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TV hostess Rachael Ray gets a hug from a fan at 9th and Wharton streets in South Philadelphia yesterday before the taping of the Great Philly Grill-Off between Ray and Patti La Belle, better known for her music than her culinary skills. Dan Gross' column, Page 33.
TV hostess Rachael Ray gets a hug from a fan at 9th and Wharton streets in South Philadelphia yesterday before the taping of the Great Philly Grill-Off between Ray and Patti La Belle, better known for her music than her culinary skills. Dan Gross' column, Page 33. (SARAH J. GLOVER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: August 31, 2011

PHILADELPHIA

Bevilacqua ailing?

The attorney representing former Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua says his client is too sick to appear in court next month and should be allowed to testify privately at home about the handling of allegations of sex abuse by priests.

Attorney Brian McMonagle accused prosecutors yesterday of wanting Bevilacqua, 88, to "walk the gauntlet" to the courthouse, but prosecutors said they don't want to treat him differently from any other witness in a criminal case.

Monsignor William Lynn, 60, the secretary for clergy under Bevilacqua, is charged with child endangerment and conspiracy in the transfer of predator priests to new parishes. A Sept. 12 hearing is scheduled to determine whether Bevilacqua is fit to testify.

Promotes biz climate

Mayor Nutter yesterday kicked off a month of economic-development announcements with a news conference on the city's efforts to highlight how Philadelphia is business-friendly.

In the coming weeks, the city will announce a hotel project in Center City, the groundbreaking of a corporate headquarters and the expansion of a health-care operation.

City officials declined to provide more details on any of those announcements, which they touted as proof that the city is adding jobs.

The city is also launching a video contest for business owners to make a 30-second spot on why they chose to locate in Philadelphia. They can submit the videos at www.phila.gov/smartchoice. The winners will receive a visit from the mayor.

Thrill Show rally

The Hero Thrill Show Rally will take place at noon tomorrow at 18th and Market streets. Particpants will depart the Police Academy in a motorcade and travel south on I-95 to I-676, west on I-676 to the Broad Street exit, south on 15th Street to JFK Boulevard, west on JFK to 19th Street, south on 19th to Market Street, and east on Market Street to the formation area. The Thrill Show will be on Sept. 24 at the Wells Fargo Center.

PENNSYLVANIA

Santorum's reasoning

Rick Santorum, prospecting for supporters and cash for his presidential campaign in a state he once represented in the Senate, said yesterday that his decision to run now was driven by an inner calling. "This was something that I really reflected upon and decided to take on because I felt that this was what I was called to do," Santorum said at the state Republican headquarters midway through a three-day Pennsylvania campaign swing.

The trip was to draw attention to Santorum's fourth-place finish in the Aug. 13 Iowa straw poll, which he says proves that his conservative message resonates with Republican voters.

NEW JERSEY

Work here, live here

Starting tomorrow, newly hired government workers in New Jersey will be required to live in the state within a year of being hired.

The law applies to state, county and municipal employees and those working for political subdivisions of the state.

Current public employees are exempt. The law also allows some exemptions.

- Staff and wire reports

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