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November 18, 2012 | BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Daily News Staff Writer luceyc@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IT'S BEGINNING to look a lot like the Christmas Village over in LOVE Park. Organizers of the outdoor shopping bazaar inspired by German Christmas markets are setting up on JFK Plaza, with plans to open Thanksgiving Day. The fair, now in its fifth year, moved last year to the park on JFK Boulevard near 15th Street from Dilworth Plaza, outside City Hall The village drew national attention two years ago, when the word Christmas was removed from the...
SPORTS
November 1, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
MAYOR Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday the NYC Marathon will go on as planned Sunday after Superstorm Sandy devastated the city. Marathon organizers had been moving forward with planning but awaited final word from the city about whether holding the race would be safe and viable with flooding, power outages and transit shutdowns still afflicting the five boroughs. New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said that organizers were preparing to use more private contractors than past years to reduce the strain on city services.
SPORTS
November 1, 2012
American Sam Querrey used 18 aces to upset top-ranked Novak Djokovic , 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, Wednesday in the second round of the Paris Masters. It marked the first time since the Miami Masters in March 2010 that Djokovic was eliminated so early in a tournament. Djokovic entered the court wearing a Darth Vader mask on Halloween and put on a show by winning the first set in just 21 minutes. But he started to waver under the relentless accuracy of Querrey's serve and made unforced errors the rest of the way. "It was a little embarrassing," the unseeded Querrey said.
NEWS
October 6, 2012
Philadelphia's City Hall is an opaque mystery to most residents. We know there are thousands upon thousands of employees in there. We know taxpayers contribute $2.9 billion each year to run the place. But what, exactly, is city government doing? As it turns out - in the case of least one department - plenty. With little fanfare, the city last month began offering residents a firsthand look at the work of Licenses and Inspections employees, in the form of a clickable, interactive map at www.phila.gov/map . At first glance, it's just dots.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Daily News Staff Writer
THE MADE IN AMERICA festival is officially paid for, and Mayor Nutter says taxpayers are off the hook. Nutter said concert promoter Live Nation has paid $505,124 to cover the city costs incurred by the Labor Day weekend event outside the Art Museum, featuring rap mogul Jay-Z. That includes a $200,000 security deposit and a payment made Wednesday of $305,124. Nutter did not break down exactly what the money covered. The contract for the event lists estimated costs for city services at $500,000, with the following split: police, $220,000; Fairmount Park, $120,000; emergency medical services, $90,000; sanitation, $60,000; licenses and inspections, $10,000; and health services, $1,000.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Daily News Staff Writer
MAYOR NUTTER still hasn't released cost figures for the Made in America festival, but a contract for the Labor Day weekend event states that the promoter is responsible for all city expenses. So, are taxpayers off the hook for the for-profit concert outside the Art Museum, featuring rap mogul Jay-Z, produced by Live Nation and sponsored by Budweiser? City officials originally said that there would be some "cost sharing. " Mayor Nutter said Tuesday that the full details would be available "shortly.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
Promoters of the Labor Day weekend Made in America concert will have to pay Philadelphia as much as $500,000 to cover overtime and other costs, according to a contract between the city and organizers of the event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Mayor Nutter has not officially released details of the agreement between the city and concert promoter Live Nation, but the City Controller's Office on Tuesday provided a copy of the contract. The document shows that organizers of the concert, which featured Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, and many other acts, must pay $220,000 for police, $120,000 for the use of Fairmount Park, $90,000 for emergency services, $60,000 for sanitation, and $10,000 for work done by the Department of Licenses and Inspections.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Daily News Staff Writer
MAYOR NUTTER still hasn't released cost figures for the Made in America concert, but a contract for the Labor Day weekend event states that the promoter is responsible for all city expenses. So are taxpayers off the hook for the for-profit concert outside the Art Museum, featuring rap mogul Jay Z, produced by Live Nation and sponsored by Budweiser? City officials originally said there would be some "cost sharing. " Mayor Nutter said on Tuesday the full details would be available "shortly.
NEWS
September 3, 2012
This week, if you're looking for your state senator/ mayor/council person, don't bother searching the local halls of power. Instead, try the Time Warner Cable Arena - or one of the nearby bars - in the Queen City of Charlotte, site of this week's Democratic National Convention. The list of Philadelphia pols making the trip is long, topped by Mayor Nutter, who is to give a speech at the convention. Here's a partial roll call of the others planning to serve as delegates, superdelegates, and something with the acronym PLEO that we worked hard to determine stands for Party Leader/Elected Official: U.S. Reps.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
HARRISBURG - Lawyers for the state and Pennsylvania's debt-strapped capital squared off in court Thursday over whether a judge can force a city to raise taxes. Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter did not rule immediately after listening to six hours of arguments on whether to order Harrisburg's City Council to double the rate of the city's 1 percent earned-income tax, as sought by appointees of Gov. Corbett. But, she said, if she did order the tax increase, she would restrict the money to paying for crucial city services amid a looming cash shortfall and insist that none of it go toward payments on the massive and controversial debt tied to the municipal trash incinerator.
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