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February 6, 2014 | By Joey Cranney, For The Inquirer
  After a career in football, Aaron Ruff wants to move to California and work for Apple. "I love their technology," Ruff said in a phone interview last week. "I love how it's set up. I've had an Apple since I was in eighth or ninth grade. " He had been talking about computers for at least five minutes in a mature baritone that couldn't have belonged to the 6-foot-4-inch, 295-pound 18-year-old from Olney. But when Ruff talks, you listen. He said his intellect is part of what has enabled him to make the four-year transformation at Imhotep Charter from an oversize tackle to a four-star right guard who will likely headline Temple's 2014 recruiting class, which is scheduled to be announced Wednesday as part of national signing day. The Owls are expected to sign six defensive backs, four wide receivers, and at least six other position players, with commitments from six offensive and defensive linemen combined.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A SWARM of protesters who gathered outside Central High School yesterday morning in anticipation of Gov. Corbett's first visit to a district-run Philadelphia public school found a bit of irony: a no-show governor. Corbett, who has been criticized for cutting nearly $1 billion from education during his time in office, abruptly canceled the appearance. Instead, he held a news conference at his Center City office, claiming he did want to cause a distraction. "I don't run from anything," Corbett said.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 17-year-old student was taken into custody Wednesday morning after he was found with a loaded handgun in his backpack at the KIPP charter high school in West Philadelphia, police said. The teenager, whose name was not released, was being held at Southwest Detectives on Wednesday evening, and authorities expected him to be charged with a firearms offense, possession of an instrument of crime, and bringing a weapon to school. Lt. John Walker said the teen was involved in a fight with another student Wednesday morning at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy at 5070 Parkside Ave. After the fight was stopped, the other student told security staff the teen was carrying a weapon in his backpack, Walker said.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie's call in Tuesday's State of the State address for lengthening the school day and year drew initial support, but it also raised some questions - and some eyebrows. His proposal came one day after he vetoed a popular bill that would have allowed a study of full-day kindergarten - an inconsistency to some observers. Others wondered where the money and resources to support a longer day and year would come from. And still others questioned whether any changes would be a collaboration between the state and local districts or whether they would simply be imposed.
NEWS
December 25, 2013 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most area school districts were closed Monday for winter break, though a few, including Philadelphia, scheduled a regular day of classes. Not that it was a regular day at many schools. "We watched Home Alone and Home Alone 2 ," said one teacher at Philadelphia Learning Academy North, a district alternative school in Feltonville. And while some teachers planned full lessons, others did crafts, handed out work sheets, or gave pupils the opportunity to make up missed work.
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It was all Nicole Munger had been thinking about for a while - game day. So you can imagine that, when the morning of the first contest of the Central Bucks West girls' basketball season arrived, it was hard to pay attention during school. Especially with the junior guard and the rest of the Bucks clad in their black-and-gold travel suits, high-fiving one another as they passed in the halls, getting encouraging words from fellow students between classes. Friday night, the Bucks took all of the energy and excitement surrounding the season and turned it into a nonleague victory over host West Chester Rustin, 71-55.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Halloween has been called off at one Montgomery County school. Why, though, is up for debate. In a letter to parents Tuesday, Inglewood Elementary School principal Orlando Taylor said he canceled parades and parties to comply with district policy. Quoting district regulations, he wrote that holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving are viewed by some to have "religious overtones. " And the Constitution, he wrote, bars the endorsement of religion in schools. But after some parents at the Lansdale school complained, North Penn School District officials said Taylor had missed the point.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The blueberry muffins are Calvin Bell's favorites, but Monday's apple muffins, plus accompanying pears, clearly hit the spot for the Camden sixth grader and his classmates, who were tucking into their school-provided breakfasts served up during homeroom. "A-OK," was Calvin's verdict. "Delicious. " Last year, his school, Camden's D.U.E. Season Charter School, greatly increased the number of students served the morning meal, according to a new report, by turning to "breakfast after the bell" - offering free and reduced-priced breakfast after the school day's start instead of before it. Calvin, 11, gave the practice a thumbs-up, too. "When you don't eat, you concentrate on your stomach," he said.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Our daughter came into the room to model her outfit, a sweet top and circle skirt, as she might for one of her first days of elementary school. Except it's not. It is her last first day of school. She is thrilled. We are, decidedly, less so. As a friend said of her son over the weekend, "He's still a junior until school starts. " And then school starts, a moment of annual delight that has been rendered bittersweet. This is our second child, our last. Her brother left two autumns ago. The parting was easier knowing she was still around.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Samantha Melamed, For The Inquirer
Come September, most kids can count on one thing: the start of school. But many families make sure their students-to-be can rely on something else: a personal back-to-school tradition. From baked goods that serve as tokens of parental support to those first-day-of-class photo sessions, moms say it gives them and their kids something to look forward to each year, and helps just a little to ease the first-day jitters. Mimi Larkin has a great deal of experience with the subject: 14 years to be precise.
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