04162014 - Permanent security officer assigned to Rollins School

LAWRENCE — A permanent security officer will now be on duty at the Rollins Elementary School after a neighbor described as “armed, belligerent and threatening to kill” got into the Howard Street school on Friday.

Hector Muniz, 38, of 429 Howard St., was held without bail yesterday. Police said he went into the Rollins School, armed with a gun and made threats to commit murder. He allegedly got into the school behind a delivery person and was stopped first by school staff.

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Retiree Rally at the Capitol

Retirees and activists from AFT-WV joined with other retired public employees for a rally at the Capitol on April 15, 2014. The Coalition of Retired Public Employees (CORPE) staged a rally to garner support for a tax exemption for a portion of a retired public employee's  pension. A similar measure for retired police and firemen is already in place in the state.

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Adjunct Symposium on April 19

Join us at Media Mobilizing Project on Saturday, April 19 for a day long symposium on our work of teaching Philly students across the 53 metro area colleges and univserities. We already have registrants from dozens of universities around Philly so we expect a rich and lively event with panels, guest speakers and community events. Come and meet your colleagues from across Philly!

Register here!

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04142014 - Riley unveils city's new school budget

LAWRENCE — There will be two dozen additional teachers and full-time staff working in the classrooms of Lawrence Public Schools at the start of the new academic year in September.

The school district will also be spending nearly $5-million more in investments for additional classrooms, staff salary increases and additional needs for schools which have been considered underfunded, according to a preliminary budget released by Superintendent/Receiver Jeffrey C. Riley. This will reflect the recent three-year contract ratified by the Lawrence Teachers Union.

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04142014 - FIRST 100 DAYS - Rivera on the fast-track to remaking Lawrence

LAWRENCE - An aide cracks open the door to Mayor Daniel Rivera’s corner office at City Hall, interrupting his meeting with state probation officials and acting city Police Chief James Fitzpatrick, and motions him to the hall outside.

The mayor steps out. After a moment, he reopens the door and calls Fitzpatrick out of the meeting.

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04142014 - Shooting, arrests cause move to protect students

LAWRENCE — A city school was briefly put on lockdown yesterday after a man tried to approach the school with a gun.

The Rollins School, at 451 Howard St., was placed on lockdown, but all students and staff were reported safe, said police Chief James Fitzpatrick.

It all started when a Rollins School employee thought he saw a home invasion in a building near the school and called police to report it.

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