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POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011, 1:43 PM

For the first time since Occupy Philadelphia began its protest nearly four weeks ago, Philadelphia police have restored public access to the City Hall courtyard, opening the chain-link gates on three of the building's four sides.

The archway on the west side of City Hall, facing a plaza full of demonstrators with tents, signs, tables, platforms and other protest paraphernalia, is still blocked off by cyclone fencing and a police cruiser.

But with the other arches opened Monday morning, and metal pedestrian-control barriers removed, foot traffic through the courtyard resumed immediately.

POSTED: Friday, October 28, 2011, 10:53 AM
A fuller appreciation of Rob Stuart. If you've used Schuylkill River Park, you have him and his wife Sarah to thank:

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POSTED: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 2:27 PM

Rob Stuart, whose efforts to transform Philadelphia ranged from encouraging the use of Schuylkill River Park to bringing pedicabs here, died Wednesday.

Stuart was a regular presence in City Hall as he promoted his causes and issues, and on Thursday, Councilmen Curtis Jones Jr. and Darrell Clarke praised Stuart's contributions to the city.

"Rob Stuart did not believe an eco-friendly Philadelphia, nation or world was a fantasy but more of his planned vision," Jones said. He added that Stuart was the one who had invited him to study how drilling for natural gas could affect Philadelphia.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 9:16 AM

Al Schmidt, a Republican candidate for city commissioner and the leader of an insurgent group challenging the city's Republican Party hierarchy, landed a prized endorsement today, from Democrat Ed Rendell, the former Mayor and governor.

Schmidt put out a press release quoting Rendell as follows:  "Al Schmidt understands that the job of election officials is to run fair, clean and effective elections.  He will do so in a truly bipartisan manner.  That's why I'm supporting him and I hope you will too."

Rendell had previously endorsed Democrat Stephanie Singer for commissioner.  Voters will find four candidates for commissioner on their Nov. 8 ballots.  They’ll only be allowed to vote for two, but three will be elected ­– effectively pitting Schmidt against fellow Republican and incumbent Joseph Duda for the third spot.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 2:58 PM

Sometimes, you get the biggest laugh when you poke fun at yourself.

Heard in the Hall was highly amused when Matthew Wolfe, a West Philadelphia GOP ward leader, corrected some information in his newsletter and then said, "We blame Obama for this mistake. We blame him for all mistakes."

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 2:43 PM

To many voters, city cars represent the epitome of political entitlement. After all, how many employees get cars paid for by an employer?

Joseph McColgan has latched onto that outrage by promising not to take a city car - or a city pension.

"I’ve been very clear that in order to fix our great city, we need leaders who place her interests first.  This is why I won’t take a pension or city-financed car when I’m elected to City Council," McColgan said in a news release.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 12:50 PM
Billboard at the corner of Cottman Avenue and State Road.

On two new billboards, at-large Republican City Council candidate Joseph McColgan says the Inquirer and Daily News endorsed him. That was true back in the May primary, but McColgan did not win those endorsements for the November general election.

The Inquirer learned about the billboards from a rival candidate. McColgan said he was unaware of them until the Inquirer asked. He said the mistake occurred after someone took oudated information from his campaign web site and incorporated it into the billboards. He's removing the incorrect information and replacing it with his button number.

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POSTED: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 3:29 PM

They’d lost that loving feeling. They wanted to get it back, so they had dinner Monday at that hideaway for politicos, The Palm, to work out their issues.

And now, says Councilman Jim Kenney, he and Mayor Nutter are talking again. The two, who went to St. Joseph’s Prepatory School together, had been friends and allies for decades.

But their relationship grew tense after Nutter became mayor. Kenney felt the mayor and his administration had become difficult to work with and holier-than-thou when it came to politics.

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