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Plus: Poor people don't need health care, students don't need science, Villanova needs a damn win, and more of what Philly’s talking about this morning

Upper Darby Pizzeria Proprietor Plays To Win, Loses. The cops say he tried to infest a competing pizza shop with mice. If their report is to be believed, such criminality is not his forte. [Inquirer]

41,000 Poor Pennsylvanians No Longer Have Health Coverage. Citing budget problems, Governor Tom Corbett axed adultBasic, and the program has expired. The uninsured will now have to wait until the Medicaid expansion in 2014—unless, of course, Corbett gets his way and the national healthcare law is struck down, too. [Newsworks]

Philly Students Suck At Science. Our fourth graders scored 19 percent lower on science than the national average; our eighth graders, 20 percent. [Daily News] RELATED: A report from the city’s Commission on Human Rights says the District has not addressed systematic problems with racial and ethnic violence, which, in turn, hinders student learning. [Inquirer] ALSO RELATED: Superintendent Arlene Ackerman received a one-year contract extension that will keep her here until 2014. Yay? [Newsworks]

Villanova Cannot Suck Enough. After starting 16-1, the Wildcats have lost three in a row and five of their last seven, including a whuppin’ at the hands of seventh-ranked Notre Dame last night. Late February is not a good time to collapse, fellas. []

City Council To Debate Paid Sick Leave. Legislation from Councilmen Clarke and Greenlee would force Philly employers with more than 11 employees to offer up to nine (!) paid sick days a year. Mayor Nutter is reportedly not quite sold. [Daily News]