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September 10, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration and City Councilman James Kenney have reached a compromise on a bill that will reduce penalties for possession of marijuana in Philadelphia. The compromise calls for a separate offense - and penalty - for public use of the drug. Those who are caught using marijuana in public would be charged with a noncriminal summary offense, and would face a $100 fine or up to nine hours of community service, according to Kenney. People caught possessing fewer than 30 grams of marijuana, or just over an ounce, would be issued a citation and fined $25. In neither case - possession of fewer than 30 grams, or public use - would an offender face a criminal charge or arrest.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
TERRY GILLEN, a former top aide to mayors Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell, will formally announce her candidacy for mayor of Philadelphia in her Southwest Center City neighborhood today. That makes her the first candidate to hold a ceremony marking an entrance to the race. "I think my experience working with Mayor Nutter and Mayor Rendell is a positive," Gillen said yesterday. "I think what people are looking for is someone who knows how to run a city, to be an executive and has experience in urban policy.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
MAYOR NUTTER will visit one of the city's new public high schools Monday to mark the start of classes for the district's roughly 135,000 students. Nutter and Superintendent William Hite will meet students, parents and teachers at Learning in New Context, or LINC, on Erie Avenue near 2nd Street in North Philadelphia, one of three new schools opening to all students. It is part of a week-long series of events to mark schools' opening. The new schools are one of the few bright spots in the beleaguered district, which has suffered numerous cuts due to a funding crisis.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite the well-established health benefits of breast-feeding for children, Philadelphia remains a laggard in its practice. Only 29 percent of the city's mothers are still breast-feeding six months after childbirth, according to Esther Chung, professor of pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College. That is the lowest rate among the nation's 10 largest cities, and 11 percentage points below the national average. Wednesday, the city government took a small step to rectify those figures by mandating that employers provide breast-feeding employees a private, sanitary space and the necessary time to express breast milk.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter has organized a diverse national group of 51 mayors who support Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., saying the deal would lead to significant economic benefits in the communities, including jobs. The letter was sent to the Federal Communications Commission, and Nutter released a statement on it through his press office Thursday afternoon. Support from its hometown mayor could be a political boost in Washington for Comcast's efforts to acquire Time Warner Cable.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for two men charged with murder in last summer's Center City building collapse urged a Philadelphia judge Wednesday to schedule an expedited trial, and filed a list of more than 50 potential defense witnesses - including Mayor Nutter and several key aides. William D. Hobson and Daine A. Grey Jr. said the mayor and his staff were relevant witnesses because they were involved in the investigation of the June 5, 2013, collapse that killed seven and injured 13. Additionally, they were involved in planning the redevelopment of the 2100 block of Market Street, the lawyers said.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
LAWYERS FOR the two men awaiting trial for allegedly causing last year's Market Street building collapse that killed six and injured 13 gave notice yesterday that they will seek to sever the case so their clients can be tried separately. If Griffin Campbell and Sean Benschop were tried together, statements Benschop made after the collapse incriminating Campbell could not be properly challenged, Campbell's attorney, William Hobson, said after a brief court hearing. Attorney Daine Grey, who represents Benschop, said he supported the call for separate trials.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | By Chris Hepp and Jason Grant, Inquirer Staff Writers
Mayor Nutter on Monday dismissed Philadelphia City Council's effort to soften penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana as "simplistic," saying the drug's use remains a serious public health concern and deserves a harder look. "We are dealing with a tremendously complicated societal issue and challenge," he said. "I think we owe the citizens of Philadelphia a much more comprehensive and holistic approach. " Nutter was responding to criticism of his delay in signing a bill Council passed in June that would reduce the penalty for the possession of less than an ounce of pot to a $25 fine, with no arrest.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just as Mayor Nutter quietly left for Paris, he has quietly returned. With no fanfare or official debriefing about his six-day trip to France, Nutter went back to his mayoral routine Wednesday, taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony. The mayor, who returned Tuesday evening from his voyage to the City of Light, looked refreshed and not the least bit jet-lagged as he helped break ground for the Blackhawks Athletic Club's field at 11th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER and the city's police union announced yesterday that they are accepting a three-year contract arbitration award that includes a series of raises totaling 9.5 percent and has no cuts in pension or health-care benefits for the city's roughly 6,000 police officers. The award will cost the city $218 million in its five-year financial plan - about $97 million more than was anticipated. Nutter said the city has realized $29 million in savings from previous changes to police health-care benefits and so views the cost of the award to be less than $70 million over budget.
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