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BY BRETT MANDEL/ In a city where approximately 60% of the budget goes toward employee compensation, our central challenge is finding ways to maximize the competence and productivity of our workforce. We need to use every tool in our toolbox to achieve those goals. We have a managerial tool in our hands. If we end […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ First commissioned in September of 2009 by Mayor Michael Nutter, the “official” release last week of the Report on the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, known to all as DROP, has split City employees and their unions from the Administration. While most publications took the report at face value and ran with the […]

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BY RUTH RUSSELL/ Funding for the courts — not corruption — was the theme of the talk given by Chief Justice Ron Castille to an overflow crowd of judges in Hershey. The occasion was the official opening session of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. Nearly 300 jurists from across the Commonwealth gathered for […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Philadelphia’s bail system is a mess, most observers say. Reforms of some sort are inevitable, now the Clerk of Quarter Sessions Office, which used to process bail records, has been eliminated. At a hearing Tuesday at the Bar Association, leaders of the different branches of public-safety professions butted heads as they struggled […]

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Republican Party   Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason yesterday charged Dan Onorato supporters and Democrat operatives circulated petitions for John Krupa, a candidate claiming to be the Tea Party nominee for Governor. “It’s obvious that Dan Onorato is willing to resort to any-means necessary tactics in a desperate attempt to improve his chances to win elections this […]

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BY DENISE CLAY/ As I was running errands, I got an email on my Blackberry from the Mayor’s office that informed me, and all of the other reporters who get things from Mayor Michael Nutter’s office, that Charles Bowser Sr. had died. He was 80. In addition to being a Deputy Mayor of the city […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Pennsylvania’s prison population is huge and soaring even higher. It stands apart, not only from the rest of the world, but from many other states. In 1980, there were 8,243 inmates in the Keystone State; last year, there were 51,326. The Commonwealth can’t build prisons fast enough; it is exporting prisoners to […]

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BY RORY McGLASSON/ New Sacred Heart of Jesus pastor Robert Feeney jokes about how he used to visit the 3rd Street church with a miner’s hat on his head. So dark was the aged building’s interior, Father Feeney says he was barely able to see down the aisle. However, today residents are walking in the […]

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Will “brownouts” put out the overtime the city has to pay to firefighters, or will it spike up more casualties should fires occur? Rolling the dice is Mayor Michael Nutter. He is closing down, for a shift, a minimum of six firehouses daily. That’s three during the day and three at night. Objecting to the […]

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As the national debt moves into front and center of public attention during the fall election campaigns, Congressman Chaka Fattah predicts major action will place – right after they’re over. Speaking at Temple University Monday, the Congressman said a committee is already working to plan dramatic legislation to reduce the Federal deficit. The package will […]

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