presbytery of Philadelphia, kept spirits bright this year by delivering gifts to needy families.

In Strawberry Mansion, neighbors have been waiting five years for the city to fix a sidewalk.

POSTED: Monday, December 24, 2012, 12:33 PM

Morgan Zalot chills wit’ Thomas D’Amore, captain of Fralinger String Band

Wood from the 2011 Rockefeller Christmas tree helped build a couple’s home in North Philly.

And PhillyClout wishes you all a happy holiday season.

About this blog
Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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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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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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