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March 4, 2002 | By Todd Gitlin
We will soon see whether prosecutors have a strong case against four former members of the Symbionese Liberation Army who were arrested last month and charged with a 1975 murder and bank robbery in a Sacramento, Calif., suburb. Perhaps the evidence has gone stale after nearly 27 years, and the prosecution is simply availing itself of a terrorism-averse political climate. But it's a safe bet that many will mislabel the case and tell us that a generation of activists is going on trial.
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August 10, 2010
Science Leadership Academy, a Philadelphia School District magnet high school, has been named one of 10 "most amazing" schools in the United States by a panel of education experts and the staff of Ladies' Home Journal. An article on the schools appears in the magazine's September edition, on newsstands Tuesday. SLA is Philadelphia's only pick on the list, which also includes schools in Boston, Houston, Miami, Denver, Washington, Cincinnati, Fremont, Calif., Brooklyn, N.Y., and Henderson, Minn.
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August 9, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Science Leadership Academy, a Philadelphia School District magnet high school, has been named one of 10 "most amazing" schools in the U.S. by a national publication. SLA, as it's known, was chosen by a panel of education experts and the staff of the Ladies' Home Journal. An article announcing the top 10 schools appears in the magazine's September edition, which hits newsstands Tuesday. SLA is Philadelphia's only pick on the list, which includes schools in Boston, Houston, Miami, Denver, Washington, D.C., Cininnati, Fremont, Cal. and Henderson, Minn.
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May 23, 2000 | By Michael Matza, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With his world crumbling around him, South Lebanon Army Col. Nabil Abu Rafeh sips thick Turkish coffee and talks tough. His Israeli allies are pulling out, Hezbollah fighters are overrunning SLA positions, and SLA soldiers are defecting or fleeing. But Abu Rafeh insists the fight will go on. "The decision has been taken," he says firmly. "I will stay. " For 20 years, Abu Rafeh has commanded SLA fighters in the "security zone" established by Israel inside southern Lebanon as a buffer against cross-border attacks.
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August 2, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy, has shown Bill Gates around the magnet high school in Center City. He was at the Franklin Institute when President Obama handed out accolades to SLA's Class of 2012 and said students' talents in math, science, and technology signaled a bright future for the country. And on Thursday, Lehmann, one of the district's most-honored principals, won a major national award. The McGraw Hill Financial Research Foundation in New York City named him the winner of the Rising Star Prize, one of three in the 2014 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.
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June 1, 1999 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An Arabic literature teacher by profession, a fighter by necessity, 44-year-old Abu Eli last week made the career decision of a lifetime. He turned in his gun, with the hope that he would soon witness a new chapter of peace in the tragic history of southern Lebanon. "I put down my gun, with all my heart, praying that after 20 years of war, we can go on to a new way of living," explained Abu Eli, an elegant man who lounged in a long silk shirt as he sucked on a Marlboro in his shell-pocked stone house.
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August 23, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission last night approved license agreements for five Renaissance charter schools, among other resolutions, during its last meeting before the school year begins. There were spirited speeches, a fair share of boos and frustrated audience members carrying posters criticizing the district, and a well-attended protest outside district headquarters, but last night's SRC meeting was more subdued than last week's emergency session, during which the commission unanimously voted to suspend certain sections of the state public-school code.
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April 30, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shareesa Bollers often seeks out her teachers after class, eager to soak up just a little bit more knowledge. She runs track, gives tours of her school, helps select its new teachers, and is a playwright and actress. "She is one of the most voracious and tenacious learners that we have. She is dogged in her pursuit of understanding," said Diana Laufenberg, a social studies teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and Bollers' student adviser. "She's just a cool kid," said Christopher Lehmann, the Center City magnet school's principal.
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June 13, 2000 | By Michael Matza, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Endless waves lap the shoreline here as Abdullah Khoury smokes cigarettes and waits. But for what? A new life in Israel? A future overseas? A return to his native Lebanon? As a former fighter in the South Lebanon Army, Khoury faces a hazy future. Ten days into his new life as a civilian at an Israeli army rest-and-recreation camp north of Tel Aviv, all he knows for sure is what he left behind - two loving parents, a newly built house, a nice car, and his homeland. He is among 6,000 pro-Israel Lebanese fighters and civilians who fled to Israel when it withdrew its troops last month.
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September 25, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Powel Elementary, a tiny K-4 public school in West Philadelphia, has long been regarded as an oasis in its neighborhood - a safe and strong school where children achieve. But parents often worry: With a dearth of good post-Powel options, what happens after children finish fourth grade? They got a boost Monday when the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) awarded Powel a grant to plan to add a fifth grade and develop a brand-new middle school modeled after Science Leadership Academy (SLA)
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August 2, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy, has shown Bill Gates around the magnet high school in Center City. He was at the Franklin Institute when President Obama handed out accolades to SLA's Class of 2012 and said students' talents in math, science, and technology signaled a bright future for the country. And on Thursday, Lehmann, one of the district's most-honored principals, won a major national award. The McGraw Hill Financial Research Foundation in New York City named him the winner of the Rising Star Prize, one of three in the 2014 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education.
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August 24, 2013 | By Martha Woodall and Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writers
Anger over the Philadelphia School District's funding crisis spilled Thursday from the streets of Center City to district headquarters, where the School Reform Commission held its last scheduled meeting before the start of classes next month. In midafternoon, more than 1,000 protesters, many in red T-shirts and carrying signs and banners, marched from the Comcast Center at 17th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard to the district's offices on North Broad Street. Later, at the meeting inside, parents, students, and teachers told the SRC that they were alarmed by the financial problems and concerned about whether schools could open safely and educate students with fewer staff.
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August 23, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission last night approved license agreements for five Renaissance charter schools, among other resolutions, during its last meeting before the school year begins. There were spirited speeches, a fair share of boos and frustrated audience members carrying posters criticizing the district, and a well-attended protest outside district headquarters, but last night's SRC meeting was more subdued than last week's emergency session, during which the commission unanimously voted to suspend certain sections of the state public-school code.
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September 26, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Powel Elementary, a tiny K-4 public school in West Philadelphia, has long been regarded as an oasis in its neighborhood - a safe and strong school where children achieve. But parents often worry: With a dearth of good post-Powel options, what happens after children finish fourth grade? They got a boost Monday when the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) awarded Powel a grant to plan to add a fifth grade and develop a brand-new middle school modeled after Science Leadership Academy (SLA)
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Powel Elementary, a tiny K-4 public school in West Philadelphia, has long been regarded as an oasis in its neighborhood - a safe and strong school where children achieve. But parents often worry: With a dearth of good post-Powel options, what happens after children finish fourth grade? They got a boost Monday when the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) awarded Powel a grant to plan to add a fifth grade and develop a brand-new middle school modeled after Science Leadership Academy (SLA)
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June 14, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some had tears in their eyes. Some had chills. Some tried to be dignified but couldn't stop themselves from whooping and hollering for the leader of the free world, standing just a few feet away and telling them he was proud of them. To Antoine Smith, graduating from Science Leadership Academy on Monday night and then being in the same room with President Obama on Tuesday night was "surreal. " "I was thinking, 'Yo, that's the man who runs things. This is the dude who runs everything ,' " said Smith, 18, who is headed to Delaware State University in the fall.
SPORTS
February 3, 2012
Bishop McDevitt used seven pins to easily knock off visiting Franklin Towne Charter, 54-21, on Thursday night in the District 12 Class AA team wrestling championship. It's the first District 12 title in any sport for Bishop McDevitt. The Lancers did not win any match by decision, as each of their nine wins came by forfeit or fall. Sophomore Michael Cantwell started the match at 126 pounds with a pin in 2 minutes, 15 seconds over Franklin Towne's Elias Rosa. The Lancers also received pins from Owen Barnes (132 pounds)
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August 2, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gamal Sherif is spending part of his summer break in Washington. The purpose of the Philadelphia teacher's trip is not sightseeing, though. It's sitting in meetings with leaders of the U.S. Department of Education, learning about how policies are made and shaping them at the highest level. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Monday the selection of Sherif and 15 others as Teaching Ambassador Fellows. Sherif will remain in the classroom and participate in the program part-time.
NEWS
August 10, 2010
Science Leadership Academy, a Philadelphia School District magnet high school, has been named one of 10 "most amazing" schools in the United States by a panel of education experts and the staff of Ladies' Home Journal. An article on the schools appears in the magazine's September edition, on newsstands Tuesday. SLA is Philadelphia's only pick on the list, which also includes schools in Boston, Houston, Miami, Denver, Washington, Cincinnati, Fremont, Calif., Brooklyn, N.Y., and Henderson, Minn.
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