(UPDATE) High School Parts Ways With Assistant Coach Connected to Beating

[Update 1:55 p.m.] The archiocese has released a statement saying the assistant coach was not fired, but resigned when confronted about the matter. The archdiocese has also released a statement of support from Archbishop Charles Chaput for the school.

The following statement came from Stephanie Brophy, associate director of communications for the archdiocese:

I have a clarification on this matter. I am just being informed by Archbishop Wood High School that the coach resigned when confronted about the matter. Had he not done so, he would have been terminated.

Also, a statement from Archbishop Chaput is below for you.

“A key part of a Catholic education is forming students to respect the dignity of every human person whether we agree with them or not.  What students do with that formation when they enter the adult world determines their own maturity and dignity, or their lack of it.  Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian.  A recent beating incident in Center City allegedly involved, in some way, a part-time coach at Archbishop Wood High School.  After inquiries by school leadership, the coach was contacted regarding the matter and he resigned. Archbishop Wood’s handling of the matter was appropriate, and I support their efforts to ensure that Catholic convictions guide the behavior of their whole school community, including their staff.”

[Original] Multiple news outlets are reporting that Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster has fired an assistant basketball coach in connection with last week’s beating of a gay couple in Center City.

The school, earlier on Wednesday, issued a public statement decrying the incident.
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Faculty Member Suspended Over “Redskins” Ban

This isn’t heavy-handed at all: Neshaminy school officials have suspended a faculty member because the students who run the high school paper refused to permit the school’s mascot — the “Redskins” — be used in an op-ed.

The paper’s student editor was also removed from her job for a month.
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City Voters Will Get Say on SRC Future

City voters will get their chance to weigh in on the future of Philadelphia schools in November: City Council today approved a non-binding referendum on whether the state-controlled School Reform Commission should be dissolved and the schools returned to local control.

Advocates publicly asked Mayor Michael Nutter to sign the bill today, but it wasn’t immediately clear if he would.

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Council Passes Tweaked Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Marijuana decriminalization is one step closer to reality.

City Council today approved a revised decriminalization bill aimed at ending arrests for possession of small amounts of pot. Instead, offenders would be issued a $25 ticket — and have their stash destroyed on the spot, potentially. Persons caught smoking in public would be fined $100, but could erase that fine with community service.
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Drexel Renames Law School After Thomas R. Kline

Thomas R. Kline, center. Photo: Courtesy of Drexel University.

Thomas R. Kline, center. Photo: Courtesy of Drexel University.

The Legal Intelligencer reports that Drexel’s Earle Mack School of Law is being renamed — the newly rechristened Thomas R. Kline School of Law is taking on the name of the Philadelphia litigator who just donated $50 million to the school.

It’s the largest gift ever given Drexel, and one of the largest ever given any law school. Read more »

Interview: When Women Lead Newsrooms

Diana Lind, editor-in-chief at NextCity.org. Photo by Inna Spivakova.

Diana Lind, editor-in-chief at NextCity.org. Photo by Inna Spivakova.

It’s not easy to find a woman leading a newsroom. Yes, women do ascend to the top spots of newspapers and magazines — but sometimes, as in the case of the New York Times’Jill Abramson, they leave the position just as quickly as they ascended. In fact, there are fewer women leading major newsrooms now there were a decade ago.

One person who has noted the trends — and bucked them — is Diana Lind, editor-in-chief of Philadelphia-based NextCity.org, a website devoted to urban issues around the world. She doesn’t just lead the staff — she shares the masthead with four other women in the website’s top spots.

The result? An online publication that covers the nitty gritty of economics and urban transportation, but also features stories about the political roles that mayoral first ladies play, and an upcoming piece about transgender cops.

Lind spoke to Philly Mag recently about women in the newsroom. Some excerpts from that conversation:

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