Priests try to keep parishes together, an activist is remembered

    Happy Friday, Feeders! The big news stories today are a bit of a downer, but we’re chasing all angles in an effort to keep the end of your week upbeat.

    Tom MacDonald will reach out to the Employment Policy Group, which today is discouraging City Council from passing legislation that would mandate paid sick leave for all Philadelphia businesses. The group says reduced hours and cuts in benefits will be side effects of paid leave.

    Lizz Fiedler is continuing her coverage of the Archdiocese and the 21 priests recently put on leave. She’ll talk today to a priest who hasn’t been accused of abuse who hope to keep his congregation faithful, and to a women who devotes her time to two agencies that help abuse victims.

    Shai Ben-Yaacov is trying to see what the situation is at Temple University’s Japan Campus, where students are studying in Tokyo amid this morning’s earthquake.

    Carolyn Beeler is working on a feature about evolving cancer treatments, as well as the news of federal oversight of Johnson & Johnson’s Lancaster plant. McNeil and the company’s Fort Washington plant need to address violations.

    Peter Crimmins is going to remind us all who Kathy Change is. The activist died after setting herself on fire in West Philadelphia, and now a composer has dedicated a piece to her that will be performed this weekend.

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