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(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

Report Will Recommend Split-Up of Philadelphia’s L & I

Sources have confirmed that a task force report, created in the wake of last year’s fatal Market Street building collapse, recommends splitting Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses & Inspections into two separate entities.

09/19/2014

(NJ governor Chris Christie, in file photo.   Photo by Kena Betancur/ Getty Images)

Governor Christie Blasts Bridgegate Investigative Committee

Governor Chris Christie vented his frustrations Thursday at the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal.

09/18/2014

(The Walt Whitman Bridge.  Photo provided by DRPA)

DRPA Set To Make Additional Repairs To Walt Whitman Bridge

A June inspection found damage to several gusset plates — the steel sheets that connect trusses.

09/18/2014

(Gov. Christie announces the appointment of Jamie Fox, right, to head the NJ Dept. of Transporation.  Image from State of NJ TV)

Gov. Christie Appoints Jamie Fox To Head NJ Dept. of Transportation

Fox, a Democrat, served as transportation commissioner, and later as chief of staff, to former governor Jim McGreevey.

09/18/2014

(Activists favoring a ballot question on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission demonstrate in the City Council caucus room prior to the vote.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ballot Question on Control of Phila. School District Gets Council OK

Council today approved that ballot question, but it was not immediately clear if the mayor will sign it in time for it to appear on the November ballot.

09/18/2014

(Former offenders get a certificate and a backpack following a year of compliance with the requirements of Philadelphia mental health court.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Phila. ‘Mental Health Court’ Marks Five Years of Helping Mentally Ill Defendants

“Most of these individuals are committing nonviolent crimes, but crimes that are usually the result of their mental health issues,” explains Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper.

09/18/2014

(NJ governor Chris Christie, in file photo.   Photo by Kena Betancur/ Getty Images)

Gov. Christie Welcomes Investors To Atlantic City — Even Donald Trump

Whatever the motivation, Christie says, if Trump wants in, no problem.

09/18/2014

(The Capitol Building in Harrisburg.   Credit: Mladen Antonov/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Little Chance For Anti-Gay-Bashing Law This Year in Pennsylvania

Several years ago, citing a procedural error, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a law that made assault due to sexual orientation a hate crime.

09/18/2014

(Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf speaks with students and local officials in a classroom of the STEM Academy, in Chester, Pa.   Photo by Mike Dougherty)

Candidate Tom Wolf Promises Shale Fracking Tax Revenue For Pa. Schools

Students asked Wolf how he would help the struggling Chester-Upland School District if he’s elected governor. He told them a five-percent severence tax on Marcellus Shale would go a long way.

09/18/2014

(A frame from surveillance video released by Philadelphia police, believed to show people involved in the beating of two men.  Credit: CBS3)

Feds Await Local Police Findings on Center City Beating of Gay Couple

While Philadelphia police continue to investigate last week’s attack on a gay couple in center city, federal authorities are waiting in the wings to press their own case, if warranted.

09/18/2014

(A clerk calls the roll of City Council for a vote on the bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.  The measure passed, 14-2.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Pot Gets Phila. City Council OK

The measure, which passed 14-2, embodies the compromise announced last week by Mayor Nutter and the bill’s sponsor, councilman Jim Kenney.

09/18/2014

Brendan Boyle File Photo (credit: Tim Jimenez/KYW)

State Rep Looking To Change Pa. Hate Crime Law

Even though the public may be looking at the brutal beating of two gay men in Center City as a hate crime, under state law…it’s not.

09/18/2014

(Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian, at the Delaware County Press Club, in Media, Pa.  Photo by David Madden)

Atlantic City Mayor Lays Out Red Carpet For Town’s Economic Recovery

Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian discussed his long-term goals for the shore town that has been wracked over the past few weeks by consolidation in the casino industry.

09/17/2014

(Immigration reform advocates demonstrate outside the Philadelphia ICE office, at 16th and Callowhill Streets.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

In Philadelphia, A Push For Quicker Action on Unauthorized Immigrants

Immigration reform advocates say that months of protests have fallen on deaf ears and, with November elections approaching, the impact of broken promises will be visible at the polls.

09/17/2014

(Operators handle calls in the City of Philadelphia's 311 call center.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Butkovitz Says City’s 311 Call Center Operates Around the Clock, Only For Some

By contrast, the 311 for the rest of us operates only 12 hours a day, and only Mondays through Fridays.

09/17/2014

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