February 21, 2002
Here's an A-plus for the U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday on whether teachers should be able to have schoolchildren grade each other's work. The court ruled - in agreement with educators and the Bush administration - that it's reasonable for teachers to use peer-grading as a way of advancing class lessons. "It is a way to teach material again in a new context, and it helps show students how to assist and respect fellow students," wrote Justice Anthony M. Kennedy for a unanimous court.
February 13, 2016
It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing so. In the coming days, the Supreme Court, by deciding to hear a case from Connecticut, can begin limiting a contemptible government abuse that the court's passive deference to legislatures has encouraged. The case concerns a minor economic activity, teeth whitening, but a major principle: Can a state limit Americans' opportunities by restricting access to particular professions for no reason other than to promote the enrichment of people entrenched in those professions?
June 26, 1988 |
Whitpain residents at odds over a request for floodlit signs identifying a new housing development have agreed to compromise with a sign that will be lighted until the zoning board's September meeting. "This is a test case," said zoning board Chairman Thomas Thistle during the meeting Thursday. The board voted, 3-0, to approve the temporary lighted sign at Norristown Road and postponed its ruling on the request until September, after residents have had time to consider the sample sign.
August 15, 2013 |
WE DON'T know a lot about the Eagles' defensive coaching staff, good, bad or indifferent. But watching Vinny Curry might tell us something. Seeing what he did in the first exhibition game, and where he goes from here, and how they manage to fit his explosive first step into an ever-changing scheme, might be an interesting test case for what kind of coaches they are. "The coaching staff obviously has got a plan for me, and I'm just very humble to...
July 23, 1989 |
Neighbors were far from pleased when they learned last summer that Horizon House Developmental Services had picked their Bucks County neighborhood for two new group homes for the mentally retarded. They packed Upper Southampton Township meetings to complain. Vandals threw a brick through a window at one of the homes. Neighbors picketed next to its front lawn. The group homes were really institutions, they contended, and didn't belong in their neighborhood, a collection of well-tended, mostly one-story homes built about 35 years ago. Without proper supervision, the mentally retarded residents might stray into their swimming pools, they said.
April 23, 2000 |
The latest wrinkle in a convoluted saga that involves politics, hard feelings, and government regulation could now cost Warminster enough money to warrant a standing line in its annual budget. The U.S. Justice Department has received so many complaints about poor disability access in township-owned facilities that it is making Warminster the test case in Pennsylvania for compliance, officials said. Many of those complaints have come from one person, fired four years ago from her job as a part-time coordinator for the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. Now, said Township Manager Robert Camarata, the agency will probably force Warminster to drastically increase efforts to make township-owned facilities accessible to the disabled.
August 18, 1999 |
Bill Vogt, a sunbather who is challenging the right of local police to enforce a nudity ban on a federally owned portion of Higbee Beach, lost the first round yesterday. But the municipal judge who found Vogt guilty of violating a local ordinance against public nudity and a state administrative regulation restricting access to a portion of Higbee Beach said the defendant had laid the proper groundwork for a test case. "I find he was on federal land that day," Judge Peter Tourison said in court.
October 7, 2002 |
A Chester County couple never intended to become a test case for spousal abuse. It happened anyway. A state Supreme Court ruling last month threatened Kellie Kirkner with jail if she did not testify against her husband in a domestic-violence case, setting a state legal precedent that drew mixed reviews. The spotlight remained on the Kirkners last week as a county jury heard graphic details about a 1999 altercation that prompted the legal scrutiny. After less than a half-hour of deliberations on Thursday, the jury of seven women and five men acquitted Joseph P. Kirkner 4th, 29, of Lincoln University, of simple assault.
March 19, 2012 |
Lee Benson, 90, cofounder in 1983 of what is now the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, died Feb. 10 at Springfield Hospital in Delaware County, of complications from a fall. The Netter Center works with 50 Penn faculty members to teach 1,600 Penn students each year to help mostly West Philadelphia High School students get into and succeed in college. "Our purpose is to improve learning in the schools and the quality of life in the community," said Ira Harkavy, the center director.
February 21, 1986 |
A New Jersey Supreme Court justice, upholding the state's professional- sports regulations, yesterday refused to allow a women's mud-wrestling troupe to perform in South Jersey nightclubs last night and tonight. Nevertheless, the Chicago Knockers, a traveling team of women who perform in bathing suits on muddy mats, will keep their scheduled appearance in Pennsauken tonight, according to their promoter. Instead of wrestling, the women will do "aerobics in the mud. " "Officially, the show's still on," said Steven Kudatzky, attorney for the Knockers, who were en route to New Jersey from Florida yesterday.