Evaluating New Jersey school funding, blending science with art

    It’s that time of day — time our NewsWorks Tonight preview. We won’t give away all the goods, but we’ve got some great coverage, including a look at what’s ahead for former Sen. Vince Fumo.

    Fumo’s lawyers are heading to court tomorrow to fight for a conviction appeal. Susan Phillips will tell us all about it.

     

    The New Jersey Supreme Court today ruled Gov. Chris Christie must give $500 million to low-income school districts to offset the severe cuts he initially made. Christie says he won’t defy the decision, but will leave it up to the legislature to determine how to appropriate the money. We’ll hear about where the money could come from. Maybe that extra tax revenue the state is expecting?

    Researchers use zebrafish to study cancer, but sometimes a fresh perspective can change your appreciation for something. Carolyn Beeler and Peter Crimmins teamed up to talk to scientists and artists about their dual approach to the fish that resulted in a “science fair by painters, performers and video artists.”

    The rapture did not come, but is it still on its way? Chris Satullo will talk to John Zimmerman of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania about the history of the end of the world. It’s the first in a series as part of NewsWorks’ partnership with the Historical Society.

    And we’re the 27th fittest city according to the American College of Sports Medicine. But back in December, Men’s Health ranked Philadelphia dead last in its national health rankings. Something tells us these rankings aren’t quite scientific.

    You can hear all that and more during our 6 p.m. broadcast on 91 FM. You can also listen live online, and catch the podcast later.

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