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Philadelphia City Council To Evaluate Fire Escape Safety

Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones believes the collapse at 22nd and Locust on January 11th may have been prevented.

01/27/2014

Center City Building Collapse File Photo (credit: Tim Jimenez/KYW)

Final Votes In New Philadelphia Demolition Laws Delayed

New laws stemming from the tragic Market Street building collapse has been speeding through City Council, but final votes are now delayed by a speed bump imposed by the state.

11/24/2013

(A plastic pistol and the 3D printer used to make it.  File photo by Robert MacPherson/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Phila. City Council Eyes Threat of Guns Made Using 3-D Printers

It may sound like science fiction, but Philadelphia City Council is considering whether to regulate 3-D printers because the technology allows do-it-yourselfers to use the devices to manufacture a working firearm.

11/07/2013

(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.)

Phila. Lawmakers Tackle Competing Interests For New Demolition Safety Rules

Lawmakers are getting down to the business of changing the city code to improve the safety of demolitions, in the wake of the fatal Market Street building collapse last June.

10/03/2013

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Demolition Experts Testify At City Council Hearing On Deadly Center City Building Collapse

As City Council continued its probe Thursday into last month’s tragic building collapse on Market Street, they heard from independent demolition experts who said that city inspectors inspect very little.

07/18/2013

Center City Building Collapse File Photo (Credit: Tim Jimenez)

City Council To Begin Regulatory Probe of Philadelphia Demolitions

Philadelphia City Council is launching its own probe of last week’s fatal center city building collapse, though its review will focus on the broad issues of regulations and licensing governing demolitions.

06/10/2013

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

Phila. City Council Ready To Delve Into Issues Raised By Deadly Building Collapse

Expect a City Council hearing this fall on the aftermath of the collapse, according to Curtis Jones, chairman of Council’s public safety committee.

06/06/2013

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$2-a-Pack Cigarette Tax To Help School District Gets Initial OK by City Council

But whether the new tax ever gets final approval remains unclear.

05/29/2013

Hearing Planned For Philadelphia Utility Company Imposters

City Council plans a hearing on reports of thieves impersonating Philadelphia utility company workers.

04/15/2013

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Phila. Lawmakers Urge Eligible Property Owners To Apply For Homestead Exemption

City Council members say their own analysis of new property assessments points to the great need for relief measures for those hit hardest by rising property values.

04/11/2013

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Man Who Found Abducted West Phila. Child is Honored By City Council

Nelson Mandela Myers was praised by councilmembers for finding five-year-old Nai’lla Robinson early on the morning of January 15th and immediately contacting police.

02/14/2013

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African-American Dressed In KKK Hood On Street Corner Sparks Controversy In Philadelphia

Thirty-five-year-old Sixx King says he’s using the offensive symbol to highlight a serious problem: black on black crime.

02/06/2013

(City budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, and city finance director Rob Dubow answer questions from city councilmembers about the city's decision to fight the contract award to firefighters.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Administration Defends Decision to Keep Fighting Firefighters’ Contract Award

The Council hearing came one day after the administration decided to continue the legal battle and appeal the arbitration award in Commonwealth Court.

12/12/2012

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Philadelphia Poll Workers To Receive Pay Increase?

It’s too late for this week’s elections, but Philadelphia City Council plans to take a look at whether the folks who work the polls on primaries and elections deserve better pay.

11/04/2012

Police investigate the crime scene on the 200 block of East Sharpnack Street in the East Mount Airy of Philadelphia on Friday July 27, 2012. (credit: Joseph Kaczmarek)

Photojournalists Share Ideas To Help Fight Gun Violence

Some Philadelphia photojournalists briefed City Council members Tuesday about a website they founded with the goal of stemming the tide of gun violence in the city.

08/01/2012

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