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Another month, another spokesperson

philly.com — Another month, another spokesperson Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:12 PM The seventh time may be the charm for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who this week hired yet another spokesman after losing a line of top press aides. Chuck Ardo, former spokesman to Gov.
Apr 21, 2015

Another month, another top press aide for embattled PA AG Kane, who hires ex-Rendell flak, via @phillydotcom: philly.com/philly/blogs/h…

Apr 22, 2015

More shuffling as PA AG Kane elevates an agent, Jonathan Duecker, as acting chief of staff; and names new spokesman - philly.com/philly/blogs/h…

Aramark to go "cage-free" by 2020

philly.com — Aramark to go "cage-free" by 2020 One of the nation's largest food service companies is going totally cage free. Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015, 8:12 AM One of the nation's largest food service companies is going totally cage free.
Mar 13, 2015

Philly-based Aramark to go "cage-free" by 2020. My story: bit.ly/1CbLzgt

Court hears arguments on firing Open Records director

philly.com — Last updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 1:01 PM HARRISBURG - In a lively 90-minute session, a panel of judges on Wednesday considered the fate of the leader of Pennsylvania's open records office. But looming larger in this closely-watched, likely precedent-setting case is the issue of executive authority over independent agencies.

A $4B question: How big is Wolf's budget?

philly.com — Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:08 AM Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015, 1:52 PM HARRISBURG - The legislative battle over Gov. Wolf's budget proposal began in earnest Monday - starting with a dispute over just how much money is at stake. Wolf has described his proposal as a $29.8 billion spending plan.
Mar 10, 2015

Slings and arrows fly in first day of PA budget hearings, presage long road ahead. bit.ly/1Exiluu

Rare sales tax bump is key to Wolf's budget

philly.com — Last updated: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 1:09 AM HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf wants to do what no governor has done since President Lyndon B. Johnson was in the White House: Raise the Pennsylvania sales tax. Former Gov. Ed Rendell tried it twice. In 2010, he couldn't even get the state's Democratic-controlled House to go along.

Ringling Brothers to retire elephants

philly.com — Elephants soon will no longer star in "The Greatest Show on Earth." Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus, whose treatment of endagered Asian elephants has been the target of protests and investigations by animal welfare groups, said after 145 years it would phase out elephants by 2018 and focus on their conservation.
Mar 05, 2015

For some, Ringling's decision to pull elephants from shows is nothing short of a "Berlin Wall moment." bit.ly/1w82vn9

Mar 05, 2015

RT @inkyamy: For some, Ringling's decision to pull elephants from shows is nothing short of a "Berlin Wall moment." bit.ly/1w82vn9

As hearings loom, Wolf pushes budget at Chesco school

philly.com — Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 1:50 PM Gov. Wolf came to the state's top-rated high school Wednesday morning to push his budget plan that would radically overhaul Pennsylvania's tax structure - and push back against Republican lawmakers who'd immediately labeled his proposal dead in the water.

Phila. leaders applaud Wolf budget proposal, Delco pols not so much

philly.com — Phila. leaders applaud Wolf budget proposal, Delco pols not so much City leaders said they were elated with Gov. Wolf's budget proposal, saying it will help restore budget of the cash-strapped school district and reduce the wage tax burden for city workers. Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 4:17 PM City leaders were elated about Gov.
Mar 03, 2015

Phila. city leaders thrilled with Wolf budget proposal, Delco pol not so much. bit.ly/17OOGyy

Wolf's $30B budget: tax hikes, school relief

philly.com — Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 11:35 AM HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Tuesday unveiled a nearly $30 billion spending plan that would raise the state income and sales taxes, but use much of that new money to give school districts almost $4 billion for property tax breaks.
Mar 03, 2015

Behold, Gov. Wolf's proposed $29.9 billion budget, with new and increased taxes to finance property tax relief: philly.com/philly/news/po…

Mar 03, 2015

RT @AngelasInk: Behold, Gov. Wolf's proposed $29.9 billion budget, with new and increased taxes to finance property tax relief: philly.com/philly/news/po…

Mar 03, 2015

Gov. Wolf has proposed significant relief for #PHLed & other Pa. districts. Story via @AngelasInk & @inkyamy: philly.com/philly/news/po…

Mar 03, 2015

RT @PhillyInquirer: Will it fly? Gov. #Wolf unveils $30B budget proposal that hikes taxes, but vows money for schools po.st/BbuYjC via @phillydotcom

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Wolf's budget may need a big push

philly.com — Last updated: Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:57 PM HARRISBURG - Though Gov. Wolf has been working behind the scenes for weeks on his first budget blueprint for the state, legislators and others say his real work is only just beginning. Wolf is scheduled to unveil his multi-billion spending plan at 11:30 a.m.
Mar 03, 2015

Wolf's budget could bring wage tax relief to Phila (prop tax relief elsewhere in state) po.st/Qo4cqv

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Aug 30, 2015

RT @michikokakutani: Dr. Oliver Sacks, brilliant writer and physician, died this morning at his home in NYC. my essay on his enduring work nytimes.com/2015/08/31/art…

Aug 29, 2015

Imitate or emulate? Crows show signs of the latter, evidence of social learning. @brianrahmer sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/…

Aug 29, 2015

Katrina: The Mississippi story in the words of those who survived.Beautiful, moving,riveting videos. By @sunherald bit.ly/1N1R2ga

Aug 28, 2015

First successful enforcement of NY shark fin ban. PA bill passed Senate, awaits House vote. twitter.com/nytmetro/statu…

Aug 28, 2015

@ErikOpenRecords stunning to learn that @nytimes was the only "legacy" news org to file a FOIA suit last year.

Aug 28, 2015

Undercover probe exposes rampant abuse in quest for the highest stepping walking horse. twitter.com/hsusnews/statu…

Aug 27, 2015

RT @michikokakutani: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. August 28, 1963. my essay on its lasting power. from @nytimes nytimes.com/2013/08/28/us/…


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