Looking into new fracking guidelines, checking in with Penn students’ leftovers

    Good morning, Feeders! Get your free doughnut, grab a beer (it’s beer week!) and kick back with NewsWorks. We’ll keep you in the know today on topics like Philly school funding, fracking, teacher layoffs and art. And yes, beer.

    Beer week starts today, but we won’t bother creating a guide or recommendations for you. We trust you can follow your tastebuds. We will, however, talk about the science of home brewing. Carolyn Beeler has been speaking with some local home brewers about the intricacies of the process.

    Headline after headline talks about teacher layoffs. But notices are still coming and so is summer. Lizz Fiedler is looking for teachers, young and old to talk about the stress that comes with the uncertainty.

    University of Pennsylvania’s Good Will sale is this weekend, in which everything not picked through by Dumpster divers will be sold for charity. Peter Crimmins will do a follow-up report about what’s left. If you want someone’s old hard drive now, you’ll have to pay for it.

    Susan Phillips is working on two very different fracking stories. One detailing more responsibilities for drilling companies and another that’s a bit more . . . cosmetic, shall we say? She’s chasing both angles for us.

    Here’s what’s happening in Northwest Philly right now:

    The Bike Race is coming! The 27th annual TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship will be in Manayunk/Roxborough this weekend. We’ve got a guide for you and NewsWorks Tonight broadcast about just what it takes to climb The Wall.

    The Chestnut Hill East Regional Rail Line will get major improvements. Elevators, station restorations and fresh paint are all in the works, as is $33 million work of upgrades to Wayne Junction.

    The saga continues over Chelten Plaza. A website has gone up to protest both the development on Chelten Avenue and the existing community group that’s been accused of acting too slowly on its own reservations about the development.

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