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(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett speaks at a news conference following a night of rioting in response to the firing of Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.  Photo by Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

Gov. Corbett Dropped From NCAA Suit On Penn State Fine

The NCAA has dropped Gov. Tom Corbett and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale from its lawsuit challenging a state law that limits where $60 million in Penn State fine money can be spent.

10/21/2014

(Tracy Lomax, executive secretary at the Philadelphia Police Department, shows a toy gun that the police department says looks too much like a real one.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Council Moves Toward Tougher Penalties For Selling Realistic Toy Guns

One measure restricts the sale of toy guns in the city unless the toy is brightly colored.

10/21/2014

(Jordan Davis testifies before City Council's public safety committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Committee OKs Hate Crimes Bill

Among those testifying in favor of the legislation was a transgender woman who says she was repeatedly victimized in Philadelphia.

10/21/2014

(File photo by  Tom Mihalek/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Montgomery County Holding Four Days of Health Emergency Drills

If you saw people in hazmat suits in Plymouth Township last night, don’t worry: it was only a drill.

10/21/2014

(Aimee Belgard, in campaign photo.)

Democrats Shifting Campaign Spending, to Consternation of One South Jersey Hopeful

Aimee Belgard had hoped to get some TV money from a Democratic Party super PAC. But that won’t be happening.

10/21/2014

(Gov. Corbett is flanked by Maureen Faulkner and Pa. state rep Mike Vereb, sponsor of the amendment, at the signing ceremony.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Law Signed To Curb Cop Killer’s ‘Obscene Celebrity’

Gov. Corbett signed into law a measure that he says is intended to curb the “obscene celebrity” cultivated by convicts such as Mumia Abu-Jamal.

10/21/2014

(Photo illustration by Ed Fischer)

Porn E-mail Scandal Leads To Suspension Of Pa. Justice

Within the next month the judicial conduct board will review McCaffery’s allegations as they determine whether or not to file formal misconduct charges against him.

10/20/2014

(Mayor Nutter and police commissioner Charles Ramsey lead a contingent of city officials making a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new police headquarters.  Photo by Kim Glovas)

Work Begins To Convert West Phila. Landmark Into New Police HQ

The $250-million renovation will create new, consolidated city offices for the police department, the medical examiner’s office, and the Department of Health public laboratories.

10/20/2014

(The School Reform Commission.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

Judge Puts Labor Contract Changes For Philadelphia Teachers On Hold

The judge granted a preliminary injunction sought by the PFT. Two weeks ago, the SRC announced it was going to begin requiring Philadelphia public school teachers to pay a contribution to their health insurance.

10/20/2014

(Pa. state senator LeAnna Washington. Photo provided)

Case Against Pa. Sen. LeAnna Washington May Be Wrapping Up

Judge Steven O’Neill told defense attorneys that he’ll want to know by Friday whether Washington will plead guilty to the charges against her or whether her case will go to trial.

10/20/2014

(Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Union League Holds a Job Fair For US Military Veterans

One attendee said his biggest challenge is translating his military experience into words that are revelant to civilian jobs.

10/20/2014

(Gloria Casarez stands in front of the Rainbow Flag outside Philadelphia City Hall in October 2010.  Photo by Mitchell Leff, provided by City of Phila.)

Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia’s Head of LGBT Affairs, Dead at 42

“We’re going to miss her,” said Mayor Nutter, who created the Office of LGBT Affairs in 2008 and appointed Casarez to head up the office.

10/20/2014

(File photo by Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

Pa. Court Affirms Right of Group To Hurl Invective Outside Center City Mall

A local group called the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge has received city permits to speak on the sidewalk near Liberty Place, at 16th and Chestnut Streets, voicing hatred toward whites, Asians, and other groups.

10/20/2014

Patrick Duff
(Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council’s Public Speaking Rules Bashed By Public Speaker

In Philadelphia City Council, lawmakers impose restrictions on what the public can say at its weekly meetings. One speaker this past week made his displeasure with the rules quite evident.

10/19/2014

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Gov. Christie Releases His Tax Returns

Gov. Chris Christie and his wife reported nearly $700,000 in income last year, a significant jump from 2012, according to tax returns released Friday by his office.

10/17/2014

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President Obama, VP Biden Sworn-In For Second Term

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