In case you hadn't noticed, we're in the middle of another heat wave. Heat indexes are expected to climb into triple figures this week and Philly public schools will close early today and tomorrow. Think those students are lucky for leaving early on their second day of school? Wait until you read about the ones living at Stockton University's beachfront residence hall. Warning: details on the new Atlantic City campus may cause jealousy.

— Aubrey Nagle (@aubsn,

Students are heading back to college this month, but none of them may be quite as pleased with their dorm rooms as those headed to Stockton University’s brand new Atlantic City campus.

That's right, more than 500 students will be studying at the beach and waking up to ocean views each morning. Must be nice.

But it's not all fun in the sun. Stockton is hoping the expansion will boost their rep, A.C.'s future, and New Jersey's retention of college students.

Last month, a federal judge temporarily blocked a Texas group from posting more blueprints for 3D-printed guns on its website. On Monday, the judge decided that ban would stand until a case brought against the group is resolved.

The initial release of the files, which allow anyone with a 3D printer to create a working gun without passing a background check, caused outrage last month. Gun-control groups and Democrats scrambled to halt their release after the State Department lifted a years-long ban on posting the files.

Over the weekend, the Vatican’s former top diplomat to the United States and a staunch critic of Pope Francis alleged in an 11-page letter that Francis knew of an American cardinal’s sexual misconduct years before he stepped down this summer.

But tucked into that letter was a reminder of the shaky history between the pontiff and Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

According to the letter, Pope Francis allegedly took a swipe at Chaput a few years ago. Some see hints of palace intrigue in Chaput's response to the slight.

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Wes Matthews of Leadership Science Academy is the new Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate.
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Wes Matthews of Leadership Science Academy is the new Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate.

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Congrats, Wes Matthews! The accomplished Science Leadership Academy student just became Philly’s sixth youth poet laureate.