Tow Truck Shooter Arrested, Cops Block Wreckers From Accident Info

Are Philly’s tow truck wars already over? An alleged gun-man in this week’s towing blow-up has been arrested, and the police have changed the rules to prevent future problems, no longer broadcasting accident information over radios that wreckers can listen in on. Jose LaTorre, Jr., wanted for Monday’s shooting of Mystical Towing driver Angel...

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Nutter: “Tons” of Jobs in Philly

Nutter: “Tons” of Jobs in Philly

Pele Mallory went to the streets yesterday after hunting for a job for several months. Today, Nutter lifted her spirits. Pele Mallory has applied to dozens of online career sites and filled out an endless number of applications, but says that career sites are flooded and that too many people are looking for the same jobs the same way. “Everybody is surfing...

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New Black Panthers Respond to “Republicans”

New Black Panthers Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, initially-but-no-longer accused of voter intimidation by the U.S. Department of Justice after standing outside a Fairmount polling station wearing military fatigues and brandishing nightsticks in 2008, still aren’t speaking to the media. However, the organization has released a statement through Dr. Malik...

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More Cops Out at Night, Ramsey Says

More Cops Out at Night, Ramsey Says

Most crimes occur at night. No kidding, right? But apparently the city is just figuring that out. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has announced that he is shifting police schedules to get more feet on the street between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., the highest priority time for crime fighting. Shifts normally run 4 p.m. to midnight and midnight to 8 a.m., but the commissioner...

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Pa. Legislators Getting Overtime for Reworking the Crappy Budget They Passed

Pa. Legislators Getting Overtime for Reworking the Crappy Budget They Passed

(Photo by Matt Petrillo) Last week, we wrote that Pa.’s state budget might need revamping if Congress doesn’t award it, or 29 other states, with $850 million in grants from the Federal Medicaid Assistance Program (FMAP). You see, our awesome state legislators centered the state’s budget around money that doesn’t really exist. Donald Schwarz,...

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Poop Hitting Fan at Port Authority

Poop Hitting Fan at Port Authority

Michael Joyce makes $180,000 a year. The Delaware River Port Authority public safety director also has a $9,000 car allowance and gets 100 free trips across the bridges spanning the Delaware every year. Apparently, that wasn’t enough. While most of us have to shell out $4 for a trip to New Jersey, Joyce was getting his family across for free, Fox 29 reports: Joyce...

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Is Nutter Kicking Off His Re-election Campaign?

Photo by Kait Privitera taken from the City of Philadelphia's Flickr. Mayor Nutter is copying the moves of our president by using social media as “a glimpse into the daily workings of city government,” according to a press release sent today. But it sort of also looks like the kick-off to his re-election campaign. “The photographs capture...

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Former Library President Says He Did Everything Right

Former Library President Says He Did Everything Right

We reported yesterday that Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz released a report that reveals “some kind of [inside] deal,” he said in a press conference, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal bonuses collected by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s former president. We tried calling him yesterday to no avail, but ABC...

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Say Hello to Our New Food Writer

Say Hello to Our New Food Writer

Brian Freedman has been immersed in the Philly food and wine scene for quite some time. He has contributed to Philadelphia Style, Where Magazine, AroundPhilly.com and various other publications and websites, serving as writer, critic and blogger. A man of many talents, Freedman is also a wine consultant, and has provided his expertise to Wine Chateau, one of...

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Tow Truck War Escalates to Fire and Shootings

Is Philadelphia about to experience a summer of tow truck wars? In what could be just the opening salvos, a fire broke out last night at one North Philly towing facility, while gunshots riddled the office of their rival. It all started innocently enough, as far as neighborly feuds go. On Monday night, representatives from Mystical Towing and J & Sons Towing...

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