A City Council committee approved bills Thursday that would add electronic cigarettes to Philadelphia's smoke-free law and ban sales to minors, joining dozens of states and localities that are trying to slow fast-growing sales of a largely unregulated product in the absence of federal action.
TRENTON The emotionally charged rhetoric that dominates the national debate on gun control returned to New Jersey's capital Thursday, as supporters and opponents of a proposed restriction on magazine ammunition capacity debated the causes - and at times the facts - of some of the country's worst episodes of violence.
The Nutter administration's recent labor contract with AFSCME District Council 47 includes a previously undisclosed side letter committing the city to improve the package if the city provides a better deal to the union's bigger counterpart, AFSCME District Council 33.
A federal judge chastised prosecutors Thursday for failing to devote what he deemed to be sufficient manpower to a racketeering conspiracy case against members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union, even as government lawyers said they would likely file additional charges against the men.
MOUNT HOLLY Burlington County Freeholder Director Leah Arter resigned Wednesday to take a $90,000 administrative position with the county college, which the board oversees. While Arter said it would not have been a conflict of interest for her to remain in her $11,023 post as an elected official, she said that having both jobs is "not what I'm personally comfortable with" and that she would have been concerned with "the appearance."
City Council voted unanimously Thursday to boost pay for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes to a uniform $70,000 a year, hoping the raises will spur longer working hours for the board to handle a backlog of more than 20,000 property tax appeals.
A Virginia man is accused of busting out some martial arts moves and punching a state trooper in the face Wednesday at a Wilmington construction site.