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(Pope Francis, in file photo by Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Comcast Exec Sees Plenty of Donor Dollars Available For Philadelphia Mega-Events

One of Philadelphia’s top movers and shakers says there are more than enough deep pockets in the region to help pay for both a potential visit of the pope to Philadelphia next year and a Democratic National Convention in 2016.

08/25/2014

(City of Philadelphia sanitation workers collect trash. File photo)

Nutter Settles Long Contract Standoff with City’s Blue-Collar Workers

The Nutter administration has struck a new, seven-year deal with the city’s largest municipal workers’ union, District Council 33, in a contract dispute that has dragged on since 2009.

08/22/2014

(Phila. FOP president John McNesby.  File photo)

Phila. FOP Head Says Pa. State Senate Seat May Be His Next Goal

The head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, John McNesby, says he’s likely to run for the state senate. And a new court ruling could boost the size of his campaign warchest.

08/21/2014

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

Nutter Administration Throws In Towel On Effort To Slap Tax On Lap Dances

One of the most unusual tax battles in Philadelphia history has come to an end.

08/21/2014

(Workers put finishing touches on a section of Dilworth Plaza, now renamed Dilworth Park, in the shadow of Philadelphia City Hall.)

West Plaza of City Hall Readied For Reopening in Early September

The opening is about four months late and about ten percent over budget, but the public will be able to return to the plaza, on the west apron of City Hall, starting on Thursday, September 4th.

08/19/2014

PNB Letters

Uncertainty Remains About Removal Of PNB Letters From City Skyline

An attempt to remove the famed “PNB” letters from atop the One South Street Broad building was halted with only letters on one side taken away. Now, officials are trying to figure out what to do next.

08/18/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Insists If Philadelphia Hosts DNC It Won’t Cost Local Taxpayers Anything

Mayor Nutter repeated not only that the city was up to the task of hosting the convention, but also that it won’t cost local taxpayers a dime.

08/18/2014

(Karyn Lynch of the School District of Philadelphia testifes before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Holds Hearing On How School District Can Expand Social Services To Include Students’ Families

The hearing was focused on expanding “community-based schooling,” in which social services that are normally offered in government offices are instead available at neighborhood schools.

08/17/2014

(credit: Jenn Bernstein)

Philadelphia’s Empowerment Centers Offer Residents Free Advice On Financial Matters

It’s an even dozen for Philadelphia’s “Empowerment Centers” which offer free guidance to city residents on balancing budgets and making ends meet.

08/16/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Happy To See Schools Opening But Presses Pa. Legislature For Action

The mayor says the interim cuts imposed now to allow schools to open on time will, in his view, affect learning.

08/15/2014

(Surrounded by family members and a few fellow councilmen, Ed Neilson, at left in dark suit, takes the oath of office of City Council.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ed Neilson Sworn In, Quietly, As Philadelphia City Councilman

Neilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.

08/14/2014

(A bus carrying DNC site selection officials is welcomed as it pulls up to the Radisson Hotel, at 17th and Locust Streets, in center city Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Democratic Convention Site Selection Team Arrives To Wild Welcome in Philadelphia

Mummers, the Philly Phanatic, and several hundred city boosters gathered outside the hotel to cheer as a bus carrying members of the DNC site selection committee pulled up.

08/13/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Says Philadelphia Will Shine When Democratic National Committee Visits

About twenty members of the DNC site selection committee are in town today and tomorrow.

08/13/2014

Top Philadelphia Democrats will be pulling out the stops as they try to convince national party officials to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention right here. (credit: Mike Dunn/KYW)

Philadelphia To Show Some ‘Brotherly Love’ To DNC Committee

Philadelphia is one of five cities vying to host the 2016 DNC, and nearly 20 members of the site committee will be here next Wednesday and Thursday.

08/07/2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announces the early release of funds for Philadelphia schools.  Credit: Andy Zaramba)

Corbett Releases Funds Early For Phila. Schools; Hite, Nutter Say More Must Be Done

Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.

08/06/2014

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