DAILY GRINDER: Mayor, Councilmembers Sworn in Later Today
Mayor Michael Nutter will be inaugurated for his second mayoral term today. As will all newly-elected and re-elected Council members. The ceremony will take place at the Academy of Music at 10 a.m. “Following the inaugural address,” writes a mayoral email, “the Mayor will visit communities across the city to highlight key priorities—crime reduction, education and addressing poverty—and programs as he enters his second term.”
Rick Santorum’s surge is real and holding. A new Des Moines Register poll has him just 3 points behind Mitt Romney. His last campaign email is titled, “Momentum’s name is Rick Santorum.”
And just so we’re clear, he’s gone on record saying he’d bomb Iran’s nuclear sites.
The Mummers Parade was described to me last night as “a nightmare, but it’s fun and you’re drunk.” That’s probably pretty accurate, no?
This past summer, the federal government noted that it may end up closing 14 Philadelphia post offices as part of a nationwide cutback and to, you know, stay alive. After a federal review of the data, that number’s just been changed to one post office. This is good news for Philly postal workers and/or the citizens at all scared of those losing their jobs “going postal.”
Between the wee hours of New Years Eve and the early hours of New Years Day, six people were found dead of unnatural causes.
That shady bank building at 6th and Spring Garden, which has held clubs like Transit and 90 Degrees, was taken by the people who own the Farmers’ Cabinet. They’re planning on turning it into “the city’s largest beerhall” and a totally nuts food selection.
Sheriff Barbara Deeley completely cleaned house this week, firing a large portion of her staff, in line with requests by Sheriff-elect Jewell Williams.
The NHL Winter Classic game at Citizens Bank Park between the Flyers and Rangers has been pushed back to 3 p.m. due to weather conditions. Not bad weather conditions, mind you, good ones. It’s going to be too hot for the ice at 1 p.m., which is when the game was originally scheduled.
Unite Here has planned a protest at the park, due to Aramark workers’ crappy pay.
A Philadelphia police officer was nailed by a hit-and-run driver early this morning in Mt. Airy. He was released from the hospital with minor injuries.