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Hundreds March on School District; Archdiocese to Sell Part Seminary; Police Shot Standoff Victim
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 03/07/13 6:39 pm | updated: 03/07/13 9:15 pm
 
Hundreds of friends, family, and students marched on Philadelphia school district headquarters late this afternoon. The protestors blocked the streets outside while several were arrested inside attempting to block the doors of the auditorium. The School Reform Commission was planning on holding a meeting to vote on a final decision regarding the closure of 27 schools. Philadelphia Police say that 19 were arrested for disorderly conduct for blocking the doors to the auditorium, including Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers national union.

The SRC voted tonight to spare 4 schools, and close 23. See list at the bottom.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput announced today that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to sell or lease part of the campus of St. Charles. Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion. The plans include giving up several buildings and up to 45 acres on the “college division” section of the property. Current college division operations and the enrolled seminarians will be moved up to the “theology division” side of campus over the next few years as renovations are completed. The “upper campus” is about 30 acres and will accommodate 200 seminarians and hundreds of full time students after the renovations.

Bucks County investigators have determined that the shot that killed 89-year-old Marie Zienkewicz during the February 19th stand-off between Warminster police and her up-stairs neighbor Andrew Cairns was fired by law enforcement. Police responded to the Jefferson on the Creek apartments at 675 East Street Road because Cairns threatened to kill himself. Cairns fired at police and they returned fire. Although the bullet that killed Zienkewicz came from a police officer's gun, Cairns will be charged with her murder for starting the incident. After a long standoff he eventually surrendered. Cairns is charged with homicide, attempted homicide, assaulting a police officer, eight counts of aggravated assault, nine counts of recklessly endangering another person and related offenses..

SEE ALSO: Police Standoff in Warminster

A man faces rape and robbery charges in Philadelphia today after he allegedly attacked a woman in Center City last night as they were attempting to enter the SEPTA subway stations near 15th and Market. Police say 42-year-old Rafiq Smith pushed a 54-year-old woman to the ground, stole her cell phone and $87, then sexually assaulted her. This happened after the two were seen trying to enter the subway station but denied entry by the cashier around 10:30 and before the woman reported the crime at 11:45 pm at 12th and Market. Smith is charged with rape, robbery, sexual assault, theft, simple assault and other offenses.



 
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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 03/07 6:40 pm
 
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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 03/07 9:15 pm
 
STAYING OPEN:

TM Peirce Elementary School, 2300 W. Cambria Street
Taylor Elementary School, 3698 N. Randolph Street
Roosevelt Middle School, 430 E. Washington Lane
Robeson High School, 4125 Ludlow Street

CLOSING:

Reynolds Elementary School, 1429 N. 24th Street
Whittier Elementary School, 3001 N. 27th Street
Pratt Elementary School, 2200 N. 22nd Street
Ferguson Elementary School, 2000 N. 7th Street
Fairhill Elementary School, 601 W. Somerset Street
LP Hill Elementary School, 3133 Ridge Avenue
Fulton Elementary School, 60 E. Haines Street
Kinsey Elementary School, 6501 Limekiln Pike
Smith Elementary School, 1900 Wharton Street
George Washington Elementary School, 1198 S. 5th Street
Abigail Vare Elementary School, 1621 E. Moyamensing Avenue
Wilson Elementary School, 1300 S. 46th Street
Leidy Elementary School, 1301 Belmont Avenue
Pepper Middle School, 2901 S. 84th Street
Sheridan West Academy, 3701 Frankford Avenue
Vaux Promise Academy, 2300 W. Master Street
Carroll High School, 2700 E. Auburn Street
Douglas High School, 2700 E. Huntingdon Street
Germantown High School, 40 E. High Street
University City High School, 3601 Filbert Street
Bok Technical High School, 1901 S. 19th Street
Lamberton High School, 7501 Woodbine Avenue
Shaw Middle School, 5400 Warrington Avenue
 

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