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(Gloria Casarez stands in front of the Rainbow Flag outside Philadelphia City Hall in October 2010.  Photo by Mitchell Leff, provided by City of Phila.)

Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia’s Head of LGBT Affairs, Dead at 42

“We’re going to miss her,” said Mayor Nutter, who created the Office of LGBT Affairs in 2008 and appointed Casarez to head up the office.

10/20/2014

(File photo by Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

Pa. Court Affirms Right of Group To Hurl Invective Outside Center City Mall

A local group called the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge has received city permits to speak on the sidewalk near Liberty Place, at 16th and Chestnut Streets, voicing hatred toward whites, Asians, and other groups.

10/20/2014

(File Photo) Patrick Duff addresses City Council during a meeting on October 16, 2014. 
(Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council’s Public Speaking Rules Bashed By Public Speaker

In Philadelphia City Council, lawmakers impose restrictions on what the public can say at its weekly meetings. One speaker this past week made his displeasure with the rules quite evident.

10/19/2014

(credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Hospitals, Agencies Stand Ready For Ebola

The head of Emergency Management in Philadelphia says officials remain vigilant about the threat of Ebola and are prepared to mobilize should that dangerous virus appear in this region.

10/18/2014

(Gurly Gibson, of the embassy of Liberia in Washington, DC.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Top Liberian Official Tells City Council Air Travel Ban Would Only Make Ebola Crisis Worse

City Council members heard from Gurly Gibson, an official at the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C. She said her country’s situation is dire and that officials believe a halt to air travel would would be “a death sentence.”

10/18/2014

File photo of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Says Philadelphia Is ‘Geared Up’ For Any Ebola Occurrence Here

But at the same time, Nutter cautioned residents about becoming alarmed.

10/17/2014

(Joe Schulle, head of Philadelphia firefighters' union Local 22, testifies before City Council's Human Services, Health, and Safety Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Firefighters’ Union Says Ebola Gear Issued By City is Inadequate

Joseph Schulle, head of the firefighters’ union Local 22, has no faith in the CDC standards and believes that hazmat suits are needed for the paramedics should they have to respond to a potential Ebola outbreak.

10/16/2014

Councilman Curtis Jones File Photo (Credit: CBS3)

City Council Set To Hold Hearing On Ebola Preparation In Philadelphia

How well is this region prepared to cope with an Ebola outbreak? Philadelphia City Council holds a hearing this afternoon to find out.

10/16/2014

(An artist's rendering of the ice rink being built on the west apron of City Hall.  Image provided by Center City District)

Dilworth Park’s Ice Rink, Alongside City Hall, Will Open Nov. 14th

The skating rink will be open to the public seven days a week, including holidays, until February 22nd.

10/15/2014

(The PICA board meets.  Chairman Lawrence Tabas is at far left, back to camera.  City finance director Rob Dubow is at far end of table, center.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia’s Revised 5-Year Budget Gets OK Despite Wage Tax Dustup

The controversy came as the mayor backed off slightly on plans to cut the city wage tax.

10/14/2014

(A man sells flowers and bottled water to passing motorists on Sixth Street, near Vine.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

City Council Eyeing More Regulation For Curbside Vendors in Philadelphia

City Council president Darrell Clarke calls them “entrepreneurs,” those folks who set up a folding table on a sidewalk to sell everything from handbags to CDs to incense.

10/14/2014

City Hall (File photo - credit: Tim McLaughlin)

Cooperation At City Hall Over Plan For More Affordable Housing

Has peace broken out at Philadelphia City Hall? Seven months after City Council announced an ambitious plan to boost affordable housing in Philadelphia, the effort is finally moving forward with the cooperation of the Nutter Administration.

10/13/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City Council Moves Ahead With Plans To Question Whether School District Should Return To Local Control

If at first you don’t succeed…City Council is trying again for a ballot referendum that would ask city voters whether to the school district should be under local control.

10/12/2014

(Philadelphia city commissioner Anthony Clark, in 2012 file photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Report: Philadelphia Election Official Hasn’t Voted in Years

The head of the election watchdog group Committee of 70 reacts: “One would assume that the person who runs local elections would be the first in line to vote. … I think it sends a very poor message to city voters.”

10/10/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman’s Bill Takes Aim At Unruly Behavior By Temple U. Students

Council president Darrell Clarke, who represents the area around Temple University, says neighbors face public drunkenness and related issues on a regular basis.

10/09/2014

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