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Archive: September, 2012

POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012, 6:12 PM

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) owes the city a lot of money and the agency has agreed to soon pay up.

PHA failed to pay the city for demolitions, repairs and maintenance of some of its scattered site properties for the last decade. Payment for those services coupled with a host of back taxes brought PHA’s bill to $10 million.

An agreement that allows PHA to pay the city $6,225,303 for service related work and delinquent taxes was approved by the PHA Board today.

POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012, 12:32 PM

While a Commonwealth Court Judge said he was considering an injunction that would address a portion of the state’s controversial Voter ID law, more than a 150 people registered to vote at a “Be the Vote” block party Thursday at Shepard Recreation Center, in West Philly where residents received information about the proper ID needed to vote and were able to verify their registration status.

“This is not an R thing or a D thing. It’s about doing the right thing which is voting,” said City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. Jones along with Republican Councilman David Oh joined with other city offices to put the event together. “Voter suppression in this country isn’t anything new. You should vote and you should have the right to vote in this democracy.”

Jones’ office said 20 percent of those who registered also received rides to local PennDOT centers provided by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to get the proper ID needed to vote.

POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012, 11:43 AM

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney just wrapped up a private fund-raiser at the Union League -- his campaign declined to allow the Daily News to attend -- and is headed now to Valley Forge Military Academy & College for a public rally.

Protesters from Philly for Change and other organizations rallied outside the Union League, where Romney contributors chipped in between $25,000 and $2,500 per person. The Romney campaign hopes to raise $3.5 million to $4 million in Philly.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell held a news conference concurrent with the fund-raiser, saying the former Massachusetts governor's comments about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income tax -- secretly recorded at a Florida fund-raiser earlier this year -- provide a "chance to look deep into "Gov. Romney's soul."

POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012, 11:05 AM

Greg Bucceroni’s story has gone national. Is it true? He’s drawn to cops and the media.

A group of teen girls beat a mentally challenged woman in Chester and posted footage on Facebook.

A woman who says she lost a pregnancy after being tasered multiple times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

POSTED: Thursday, September 27, 2012, 2:37 PM

Three weeks after Mayor Nutter vetoed a bill that would have tacked a $4 surcharge onto parking tickets to generate additional dollars for the maintenance of parks and recreation facilities and for a division of the Philadelphia Parking Authority –the sponsor City Councilman Mark Squilla proposed legislation today that would give council a say over how 10 percent of the operating budget is spent.

“We’re not going to take over the whole budget process,” Squilla said. “It’s a strong mayoral form of government and [the Mayor] has the ability to dictate most of where the money goes, but this just gives us a small percentage of the money that we could be moving.”

Mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald said the administration would provide comment at a hearing on the bill.

POSTED: Thursday, September 27, 2012, 8:18 AM

Democrats are licking their chops over Gov. Corbett's ever-dwindling poll numbers as they look to the 2014 election. (http://bit.ly/VNmAZA)

The city's nonunion workers get a new contract that comes with raises -- and givebacks. (http://bit.ly/S1OYIU)

Morgan Zalot takes a look at the early success of the city's GunStat initiative. (http://bit.ly/S1PoyZ)

POSTED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 11:55 AM

Updated: To include response from union leaders

In a move that is sure to heat up negotiations with the city’s unionized workforce, the Nutter administration announced today that new labor terms go into effect Monday for nonunion civil-service workers and other exempt employees.

The changes include a 2.5 percent wage increase, significant increases to employee contributions toward pension and health-care costs and the possibility of furloughs.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 9:27 AM

Despite a number of complaints including allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and retaliation Police Capt. Anthony Washington keeps getting promoted. Here’s a look at his career.

President Obama holds an 11-point lead over Mitt Romney among registered voters in Pennsylvania.

Getting a Voter ID from PennDOT should be easier now.

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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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