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Hunger strike against school cuts begins on Broad Street

Hunger strike against school cuts begins on Broad Street

When Mike Mullins dropped his kids off at school this morning, they asked him if he was going to be sleeping outside tonight. “I said I wasn’t sure,” he says. Then they asked him if he was going to be hungry. He said yes. But not to worry—he’s got a ton of support. Mullins is part of a group of protesters who began a hunger strike this morning to protest...

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DAILY GRINDER: Lawsuit Against Chickie’s and Pete’s Claims Skimming on Tips

A lawsuit filed against the owner of Chickie’s and Pete’s alleges the airport branch of the popular Philadelphia sports bar had a habit of taking credit card fees out of wait staff tips. That was actually commonplace in Philadelphia until about a year ago, when Councilman Jim Kenney sponsored legislation that made the restaurant eat the fee. The U.S. Department...

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DAILY GRINDER: Can City Get ‘School Swaps’ Money Back?

The school swaps deal: in which the Philadelphia School District participated in interest-rate swaps with some big banks, including Wells Fargo, and lost big when the 2008 crash hit.  Ironically and obviously, the deals were supposed to save the district money. And, of course, here we are. Today. There’ve been multiple protests across the city against the...

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DAILY GRINDER: Cardinal Bevilacqua Dead

One day after being deemed competent to serve as a witness in a priest abuse trial, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is dead. He served as Archbishop of Philadelphia from 1988 to 2003, and was made a cardinal in 1991, though will likely be remembered for his potential role in the scandal. City Controller Alan Butkovitz has reaffirmed the financial viability (or lack...

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DAILY GRINDER: Nutter says Philly ‘Off to Bad Start’ in Violent New Year

Mayor Michael Nutter had some harsh words for city residents who engage in violence at yesterday’s Martin Luther King Day celebrations. “We have to say, as a city, ‘Enough is enough. I can’t take this anymore,’ ” he said in Kensington. “When are we going to start stepping up and ending our silence?” Not sure how I missed...

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