News chase

    Here’s what our reporters are working on today:

    Tom MacDonald is camped out at two city council hearings.  He’ll bring you updates on the city’s effort to reform oversight of the towing industry, along with a look at possible steeper penalties for selling cigarettes to minors.

    Susan Phillips will attend Vice President Biden’s Philadelphia appearance this afternoon at the Marriott Hotel in Center City.  She’s also looking into Newfield Exploration Company, a gas firm pulling resources from off-shore drilling to invest in drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation.

    Peter Crimmins will report on a 45 million dollar gift from Drexel alum Bennett S. LeBow for a new business school building.  He’ll also file on an effort to collect hand drawn maps of neighborhoods inside and outside the city.  Have you drawn a map of your own neighborhood?  Send it to the Feed using the Feed the Feed link to the right.

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    Lizz Fiedler will cross the Delaware River to see Camden Mayor Dana Redd break the news of how many city workers will be laid off.

    And despite the passage of reforms at the DRPA, board member John Dougherty is proposing delaying a one dollar bridge toll increase.  Dave Davies will reach out to board members and authority staff for the latest details.

    Also, as we mentioned, Scott Detrow will attend the vote on whether Dwight Evans will retain his Appropriations Chairmanship.  He’ll also attend a “major energy announcement” from Governor Rendell in Harrisburg.

    That’s all for now.  More updates to come.

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