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(Bart Blatstein speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new shopping center at 9th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Rival Casino Developer Not Surprised By Steve Wynn’s Bow-Out

Developer Bart Blatstein, one of the remaining applicants for Philadelphia’s second casino license, says this week’s withdrawal of Wynn’s application removes what Blatstein calls a “distraction.”

11/13/2013

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Nutter Still In The Dark Over Clarke’s Plan To Sell Vacant School Buildings

Mayor Michael Nutter says he’s still somewhat in the dark over Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to send $50-million to the school district in exchange for the right to sell some vacant district buildings. Nutter wants to know who’s interested in buying them.

10/23/2013

(Philadelphia City Council.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Phila. Council Gives Final OK To Alternative $50M School Funding Measure

Even though Mayor Nutter is against it, Philadelphia City Council has voted unanimously to approve its own plan to provide $50 million for the school district.

10/17/2013

(Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his office about school district funding.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Sees More Rough Road Ahead For Philly School District Funding

On Wednesday afternoon Mayor Nutter said he was thankful that Gov. Corbett finally cut the check for the $45 million for the school district.

10/16/2013

(Credit: Cherri Gregg)

New Community Center Dedicated in North Philadelphia

new, 8,500 square foot community life center has opened in North Philadelphia, thanks to an $11-million investment in affordable housing.

10/16/2013

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Philadelphia Physician, Entrepreneur Walter Lomax Dead At 81

“He contributed a lot to the city of Philadelphia and to this country,” said Philadelphia city councilwoman Marian Tasco. “This city has lost an outstanding leader, good citizen, and a great benefactor.”

10/10/2013

(City and neighborhood leaders cut a ceremonial ribbon at Francisville Playground.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Refurbished Playground Puts New Sparkle on a Fairmount Enclave

City Council president Darrell Clarke says the $275,000 restoration project was completed in about a month.

09/25/2013

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilman Revamps His Ten-Year Tax Abatement Overhaul Proposal

Councilman Wilson Goode, who had originally proposed reducing the abatement slightly, is now pushing a plan to scale back the abatement more drastically.

09/19/2013

(The former Germantown High School.  File photo by Carrie Hodousek)

Expert Says Plan To Sell Off Philly School Buildings Won’t Fetch Much Cash

University of Pennsylvania design professor Harris Steinberg thinks most of the now-shuttered buildings will bring the city little money — if they can be sold at all.

09/14/2013

(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

(Joan Krajewski in 2008.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Longtime Phila. Councilwoman Joan Krajewski Dead at 79

Krajewski represented the 6th Councilmanic District, in Northeast Philadelphia, from 1980 until 2012.

08/29/2013

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Nutter And Clarke Still Disagree On School Funding Plan

Philadelphia’s mayor and council president have very different ideas about where to find money for public schools.

08/14/2013

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Philadelphia Officials Tussling Over Last $50 Million For School District

Mayor Michael Nutter is playing down a rift between himself and City Council president Darrell Clarke over the school funding crisis in the Philadelphia School District.

08/09/2013

(City of Philadelphia budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, listens as city finance director Rob Dubow responds to a reporter's question.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Finance Director Says 1¢ Sales Tax Hike Needs To Remain

Rob Dubow says the Philadelphia school district’s budget woes could get worse if City Council doesn’t approve a bill to make permanent the once-temporary hike in the sales tax.

08/05/2013

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

City Council President Sounds Warning Cry About Philadelphia’s Worker Pension Fund

The 2009 one-percent hike in the Philadelphia sales tax was supposed to be temporary, but it’s now permanent as part of the state’s solution to the school district cash crisis.

07/21/2013

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