Philly Principals Are Hungry for Money

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If you want to get a better idea of the financial squeeze Philly’s public schools operate under, just take a look at how some of them were going to use money freed up by the SRC’s unilateral cancellation of the teachers’ contract.

Central High School was going to hire teachers.

Commodore John Barry School was contemplating the same.

And Greenfield Elementary? More paper and pencils.

Those plans are on hold now that a judge has halted the School Reform Commission’s decision this week. Before that happened, though, the SRC announced that the cancellation had freed up $15 million — money that had previously been spent on health insurance premiums for teachers — to give directly back to schools, to be used as they choose. (A spreadsheet of each school’s cash expected disbursement can be found here.) And the principals were happy to choose.

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Landlord: Jon Gosselin Abandoned a Kitten After I Evicted Him

AP-jon-gosselin-andy-kropa-invision-ap-400Recently, Jon Gosselin was evicted from his Wernersville, Pennsylvania, home after bouncing rent checks. The owners say he was reneging on the rent-to-own contract he signed with them last December.

Now, they’re talking even more. In an article tastefully titled “EXCLUSIVE: Jon Gosselin Hits Rock Bottom, Star magazine reports Gosselin not only left the house a dump after being evicted, but abandoned a tiny kitten there.

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Chris Christie Tired of Hearing About Minimum Wage

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With the Pennsylvania governor’s race a complete snore — even the most optimistic Republican poll still gives Wolf a 7-point edge — we turn to New Jersey to see what’s up with Gov. Chris Christie.

When we last left him he was arguing with a retired cop on the “Ask the Governor” radio show. Yesterday, at a fundraiser in Washington, Christie said he was tired of hearing about the minimum wage.

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Good News, Sixers Fans: Draft Lottery Reform Voted Down

The NBA’s owners have voted down NBA draft lottery reform, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Reform would have punished teams like the Sixers that have and will spend several seasons at the bottom of the NBA in order to get multiple shots at top players.

Owners voted for the change, 17-13, but it needed 23 votes to pass.

It’s a shocking vote, as draft lottery reform was expected to pass easily, with only the Sixers and Thunder opposed. Just yesterday the Sixers had “given up” attempting to prevent lottery reform from passing.

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Committee of 70 Names New CEO

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Election watchdog group the Committee of 70 has named David Thornburgh as its new CEO. He has been the Executive Director of the Fels Institute of Government at Penn for the past seven years.

“Thanks to David’s strong background in public policy and economic development, we are confident that he is the right person to lead Seventy into the future,” Committee of 70 board chairman Michael Carbone said in a statement.

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Bankruptcy Judge Calls Two People “Apes” in Courtroom

A U.S. Bankruptcy judge called two people “apes” in her courtroom, the Daily News’ Ronnie Polaneczky writes in her column today.

Polaneczky was at a status hearing where 15 defendants, along with city consumer advocate Lance Haver, could state their complaints in front of Jean FitzSimon, the judge who handled the bankruptcy of Autosource. When Autosource went bankrupt, lender Avangard repossessed some cars it had the titles to — even though the buyers were current on loans and these cars weren’t on a list of autos FitzSimon approved for repo.

FitzSimon said the hearing was so the people who have had their cars repossessed could meet Avangard’s attorney. As a federal bankruptcy judge, FitzSimon had no standing. But the people arriving at the hearing thought this was a chance to get their cars back. Whoops.

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WATCH: Dirt Bike, ATV Riders Mourn Deceased Kyrell “Dirt Bike Rell” Tyler

As the funeral service concluded for Kyrell Tyler, the 23-year-old dirt biker who was shot and killed in Southwest Philadelphia on October 14th, a lot beside the church began filling with smoke. Hundreds of dirt bikes, motorcycles and ATVs were revving up for one last ride to honor Tyler, known as “Dirt Bike Rell” on social media; they had gathered outside Tindley Temple United Methodist Church and waited for their cue. When the motorcycle hearse exited south onto Broad Street, the riders followed in single file, then prowled about Philly in tribute of the slain dirt biker (see video above).

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Pa. Supreme Court Cancels Justice McCaffery’s State-Provided Internet, Takes His Computers

There’s a lot about the temporary removal of Justice Seamus McCaffery from the court that almost makes you want to send pornographic emails at work. He’s forbidden to work and he still gets paid? That’s the American dream! Can everyone get that deal just by sending pornographic emails?

But not everything’s great for McCaffery in this deal. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has canceled McCaffery’s state-provided Internet at his home and ordered him to turn in his state-issued computers. Not having computers or Internet in Northeast Philly basically means you live in the late ’80s.

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Daughter of State Senate Candidate John Kane Calls Him a Liar

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The State Senate battle between Democrat John Kane and Republican Tom McGarrigle for the 26th District seat in Delaware and Chester counties is one of the most hotly contested and most negative races in the entire state, with Kane, the head of Plumbers Union Local 690 since 2007, and McGarrigle, a Springfield businessman, both pumping cash into television ads. You’ve probably seen Kane’s “Homework” ad. It’s one of those campaign advertisements that shows off a politician’s pretty family — in this case, Kane’s wife and their four children — and has them raving about what a great dad he is. But one person who saw that ad wasn’t very impressed: Kane’s 32-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Read more »

Another Guilty Plea in Main Line Drug Ring

main-line-drug-bust-mugshot-timothy-brooks-400x400Timothy Brooks, who prosecutors have charged as second in command in the Main Line drug ring, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five of the 13 counts against him. The other counts are expected to be dropped at sentencing.

Brooks, 19, say prosecutors, was one of the two ringleaders of the drug ring that sold marijuana and other drugs to students at Main Line high schools and colleges. Prosecutors say Neil K. Scott was more culpable in the scheme, but Brooks is the one who coined the phrase “Main Line takeover project.”

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