Reactions to education funding cuts and priest allegations

    Good morning, and happy hump day, Feeders! Today’s all about angles. We’ll be bringing you extensive coverage of the ongoing church abuse allegations, and of education cuts in Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget. Plus other news, of course.

    SNAP will be distributing leaflets outside the Cathedral this morning, which is also where Cardinal Justin Rigali is holding an Ash Wednesday service. Lizz Fiedler will be there, along with multimedia producer Kim Paynter. We’re working on getting the names of the 21 priests named in the latest round of abuse allegations.

    Tom MacDonald, Shai Ben-Yaacov, Scott Detrow and Karen O’Toole are on today’s WHYY unofficial school budget committee. They’re covering responses from school districts in Philadelphia and the suburbs, as well as from Penn State and Temple universities — all of which can expect to see funding cuts on Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett.

    Tom MacDonald is also covering an afternoon hearing of Philadelphia’s Parks Department about “amending chapter 15-100 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Parks,” by prohibiting the transfer or conversion of outdoor public park and recreation land in the City to other uses or to third parties unless certain procedures and requirements are met.”

    Carolyn Beeler is already off to Malvern where Corbett is on hand for the official opening of a Microsoft Technology Center with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and General Manager Karen Del Vescovo, as well as Drexel University and Penn State Abington students and Vanguard Chairman and CEO Bill McNabb.

    Peter Crimmins is finishing up his feature on alternative arts performance locations, and a slot license approval for the Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, L.P.

    Time to Feed the Feed, readers. Tell us what concerns you about the Pennsylvania budget and the other stories we’re chasing today.

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