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NEWS
December 3, 2012
When Councilman Wilson Goode Jr. halted the public-comment period of Thursday's Council meeting to ask the previous speaker to return to the lectern, there was that feeling in the chamber of two combatants about to square off. The previous speaker was Ori Feibush, the feisty Point Breeze developer, and he had just spent three minutes blasting a bill to create affordable housing as a bad plan and a waste of money. Goode, who can be downright prosecutorial with witnesses, asked Feibush if he thought the 10-year tax abatement on new construction was a waste of money as well.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the New York City Marathon canceled less than 24 hours before its scheduled start Sunday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter reportedly had stepped in with an offer: all 40,000-plus runners could come to Philadelphia instead. George Hirsch, head of the New York Road Runners, which sponsors the run, said Nutter told him Philadelphia was ready to host the marathon Sunday if race participants could make it to the city, Runner's World reported Saturday. Hirsch replied that there wasn't enough time to do that.
NEWS
November 4, 2012 | By Alfred Lubrano and Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writers
Up in New York, the billionaire mayor struts with a Master of the Universe swagger. Over in Chicago, the city chief leads with profane, aggressive bluster. The mayor of Philadelphia, however, has long been famous for high-SAT intellect and technocratic cool. Until Friday. That's when Michael Nutter elevated his macho quotient and one-upped Michael Bloomberg, Rahm Emanuel, and lots of other U.S. mayors by rappelling 280 feet from the top of Penn Center Plaza Tower 3 in Center City.
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
When New York developer Tony Goldman arrived in Philadelphia with plans to revitalize Center City's seedy 13th Street, almost everyone here wondered whether he was crazy. One of the skeptics was Michael Nutter, a city councilman in 1999 when Mr. Goldman sought tax incentives for his project. "We just all kind of looked at him and thought, 'What the hell are you talking about?' " Nutter said Wednesday. "He had all these ideas and a vision, and there was nothing going on down there.
SPORTS
September 13, 2012 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the upstairs bedroom of his West Philadelphia home, 13-year-old Michael Nutter tuned his radio as Joe Frazier was readying for his "Fight of the Century" with Muhammad Ali. Nutter listened when Frazier's left hook sent Ali spiraling to the mat in the 15th round. He listened when the judges handed Frazier a unanimous decision and a successful defense of the world heavyweight title. On Wednesday afternoon, four decades after Frazier's win over Ali, Mayor Nutter honored the late Philadelphia sports icon as he announced the city's plan to erect a statue of Frazier in 2013 at South Philadelphia's Xfinity Live!
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the upstairs bedroom of his West Philadelphia home, 13-year-old Michael Nutter tuned his radio as Joe Frazier was readying for his "Fight of the Century" with Muhammad Ali. Nutter listened when Frazier's left hook sent Ali spiraling to the mat in the 15th round. He listened when the judges handed Frazier a unanimous decision and a successful defense of the world heavyweight title. On Wednesday afternoon, four decades after Frazier's win over Ali, Mayor Nutter honored the late Philadelphia sports icon as he announced the city's plan to erect a statue of Frazier in 2013 at South Philadelphia's Xfinity Live!
NEWS
June 23, 2012 | By Patrick Kerkstra, For The Inquirer
These are schizophrenic times for Mayor Nutter. One day, he's in Philadelphia, unable to stop City Council from taking a flamethrower to his signature 2012 plan, the property-tax reform known as Actual Value Initiative. The next, he's in Orlando, basking in the applause of peers from across the country who elevated him to the presidency of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Pilloried in Philly, then feted in Florida, all within 48 hours. The split between Nutter's dual realities - one on the local stage, and the other played out nationally - is growing wider by the day. Nationally, between his new post and his steady stream of television appearances as an Obama surrogate and spokesman for urban America, Nutter is becoming a Democratic star, a slightly lower-voltage version of his "frenemy," Newark, N.J.'s Cory Booker.
NEWS
June 17, 2012 | By Miriam Hill and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ORLANDO, Fla. — Vice President Biden calls Mayor Nutter "one of my best friends in public life. " Michelle Obama addressed the mayor as "my dear friend" the last time she came to Philadelphia. Democratic pundit Donna Brazile wants Philadelphians to know that she has Nutter on speed dial. "Michael Nutter is a breath of fresh air. He likes to bring people together," Brazile said Thursday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting here, where Nutter was inaugurated as the organization's new president Saturday.
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