A City Council committee voted 15-2 yesterday to keep alive the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, siding with municipal unions who like it and not with voters who hate it.

Council continues to tinker with legislation that would require some businesses in the city to provide sick leave for employees.

The School Reform Commission agrees to Mayor Nutter's demand for more information while education gets a high-profile look in the city and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman laments that she wants her old job-for-life back.

And is old-time-religion, played at seriously high volume, the cure for drug dealing?