Outpouring of Support for Arlene Ackerman

Plus updates on the Kensington strangler, a tax credit that might help you get a job, the latest Jennifer Carroll gossip, and more of what Philly is talking about today

Ackerman Praised. At yesterday’s School Reform Commission meeting, dozens of elected officials, community activists, retired school personnel lauded the controversial school superintendent for “tearing down the ‘old boys network’ of minority exclusion in business contracts.” Missing from the list of supporters? Teachers and students. [Daily News]

The Search for the Kensington Strangler Continues. And everyone’s got a story about it. Catch up on the details [Inquirer] and then read from the perspective of a former prostitute [Newsworks], current prostitutes [Daily News],  and the father of the first victim [Philadelphia Weekly].

Jury Selection Delayed in Perzel Case. The State Representative’s corruption case is stalled so defense attorneys can sift through 1.8 million paper documents and thousands of  digital documents. [Philly.com]

Philly Offering Tax Credit for New Jobs. Companies will receive a $3,000 credit against their business privilege tax bill for each job created in 2012 and 2013, in addition to those created in 2010 and 2011. [MyFoxPhilly.com]

Forman Mills Thriving. Despite the tough economic climate, the discount clothing retailer, is doing well enough to invest $100,000 in improvements for their Pennsauken store. No word on whether they’ll be doing anything about those obnoxious commercials. [The Courier-Post]

Jennifer Carroll Eliminated From Top Chef All-Stars. But she went out with Philly attitude — even Tweeting about the episode as it aired. [Twitter]

Philadelphia History Museum Selling Artifacts. To raise money for renovations, the museum has sold more than 2,000 items — an ethically questionable means of fundraising. [New York Times]