Ballot challenges begin, Temple students prepare to leave Japan

    Happy Friday, Feeders, and happy warm weather! Enjoy it while it lasts. Things are slowing down a bit as the weekend rolls in, but we’ve got a few great features we’re working on in addition to your daily dose of Feed.

    Tom MacDonald will bring us more coverage today of the challenges to Milton Street, Marian Tasco, Marge Tartaglione and Frank Rizzo. Attorney Dennis Cogen (you may remember him as the lawyer to Vince Fumo) will be representing Rizzo.

    Time permitting, Tom’s also covering the state budget discussion at Temple University, where those affected by cutbacks will speak out this afternoon.

    Lizz Fiedler is finishing up a piece that you should look for Monday about rebranding the duck boats. She’s also been talking to the District Attorney’s office about the cases involving the improperly calibrated breathalyzer used in 400 drunken driving charges.

    Today, Lizz will follow up with Temple as students at the university’s Japan campus prepare to fly home tomorrow. About 200 U.S. students are still there, but the evacuation of the Tokyo facility is not mandatory.

    Jen Howard will bring us more information on the latest round of Borders closings, which includes the Center City store. Once a hot spot for blind dates and expensive cups of coffee, the store’s been lost among the myriad coffee shops.

    Susan Philips will talk to undocumented young people born in America who will rally tomorrow in support of the DREAM Act. Susan is also looking at the nuclear levels risk in Japan, which is nearing to the risks posed by Three Mile Island disaster.

    Peter Crimmins will bring us a roundup of local Japanese arts events. Both the International House and Philadelphia Orchestra are donating money from their already-scheduled Japanese events to relief efforts in Japan.

    Taunya English is looking for more details on a study that suggests stricter parents produce slimmer kids. We’ll hear from a program at Temple that helps moms teach their kids portion control.

    And what exactly can iodine do? As people on the West Coast fear radiation from Japan, talk about iodine to treat the effects is increasing. Taunya aims to find out exactly what iodine can do and how effective it can be.

    Feed the Feed: What caught your eye this morning, and what stories would you like to see that aren’t on our list?

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