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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.
NEWS
July 27, 2014 | By Jason Grant, Inquirer Staff Writer
PhillyNORML says it has started an e-mail campaign that is flooding Mayor Nutter's inbox with messages supporting a City Council-passed marijuana bill. The campaign aims to ratchet up the pressure on Nutter to sign into law a measure that would make possessing a small amount of pot punishable by only a $25 fine, with no arrest. And it's happening as increasing rhetoric over the bill flies at the mayor: Earlier this week, City Councilman James F. Kenney sent a letter to Nutter saying 264 citizens had reportedly been arrested since Council approved the bill on June 19, and arguing that "every day Mayor Nutter fails to act, more young people will be ... jailed for a minimal offense.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Chris Hepp and Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
Well, at least he wrote. With no public notice, Mayor Nutter flew to Paris on Wednesday on another global trade mission, this time a six-day excursion to woo French commerce and promote Philadelphia as a cycling mecca and tourist destination. Nutter and his wife, Lisa, will also attend the Tour de France, which ends Sunday in Paris. While Nutter and his delegation left unannounced, his arrival in the City of Light was noted Thursday by a staff news release that outlined his itinerary and stated goals for the trip.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
BON VOYAGE, Monsieur Nutter! The mayor and his wife, Lisa Nutter, yesterday arrived in France for an official six-day trip to promote international business interests in Philadelphia. In his second term, Nutter has traveled extensively in his official capacity, making previous trips to Beijing and Tianjin, China; Florence, Italy; the United Kingdom and Israel; Panama and Rome. Nutter's travel expenses will be paid for by the city, while his wife's, including their hotel room, will be covered by Advanced Sports International.
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