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"Ride-share" car services such as UberX and Lyft are transforming the taxi business in Philadelphia, and they don't even operate here. Yet.
HARRISBURG - The proposed new cigarette tax for Philadelphia may be hitting another legislative roadblock. The House, on paper at least, is scheduled to return Monday and vote on a bill that would authorize the city to impose a $2-per-pack tax to raise money for its cash-strapped public schools.
Just as Mayor Nutter quietly left for Paris, he has quietly returned. With no fanfare or official debriefing about his six-day trip to France, Nutter went back to his mayoral routine Wednesday, taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony.
Why is there a bulletproof room with grand jury files in essentially the attic of City Hall?
It's not Gospel yet, but Archbishop Charles Chaput says the pope has said he'll come next year.
PhillyNORML says it has started an e-mail campaign that is flooding Mayor Nutter's inbox with messages supporting a City Council-passed marijuana bill.
Call it a sign of change: From now on, all Philadelphia construction and demolition sites must have large signs alerting the public to the work in progress and listing numbers to call to report a dangerous site.
Mayor Nutter yesterday unveiled new rules for signage at construction and demolition sites.
Did L&I overbill hundreds of property owners in 2012? A new audit by City Controller's Office is raising that question.
Given how little good news is ever reported about Philadelphia's municipal pension fund, Thursday was a red-letter day. The total fund ended the fiscal year up 15.6 percent, outperforming its benchmarks by 1.96 percent. A more narrow portfolio, managed internally, did well, too, showing an 11.97 percent return, about 3.5 percent higher than similar benchmark funds.
Just as Mayor Nutter quietly left for Paris, he has quietly returned. With no fanfare or official debriefing about his six-day trip to France, Nutter went back to his mayoral routine Wednesday, taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony.
Philadelphia City Council announced Wednesday the launch of an ambitious data-driven program meant to identify neighborhoods most in need of support.
HARRISBURG - The proposed new cigarette tax for Philadelphia may be hitting another legislative roadblock. The House, on paper at least, is scheduled to return Monday and vote on a bill that would authorize the city to impose a $2-per-pack tax to raise money for its cash-strapped public schools.
Why is there a bulletproof room with grand jury files in essentially the attic of City Hall?
It's not Gospel yet, but Archbishop Charles Chaput says the pope has said he'll come next year.
The mayor and his wife are spending the week in France; one of many trips Nutter has taken in his second term.
Pick up that cellphone and make a call. Tell how being arrested for a small bit of marijuana in Philadelphia has changed your life.
Well, at least he wrote. With no public notice, Mayor Nutter flew to Paris on Wednesday on another global trade mission, this time a six-day excursion to woo French commerce and promote Philadelphia as a cycling mecca and tourist destination. Nutter and his wife, Lisa, will also attend the Tour de France, which ends Sunday in Paris.
Mayor Nutter said the musician would be honored for his efforts on homelessness and poverty.
"Ride-share" car services such as UberX and Lyft are transforming the taxi business in Philadelphia, and they don't even operate here. Yet.