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Nutter Hoping To Keep Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia From Closing Down

The Israeli consulate is Philadelphia may or may not be marked for closure, but local officials including Mayor Nutter are pulling out all the stops to make sure it doesn’t.

11/04/2013

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Lawsuit Claims City Is To Blame For Abuse Of Woman Found In Tacony Basement

The city of Philadelphia is the target in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the the mother of Beatrice Weston, the young woman found chained in a Tacony Basement in 2011.

10/26/2013

(The interior of Philadelphia club Delilah's, without the dancers.  Photo provided)

Phila. Tax Board Rejects Nutter Administration Attempt To Tax Lap Dances

The Nutter administration earlier this year had sent tax bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to three gentlemen’s clubs, with city officials contending that the amusement tax applies to lap dances performed in back rooms.

10/08/2013

(The PICA board meets on September 17th to consider the City of Philadelphia's five-year spending plan.  It was approved unanimously.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

State Oversight Agency OKs Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget Plan

The five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.

09/17/2013

(US Rep. Bob Brady speaks with reporters after meeting with Mayor Nutter at Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Cong. Bob Brady Presses Nutter To Pitch For 2016 Democratic Convention

US Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) met privately with Nutter at City Hall for about one hour, making the case to have this city bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

09/16/2013

(Protesters calling for more funding for Philadelphia's public schools disrupt the opening meeting of City Council's fall session.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Tug-of-War Over Philadelphia School Funding Draws City Hall Protests

Dozens of school advocates interrupted the conclusion of Thursday’s City Council meeting with jeers for the mayor and Council because of the school funding stalemate.

09/12/2013

(Mayor Nutter announces he is dropping the fight against the 2009 pay raise for city firefighters.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Suddenly Drops Fight Against Firefighters’ 2009 Pay Raises

At a City Hall news conference, the mayor said increased tax revenues now give the city a greater ability to afford the contract award, so his administration has dropped its appeal in Commonwealth Court.

09/06/2013

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North Philly Playground Gets Makeover From a Social-Change Organization

The new court, which cost about $80,000, comes courtesy of Beyond Sport, an organization that looks at sports in the context of social change.

09/06/2013

(Artist rendering of a proposed 9/11 memorial for Franklin Square.  Image provided by Phila911)

Group Will Continue To Fight For Its Own 9/11 Memorial in Philadelphia

A group calling itself “Phila911″ proposes a memorial in Franklin Square featuring 9-foot, 11-inch replicas of the twin towers, with a replica of the Liberty Bell suspended between the two.

09/05/2013

(Children protest ICE access to Philadelphia Police crime data.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

Despite Protests, Nutter Administration Set To Renew Info-Sharing with ICE

The protesters say the information can be fodder for finding undocumented immigrants, subjecting them to arrest and deportation.

08/29/2013

(File photo: Mayor Nutter tries out a sample bike-share vehicle near Rittenhouse Square.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia’s Bike-Sharing Program Moves Forward

The city now has an official web page for the bike share program, at phila.gov/bikeshare.

08/22/2013

(Firefighters Local 22 headquarters, at 5th and Willow Streets in Philadelphia.  File photo by Michelle Durham)

As City Fights Firefighters’ Arbitration Award, Judge Orders Interim Health Fund Payments

A judge has ordered the City of Philadelphia to pay more money into the health and welfare fund for Firefighters’ Local 22. The union had sought the emergency arbitration hearing, saying the fund was running out of money.

08/07/2013

(Deputy mayor Everett Gillison, at lectern, is flanked by other city officials on Thursday in the mayor's reception room.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Officials Pursuing Multifaceted Approach To Lowering Crime In Worst Areas

Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety, says the spike in homicides, combined with the raw emotional impact of the Trayvon Martin case, pushed the Nutter administration to verbalize its tactics.

07/25/2013

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Numerous Documents On Center City Building Collapse Released To The Public

The Nutter Administration has reversed course and on Friday, released hundreds of pages of documents related to last month’s fatal building collapse on Market Street.

07/19/2013

(Cleanup continued the day after the building collapse that killed at least six people in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Jericka Duncan)

Nutter Responds To Latest Twist In Fatal Center City Building Collapse Probe

Mayor Michael Nutter is promising answers to why the company clearing debris at the site of the collapse has reportedly brought in an asbestos removal firm even after the original demolition company certified there was no asbestos.

07/11/2013

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