For months, I’ve advocated for detailed annual audits of the nearly $3 billion the Philadelphia School District spends. Despite efforts by City Controller Alan Butkovitz to make that happen, those audits still have not taken place. Yet when I spoke with Dr. William Hite, the district superintendent, in a radio interview nearly nine months ago,…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday November 19 1. Nearly 50 killed within 24 hours in multiple Nigerian terror attacks Multiple attacks less than 24 hours apart left at least 49 dead in Nigeria on Wednesday, a day after Boko Haram was named the world’s deadliest terror group. At least 15 were killed and more than 100 wounded Wednesday in…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Tuesday October 20 1. Campbell convicted of manslaughter in collapse deaths Philadelphia demolition contractor Griffin Campbell was acquitted of murder but convicted of six counts of involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 collapse of a Salvation Army thrift shop in Center City that left six dead and 13 others injured. The Common Pleas…

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When I was a child, the start of the school year was a time of giddy anticipation. That was many years ago, before perpetual deficits and the slow erosion of public trust made books, and then students, and then dozens of underutilized schools disappear. Sadly, the excitement that should accompany the start of a new…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday July 9 1. New charges in Charleston church shooting: Attempted murder  The man accused of killing nine people attending Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston has been indicted on three new charges of attempted murder, prosecutors said Tuesday. Dylann Storm Roof, 21, already had been charged with nine…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday May 27 1. Cleveland, DOJ announce changes in police force  The city of Cleveland and Department of Justice announced Tuesday how they are moving forward on agreed changes to the city’s police force. The consent decree is the next step after the city agreed to changes last year following a scathing report from DOJ…

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Is the Philadelphia School District up for sale? It seems to be the central question facing taxpayers in the wake of a $35 million offer from the non-profit Philadelphia Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP). Most of the money —$25 million—would go to fund new charter school applications that the School District says it can’t afford to…

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RIGHT NOW, at least in Philadelphia, people who would normally get really mad if you told them “you throw like a girl” are taking it as a compliment instead. That’s because the hottest pitcher in the city is a 13-year-old girl named Mo’ne Davis. Davis, who became the first Little Leaguer to grace the cover…

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