The Phlog: 5-Alarm W. Philly Fire Displaces 100 Residents

The Phlog: 5-Alarm W. Philly Fire Displaces 100 Residents

Students will get a day off from Henry Lea Elementary after a 5-alarm fire on the 4800 block of Walnut Street ripped through an apartment complex last night. Nearly 160 firefighters fought the flames while it displaced almost 100 residents (Photo: Matt Petrillo).

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Should Rep. Bob Brady Introduce “Palin Bill” In Response To AZ Shooting?

Should Rep. Bob Brady Introduce “Palin Bill” In Response To AZ Shooting?

In the wake of this weekend’s horrific shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, which left six dead, Philly Representative Bob Brady says he’s going to introduce some shady legislation that would ban websites and images which may be deemed threatening against public officials. He’s gone on both Fox 29 and CNN to make his case and seems...

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DAILY GRINDER: Watch Rendell Go From Weird To Really Weird (and other stories)

CBS’ 60 Minutes paid attention to gambling addiction this weekend. As you may have already heard, Your Governor Ed Rendell flipped out at Leslie Stahl. At the end of this blurb you’ll find a link to the entire episode. Check out 10:30 for the good governor. The freakout comes around 13:40. It’s awkward. [CBS] And here are Pennsylvania residents who’ve...

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Day 1: NE Philly Rep Mike Fitzpatrick Misses Swearing-In Ceremony, Holds Hand Up To TV

Day 1: NE Philly Rep Mike Fitzpatrick Misses Swearing-In Ceremony, Holds Hand Up To TV

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, both a former and current congressman representing parts of Northeast Philly, Bucks County and Montgomery County had quite a first day in Washington. He was so busy partying, he forgot to work. First off, the irony: Congressional Republicans took to the soapbox yesterday, reading the Constitution out loud in a show of recognizing...

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DAILY GRINDER: Show Me The Money

DAILY GRINDER: Show Me The Money

Everyone is talking Tastykake (and it’s making lots of us really hungry.) One of those talking is – surprise! – outgoing Governor Ed Rendell, who’s making another attempt to explode Republicans’ and others’ heads — this time in the form of an icing and cake-producing…bailout “short term loan” to the company. Though he’s acknowledging...

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Polls Show Pennsylvanians Hate Everyone, Everything

Polls Show Pennsylvanians Hate Everyone, Everything

People lacking strong medical backgrounds often say things like, “Time heals all wounds.” Not in the case of Rick Santorum. The potential Republican presidential candidate who was crushed by Bob Casey during the 2006 midterms, 59-41, still doesn’t fare too well in his home state, where some bloggers have often referred to him as “universally hated.”...

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DAILY GRINDER: All Things Nutter

DAILY GRINDER: All Things Nutter

With all the craziness going on – the sheriff’s office, Rendell’s gaping mouth, and calls for the quarterback of our football team to be murdered – we’ve almost forgot about Nutter. And that just can’t be. We’ve therefore dedicated this morning’s Daily Grinder to the big man upstairs (in City Hall.) People are still talking about former Mayor...

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Who Will Be The Next Sheriff?

Who Will Be The Next Sheriff?

Hey, a Philly row office is in disarray! Big surprise there. For the moment, we have no Sheriff and it’s unclear when we will get a new one. The Committee of Seventy has sent a letter to PA Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi asking that he reject Gov. Rendell’s appointment of Barbara Deeley to the sheriff’s position, following the retirement...

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John Kromer Will Run For Sheriff’s Office – To Eliminate Sheriff’s Office

John Kromer Will Run For Sheriff’s Office – To Eliminate Sheriff’s Office

We got this tip from potential sheriff candidate John Kromer this morning. [Emphasis ours.] On Wednesday, January 12, I’ll announce my candidacy for Philadelphia Sheriff in the May primary election. When elected, I’ll work with the city and the courts to dismantle the Sheriff’s Office and reassign its responsibilities to other units of government. Then...

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Donte Johnson’s Lawyer: “Full Steam Ahead” to Trial for Murder of Sabina O’Donnell

Donte Johnson’s Lawyer: “Full Steam Ahead” to Trial for Murder of Sabina O’Donnell

In a surprise turn of events last month, it was revealed that Donte Johnson had fired court-appointed attorney Lee Mandell and retained new counsel, attorney Douglas Dolfman. Dolfman’s first motion was to request additional time from the court to allow the defense “further preparation and investigation.” In the follow-up court date that took place this...

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