Temple has hired doggies from Therapy Day International to help students during exam period, which starts on Tuesday, December 10th. Though they may be asked to take tests as well, their primary function will be to provide therapy for stress-out students.
Oh my dear Wawa. I love your coffee. I love your hoagies. I love that I can leave my house and be at two of you within 10 minutes.
But you’re far from perfect. I hate that you closed down some of your shore locations because they couldn’t sell gas. I hate that you took so long to repair those shore Wawas after Sandy.
But most of all, I hate Wawa parking lots.
Philadelphia is a city of many national firsts. First zoo. First computer. First row houses. First stock exchange. First lending library. First volunteer fire squad. First paper mill. First public parks. First Thanksgiving Day parade. First department store (Wanamaker’s). And now, we learn that the world’s first selfie was taken in Philadelphia.* Read more »
Friends of the Rail Park have released a beautifully-shot promo/fundraiser video for their exciting Reading Viaduct project, which if realized, would span from NoLibs to the berth of Fairmount Park, by the Art Museum. (The first phase, slated for construction in 2014, would turn the old viaduct, north of RTM, into Highline-esque green space.) The only thing that would make this video more visually appealing is if Ed Rendell had used a lint brush before appearing on camera. C’mon Ed!
Rutgers-Camden Law School, which already suffers from a bit of reputational lag, won’t be looking much better after today’s news. The school has been fined $25,000 for admitting students who take tests other than the LSAT to get in.
Between 2006 and 2012, the law school admitted dozens of students who took tests other than the LSAT. In 2009, the bar association sent a memo to all accredited law schools clarifying its policy requiring the LSAT, except with prior arrangement.
But Rutgers-Camden continued to admit students who did well on other tests…Over the six years, students accepted with non-LSAT tests made up an average of 6.7 percent of the first-year class, the bar association said.
The school says it did so in part to accommodate applicants who applied after it was too late to take the LSATs. [Inquirer]
A 51-year-old woman from Warren County, NJ, died in May at a hospital after experiencing fever and headaches. Now we know why. The cause of death was a rare disease called the Powassan Virus, caused by a bite from an infected tick.
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First came the Black Friday stun gun fight at Franklin Mills Mall. Then came Wednesday’s violent brouhaha at Philadelphia’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in, yep, Love Park. And now, to continue the tradition of Christmastime malevolence, we bring you a pair of yuletide bandits who, according to police, stole Christmas decorations off of a home in South Philadelphia, which I’m pretty sure is a capital offense in that particular neighborhood. Read more »
Since Diane Sawyer first visited Strawberry Mansion high school last May, Nightline reports, several positive developments have occurred. One, the school is no longer on the city’s “persistently dangerous” list. Two, for the first time ever, it’s got a football team. (Go Knights!). Here’s the video of Sawyer’s follow-up, which aired last night.