The Inquirer reports this morning that school officials weren’t aware of the investigation into the “Main Line Take Over” high school drug ring until hours before authorities announced 11 arrests and the seizure of drugs, weapons, and cash in the case.
Newsworks reports: “A new poll finds that two-thirds of New Jersey residents believe the state is not back to normal 18 months after Superstorm Sandy. Just one in 12 of those who say the recovery isn’t complete are optimistic that it will be in the next year, according to the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll out Wednesday. And 13 percent don’t think the state will ever return to normal.”
Quietly, verrryy quietly, something big has happened in Philadelphia: City Hall made it illegal to fire or discriminate against anyone who happens to be pregnant — in fact, employers must make “reasonable” accommodations to help their pregnant workers thrive.
Suddenly, Republicans are worried about media consolidation. And it’s hilarious.
The GOP, you see, is very nervous about Philly-based Comcast and its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The Washington Free Beacon — a conservative publication — this week ran an article featuring conservative fears that the merger could be bad for democracy.
The argument goes like this:
- The merger would result in a single company that dominates the market for local TV advertising: Following the merger, Comcast would own majorities in cooperatives that sell local ad time to national, regional, and local advertisers.
- Comcast execs give most of their political donations to Democrats.
- Thus, Comcast might very well skew the advertising market to Democrats, raising ad rates for Republicans and giving their buddies the pick of the limited ad crop.
“Given that Comcast owns some control of each aspect — national, regional, and local — they could actually grant favors to particular political candidates,” an anonymous advertising executive told the publication.
6ABC reports: “Some Martin Luther King High School football players are about to hit the big time. Not in the NFL, at least not yet, but on ESPN. The MLK Cougars are the focus of a documentary, We Could Be King, that will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this week. Cameras followed the players throughout their season as budget cuts forced King to merge with rival Germantown High.”
KYW Radio reports that the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and its allies are seeking a November ballot question that would dissolve the School Resource Commission. The SRC — features a mix of state and city appointees, with a majority appointed by the governor — has been in existence since 2001, when it was created during a state takeover of Philadelphia schools.
We’ve been telling you from the beginning that the Main Line Takeover kids are ripe for Hollywood. God bless Rachel Mersky and her friends for agreeing:
— Rachel Mersky (@themersk) April 22, 2014