Friends and Family of Old City Beating Victim Speak Out, Police Search for Suspects

Plus: Philly celebrates the life and dream of Martin Luther King Jr., the Catholic church may be opening schools in the city, the Roots sign up for a Super Bowl party, and more of what the city is buzzing about today

Police Search for Suspects in Old City Beating Death. Philly’s violent start to 2012 continued with the brutal beating of a 23-year-old in Old City early Saturday morning. His mother and friends remember him and speak out in hopes of finding the men responsible. Police are investigating and looking for witnesses to the attack. [CBS 3]

Philly Preps for MLK Day of Service. He had a dream and now 85,000 in the Philly area will take some time to honor that vision. [6 ABC]

Archdiocese Considers “Mission Schools.” The Archdiocese of Philadelphia may be planning to close 49 of the area’s Catholic schools, but a recent recommendation may have new schools popping up in different neighborhoods in the city. [Inquirer]

SNL Bit Has Ricky Gervais Host the PHS Flower Show. The PHS International Flower Show made an appearance on SNL this weekend. [Gossip Cop]

The Roots to Play Super Bowl Fan Party. The Legendary Roots Crew will play Rolling Stone’s Volkswagen Rock & Roll Fan Tailgate Party in Indianapolis with Jane’s Addiction just before the game. [Rolling Stone]

Huntsman Drops Out of GOP Race. And then there were five—plus Stephen Colbert. [Philly.com]

Joe Paterno Spoke. Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post sat down with the former Penn State coach for his first interview since being fired in November. [Washington Post]