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Hite To Announce Action Plan, West Philadelphia Murder Witness Killed, Corbett Gun Control Comments
 
  by: Rebel - Havertown, PA
started: 01/07/13 9:55 am | updated: 01/07/13 9:55 am
 
Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite today presents his action plan to improve Philadelphia schools. His plan has two goals: improving academics and stabilizing finances. He says his academic targets include boosting the 57 percent high school graduation rate, and increasing the average SAT score to 1550 from 1100 now. Financially, Hite plans new controls and he says the district has to stop budgeting on the hope for more money. And he says he’ll present measures by which the public can hold the district accountable.

Philadelphia police say a witness in a murder case was beaten to death Saturday night in West Philadelphia. Police say a half-dozen men attacked 26-year-old Akeel Prout around 10 p.m. along the 500 block of North 55th Street, punching and stomping him before robbing him and fleeing. Prout witnessed the October 2011 homicide of a schoolteacher killed by a stray bullet. Prout initially identified the gunman as 19-year-old Daniel Shelley, but recanted at Shelley’s preliminary hearing, testifying he did not know the defendant and had never seen him. Prosecutors still plan to use Prout’s initial statement at trial. It’s not clear if Prout’s death is related to his testimony in the 2011 case.

Governor Tom Corbett is backtracking from comments made during a radio interview suggesting that he might consider banning the sale of guns on state property. The comment came during an appearance on Harrisburg public station WITF’s “Radio Smart Talk” program. Governor Corbett was asked about why the state allows gun sales at its massive Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, and whether that policy should be changed. In the moment, the governor seemed open to it, saying, after saying “The state is open, I think, to all businesses using the Farm Show, but I’ve never given that one any thought. And it’s a good thing to raise and I will give a thought to it.” But after giving a thought to it Corbett apparently decided against it, a short time after those comments his press office gave a statement saying that there would be no reason to ban gun sellers on public property such as the Farm Show Complex, as they are legitimate businesses whose customers are subject to the same background checks required at retail stores.

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