Afternoon News Roundup – January 28th, 2013


Despite what the Newspaper Guild calls significant concessions with Interstate General Media, which owns the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer, IGM continues to insist they have the right to lay off long-time employees. This violates the union contract’s seniority clause, and “is fucking insulting, and not going to fly,” says Guild president Bill Ross. City Paper has the latest.


The Philadelphia School District now faces a federal civil rights investigation for the closing of eight public schools in 2012, reports The Inquirer. A Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) study points out that roughly 80% of the 15,000 students who will be affected by the SRC’s planned closing of 37 schools are African American.


Since 2008, the number of Philadelphia residents eligible for food stamps has increased by 37%. The Philadelphia Tribune reports that 31% of people in Philadelphia now qualify for the program.


Hidden City Philadelphia asks: Where has all the money gone for our parks? They have some stunning numbers.


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