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Archive for November, 2011
A third-grader in Cleveland has been removed from his parents and placed into the foster-care system because the child weighs more than 200 pounds. Too heavy for a third-grader, for sure, but does his obesity reflect child abuse, the grounds under which he was removed? Harvard researchers define “inadequate or unskilled” parenting that results in the obesity of a child as grounds for consideration of that child’s removal from the home.
No one’s sure how William Penn and Thomas Holme came up with the plan for Philadelphia. Philadelphia: A 300-Year History surmises inspiration from garrison towns in Ireland and the rebuilding of London after the 1666 fire.
With all due respect, Pope Benedict XVI either lives in an alternate reality or needs better PR handlers. His comments over the weekend to U.S. bishops about the sex abuse of children showed a continued disconnect with the church’s mishandling of this ongoing scandal. The pope referenced the church’s “conscientious effort” to confront sex abuse by priests.Uh? Perhaps the pope meant to say conscientious cover-up.
Police Evict Occupy Philly. Some 50 protesters were arrested overnight after Philadelphia Police enforced the eviction of Occupy Philly. Most of the demonstrators cooperated with police when asked to leave Dilworth Plaza. A mass of Occupy Philly protesters spent the night marching around Center City. Police officers followed, making arrests when necessary. The ordeal ended with a minor standoff by the Inky building on North 15th Street where most of the arrests were made. [Inquirer]Victim One in Jerry Sandusky Trial to Testify Early. Victim One in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case may testify as early as December 13th in
Jason Babin—one Eagle actually living up to expectations in 2011—was a Seattle Seahawk for 2007 and part of 2008. He didn't like the way he was treated by the organization and intends to demonstrate his displeasure on the gridiron this Thursday. Tavaris Jackson should be worried. Very worried. [Inquirer]
To say that the past few months of sports have been brutal would be analytically dismissive. It’s not as if our favorite team lost and we’re pissed about it. A more apt description of the past few months would involve some sort of metaphor comparing the current Philadelphia sports landscape to the Biblical apocalypse.
Yes, really. Ackerman was given $905,000 on a silver platter before being chased from the Philadelphia School District by parents and citizens wielding torches and pitchforks. But, apparently $1 million didn't do the trick because the former superintendent has filed for unemployment. The $905,000 buyout and $86,700 for unused vacation time were issued in addition to her $6,669 weekly salary. [FOX 29]
Penn State has named women's volleyball coach Russ Rose, professor John Nichols, associate athletic director Charmelle Green, faculty athletics representative Linda Caldwell, and Ira Lubert, the head of a private investment firm, to a committee in charge of replacing Joe Paterno for next year's football season. The committee will be headed by new athletic director Dr. Dave Joyner and will consider all applicants, including interim head coach Tom Bradley. [FOX 29]