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City Hallways (July 29) Red bikes here, there, everywhere

Seeing Red

I've been seeing red rental bikes all over the city lately. I took this picture at Delaware Park. It had one bicycle rented out. Later that same day I saw red bikes that had been rented locked up on Hertel Avenue and Main street.

A phrenology fee?

The Brown Administration is talking about eliminating some charges for youth teams using city ball diamonds and fields,  while keeping and adding some new fees for adult teams.

It's supposed to be spelled out in September.

But meanwhile,  I thumbed through a document listing  all city fees for various permits and licenses.  Interesting read.

Who would  have thought the city has a $26.25  fee to get the permit required for parachute or  skydiving exhibitions?

Or that pool halls pay a $31.50 license fee per pool table?

Ditto for bowling alleys - per alley that is.

There's a $52.50 fee for a grain drying license; and a $10.50 outdoor performer license fee.

And  a $105 fee for a phrenology license.

I looked up phrenology, which appeared to be a discredited pseudo science that once theorized a relationship between brain shape and size, and character and mental abilities.

The School board election date question

City Hallways previously reported that School Superintendent Kriner Cash declined to take a position on the Common Council's call for moving school board elections to November.

As a follow-up, School Board member Hope Jay has gone on record supporting holding school elections in  November.

Philly Files

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd as she arrives on stage during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention. (Getty Images)

History made in Philadelphia last night as  Hillary Clinton accepted Democratic Party nomination to  run for president of the United States. (Getty Images)

Buffalo News reporters Bob McCarthy and Jerry Zremski on final day of the DNC

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