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Pope to Visit Same Philadelphia Prison Housing a Jailed PriestMsgr. William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was convicted of one count of child endangerment and is in prison as his appeals play out.
Critics Question Nutter Admin. Decision To Sell Tax Liens On Delinquent PropertiesFor the first time in nearly two decades, the city is selling tax liens on foreclosed properties, but critics of the effort hope it doesn't backfire.
Refurbishing Work Getting Underway on North Side of City Hall ApronOn the north apron of City Hall, fencing has been installed to prevent pedestrians from getting close to what is about to become a major work zone.
Phila. City Council Rules Out School District's Full Cash RequestThe lawmakers seem intent on trimming the school district's $103-million request to about $80 million, but how they'll raise even that amount is very unclear.
Not Pleased With Mayor's Budget, District Attorney Asks City Council For Funding IncreaseDA Seth Williams is not pleased with the mayor's proposed budget, which sets aside just under $35 million for the DA's Office. He told council members that other offices are getting increases.
PennDOT Imposing Oversight for Billboards Near Philadelphia's Interstate HighwaysSince the 1970s, Penndot has allowed Philadelphia's mayor and City Council to regulate billboards along state highways, but Penndot officials now fear that federal highway dollars are at risk without their direct oversight.
Questions Arise After Company That Wanted To Buy PGW Gets SoldThe company that wanted to buy PGW last year has itself been bought. Was this deal in the works as the PGW deal was being debated?
Local Churches, Organizations Up In Arms Over Requirement They Prove Their Non-Profit StatusCity Council is at odds with the Nutter Administration over a law that forces non-profits in the city to prove they're truly not for profit.
Court Fight Ahead as NRA, Backed by New Pa. Law, Sues City of PhiladelphiaThe cities being sued have already challenged the constitutionality of the law in Commonwealth Court.
Philadelphia Replacing Older Police Cars as Accident Probe ContinuesAdministration spokesman Mark McDonald says the decision was made to recall nearly 300 Chevrolet Impalas after a car fire on November 8th nearly cost an officer his life.
Phila. City Controller Stands By 311 Call Center Accusations"The most egregious problem ... is the approximately $160,000 overtime in 311 for the period studied," he said, adding, "They're working in a secret VIP call center that doesn't comply with what the job description says."
Tussle Over Credit For New Regulations After Center City Building CollapseTragedy can lead to legislative change. And that, in turn, can lead to politicians tripping over one another in the rush to claim credit.
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