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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
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.
NEWS
May 18, 2008 | By Michael Smerconish
An old South Philly friend recently told me what Frank Rizzo and Hillary Clinton have in common. He had a serious point: Each was unable to build a large enough coalition of white, working-class voters to offset an opponent's monolithic minority vote. W. Wilson Goode was the only man ever to defeat Rizzo in an election, and he did so by winning a huge proportion of the black vote. When Rizzo faced Goode in a Democratic primary in 1983, Goode won 98 percent of the city's black vote. Rizzo later changed his registration to Republican, and when the two squared off in the 1987 general election, Goode captured 97 percent of that same vote.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
TONY FULWOOD had tears in his eyes when he walked into Frank Rizzo's hospital room and saw the mayor in the bed with a broken leg. Tony felt responsible for the injury, even though it was an accident and even though he was doing his job of protecting the mayor when an explosion rocked the Arco refinery in a nine-alarm fire in 1976, and he fell on Rizzo to protect him from the blast. "I hope you're not upset with me," Tony blubbered. "I wish I was in that bed instead of you. " "You know, Tony," Rizzo said.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | Stu Bykofsky, Daily News Columnist
THERE'S A JOKE that those who comprise Lynne Abraham's base are . . . dead. It's not true, but her supporters are likely to be reading Modern Maturity , while Jim Kenney's younger ones are reading Rolling Stone . Anthony Hardy Williams' base is black, while Kenney and Abraham will fight for whites. Nobody likes it, but voters tend to vote for someone who looks like them. Lynne Abraham - as district attorney and judge - dates back to an earlier era, and, to some, her age, 74, is an instant disqualifier.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN LEE Daniels took over a room, there could be no other center of attention. "In any crowded room, you could immediately locate Lee Daniels," said longtime friend Jim Nicholson, retired Daily News writer. "Look for that dense-packed knot of people and you could be sure Lee was in the middle, holding forth. " Lee C. Daniels, award-winning sports and crime writer for the Inquirer, Daily News and Courier Post, who became a political activist in Philadelphia and South Jersey in his later career, died Monday of complications of dementia.
NEWS
November 10, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
EAST PASSYUNK Avenue has transformed itself from a street of struggling mom-and-pop stores to a restaurant-rich Foodie Field of Dreams. But man cannot live by bread, or wraps, alone. Even the coolest neighborhood with the hottest Italian, Mexican, French-Canadian and Japanese soul food needs food for the soul, the kind that stimulates the brain instead of the tongue. Housed a couple of blocks off the main drag in a former taxi garage on 13th Street near Reed, Theatre Exile is the hungry heart of East Passyunk.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
AFTER PERSUADING Frank Rizzo to take a lie-detector test, editing the Daily News for 20 years and giving voice to the city's ethical conscience for an additional 10, Zack Stalberg will soon go from watchdog to cowboy. Stalberg announced yesterday that he is stepping down as president of the Committee of Seventy, the 110-year-old good-government nonprofit, and moving to Lamy, N.M., with his wife, Deb Lock Stalberg, and their horse, Mr. B. "We haven't broken the news to him yet," Stalberg, 67, said of Mr. B. "Exactly what I'll be doing, I'm not sure, but I love horses and Western life and hope part of it will be outdoors.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CHARLES HAMMOCK never cared much that his support of Frank Rizzo was not very popular in the black community. He was on Rizzo's staff as deputy field director when the former mayor and police commissioner ran in the Democratic primary of 1983, seeking a third term as mayor. Hammock was the most visible black person among Rizzo's campaign staff. Rizzo lost the primary to W. Wilson Goode, who went on to become Philadelphia's first black mayor in 1984. Of his support for Rizzo, Hammock said at the time, "The best thing about supporting Frank Rizzo is that he is a compassionate man who has helped many people.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CLARENCE FARMER SR. had a knack for survival. How many political appointees could keep their job through four very different mayors? He did it by being a likable guy who had no enemies, and being exceptionally good at what his position as chairman of the Commission on Human Relations called for: the ability to bring peace to warring segments of city society. He even met with leaders of the back-to-nature cult MOVE at a time when any self-respecting political leader would tiptoe around the controversial band of countercultural rebels.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
On Monday, Frank Rizzo had a conversion experience. He became a Democrat. Again. The former Republican councilman, recovering independent, and son of the legendary mayor also dipped his toes into the rank waters of Philadelphia mayoral politics. With Chairman Bob Brady by his side at Democratic City Committee headquarters, Rizzo said, "It's obvious that there's a mayor's race, and I'm considering entering that primary as a Democrat. " This statement is troubling on so many levels.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Former City Councilman Frank Rizzo, son of the legendary Philadelphia mayor, officially changed his party registration to Democratic on Monday in hope of running in the party's 2015 mayoral primary. Since losing his Council seat in 2011 - in part because of his participation in the controversial early retirement program known as DROP - Rizzo, who served on Council as a Republican, had been registered as an independent. He had maintained a low profile of late. But on Monday he raised that profile, appearing with the city Democratic chairman, U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, to rejoin the party.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
PHILADELPHIA gained a potential candidate for mayor in 2015 yesterday afternoon while another candidate bowed out of the Democratic primary election, 18 months before it happens. Former City Councilman Frank Rizzo, who served as a Republican but changed to independent after losing the 2011 primary for re-election, will become a Democrat on Monday in anticipation of running for mayor in 2015. Another candidate, Center City millionaire Tom Knox, announced yesterday that he is dropping out of the race.
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