Just seven weeks ago, Brown had said she was planning to seek reelection. Why she changed her mind wasn’t immediately clear, but Brown planned a Friday afternoon news conference to discuss her decision.
A Mummers Parade skit portraying Mayor Jim Kenney and music mogul Jay-Z set off a controversy. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams on Thursday called a meeting with Mummers representatives to talk about how to avoid similar situations in future parades.
Property owners who may be paying more than their fair share in property taxes could have to wait years for relief while the city attempts to improve its assessment practices and implements a long-delayed computer system.
City Council President Darrell Clarke on Wednesday accused a Mummers comic club of using "racist" blackface in a skit during Tuesday's parade by Mayor Kenney's administration said the mummer in question was black and the city had preapproved the performance.
Republicans still hold firm majorities in both chambers — and their ranks will be more conservative, since the "blue wave" in this past November's election wiped out the more moderate GOP lawmakers from the Philadelphia suburbs.
The Philadelphia school district spent the summer cleaning up seven schools where the Inquirer's "Toxic City: Sick Schools" investigation found the highest numbers of cancer-causing asbestos fibers. Then, new problems surfaced.