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Changing Skyline: Zoning by fiat may be on the way out in Philadelphia

Inga Saffron, Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic

This has not been a good year for despots. North Korea's Kim Jong Il met his maker, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is under arrest, and Syria's Bashar al-Assad faces a future that looks rocky. But in Philadelphia, City Council members get to rule their districts with an iron hand - at least for now.

Philadelphia is one of a dwindling number of big American cities where local legislators adhere to a courtly tradition called councilmanic prerogative. Like its royal antecedent, the prerogative grants the city's 10 district Council members the right to do as they please in their own patch. Whatever the measure - a history plaque or a major zoning change - the rest of Council will rubber-stamp it, knowing the favor will be returned.

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When Dallas is way behind Philadelphia in anything (especially football games), you gotta know it's really bad here. - BD

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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Reporters Committee urges Texas court to uphold protection for reporting third-party allegations

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a friend of the court brief urging the Texas Supreme Court to uphold a state law that protects journalists who accurately report on allegations made by third parties, even if those accusations ultimately are found to be false. The Texas Association of Broadcasters joined the brief.

In Neely v. Wilson, the court is considering a defamation suit filed by a Texas neurosurgeon against a television station which reported on negative comments about the doctor made by former patients and the Texas Board of Medical Examiners. The doctor claims that laws protecting such reporting run counter to established legal doctrine in every other U.S. jurisdiction. The Reporters Committee, however, disagree with that position.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Dallas City Hall
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Can I buy an "H"?

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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Corruption probe spurs ethics questions at Dallas City Hall


DALLAS — There are new questions about one of the central figures named in a federal corruption probe in Dallas.

News 8 has learned that political consultant and businessman Willis Johnson has been wearing two hats at the same time while doing business with the City of Dallas.

Johnson wears many hats in Dallas, including telecommunications specialist; marketing guru; City Hall lobbyist; and political consultant to the last two mayors.

Now, in the face of a federal investigation, current Mayor Mike Rawlings is calling for greater accountability when it comes to doing business at City Hall.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Dallas City Hall
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Hitler is not happy the FBI is raiding John Wiley Price's office

For those who are offended by the use of Adolf Hitler to illustrate the issues with John Wiley Price, I agree with you. However, there are very few good movie clips depicting Atilla the Hun or Genghis Khan, which I believe are a better model for John Wiley Price than Hitler.

By Avi S. Adelman under Elections , Dallas City Hall
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