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Philly Upping Hate Crime Law After Alleged Attack On Same-Sex Couple

Philadelphia’s city council has passed a bill authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren’t covered under state law.

15 hours ago

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City Council Debates Adding Hate Crime Penalties To City Code

Before Council’s Public Safety Committee is a measure that boosts the penalties for a variety of crimes when the offender is found to be motivated by the victims sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

10/21/2014

(Gurly Gibson, of the embassy of Liberia in Washington, DC.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Top Liberian Official Tells City Council Air Travel Ban Would Only Make Ebola Crisis Worse

City Council members heard from Gurly Gibson, an official at the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C. She said her country’s situation is dire and that officials believe a halt to air travel would would be “a death sentence.”

10/18/2014

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Philadelphia City Council Holds Hearing On Ebola Preparedness

During a nearly four hour hearing before a City Council Committee, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. James Buehler gave the city an “A to A plus”rating for preparing for the Ebola threat. Others, however, indicated there were problems that needed to be overcome.

10/16/2014

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City Council Set To Hold Hearing On Ebola Preparation In Philadelphia

How well is this region prepared to cope with an Ebola outbreak? Philadelphia City Council holds a hearing this afternoon to find out.

10/16/2014

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Philadelphia Lawmakers Plan Hearing On Whether Local Officials Are Prepared For Ebola Threat

The Ebola crisis is prompting Philadelphia City Council to plan a hearing on this region’s ability to respond to a pandemic.

10/09/2014

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Can Philadelphia Lure More Industries To City Using Unused Land?

Decades after most industries left Philadelphia, City Council plans to look at how unused land might coax them back.

10/05/2014

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Dom Giordano’s Take On City’s Decriminalization Of Pot

On Thursday, Philadelphia City Council continued a great Philadelphia tradition.

09/19/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Tony Romeo)

Nutter Hopes For Public Hearings On $2 Billion PGW Sale When City Council Opens Fall Session

City Council has yet to introduce the Mayor’s PGW sale legislation nor to schedule public hearings. Council President Darrell Clarke has said those won’t come until Concentric — the consultant hired by Council to review the plan — has finished its reports.

09/03/2014

Mel Wells, President of One Day At A Time. (Credit: Michelle Durham)

Labor Day Neighborhood Block Party Includes Book Bag Giveaway And Free HIV Testing

On this Labor Day, one North Philadelphia community is holding a unique event until 8 p.m. tonight, a block party that includes a book bag giveaway and free HIV testing.

09/01/2014

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City Council Holds Hearing On How School District Can Expand Social Services To Include Students’ Families

The hearing was focused on expanding “community-based schooling,” in which social services that are normally offered in government offices are instead available at neighborhood schools.

08/17/2014

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Residents React To City Council’s Bill To Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Pot

A bill passed by a 14 to 2 vote in City Council Thursday drastically changed Philadelphia’s marijuana laws.

06/20/2014

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City Council Set To Vote On Bill Aimed At More Bike Parking, Pedestrian Hangouts

Philadelphia City Council is expected to cast a final vote this week on a bill that makes it easier for neighborhoods to set up pedestrian hangouts, as well as more space for bicycle parking.

06/16/2014

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City Council Approves Using $120 Million In Sales Tax To Help Philadelphia Schools

But the push for funding continues. The School District is facing a $216 million deficit, and the budget deadline is approaching.

06/12/2014

(A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  File photo by Andre Bennett)

Ignoring Mayor’s Deadline, Council Looks Likely To Adjourn Before Voting On PGW Sale

City Council must vote yea or nay on the mayor’s plan to sell PGW for nearly $2 billion. Even though Nutter sent the legislation to council weeks ago, no member has introduced it and no hearing has been scheduled. Council is scheduled to adjourn for the summer on June 19th.

06/03/2014

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