Too Early To Talk About The Mayoral Race? Not According To Us And An Unknown Guy With A Phone

Too Early To Talk About The Mayoral Race? Not According To Us And An Unknown Guy With A Phone

Some of you were a little peeved when we released our list mentioning the Top 5 most intriguing mayoral candidates. We listed Alan Butkovitz, Amy Kurland, Bill Green, Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Clay Armbrister. We’re sorry we didn’t mention the Tea party wingnut candidate (whoever he or she is). It just wasn’t in the cards at the time. The Inky reported...

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Campaign Updates: Guv and Sen

Campaign Updates: Guv and Sen

Governor: Tom Corbett is so awkward. Perhaps you’ll remember a couple weeks back when he claimed the unemployed “just sit there”? “I’ve literally had construction companies tell me, ‘I can’t get people to come back to work until — they say, ‘We’ll come back when unemployment runs out,’” he mocked. But he...

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Committee of Seventy Explains Family Court Debacle

Committee of Seventy Explains Family Court Debacle

There are so many stories about the awful, awful things our state government does with our tax dollars that PhillyNow just can’t cover them all to the extent that we would like. Luckily, the Committee of Seventy is helping to pick up the slack with its handy guide to the utter disgrace unfolding over plans to replace the city’s undersized and outdated...

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One Night Only: Aretha Franklin and Condi Rice At The Mann Center Tonight!

One Night Only: Aretha Franklin and Condi Rice At The Mann Center Tonight!

Through all the death, lies and an ignored 2001 “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States” memo (as she remembered it), U.S. State Department employee Condoleezza Rice continued playing the piano. It’s got a Disney quality to it, don’t you think? No? How about James Cameron? We’re sure there’s some sort of “and the band played on”...

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Fire Department ‘Rolling Brownouts’: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Fire Department ‘Rolling Brownouts’: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The rolling firehouse brownouts are happening. Last night Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers gave a press conference explaining that next Monday (August 2), in the interest of reducing overtime costs (and cutting $3.8 million), certain companies would close every so often, its members peppered to other companies throughout the city....

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More Than 60 Teaching Vacancies In School District’s Promise Schools

An empty hallway inside of Roxborough High. (Photo by Matt Petrillo) The Philadelphia School District released new numbers today that reveal more than 60 teaching vacancies within the district’s six Promise Academies, including 22 in Clemente Middle School. The extended vacancies may force the district to settle for potentially  lower-qualified applicants,...

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SEPTA: Goodbye R-Lines, Hello Sexy Blue Tape

SEPTA: Goodbye R-Lines, Hello Sexy Blue Tape

From the Daily News: SEPTA is dropping its color-coded, R-labeled system [Sunday] and renaming its Regional Rail lines by their current end-destinations. It’s all in an effort “to make it less confusing for out-of-town visitors and people who do not frequent SEPTA…this change won’t really affect our normal commuter,” Jerri Williams,...

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UPDATED: University Fugitives From University City

UPDATED: University Fugitives From University City

David Gambacorta at the Daily News says, “They thought they had a plan, a real good plan…” Of course he’s being all “HAHA THEY DIDN’T HAVE A GOOD PLAN!” but, I don’t know. I think they sorta did. It was at least creative. It’s like this: Drexel student Devon Bond allegedly (almost definitely) was at 36th and Lancaster on Wednesday, “shortly...

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Cop Deals Crack, Robs Drug Dealers…Yep, Jail

Cop Deals Crack, Robs Drug Dealers…Yep, Jail

We take no pleasure in the bubbling green oozification that is the late, great humiliation of a number of Philly’s Phinest, many of whom seem to have taken on side jobs as drug dealers, child pornographers, rapists, heroin heistees and American psychos. Nevertheless, we’ve got another for you here on the chopping block. It’s former Officer Alhinde Weems,...

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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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