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September 9, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, STAFF WRITER
Ringing giant bells and declaring optimism, School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. and Mayor Kenney formally opened the 2016-17 school year for 130,000 Philadelphia students Wednesday. "Nothing excites me more than the first day of school," Hite said from the steps of Hill-Freedman World Academy in East Mount Airy. The school system is in its strongest position in years, he said, pointing to investments in new textbooks, technology, and other resources not seen in city schools since the advent of a brutal budget crisis several years ago. Kenney, who has made education a centerpiece of his administration, also struck a hopeful note.
SPORTS
September 9, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SOMEWHERE WITHIN the realm of possibility is a scenario in which Sunday's meeting between the Browns and Eagles features the first of many postgame handshakes that Doug Pederson and Hue Jackson will exchange over the next decade. Ten years from now, we might look back and reminisce about this early showdown between the deans of the NFL head-coaching ranks. Funny how it all works out, we might say to one another. At this point, though, the far more likely scenario is that Pederson and Jackson say hello and goodbye on Sunday afternoon and then turn things over to the quarterback who holds each of their fates in his hands.
NEWS
September 9, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
GUESS WHO'S back in Philly - former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes. Yes, you read that correctly. She's home after a nearly two-year stay in federal prison. You'll recall that Tynes famously accepted a $2,000 bracelet during an undercover "sting" operation targeting Philadelphia Democrats from October 2010 to April 2012. After tearfully pleading guilty to a felony count of conflict of interest in 2014, Tynes spent a year and a half in federal custody in Texas.
NEWS
September 9, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, MUSIC CRITIC
Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra are negotiating to regain their place as among the highest-paid members of U.S. orchestras, while management has offered minimal raises in talks over a new contract. Players called the initial five-year offer, particularly in light of proposed work-rule changes, "regressive" and one that "demands concessions from the musicians," such as working more Sunday concerts. Management characterized its first offer as coming "very early in the process," said Ryan Fleur, executive vice president for orchestra advancement, saying such proposals "tend to overexaggerate.
SPORTS
September 9, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
Final record: 5-11. A win right out of the blocks for Carson Wentz? That isn't how things work in Philadelphia. On the other hand, it is against the Browns. But still: Loss National Monday night stage, in his native Midwest. No idea, but let's give this one to the High Plains Ginger: Win Short week, strong opponent, no thanks. You'll see a lot of stories comparing Wentz to 2004 Ben Roethlisberger: Loss With an extra week to prepare, can Jim Schwartz wreak his revenge upon Motown?
NEWS
September 9, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A former property inspector with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections pleaded guilty Wednesday in a case involving the extortion of nearly $4,000 in bribes from three people. John Wright, who left his job at L&I in November 2015, could face up to 20 years in prison for admitting to one count of attempted extortion. Beyond answering routine questions from U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, Wright said little during his court appearance. He declined to comment afterward.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
The Food and Drug Administration has cited the former Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. drug-manufacturing plant in Northeast Philadelphia with "significant violations" of good manufacturing practices for pharmaceuticals. The FDA sent a "warning letter" to the plant's new owner, Frontida BioPharm in Exton, which on June 3bought manufacturing plants at 1100 Orthodox Street in Philadelphia and in Aurora, Ill., along with 15 pharmaceutical products. Financial terms were not disclosed. The FDA last year inspected the Orthodox Street facility, between June 15, and July 17, 2015, then owned by Mutual Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Sun Pharma.
NEWS
September 8, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
The FBI's Philadelphia office has a new chief. The agency said Michael Harpster, an FBI veteran of nearly two decades, has been appointed as special agent in charge of the Philadelphia division. Harpster, who joined the FBI in 1997, was most recently special agent in charge of the New York field office's criminal division. Throughout his FBI career, he has held leadership positions in Newark, N.J., and the counterterrorism and criminal investigation divisions, the agency said.
NEWS
September 8, 2016
It says a lot about the state of the Philadelphia School District that the big news on opening day is that its 130,000 students will actually have new textbooks. But given the perpetual financial crisis that the city's public schools have been mired in the last few years, just buying books is a positive development worth celebrating. After all, this is a school district that has gone several years without librarians, school nurses, guidance counselors, or assistant principals in many of its schools.
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