July 29, 2005
WHAT'S THE difference between constituent service and lobbying? City Councilman Michael Nutter says he was providing the same services as he would to any constituent in his district in 2003 when he called the sheriff's office several times to inquire about the status of a contract. But, as Erin Einhorn reported in yesterday's Daily News, the constituent in question was ward leader and political infighter Carol Campbell. The contract was a no-bid $80,000 deal to improve efficiency, services Sheriff John Green said this week "weren't needed.
January 9, 1989
Who's right in the fight over the legality of splitting in two the job of city representative and commerce director? Mayor Goode says the recent opinion by City Solicitor Seymour Kurland supports the mayor's decision - when he first took office - to separate city rep from commerce director. City Councilman John Street says no way, that Kurland's opinion clearly establishes that splitting the jobs is contrary to the city charter. Frankly, it doesn't really matter who's right on this issue.
November 2, 2005 |
On a gray Friday morning, bald guy Howard Brauner walks up to bald guy Breanden Barry to talk about Bald Guyz, Brauner's brand-new line of grooming products for, well, bald men. "No, no, no . . .," Barry says, hustling around the corner of Eighth Avenue and 58th Street. "I like being bald. I don't want to grow hair. " "This is not to grow hair," Brauner explains, offering Barry an opaque, paper-thin wipe to mop his hairless brow. "It's about taking care of the head. It's about celebrating your baldness.
June 28, 1987 |
Anthony and Betty Talamonti have received a variance allowing them to build six townhouses on a 19,000-square-foot Kennett Square tract despite the small size of four of the proposed lots. "I think it satisfies the spirit, if not the exact letter, of the law," Zoning Hearing Board member Peter Waldrop said at Tuesday's meeting. Waldrop said the four lots fell below the required 3,000-square-foot minimum size by less than 10 percent, and that the two remaining lots were well over the minimum.
September 22, 1998 |
What's the giveaway? Body language? Quibbling? Defensiveness? Rambling answers? Or as one lawyerly wag put it - "If his nose grows. " Some of Philadelphia's top lawyers told how they gauge a witness's truthfulness after President Clinton's grand jury testimony was televised in the Monica Lewinsky case. Tom Bergstrom, defense attorney in the John du Pont murder case, looks for "the simple answer" in spotting lies. "There's all sorts of body language," he added.
February 21, 1988 |
The Media Borough Council has approved an ordinance to increase the borough water rate 35.39 percent, raising the average water customer's quarterly bill to $51.11 each quarter. Finance chairman Robert Gioggia said the ordinance, passed by a vote of 5-1 at Thursday's monthly council meeting, will take effect March 31, pending approval from the state Public Utilities Commission. The increase will apply equally to Media Water Works customers inside and outside the borough, he said.
March 12, 2008 |
As it turns out, Wireless Philadelphia, the supposedly cost-free solution to the city's digital divide, is not completely without costs, the city's chief information officer said yesterday. Responding to questions from City Councilman Frank Rizzo during a budget hearing yesterday, Terry M. Phillis, the city's CIO, acknowledged that he was paying a consultant $200,000 this year as his "technical project manager. " Although Mayor John F. Street had promised that EarthLink would build Wireless Philadelphia at no cost to the city, officials had always anticipated that someone from the city would have to oversee the project, Phillis said.
August 9, 1995 |
PICKING COCONUTS REALLY IS MONKEY BUSINESS Kai-Song took just 34 seconds to grab eight coconuts and win a coconut- picking contest in southern Thailand. Forty monkeys, specially trained to pick coconuts, took part in the competition in Surathani province, about 370 miles south of Bangkok. In the final round over the weekend, Kai-Song was initially neck-and-neck with his main challenger Hai-Kai, who took 40 seconds to shinny up the coconut tree and twist and break the stems of eight nuts and let them drop to the ground.
April 3, 1991 |
To save more state money, Gov. Casey wants to extend his temporary 10 percent pay cut to state supervisors belonging to unions. The move is a shift in the administration's public position and is being met with resistance and threats of a lawsuit. For now it applies only to 1,800 Pennsylvania Social Services Union supervisors, but it could be extended to supervisors in eight other unions. Casey press aide John Taylor confirmed that the administration was talking with union leaders about cutting pay for 7,770 workers by 10 percent for 10 weeks starting next week.
July 14, 1990 |
The executive director of Coatesville's water authority was suspended without pay Thursday night after the authority's board of directors learned she was the target of a state police investigation. Christina Frey, executive director of the City of Coatesville Authority since 1983, is being investigated by the White Collar Crime Unit for alleged irregularities in the authority's $3 million budget. She was suspended by unanimous vote after the board learned of the four- month-old investigation for the first time at its Thursday meeting.