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Archive: July, 2012

POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 9:29 PM

This Friday City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. will celebrate the opening of his new digs –a second office in the Fourth Councilmanic district.

Rent at his first district office located in Wynnefield was paid for with campaign funds, and taxpayers paid $2,450 in furniture made by inmates in city prisons’ PHILACOR shops. Jones said the $600-a-month rent at his latest office located at 5462 Ridge Ave., in Roxborough will also be paid for through campaign dollars.

The city, Jones said will donate a “beat-up” 2003 Dell Computer and a phone.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 9:06 AM

Times are tough -- the economy is still struggling and local taxes keep going up.  But at least salaries in one local industry -- Philadelphia's City Council -- are on the rise.  Salary data provided by the City Controller's Office shows at least nine members of Council are taking a cost-of-living pay increase.

Council members aren't the only people in City Hall getting a bump in pay.  Several members of Mayor Nutter's administration have stopped giving back parts of their salaries.

City Council wants to help local voters avoid problems with a new controversial law that forces them to show some sort of state identification at polling places.  Here's a guide to obtaining ID.

POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012, 7:44 PM

If you need assistance traveling to the nearest Pennsylvania Department of Transportation center to get your Voter ID, City Council is here to help.

City Council president Darrell Clarke announced Monday that Council is partnering with the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition to educate and clear-up any confusion about the controversial Voter ID law which requires that photo ID be presented at the polls starting in November.

Clarke said the coalition reached out to Council about a month ago asking for assistance in educating Philadelphians and he decided to take it a step further.

POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012, 9:46 AM

Has Gov. Corbett waged a war on women in Pennsylvania?

Thugs beat up Upper Darby man in wheelchair to get his pain pills.

Stu Bykofsky weighs in on gay marriage.

POSTED: Friday, July 27, 2012, 3:21 PM

A day after thousands of firefighters marched to City Hall to pressure Mayor Nutter to accept their recent arbitration award, the administration announced Friday it plans to appeal, again.

The city’s Budget Director Rebecca Rhynhart said the city could not afford the award, which would cost $200 million over the course of the five-year financial plan. The city will file the appeal next week.

The five-year plan which was submitted today to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) –the city’s fiscal watchdog, assumes the city will be successful in its appeal, said city Finance Director Rob Dubow.

POSTED: Friday, July 27, 2012, 10:43 AM

Thousands of firefighters marched to City Hall yesterday to pressure Mayor Nutter into accepting their recent arbitration award. Nutter was in New Orleans.

And in PhillyClout this week, City Councilman Jim Kenney slammed Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy in a letter Wednesday following his remarks on gay marriage meanwhile Philadelphia continues to collect $ from the company.

A professor from the University of Washington says there are one million voters in Pennsylvania that would not have the proper ID to vote under the new Voter-ID law in November.

POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 3:24 PM

Several thousand firefighters marched on City Hall today trying to pressure Mayor Nutter to accept their recent arbitration award. Here's a video report:

POSTED: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 7:57 AM

The shooting deaths of two Overbrook Park teens stemmed from a drug deal that went bad inside their house. (

Unlike his predecessor, new school superintendent William Hite doesn't have a $1 million buy-out option. (

Vice President Joe Biden disappointed local firefighter union members when he didn't mention their ongoing contract dispute with the city during a speech Wednesday. (

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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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