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Dennis O’Brien

(Ed Grose of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association testifies before City Council about taxicab access for handicapped people.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Taxi Regulators Urged To Widen Access For Handicapped

But members of Philadelphia City Council found no easy answers.

02/25/2014

Kelvyn Anderson and Katy Anderson (right) watch the sign language interpreter in
the City Council Caucus Room. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Robbery Prompts City Council To Raise Awareness For Hearing Disabled

Philadelphia City Council is working to raise awareness about the barriers deaf and hard-of-hearing folks confront in their daily lives.

02/02/2014

(Diane Neary, widow of late fire lieutenant Robert Neary, speaks to reporters at Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Families of Fallen Firefighters Back Measure To Deal With Vacant Phila. Properties

Diane Neary, widow of Lt. Robert Neary, told reporters at City Hall that, if approved, the proposed legislation would help the city avoid further such tragedies.

01/30/2014

(Philadelphia schools COO Fran Burns testifies at a City Council hearing on advertising in public schools.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Allowing Advertising on School Buses and Buildings

Philadelphia school district chief operating officer Fran Burns told Council’s Rules Committee that passage of the bill doesn’t guarantee that the district will follow through on putting ads in schools.

12/03/2013

(File photo)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Authorize Mayor To Ban Guns in City Parks, Rec Centers

Even the sponsor acknowledges the measure is likely to be challenged in court.

03/21/2013

(Credit: Michelle Durham)

Ceremonial Groundbreaking Held For Philadelphia’s New Tactical Police Facility

Officials were there to break ground for the building which will be home to the police department’s SWAT, bomb squad, and K-9 units.

05/07/2012

(Councilman James Kenney, in file photo)

Philadelphia Lawmaker Wants To Tighten ‘Resign To Run’ Candidacy Rule

Councilman Jim Kenney wants voters to decide on a proposed change that would require candidates to resign from other elected offices before running in Philadelphia.

03/29/2012

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. Speaker Wants To Suspend Special Elections In Wake of Block to Redistricting

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House is asking a federal court for guidance in the aftermath of a state Supreme Court ruling that has thrown elections for state legislative seats into chaos.

01/31/2012

(File photo)

Election 2011: Lots Of Nerves On The Eve Of The Election

It’s the day before Election Day and suburban candidates and city Republicans are making the most noise.

11/07/2011

(Frank Rizzo Jr., in file photo)

Rizzo Struggles Against ‘DROP’ For At-Large City Council Renomination

Philadelphia at-large city councilman Frank Rizzo Jr., was apparently having trouble in his re-election bid shaking the charge that he ran for another term despite having entered the city’s controversial “DROP” pension program.

05/17/2011