Archive: September, 2013
Here's your quick look at five stories to keep on your radar today:
1. Government shutdown: The federal government appears to be headed toward its first shutdown in nearly two decades, if President Obama and leaders in Congress can't work out a fiscal plan. Obama and Democratic leader say they will only accept a bill that funds the government without dismantling any parts of Obamacare.
2. Coatesville texts saga: Two Coatesville Area School District employees who exposed racist and sexist text messages sent by the district's former superintendent and athletic director have faced harassment from other administrators, a lawyer for the pair says.
Happy Friday. Here's a quick look at five stories to know about for the weekend.
1. Nonprofit grocery store: The first nonprofit supermarket in the country opens Saturday in Chester.
2. Ex-priest arrested: A former Philadelphia priest has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing an altar boy between 1998 and 2001. Rev. Robert L. Brennan, who was an assistant pastor at Resurrection of Our Lord parish in Rhawnhurst at the time, was arrested at his Perryville, Md., home, and is being extradited to Philadelphia to face charges.
Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:
1. Genius grants: Several people with ties to the Philadelphia region have been named MacArthur Fellows.The 24 winners of the so-called "genius" grants being announced today will each receive $625,000 no-strings-attached funding over five years. Grant recipients connected to the Philadelphia region are: Jeffrey Brenner, a Camden primary care doctor and advocate; Angela Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist; Karen Russell, a novelist who previously lived in Philadelphia and has taught at Bryn Mawr and Rutgers-Camden; and Julie Livingston, a public health historian and anthropologist at Rutgers.
2. Less time at the Shore: A poll being released today shows that many New Jersey residents spent less time at the Shore than usual this summer. Nearly 40 percent of respondents in the Monmouth University-Asbury Park Press survey said they didn't go to the beach as much this summer. Many were deterred by worries that Superstorm Sandy-damaged businesses hadn't reopened.
Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:
1. Casino hearing: Philadelphia officials will present their views to the state Gaming Control Board today on the six applicants for the city's second casino. Six groups are vying for the license. Check out Philly.com's complete coverage of the casino bidding process.
2. Racist texts in Coatesville: Coatesville Area School District board members are set to vote tonight on whether to accept the resignations of former Superintendent Richard Como and athletic director Jim Donato, whose racist and sexist text message exchanges surfaced over the weekend. Parents in the district say the pair should be fired, rather than allowed to resign.
Fall started this weekend. Kick off your first autumn work week with a look at five stories we're following today:
1. Coatesville resignations: Are racist text messages behind the recent resignations of the superintendent and athletic director of the Coatesville Area School District? The Chester County District Attorney is investigating the messages between former Superintendent Richard Como and ex-high school athletic director Jim Donato, which reportedly used racist, lewd and sexist language.
2. Villanova expansion: Radnor Township officials will vote tonight on Villanova University's expansion plan, after the board of commissioners rejected the school's first proposal in May.
Happy Friday. Here's a quick look at five stories to know about before the weekend hits.
1. Pot protest: Marijuana activists are planning another rally at Independence Mall this weekend, and federal prosecutors are warning of "serious penalties" for those who violate drug laws at the Old City site.
2. No house-arrest party for Fumo: Former State Sen. Vincent Fumo had planned a get-together for this weekend at his Fairmount mansion, but plans for the party have now been nixed. Fumo is serving house arrest after his release from federal prison. The event was canceled after prison officials weighed in with concerns.
Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:
1. Horse racing in Pa.: Saturday is Pennsylvania Derby Day, the biggest day in the state for horse racing. But who funds the horse industry in the state and the purses that will go to this weekend's winners? A Philly.com examination of money in the Pennsylvania horse industry found that -- due to a law chiefly written by the industry itself -- the funds primarily come from the tens of thousands of slot-machine patrons at Pennsylvania casinos. The amount slots players have sent to the horse industry over the past six years? $1.5 billion.
2. Poverty in Philly: The poverty rate in Philadelphia declined last year, while the need for food stamps rose, according to Census Bureau data being released today. Philadelphia remains the most impoverished of America's 10 largest cities, with a poverty rate of 26.9 percent. The percent of households needing food stamps rose to 26.3 percent in 2012. The data was released as the U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote on a measure to cut food stamps.
Here's your daily look at five stories we're following today:
1. Gun control: The mass shooting this week at the Washington Navy Yard spurred renewed calls for new gun-control measures. But both Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, who cosponsored a background-check plan earlier this year, said they're unlikely to bring up the bill again.
2. Pa. schools grading system: Pennsylvania education officials are set to outline a new grading system for the state's public schools today. The new School Performance Profile will replace the "adequate yearly progress" standard and be based on data that includes attendance, standardized testing participation, graduation rates and closing the achievement gap.