DAILY GRINDER: City Council to Take on Movie Ratings?

A new documentary about bullying, called Bully, is set to open in theaters at the end of the month, and is likely getting an “R” rating. Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney has started a petition that’d remove the rating so schools could show it. “This film, for me, is more about the kids who are not the bullies — the kids who are spectators, so that they find the power to step in, in a helpful and purposeful way, to stop this stuff,” Kenney said.

Kenney also isn’t happy with workers throughout the city who get paid under the table. He’s therefore considering a bill that’ll enlist the private sector to “help track down and collect outstanding taxes.”

World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler and Hollywood actor John Cena was in town for a show at the Wells Fargo Center yesterday – and got in a fender bender on the Schuylkill Expressway. He was OK. Which is more than can be said about the bad guy at the end of The Marine, probably.

The South Philly Hyundai Rotem plant has finally finished the SEPTA Silverliner V cars. They’ve now delivered all but 39 rail cars to the Authority, and those should be ready by May or June, most likely. New City Councilman David Oh said on a recent tour of the facility that the overseas company “could have gone anywhere in the U.S., but chose Philadelphia.” He did not note that this was perhaps because it was the place managers could beat up their fellow workers.

Several women and victims of domestic abuse testified before the City Council Public Safety Committee about the limited number of emergency shelters in the city for battered women.

Former Speaker of the House and Northeast Philadelphia Rep. John Perzel, as well as other GOP officials involved in Bonusgate, are set to be sentenced. Perzel cooperated with prosecutors and, therefore, may get a lesser prison sentence.

U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan of Delaware County has convened a hearing in Congress to address the closings of Philadelphia-area oil refineries.

Sam Rohrer, the most popular statewide Republican looking to run against Sen. Bob Casey for U.S. Senate, has signed onto former presidential candidate Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, which was, in addition to a snappy tax reform plan, Cain’s answer to nearly everything. “I applaud the efforts of Herman Cain to think outside the box as a way to design a plan for much needed comprehensive tax reform,” Rohrer stated. “Federal and state governments have for too long remained locked into tax policies that are often antiquated, inefficient and ultimately destructive to the free-market enterprise system and economic growth.”

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