The big story as one local television station would say is that Judge Idee C. Fox today ordered that library branches slated for closure could not be shut down without City Council approval, leaving Mayor Nutter and his administration contemplating their next move.  From Philly Clout:

City Solicitor Shelley Smith just told PhillyClout that her department will file an appeal of the order just issued by Common Pleas Court Judge Idee Fox that put an immediate stop to Mayor Nutter's plan to close 11 library branches as of 5 p.m. tomorrow.
"The city needs to appeal this ASAP because of the finances," Smith said. "The city needs to appeal this because of the principle."
— The closures were part of Nutter's plan to close a $1 billion-plus gap in the city's five-year financial plan.

The dispute over principle is not whether libraries should or should not be closed but whether an ordinance passed in the 1980s, on which the Judge based her ruling, is in fact valid.

Other coverage of this story includes:

WHYY's It's Our City (with an audio report)

KYW 1060 AM

6 ABC (AP story with Channel 6 video from previous library stories)


NBC 10

Philly Future with statement from Coalition to Save the Libraries

Library Journal

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