Philadelphia bugdet talks continue, legislator visits the School District

    Good morning, Feeders, and happy Monday! We’ve got budget meetings in City Hall today, and a continued look at violence in Philadelphia schools. Stick with us for details on both, plus many more stories.

    Tom MacDonald is covering today’s budget meeting, as well as a Rep. John Taylor’s visit to the School District to talk about legislation surrounding the Office of the Safe Schools Advocate, which closed in 2009.

    Susan Philips is heading to Delaware City where the Delaware City Refinery Company has funded an air quality test. The refinery’s closing and re-opening will give residents a chance to test the air quality before and after operations resume.

    St. Joe’s Prep Mock Trial team competed Saturday in the semifinal round of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide Mock Trial Championships against three other teams. Karen O’Toole will see how the team fared.

    For the third time, Camden hopes to impose a curfew. The most recent legislation calls for businesses to close at 11p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends — all part of the effort to curb crime. Shai Ben-Yaacov will bring us more details.

    Peter Crimmins is heading to Camden to check to the “Waiting Room Reader” at Cooper. The bound anthology includes poetry and fiction and is meant to give impatient patients something better to do than read issues of Highlights and outdated celebrity gossip mags.

    Peter will also give us a preview of the Friends of the Barnes’ fight to prevent the opening of the new museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Legal proceedings resume tomorrow.

    Carolyn Beeler is hoping for a tour of a New Jersey nuclear plant, now that the state’s nuclear task force is doing some preliminary studies this week. She’ll also talk to experts about full body scan radiation. The airport scanners have some travelers worried, but some say the amount of radiation coming from the scans is minimal.

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