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August 30, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration on Wednesday announced a detailed, multifaceted plan to sell or find new uses for 31 of the School District of Philadelphia's closed school buildings. The mayor promised a "more streamlined, flexible, and predictable" process that includes a comprehensive assessment of each site. The city and the district also said they would create a website and host public meetings on the overall plan and the fate of specific locations. But the announcement, in the form of a news release, neglected to mention one thing: that Nutter and City Council remain locked in an epic face-off over how to handle the mothballed schools.
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May 22, 1991 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ann J. Land, 58, was locked in a close race early today with investment broker Michael A. Nutter, 33, in her effort to retain the Fourth District Council seat she has held since 1981. The results in the race were straggling in, and showed the race neck-and- neck early this morning with about 40 percent of the votes counted. But Nutter said shortly after 1:30 a.m. today that Land's campaign manager had called him and conceded the outcome. Four years ago, Land had retained her seat by holding off a challenge by Nutter.
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April 17, 2007 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Michael Nutter's mayoral campaign doesn't work out, maybe he has a future in retail. Buried in the former councilman's detailed budget policy paper - which will be formally released today - is an interesting notion: a "Philly Gear" apparel line, to be sold online and at city-operated gift stores. Modeled on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's ambitious New York City Store, Nutter's plan predicts that Philly-branded products could earn the cash-strapped city up to $1 million in annual revenue.
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November 9, 2008 | By Patrick Kerkstra and Marcia Gelbart, Inquirer Staff Writers
When Mayor Nutter took office in January, the expectations for his administration could not have been higher. Ten months and a $1 billion budget crisis later, should Philadelphians temper their hopes? Yes and no, Nutter said in a Friday interview. "I think yesterday was part of the expectation-adjustment process," Nutter said, referring to his Thursday announcement of painful spending cuts and a freeze on planned tax reductions. But Nutter did not back off his most ambitious goals, such as halving the high school dropout rate within seven years, and doubling the city's four-year college-degree attainment rate within 10 years.
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March 24, 2004 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Though he's still working on last-minute Council business and has yet to pack his bags, City Councilman Michael A. Nutter is leaving for Cape Town in South Africa tomorrow for a fellowship program on leadership and public-service values. Called the Emerging Leaders Program, the fellowship is administered by the United States/Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values, a partnership between Duke University and the University of Cape Town. Nutter said yesterday he was nominated as a fellow in the fall by a friend who had completed the program.
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April 17, 2006 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Union leader John J. Dougherty has an ultimatum for City Councilman Michael A. Nutter, a potential rival in the race for mayor of Philadelphia: Resign, or take yourself out of next year's Democratic primary. According to Dougherty, Nutter effectively declared himself a mayoral candidate last week by filing a lawsuit demanding that four other potential candidates return money raised in violation of the city's new campaign-contribution limits. Under the City Charter, officeholders explicitly running for a job other than the one they have must resign their current post.
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September 6, 2012 | BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Daily News Staff Writer
WOULD Mayor Nutter like to trade in his office at City Hall for one at the White House? Political circles have been buzzing for months with speculation that Nutter might cut short his second term for a job in Washington if President Obama is re-elected. And Nutter's speaking appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night will only fan those flames. Just how seriously should this chatter be taken? Insiders say that if Nutter wants a job, he would likely be a strong contender.
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April 17, 2011 | By Marcia Gelbart, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Mayor Nutter, opponent T. Milton Street Sr. may be an itch that won't go away - but he is still by any measure the very distant second in next month's Democratic primary for mayor. That has freed Nutter to concentrate on how to make the most of a second term, and at the moment that means getting some allies elected to City Council, where for three-plus years he has lacked a reliable majority of votes. An official "Nutter slate" of candidates may not coalesce, but the mayor does intend to actively back Council aspirants in some competitive races for open seats.
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June 8, 2005 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city's on-again, off-again romance with banning smoking in all workplaces is, for the moment, showing signs of working out. Though time is running out for City Council to vote on the measure before it breaks for the summer, one roadblock has been cleared: Mayor Street is at least on speaking terms with Councilman Michael A. Nutter, the sponsor of the bill. Last Thursday, the mayor had complained that Nutter, who appeared one vote shy of getting the bill passed, was trying to ram the legislation through Council no matter what the cost.
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January 27, 2011
With Mayor Nutter about to face city voters again, he's making a smart political move - as well as one that's in the interests of good government - by expanding the rules for most city workers on accepting gifts, safeguards on sexual harassment limits on outside employment, and by imposing a needed ban on nepotism. Nutter's 2007 election campaign on a reform platform included a memorable "throw out the bums" TV ad showing the top of City Hall being ripped off. So the ethics rules the mayor issued as executive orders Tuesday were a welcome reminder of why Philadelphians rallied behind him. The mayor, of course, would argue that he's kept his reform fervor well-stoked all along.
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May 9, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
  If you haven't decided how you're getting to the polls Nov. 3 - and chances are you haven't - consider this option: a ride from Mayor Nutter. That's one prize up for grabs in a video contest and voter-turnout campaign launching Friday. The others aren't too bad, either, including a cooking class with Jose Garces and a gym workout alongside former Gov. Ed Rendell. To enter, voters can create a video 15 seconds or shorter describing why they vote, and share it on social media using the hashtag #ivotephilly.
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May 8, 2015 | William Bender and Stephanie Far, Daily News Staff Writers
MAYOR NUTTER hasn't publicly endorsed anyone to succeed him in the six-way Democratic primary. But he made it abundantly clear yesterday who he's not endorsing. Speaking at the Living Flame Memorial Service to honor deceased firefighters and police officers, Nutter said state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams essentially lacks the mental acuity to serve as mayor. Nutter, who is wrapping up his second term, defended police Commissioner Charles Ramsey after Williams said, at Tuesdays' 6ABC debate, that he would fire Ramsey if elected mayor.
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May 8, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter on Wednesday waded deep into the Democratic primary for mayor, suggesting that State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams was "probably not smart enough" for the city's top elected job if he wants to fire Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. Nutter dropped that political bomb after Williams, during Tuesday's final televised debate before the May 19 primary, said Ramsey should be out of a job for overseeing his department's stop-and-frisk policy. "Anyone who is not smart enough to ask him to stay is probably not smart enough to lead the city," Nutter said at a memorial for fallen police officers and firefighters.
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May 7, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
MAYOR NUTTER kicked off a series of school visits yesterday at Roxborough High to tout his plan for more school funding. Nutter's proposed 9.3 percent property-tax hike would raise $105 million in new recurring money for the cash-strapped district. The funding, in conjunction with additional dollars proposed by Gov. Wolf, would close the district's $85 million shortfall and allow schools to restore support staff and expand innovative programs, the mayor said. "What we're talking about is now investments, eliminating a longstanding deficit and then investing in schools like Roxborough High and many, many others," Nutter said during a sit-down with administrators and parents.
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May 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A new organization backed by President Obama has turned to Mayor Nutter and Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) for support as it aims to help young minority men thrive, and perhaps shape the president's legacy after he leaves office. Booker and Nutter are among a star-studded list of board members or advisers to My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which has spun off from an Obama initiative and figures to play a major role in the president's plans after he leaves office. The group, Obama said, will work to close "opportunity gaps" that confront minority men born into poor communities, leaving them feeling that "no matter how hard they try, they may never achieve their dreams.
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May 6, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
William Wooden is a city resident and registered voter. Yet with two weeks until the mayoral primary election, Wooden has no idea who he is voting for. He is not alone. Like most of the dozen people interviewed during the lunch hour Monday at Dilworth Park, Wooden simply didn't know much about the candidates or even their names. Wooden said he has seen the television ads for a female candidate who said she would sue the state for not providing enough money for the schools.
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May 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Local government cannot by itself fix problems of violence and unemployment like those brought to light in last week's Baltimore protests, Mayor Nutter said Sunday. Government, philanthropies, and corporations must cooperate to provide education and create employment for struggling inner-city residents, particularly in communities of color, to improve conditions in America, he said. Nutter appeared on the CNN talk show State of the Union with William A. Bell, mayor of Birmingham, Ala.; and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.)
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April 19, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter on Friday named a diverse group of 24 people to oversee the implementation of the 91 recommendations made last month in a U.S. Department of Justice report that found that Philadelphia police used lethal force too often. The newly created Police Community Oversight Board will also work on implementing the broader recommendations made in President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, which made similar suggestions. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey chaired the task force.
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April 18, 2015 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
The entrance to what's promised to be Philadelphia's hottest music club come fall is a gravel lot under an I-95 overpass. Now, it's just an abandoned metal factory in Fishtown - windows long blown out, covered in graffiti. But by fall, developers promise, it will be home to the Fillmore, a 2,500-seat music hall that promoter Live Nation aims to fill with big-name talent, as well as the Foundry, a more intimate venue with room for 450 aimed at local bands and up-and-coming talent, and a lounge.
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April 16, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER is scheduled to meet behind closed doors today with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to discuss preparations for the upcoming papal visit to the city, the mayor's spokesman said yesterday. Nutter and Johnson may also discuss security details related to the next Democratic National Convention that is scheduled to take place here in 2016 after the mayor leaves office, and the city's policy regarding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests, spokesman Mark McDonald said.
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