Recent News

Thursday's DN: Gimme five! (A few seconds ago)

Pigeon shooters' donation ignites House campaign skirmish (7 hours ago)
The NRA-led effort that successfully blocked a bill banning live pigeon shoots and the consumption of dogs and cats last week in the state House has taken social media and cable TV by storm. Stephen Colbert lambasted the NRA and pigeon shooters on last night's Colbert Report. Mother Jones ran a piece titled "NRA Victory Means It's Sill Perfectly Legal to Cook Dogs and Cats in Pennsylvania," and the legendary songstress Bette Midler tweeted about it..

Pigeon shooters drop $20K on key committee members before vote (7 hours ago)
Did money play a role in stopping the bill aimed at banning live pigeon shoots and making it illegal to eat cats and dogs in Pennsylvania? Three days before a critical vote was to be taken that would have sent the bill (HB1750) to the state House floor, a pigeon shooting lobbying group dropped $20,000 on key committee members. campaign finance records show.

Wednesday's DN: Fire on the mountains (17 hours ago)

Could Council's PGW decision do well for Philly in Harrisburg? (Yesterday)

Tuesday's DN: Seamus quits...who gets his robe? (Yesterday)

Seamus McCaffery retiring from PA Supreme Court (2 days ago)
Seamus McCaffery, a former Philadelphia police officer elected in 2007 to the state's highest court in 2007, is retiring today, one week after four of his fellow justices voted to suspend him from the bench.

Council kills PGW deal (2 days ago)

Monday's DN: Baer on two-seat Sen. Stack (2 days ago)

Inventory confirms loss of hundreds of items in Flight 93 archives (5 days ago)
An inventory has revealed the worst fears of the staff at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The Oct. 3 fire that destroyed the park headquarters in Shanksville also destroyed hundreds of photographs, recordings and other artifacts - virtually all of them irreplaceable, the National Park Service said in a press release Friday.

Bill to create Vacant Property Task Force moves forward (7 days ago)
City Council’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections moved forward Thursday with a bill that would create a Vacant Property Task Force comprised of various city agencies to catalog and inspect large vacant commercial properties.

Committee of Seventy names new CEO (7 days ago)
Philadelphia government watchdog group Committee of Seventy has named its new leader. David B. Thornburgh, executive director of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, will be taking the helm in December.

Gun used in hold up of lawmakers reported stolen (10/17/2014)
The Senate on Thursday approved a bill giving standing to the NRA and other groups seeking to sue municipalities which enact ordinances tougher than the state. The vote came less than 24 hours after two House lawmakers were held up at gun point a few blocks from the Capitol. One of the lawmakers, Rep. Marty Flynn (D., Luzerne), also was armed and engaged in a shoot out with the suspect. No one was hurt and four teens were arrested and charged in the crime.

Job creation tax credit to be extended to five years (10/17/2014)
City Council approved Thursday to extend a job creation tax credit for businesses that hire and pay new employees at least $12 an hour. The Living Wage Job Creation Tax Credit Bill extends a $5,000 tax break from one year to five years.

Land Bank board clears another hurdle (10/16/2014)
One more hurdle has been cleared in the lengthy process to get a land bank up and running in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Land Bank Board held a two-hour long public hearing Wednesday in which it received feedback on the strategic plan the board plans to submit to City Council.

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