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December 17, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter on Tuesday signed off on an expansion of a Philadelphia law that outlines when employers can ask potential hires about their criminal backgrounds. He also strengthened the city's rules on hiring former offenders. Under the updated "ban-the-box" law, employers are not be permitted to complete a background check until they have made a conditional job offer, as opposed to after the first interview. The term comes from a box on application forms asking about a criminal record.
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December 11, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
The war of words between Mayor Nutter and Donald Trump continued Wednesday, with Trump calling Nutter a "low life," and the mayor describing the Republican presidential candidate as "a cartoon character. " The animosity between the two first flared Tuesday when the mayor, at a news conference, used the word a-hole to describe Trump, who has drawn fire this week for his call to ban Muslims from entering the country. A peeved Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to say Nutter was doing a terrible job and "should be ashamed for using such a disgusting word in referring to me. Low life!"
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December 11, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER, with less than four weeks left in office, returned to City Council yesterday - where he once served - to give a heartfelt farewell speech that lacked any curse words. He lauded Council for some of its accomplishments since he took office in January 2008. Nutter noted the legislative body's approval of $400 million in re-occurring funding for schools, raising the minimum wage for subcontractors, passing a sick-leave bill and helping to reduce crime by approving various measures in support of the Police Department and ex-convicts.
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December 10, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shoulder to shoulder they stood: imams in kufis, ministers in robes, rabbis in skullcaps, elected officials and community leaders in business suits. Against that backdrop at City Hall on Tuesday, Mayor Nutter condemned the "ignorant act" of the person who left a severed pig's head outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society mosque and school in North Philadelphia. The head was found Monday morning. Dropping part of a pig at a mosque has a special significance because pigs are anathema to Muslims who observe halal dietary laws.
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December 4, 2015
IN "THE GODFATHER Part II," Michael Corleone offered what we've always considered to be sage advice: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. " Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, however, does not subscribe to the Corleone brand of politics. We've heard that Mayor Nutter has been trying to secure a place for his Director of Communications and Strategy Desiree Peterkin-Bell in the Kenney administration. Which is nothing short of hilarious to us. Kenney and Peterkin-Bell ain't exactly BFFs.
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December 2, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
Today is being marketed as a global day of giving. Coffee drinkers and donors to a local nonprofit can enter to win a bike ride or a lunch with the mayor and his wife. Here's how it works: Gearing Up  is a local nonprofit that provides bikes for women in transition from addiction, abuse and incarceration, and it's announced a partnership with Square One Coffee (249 S. 13th St.), in Midtown Village, for what's being designated as #GivingTuesday. According to a news release, the coffee shop will give 5 percent of all sales earned today to Gearing Up, and for one day only, every donation made at Square One Coffee or through the Gearing Up website will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.
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December 1, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
With just six weeks left on the job, Mayor Nutter seems hardly a lame duck. His daily public schedule is consistently packed as he runs from ribbon-cuttings to bill signings to speaking engagements. But ask anyone in his inner circle if that's surprising and they will recite the same refrain. "He always points to the certificate above his desk," said Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger from his Arch Street office. "And he says, 'I took an oath to be mayor,' " said Finance Director Rob Dubow, in a conference room at the Municipal Services Building.
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November 29, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man soon to become Philadelphia's 99th mayor is not on board with one of the last initiatives of the 98th. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has asked the Nutter administration to delay plans to combine the city's 911 emergency dispatch systems and the 311 nonemergency call center under one roof in South Philadelphia. The request comes as the administration is trying to finalize a 10-year lease agreement on space for a combined operation, dubbed the Unified Call Center, at 20th and Oregon Streets.
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November 26, 2015 | Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced another round of administrative appointments Tuesday, including some of his former City Council staffers and a reshuffling of top Nutter administration aides. Jim Engler, a Kenney campaign official and former Council staffer, will serve as deputy mayor for policy and legislation. Richard Lazer, also a Kenney campaign and Council staffer, will serve as deputy mayor for labor. Clarena Tolson, the current revenue commissioner, will serve as the deputy managing director for infrastructure and transportation.
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November 20, 2015 | BY AARON JOLLAY, Daily News Staff jollaya@phillynews.com, 215-856-5915
MAYOR NUTTER recently did some semantic gymnastics with the word "terrorism. " In an Associated Press interview Monday following a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, he said gun violence in American cities was a form of "domestic terrorism" and comparable to international terrorism. While all gun deaths are unacceptable, it is a serious stretch to equate everyday criminal violence in America with vast international terrorism conspiracies such as ISIS. He is correct that both have the effect of making citizens feel afraid and insecure.
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