Happy Thursday, Philly. Anyone else ready for some warmer spring temperatures? I can't change the weather for you (though I, too, would like to put away the hats and gloves). But I can tell you all about yesterday's National School Walkout in our region, good news for Meek Mill fans, and a 320-year-old Philly bridge that needs a makeover. Maybe the morning news will put some spring in your step?
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Thousands of students from across the Philadelphia region, from Center City to Cherry Hill to Allentown and beyond, joined Wednesday's National School Walkout to protest gun violence.
Ever passed over the Frankford Avenue Bridge spanning Pennypack Creek? Then congratulations, you've used the nation's oldest active stone bridge.
As one might imagine, the 320-year-old structure has seen its fair share of wear and tear. So, PennDot is spending a hefty sum to restore its masonry and reinforce its structure.
Yes, that means the historic bridge will close for a few months. But the revamp will hardly be the most interesting event on the structure's resume.
Good news for Meek Mill fans: the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said Wednesday it would not oppose Meek Mill's release from prison on bail.
Why the sudden change? Prosecutors said in a new filing, "There is a strong showing of likelihood of [Mill's] conviction being reversed." That's because of allegations he was convicted in 2008 on false testimony by arresting officer Reginald V. Graham.
Graham — the sole government witness at Mill's trial — was included on a recently disclosed list of police whom the District Attorney's office deemed too untrustworthy to testify.
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