New sentencing hearing for Abu-Jamal, Philadelphia Courts want more money

    Well things have certainly developed since our morning news chase, and that development’s name is Mumia Abu-Jamal. He’s the highlight of our Tuesday recap, along with some other noteworthy (and not noteworthy) headlines.


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    Abu-Jamal has been granted a new sentencing hearing by a U.S. appeals court, as Susan Philips reports. Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, and his case has been in the headlines ever since. His murder charges still stand, but his death sentence will be revisited.

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    The feds have gotten involved in the Christina, Del., Race to the Top funding debacle. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan supports the Delaware Board of Education’s decision to freeze funding to the Christina School District on the grounds that the district did not fulfill its funding requirements.

    Quick hits:

    If you were waiting for one of Philadelphia’s agencies to tell City Council, please, give us less money, keep waiting. The Philadelphia Courts want more money — $5 million more, to be exact — because its officers are overworked. Additional funding is not guaranteed.

    Wanna see Philadelphians get excited? Throw a bunch of free Flyers T-shirts at them. Lizz Fiedler grabbed this video while at Reading Terminal Market today.

    Lots of buzz:

    People are still talking and tweeting about our discussion on the transportation mashup in Philadelphia. Use our poll to tell us how lawful a biker you are, or weigh in to discuss messy intersections in the city that make walking, biking and driving a hazard.

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    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has delayed its vote on whether to privatize toll collections starting this summer. The delay keeps 700 toll collectors in limbo.

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