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December 17, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Mayor Don Guardian has released his own recovery plan for his ailing city in response to recommendations submitted by key lawmakers after two days of summit meetings here led by Gov. Christie. While the mayor's findings largely mirror those of the summit - including reducing the municipal payroll, stabilizing the tax rate for casinos, and finding alternative revenue sources for the Atlantic City School District - Guardian is adamantly opposed to having an emergency manager and lukewarm to regionalizing the city's police force.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Derek Horsey's 80-year-old mother was having a stroke two months ago at their home in West Oak Lane when Firefighter Joyce Craig came to save her. "My mother was on the floor," Horsey said. Craig gained entry through a window and Doris Horsey was taken to Einstein Medical Center. "If it wasn't for her," he said, "no telling where my mother would be. " On Friday, Horsey joined the hundreds of people who endured a frigid December night to line up outside Batchelor Bros. Funeral Services to pay their respects to Craig, the first female Philadelphia firefighter to die in the line of duty.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
JOYCE CRAIG, who became the first female firefighter to die on duty in Philadelphia when she got trapped in a basement fire and perished early Tuesday, will be laid to rest Saturday morning. Well-wishers will have several opportunities to pay their respects: *  Viewings are scheduled at Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services, 7112 N. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and again from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. * A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, also at Batchelor Brothers.
NEWS
October 27, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. REBATES Give us the break Gov. Christie continues to revise New Jerseyans' homestead rebates. I recently paid my property taxes and asked about the status of my rebate. The current rebate due in the second quarter of 2014 was for the year 2012. I was told that Christie has postponed this payment until mid-2015, a full three years after it is due. In 2011, he greatly reduced the amount due for the year 2009 - for me, by $1,000. The next year, he changed the system to be issued as a credit in the second quarter of the tax year, again two years behind the actual year.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 1975 federal consent decree designed to remedy discrimination against blacks in the Philadelphia Fire Department has been dissolved. As a result of a ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Timothy Rice, Philadelphia is free of the court-ordered hiring requirements put in place to boost the percentage of African Americans serving in the city fire department. When the decree was issued 39 years ago, about 7 percent of the city's fire fighters were black. Today the figure is about 27.6 percent and an African American - Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer - leads the department's 2,100 uniformed employees.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
SOMETHING WAS wrong with my computer, the caller told me. He said his systems had detected a virus. (My computer had been rather slow lately.) He said he was a computer technician with Microsoft. "How did you get my number?" I asked. "You registered on the site," he said. It was possible. Before he could help me, the man said he needed remote access to my computer. He immediately began to give me instructions on how to allow him to take over my machine. At that point, my skepticism kicked in. "You know, this sounds awfully like a scam," I said.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday shifted oversight for the Department of Licenses and Inspections to the deputy mayor for public safety on the recommendation of a task force created to examine L&I in the aftermath of last year's Market Street building collapse. Nutter also created a new position of chief safety officer who will report to Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison, and enforce L&I's safety standards and regulations for construction and demolition of city buildings. However, he did not act on a task-force recommendation that L&I be split, saying that he needed more time to consider the implications of the proposal.
NEWS
September 21, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A draft proposal to split Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections in two already has officials split on the idea - and whether the draft should be made public. L&I should stay under one roof, said City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., who led a previous review of the department - albeit in "different rooms," as he put it. "I think there's some sense to it," Councilman James Kenney said Friday of the proposed split. "There's different skill sets required for the public safety issue, and the revenue and giving of permits.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A draft report that a blue-ribbon panel has sent to Mayor Nutter calls for splitting Philadelphia's much-criticized Department of Licenses and Inspections in two, The Inquirer has learned. The panel is calling for creating two cabinet-level agencies - one responsible for enforcing building safety and construction regulations, the other to issue licenses and deal with nonconstruction matters, according to sources with direct knowledge of the report's contents. The draft report, roughly 50 pages in length, is the product of a 10-month review of L&I by the panel Nutter appointed in the aftermath of the fatal June 5, 2013, Center City building collapse.
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