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May 10, 2004
CITY COUNCIL is scheduled to hold hearings today on the budget and a raft of sweeping tax reform bills. How ready is Council? The Daily News asked all 17 members the following question: 1Have you read the 500-page Tax Reform Commission report, which explains the need for each tax reform bill now before City Council? (The report was released in November.) 2Will you support all or some of the 13 tax reform bills put forth by the Tax Reform Commission? 1No, but his staff has and will brief him. 2Not sure.
NEWS
September 24, 1987 | By JAMES KELLY
A few political correspondents have been decrying the demure attitude of Frank Rizzo's victory speech. Well, I see it in a different light. I see a very smug attitude, like the cat who ate the family canary, the canary being John Eagan. Had these correspondents been listening and watching more intently, they must surely have recognized the old garrulous Rizzo. When questioned about the disturbance during the Julius Irving parade, it was then we saw him in his true colors, not as the ex-mayor of Philadelphia, (which he never really was)
NEWS
January 22, 1990 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Happen to catch Frank Rizzo's live, on-air interview Friday afternoon with the much sought-after Sylvester Stallone? One problem: The whole thing was a good-natured hoax perpetrated on Hizzoner by none other than WSNI-FM (104.5) morning man and voice-master Dennis Malloy (he of the dead-ringer Wilson Goode impression). "Hoaxes are in, aren't they?" Malloy wondered aloud Friday, shortly after he faked his way into a six-minute chat with Rizzo. In all fairness, from Rizzo's perspective an impromptu phone interview was plausible.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Jason Nark and Daily News Staff Writer
A vandal lobbed black paint at a mural of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo in the Italian Market over the weekend and sprayed "fascista" in red beneath him.   Police said they received a report on Saturday that the mural at 9th and Montrose streets had been hit and are investigating the incident. A large black splotch of paint hit directly over Rizzo's right eye, and paint splattered along the parking lot that the mural faces. On Sunday afternoon, the occasional passer-by stopped to take a picture of the defaced former mayor and police commissioner.
NEWS
December 17, 2007
I'VE LIVED in Philadelphia for 60 years, in fact, I was born here. My heart goes out to the men and women of our police force. I saw good times in our beautiful city when Frank Rizzo was police commissioner and mayor. A man of true loyalty, commitment and dedication. May God rest his soul, for he was one of the greatest men in my eyes, and I am sure many others. As far as Officer Cassidy, may his family find peace in their hearts and take one day at a time, for we all know he is in God's arms.
NEWS
September 8, 1987 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
The liberal group that published "The Sayings of Chairman Frank" in 1977 - a compilation of infamous Frank Rizzo quotes - has another collection waiting in the wings. This one's tentatively titled, "Remembrances of Frank Rizzo," and you can bet it won't be flattering. Americans for Democratic Action is the group with the long memory. It endorsed Mayor Goode in the Nov. 3 mayoral election. DUELING OMPS When Mayor Goode announced his new Office of Management and Productivity, he credited Democratic primary opponent Edward G. Rendell for the "concept" while assuring that the new governmental unit would be uniquely his. Goode and Rendell have the same goal for the office - streamlining bureaucracy and saving money - but their descriptions differ.
NEWS
July 26, 1991
PAGES OF MAIL ON RIZZO Frank Rizzo was a man of surprises, and at the same time, a person you knew exactly where he was coming from and what he stood for. The politics in this city will never be the same, nor as exciting, and his sudden passing should make us all realize just how vulnerable we are and how fragile life is. He loved Philadelphia and gave most of his waking hours to public service. I extend to his family my deepest sympathy and to God, fervent prayers in celebration of his life and for the priviledge of knowing him. JACK FALLON Philadelphia MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT RIZZO Why this sudden surge of Rizzo popularity in Philly's black community?
NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
The bronze statue of former police commissioner and mayor Frank Rizzo that stands across from City Hall was buffed and polished ahead of last month's Democratic convention. His son said he wanted his father's shoes, which were often said to reflect like glass, shined for the festivities. But on Friday, two protesters had different plans for the statue. They draped a Ku Klux Klan hood on Rizzo's head, calling the monument a reminder of racial strife and discrimination that must come down.
NEWS
July 17, 1991 | BY RICHARD AREGOOD
Newspaper editorials are supposed to come from an impersonal, semi-holy land of pure ideas. That's why they're unsigned. Somehow that won't work for Frank Rizzo, a man who simply ignored that kind of distinction. Rizzo took everything personally. It was a strength and a weakness. Mostly, it gave him the power of a force of nature. When I came to the Daily News 25 years ago, he was deputy police commissioner and I was a kid police reporter. The thing I remember best is not the day-to-day stuff of those confusing, wonderful, dreadful times in the '60s when he ran the Police Department.
NEWS
July 22, 1994 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
Frank Rizzo always loved a good fight. This one's a doozie. His family and fans want to put up a statue in his memory - as if Philadelphia can ever forget the bigger-than-life, former mayor and police commissioner. The question is: Where? The Fairmount Park Commission wasn't too happy about the Rizzo family's first choice: JFK Plaza. So, being civic-minded (and a bit impish), we asked you to suggest where Rizzo can go. Shame on some of you. Boy, is Philly a tough town.
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NEWS
August 25, 2016
ISSUE | FRANK RIZZO Statue 'is deeply offensive' I moved to Philadelphia in 1971 to attend graduate school. Living my first eight years in a city where Frank Rizzo was mayor did not inspire civic pride. I watched his "law-and-order" regime treat with contempt the North Philadelphia community where I was attending school, provoke what would become the MOVE tragedy, destroy the nation's bicentennial celebration with his vicious response to possible protests, and instill fear among law-abiding African American and gay residents.
NEWS
August 22, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
A winter snowstorm hammered Philadelphia on Feb. 23, 1987. I'm not normally a horoscope person, but for some reason I saved my Pisces directive that day: "You'll have reason to celebrate. . . . The boss recognizes your value. " I'd like to think that was true. It was my first day working for Frank L. Rizzo. Due to the weather, I was the only staffer who made it to work. For me it was easy. I lived in a small studio on Rittenhouse Square and needed only to walk three blocks to 1528 Walnut St. Either Anthony or Joe who managed the building let me into Suite 2020, where I sat in the outer area reserved for visitors to the former mayor.
NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
The bronze statue of former police commissioner and mayor Frank Rizzo that stands across from City Hall was buffed and polished ahead of last month's Democratic convention. His son said he wanted his father's shoes, which were often said to reflect like glass, shined for the festivities. But on Friday, two protesters had different plans for the statue. They draped a Ku Klux Klan hood on Rizzo's head, calling the monument a reminder of racial strife and discrimination that must come down.
NEWS
August 11, 2016
ISSUE | DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION Arts can help us get past anger, prejudice During the Democratic National Convention, the arts and culture community's museums and performing-arts venues showed off the beauty and vibrancy of Philadelphia. More importantly, cultural groups stepped up with messages of unity, justice, and civic duty through pop-up performances on Broad Street, a youth art contest to inspire future voters from Fleisher Art Memorial, an issue-based voting display at the Free Library, and political street art. Hundreds of engaging community events and activities allowed locals and convention-goers to use their voice, share their beliefs, and offer social and political solutions.
NEWS
July 25, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Long after his retirement in 1971, Philadelphia Police Lt. John A. Stevenson would tell his children and grandchildren about the time he starred alongside Frank Rizzo and other Philadelphia officers in one of the first reality-based law enforcement shows on television. "He always talked about it. It was like family lore," said Dan Stevenson, 40, Stevenson's grandson. "We were like, 'OK, Pop Pop, you were on a TV show.' " Stevenson insisted he was on a TV show, and it was hosted by Oscar-winning actor Lee Marvin.
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
YOU MIGHT HAVE thought that Joe Mastronardo had to be Frank Rizzo's worst nightmare. His only daughter, Joanna, married to a professional gambler! It was well-known that Frank Rizzo, the longtime cop, police commissioner and mayor, had a passionate hatred of lawbreakers. But Joe Mastronardo was different. "I had many a conversation with Rizzo about this," said Dennis J. Cogan, a lawyer who often represented Joe. "He did not lecture Joe. He would wave his finger at him once in a while, but he came to realize that Joe was really a good guy. "What Joe did was not something Frank would condone.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Once upon a time, you could take the measure of a Philadelphian by his or her reaction to the name Frank Rizzo . As Bruce Graham's Theatre Exile world-premiere play Rizzo makes abundantly clear, you were with him or against him. He was a skull-cracking peacekeeper and the only politician brave enough to stand up for the working class, or he was a skull-cracking, gay-bashing, racist bully and the leader of a ring of cronies and thugs who held...
NEWS
October 23, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
The expectations were at least twice as high as Billy Penn's statue on City Hall. After all, Theatre Exile's "Rizzo," whose world premiere is being staged through Nov. 8 at Christ Church Neighborhood House, in Old City, is a play about the most controversial, dominant and polarizing figure in 20th-century Philadelphia politics, written by the city's most successful indigenous playwright and starring an actor who is arguably the region's best and...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2015 | Dan Geringer, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
When South Philly playwright Bruce Graham set out to dramatize the life of larger-than-life Frank Rizzo, he made a startling discovery that shook up his creative juices. "When I started outlining the play, I panicked - and I never panic," said the blue-collar playwright whose Theatre Exile world premiere of "Rizzo" runs tomorrow through Nov. 8 at Christ Church Neighborhood House, in Old City. Before he researched Rizzo's life, Graham said, "I thought, 'Wow, what an interesting character!
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
For his next vehicle, Scott Greer has anything but just another role. The actor stars in "Rizzo," Theatre Exile's world premiere of Bruce Graham's play about Frank Rizzo, the late police-commissioner-turned-mayor who still casts a large local shadow almost a quarter-century after his fatal heart attack during the 1991 mayoral campaign. Previews begin tomorrow at Old City's Christ Church Neighborhood House, and the production runs through Nov. 8. The opening comes exactly 21 years after the release of ESPN football guru Sal Paolantonio's 1994 book, Frank Rizzo: The Last Big Man in Big City America , on which the play is based.
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