Daily Dec Roundup – Feb. 23rd, 2015

Market Street Salvation Army building collapse, June 2013. Photo: Jordan McLaughlin/AP

Market Street Salvation Army building collapse, June 2013. Photo: Jordan McLaughlin/AP



Despite horrific Market Street collapse over one year ago, demolitions continue without permits

Alfred Lubrano, The Inquirer

– Little more than a year after a botched demolition triggered a Center City building collapse that killed six, a demolition company took down nearly half a block of buildings in Philadelphia’s Fairmount section without obtaining the required permits, an Inquirer investigation has found.




District appeals to PA Supreme Court on teachers contract decision

Dale Mezzacappa, Newsworks

– The School Reform Commission is asking the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that the SRC lacks the authority to cancel its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and spend the savings on programs in the schools.




Ex-Corbett picked Open Records officer: Independence key to PA open records job

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press

– The Pennsylvania state legislative aide who is trying to retain his appointment as the state’s open records czar said Monday the public won’t have confidence in the Office of Open Records if the governor can fire the executive director for any reason.




Opinion: No amount of gussying-up at the Philadelphia Zoo can disguise the truth: It’s animals behind bars

Sandy Hingston, Philly Mag

– Last month the Philadelphia Zoo announced plans to build a “Gorilla Treeway” for its primates, to allow them to swing from branch to branch to branch inside caged walkways outside their “enclosure,” a.k.a. cage. The Gorilla Treeway joins the Big Cat Crossing as the zoo’s latest attempts to stave off general public recognition that zoos, well, suck.

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