Rick Mariano back in City Hall, bills would change sex abuse statute

    Happy hump day, Feeders!  Rick Mariano is back in City Hall, so it’s sure to be an interesting day. We’ve also got more coverage on the Archdiocese and news out of Japan.

    Tom MacDonald is a busy guy this morning. He’s covering an ex-offenders hearing, where former City Councilman Rick Mariano will talk about how hard it is for people with criminal records to get jobs. Mariano was released from prison last fall after being convicted of corruption.

    Lizz Fielder is following legislation that would widen the window for the statute of limitations on child sex abuse, or eliminate the statue altogether. She’s also covering today’s announcement of another priest abuse charge.

    Susan Philips is making some calls to the Pennsylvania State Education Association, whose president is asking its affiliated teachers to accept a salary freeze in response to budget cuts and deficits. Also on the education front, Susan is looking into a report that indicates high school graduation rates in the state are dropping. She’ll take a better look at the numbers.

    Peter Crimmins is on day two of mural restoration. Today, an inmate-painted mural will be removed from Eastern State Penitentiary to be restored and eventually put back.

    How are workers at Japan’s nuclear plants holding up? Carolyn Beeler is looking into the precautionary measures taken at the plants to prevent harm to the workers, and what risks they face.

    Changes to the ADA’s accessibility law went into effect yesterday. How are recently built public spaces in Philadelphia faring? Carolyn will check in with a few new spots to see if they comply.

    We’re chasing those stories and more today, and filling in the gaps with the Feed. Stick close for updates.

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