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POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 12:27 PM

Mayor Nutter says he will veto legislation passed by City Council that would have raised parking ticket fines by $4 each to fund the Parks and Recreation budget.

In a letter to Council, Nutter said the legislation violates state law and the City Charter, which say Council lacks the authority to say how such fines can be distributed.

Checking with bill sponsor Mark Squilla for reaction. Stay tuned.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 11:17 AM

Mayor Nutter, who is most likely going to be giving a speech at the Democratic National Convention today, has an editorial in the Huffington Post about the hospitality industry in Philadelphia.

Although he doesn't mention the just-completed Made in America event, the piece serves as an extended advertisement for what a great city Philadelphia is to live/work/play/hold a convention/stay in a hotel/eat in a restaurant.

The HuffPost says the editorial is part of a series meant to address three issues not discussed at the party conventions - the drug war, poverty and money in politics.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 4:24 PM

Mayor Nutter will speak at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, the same night as the president, according to the Obama campaign. Previous reports had said he would speak Wednesday, but nothing was made official until this afternoon, when word began spreading that the mayor would instead speak Thursday.

Sources close to Nutter did not know the time of his speech. If he was originally scheduled to speak Wednesday, the move to Thursday looks like a promotion. Only party favorites usually share the night with the president.

Since Nutter was re-elected in November, speculation that he would take a job with the Obama administration has been growing. He has repeatedly said he would serve out his second term here. Either way, it looks like the Obama folks have forgiven Nutter for his initial support of Hillary Clinton.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 2:22 PM

Local 22 of the Philadelphia firefighters union has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the city, in an effort to get audio recordings and written reports from a Kensington warehouse fire that killed two firefighters in a wall collapse in April.

The union has maintained that a "collapse zone" was never established around the building. If one had been set up  - preventing firefighters from entering an area one and a half times the height of the building's walls - then Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney would not have been killed, the union has said.

The union said Tuesday that the recordings and reports are necessary to investigate a possible greivance. The city has not responded to a request for the material made six weeks ago, the union said.

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