Shelter From the Storm

May 22, 2008

Philadelphia Weekly reports, “The foreclosure crisis hits home for kids, says one Dobbins freshman who’s seen it close up.”

Source: Shelter From the Storm

Girls’ Gains Have Not Cost Boys, Report Says

May 22, 2008

The New York Times reports, “The American Association of University Women, whose 1992 report on how girls are shortchanged in the classroom caused a national debate over gender equity, has turned its attention to debunking the idea of a ‘boys’ crisis.'”

Source: Girls’ Gains Have Not Cost Boys, Report Says

Half of states’ schools face steep achievement requirements

May 22, 2008

USA Today reports, “Pink slips for principals and teachers. School-funded tutoring for poor kids. Schools are increasingly looking at those kind of consequences for failing to raise math and reading scores.”

Source: Half of states’ schools face steep achievement requirements

City, NRA to face off on gun laws

May 20, 2008

The Daily News reports, “A Common Pleas Court judge will consider legal arguments from the city and the National Rifle Association today on whether five local gun-control laws passed last month should be enforced.”

Source: City, NRA to face off on gun laws

Where Industry Once Hummed, Urban Garden Finds Success

May 20, 2008

The New York Times reports, “Amid the tightly packed row houses of North Philadelphia, a pioneering urban farm is providing fresh local food for a community that often lacks it, and making money in the process.”

Source: Where Industry Once Hummed, Urban Garden Finds Success

Census considers rewards for data

May 20, 2008

USA Today reports, “Doing your civic duty would literally pay off if the Commerce Department and Congress decide to dangle prizes to get people to answer Census questionnaires in 2010.”

Source: Census considers rewards for data

Philly To Take Europe’s Lead With SmartBike

May 19, 2008

CBS 3 reports, “Three centuries after William Penn mapped out its streets for horses and carriages, Philadelphia will soon learn if it has enough brotherly love—and fear of rising gas prices—to fuel what could be the nation’s largest bicycle-sharing initiative.”

Source: Philly To Take Europe’s Lead With SmartBike

Crowded city jails may get worse

May 19, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “As a crackdown on crime continues in Philadelphia, city officials are concerned it will only exacerbate a crisis in city prisons.”

Source: Crowded city jails may get worse

New breed of American emerges in need of food

May 19, 2008

USA Today reports, “Philomena Gist understands why it hurts so much to be on food stamps. After all, she’s got a master’s degree in psychology.”

Source: New breed of American emerges in need of food

City eyes North Jersey jail to ease jam here

May 16, 2008

The Daily News reports, “Two weeks after civil-rights attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit over Philadelphia’s jammed, junky jails, city officials have one potential solution in the works: Transfer inmates to a jammed, junky jail 100 miles away.”

Source: City eyes North Jersey jail to ease jam here

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