DAILY GRINDER: Get to a Tanning Bed While You Still Can, Teens

Pennsylvania may want to ban teenagers from tanning salons. Business owners say it won’t solve any problems. Skin cancer patients say otherwise, but cannot answer this question: How will Pennsylvania’s youth emulate their favorite characters from the Jersey Shore now?? [PA Independent] Philadelphia Republican Mayoral candidate Karen Brown has her own ‘birther’...

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Nutter’s Soda Tax: Redux!

Nutter’s Soda Tax: Redux!

There’s just no end to this new tax stuff, and it sort of makes us want to Tea Party (which we’ll do as long as we don’t have to read Atlas Shrugged). Mayor Michael Nutter has once again raised the prospect of a sugary drink tax, which failed miserably last year. This time, though, it’s for the children in more way than one: he’s not just looking...

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City Controller Releases School District’s Audit Amid Budget Woes

City Controller Releases School District’s Audit Amid Budget Woes

Call it either perfect timing or an organized plot to undermine the school district’s leadership, but City Controller Alan Butkovitz today called for “more financial oversight and auditing authority” over the School District’s finances. Butkovitz called the deficiencies “material weaknesses,” including a $15.3 million food-service...

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Highlights From Pew’s ‘City Transformed’ Report on 20 Year Racial Changes

Highlights From Pew’s ‘City Transformed’ Report on 20 Year Racial Changes

It’s June! And that means a new Pew Charitable Trusts Research Study! (It doesn’t always mean that. It does this year.) June 2011’s study, titled “A City Transformed: The Racial and Ethnic Changes in Philadelphia Over the Last 20 Years” is all sorts of interesting, looking at 20-year trends in racial and ethnic changes by city-limit zip codes. In short,...

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DAILY GRINDER: Rendell vs. Fox News

Former Gov. Ed Rendell called Fox News a “proving ground, sort of a training ground for presidential candidates” and claimed such right-wing hiring practices “really damaged their credibility,” which assumes Fox had any in the first place. (They pay Steve Doocy). Fox News’ Executive Vice President Bill Shine didn’t take too kindly to the comments,...

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Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour Makes an Exit for Philadelphia

Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour Makes an Exit for Philadelphia

Pat yourselves on the back, media. You guessed right: Sarah Palin did visit Philadelphia. photos: by Matt Petrillo Arriving at Independence Hall at around 2:00 this afternoon, she crossed Chestnut Street to go to the Liberty Bell Center. And that was about it. She barley talked to reporters, only giving the same sound bytes from her two previous stops, and continued...

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State Rep. John Taylor (R-Phila) on ‘Nuisance Bar Bill’

We just got off the phone with State Rep. John Taylor, whom we blogged about last week after he floated the idea of state legislation that’d give state police and Liquor Control Enforcement more control in shutting down problem bars and clubs. His comments were made in light of last weekend’s Felton Supper Club shooting. We, and others, couldn’t...

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School District Expected To Pass Provisional Budget

School District Expected To Pass Provisional Budget

The School District of Philadelphia is slated to pass a provisional 2011-12 budget today that contains as much as $629 million in cuts, however, could be trimmed between $75 million to $110 million if City Council decides to help bail the district out. Thank goodness this is an election cycle and Council must seriously decide how (or if) they will come up with...

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DAILY GRINDER: Green Party Endorses City Commissioner Candidate

The Green Party of Philadelphia have endorsed Richie Antipuna for Philadelphia City Commissioner. Antipuna was recently profiled by PW writer Tara Murtha in a story about the group Kenzo Pride. “I honestly want to run for City Commissioner to show other regular people that anyone can run against the corrupt Democrats who control this city,” Antipuna told...

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Sarah Palin Rumored To Visit Philadelphia Today

Sarah Palin Rumored To Visit Philadelphia Today

Rumors of GOP lady-in-red Sarah Palin visiting Philadelphia have been circulating since she announced her “One Nation” bus tour. Last week the Inky assumed that “Palin will make a stop on Independence Mall this Memorial Day weekend,” however, she has yet to pass through Philadelphia. Palin is not releasing a bus schedule, nor does she...

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