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POSTED: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 11:09 AM
The Philadelphia Art Commission unanimously approved Wednesday the design for the June 5th Memorial at 22nd and Market just two days before the two-year anniversary of the fatal building collapse.

The Philadelphia Art Commission unanimously approved Wednesday the design for the June 5th Memorial at 22nd and Market just two days before the two-year anniversary of the fatal building collapse.

The memorial, designed by Wayne-based artist Barbara Fox, will feature three tall granite stones with one-cubic foot windows representing each of the victims.

Anne Bryan, Mary Rosaline Conteh, Borbor Davis, Kimberly Finnegan, Juanita Harmon, and Mary Simpson were killed on June 5, 2013 when a four-story brick wall of a building undergoing demolition collapsed onto an adjacent Salvation Army store. Fourteen people also were injured in the collapse.

POSTED: Thursday, May 28, 2015, 4:56 PM
Six people were killed and several were injured on June 5, 2013, when a wall collapsed onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

As the two-year anniversary of the building collapse at 22nd and Market approaches, attorneys for the victims are still working on interviewing everyone involved in the civil case.

On Tuesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Mark Bernstein issued an order forcing Joel Oshtry, the attorney for STB Investments Corp, which owns the properties on 2100 of Market Street that were set to be demolished, to comply with a deposition request.

Six people were killed and several were injured on June 5, 2013 when a wall collapsed onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store. The wall that fell was from the adjacent building, owned by STB Investments, that was in the middle of what has been described as an unsafe and dangerous demolition. Both civil and criminal cases are pending in court.

POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 1:23 PM
Mayor Michael Nutter (right) and democratic candidate for mayor Jim Kenney. (Staff photos)

The former City Councilman who was often critical of the Nutter administration during his time on council stood side by side the Mayor Thursday praising his work.

The unlikely duo — recent Democratic mayoral primary winner James F. Kenney and Nutter — held a news conference outside the mayor’s office in City Hall following their closed-door meeting.

“I want to welcome my friend back, back to the mayor’s office,” Nutter said.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:50 AM
On Twitter, a group named Cyber ComandOs that identifies itself as a Muslim hacker team has taken responsibility for the hack. (Screen shot)

The website for Philadelphia's City Council was hacked for several hours Wednesday morning. The site was replaced by a sparse black background with white text reading: "I am Muslim & Islam is my way of Life."

On Twitter, a group named Cyber ComandOs that identifies itself as a Muslim hacker team has taken responsibility for the hack.

The Council site is hosted separately from city government sites, which were not impacted by the breach, according to Jane Roh, spokeswoman for Council President Darrell Clarke. Roh said no city information that would be considered sensitive was compromised or accessed. 

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 7:00 PM
Cutout photos of the faces of Jim Kenney, left, who is running for mayor, and Kevin Dougherty right, who is running for PA Supreme Court, are seen outside Famous 4th St. Deli in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 19, 2015. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

The tradition continued for the umpteenth time Tuesday. Politicians and other movers and shakers from around the city made their stopped at Famous 4th Street Deli in South Philadelphia and at Relish in the Northwest part the city.

And as always both scenes were quite lively.

At Famous-- where politicians for the last four decades have lunched on election day -- guests were greeted by huge cutouts of Jim Kenney (running for mayor) and Kevin Dougherty (running for Supreme Court judge) heads.

POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2015, 5:23 PM
Anthony Williams (left) and Jim Kenney (right). ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff photographer )

No one said mayoral campaigns are cheap.

Anthony H. Williams and James Kenney have each spent at least $1 million (Lynne Abraham was just under $1 million) as of May 8 when the most recent campaign finance reports were due. Williams and Kenney each raised $1.3 million between January and May 4. The candidates have since raised and spent some more money but we won’t know full details until after the election. 

Here is a breakdown of how each of the two $1 million-plus campaigns spent their money:

POSTED: Friday, May 15, 2015, 1:19 PM
Jim Kenney speaks at The Next Mayor debate at Temple University in Philadelphia on Monday, May 4, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

A week after the campaign finance guns were shown by the top three mayoral candidates, James Kenney, Anthony H. Williams and Lynne Abraham are continuing to gather ammunition.

Last week’s campaign finance reporting deadline showed that Kenney and Williams had raised $1.3 million each and Abraham raised $1 million. Since then, any campaign that receives or gives a donation of more than $500 must report it within 24-hours.

We’ve been tracking those reports all week.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:22 PM
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke on last day of council before holiday break. Photograph taken on Thursday, December 11, 2014. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ) (DN)

Remember that time that Council President Darrell L. Clarke was teasing everyone about running for mayor and holding fundraisers all over town and in New York?

Well, Clarke's PAC accrued a half-million dollar war chest this past winter. But the Council President then decided he would not run for mayor.

Clarke recently flung the money chest open. He is helping out his Council colleagues who face a tough fight at the polls next week, as well as one Council newcomer running unopposed.

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