Good morning, Philly. Hope this Friday the 13th brings you good luck (or at least a cheap tattoo). This month marks the one-year anniversary of the grisly Bucks County murders of four young men that gripped the nation and a search that ultimately led to Cosmo DiNardo and his parents' Solebury Township farm. The grief is still fresh for the victims' families, who spoke with reporter Erin McCarthy in a rare interview on how they are grappling with the unthinkable. In other news, Gov. Tom Wolf has announced plans to combat the teacher shortage in Pennsylvania, pumping $2 million into college residency programs in hopes to stem the tide.
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It's been a year since the grisly murders of four young Bucks County men and ensuing cover-up of the crime on a Solebury Township farm captured the attention of the region and nation.
Pennsylvania used to license more than 14,000 new teachers annually. Now, it issues certificates to fewer than 5,000. The commonwealth is aiming to do something about that, announcing $2 million in grants toward developing and implementing educator residency programs at various in-state colleges.
And while the teacher shortage and high turnover rate is a national problem, Pennsylvania is looking to stem the local tide, developing the residencies in partnership with a least one high-needs district and including clinical experience and intensive supports.
When Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola was being scouted in college, the prevailing opinion was he'd be a middle-of-the-rotation starter.
Next week, he'll be the Phillies' sole representative at the All-Star Game. What did the scouts get so wrong?
Well they didn't predict his ability to adapt and adjust. And they may have underestimated the evolution of his change-up from a seldom-used pitch into a legitimate weapon.
Putting our foot down on the fact that that's one good shot, @kapchur3.
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A Philadelphia program is putting learning on the menu, aiming to teach English alongside cooking to immigrants.