Mayoral hopeful Lynne Abraham’s marijuana madness
Chris Goldstein, Philly.com
– Lynne Abraham, the hard-nosed former District Attorney of Philadelphia running for mayor, has finally stopped dodging questions about marijuana. Opening up to Philadelphia Magazine she was candid and blunt, but she also spun a web of half truths and lies.
Yesterday, second round of charter school hearings probes demographics and bottom lines
Laura Benshoff, Newsworks
– In the wake of two charter schools closing last month in the middle of the school year, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission Monday entered into a second round of hearings on 40 proposed new charter schools.
Mayor creates board to oversee building safety
Jared Brey, PlanPhilly
– Mayor Michael Nutter announced on Tuesday that he has created a Building Safety Oversight Board to monitor implementation of the recommendations made by a Special Advisory Commission appointed in the wake of a building collapse at 22nd and Market streets in June of 2013.
Doug Oliver, ex-Nutter spokesman, announces candidacy for mayor
Jenny DeHuff, Philly Daily News
– “DO 2015” spokesman Mustafa Rashed said yesterday that Oliver informed his bosses at Philadelphia Gas Works that he would be leaving at the end of the month to pursue his campaign for mayor. He serves as PGW’s vice president of marketing and corporate communications, and under the city charter’s “resign-to-run” rule, he can’t do both at once.
Pennsylvania strikes deal to keep mentally ill inmates out of solitary confinement
– Pennsylvania prison inmates diagnosed with serious mental illness will be diverted to special treatment units instead of being punished by placement in isolated cells, under the terms of a settlement between the Corrections Department and advocates for the disabled that was released Tuesday.