School District Shelves Plan Doing Away With Split Grades

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One casualty of the newly-approved Philadelphia teachers contract is a district plan to do away with some split grades.

The district’s original plan was to hire 66 additional teachers next year to eliminate split classes in first and second grade. Those are classes where one teacher has both grades in one classroom.

Superintendent William Hite says with limited resources, the district decided during negotiations to put that plan on the shelf.

“We figured the contract was the most important thing to do at his moment,” said Hite. “And then we will continue to work for other ways to reinvest in the elimination of splits.”

Hite says the decision on splits, coupled with one to forgo hiring extra teachers to ease the process of early-year transferring teachers called leveling, will save $45 million over the life of the contract.

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Phillies Agree To Terms With Top Pick Adam Haseley

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies have agreed to terms with eighth overall pick Adam Haseley, the team announced on Wednesday.

Haseley, 21, batted .390 (87-223) with 16 doubles, 14 home runs, 56 RBI, 44 walks, 68 runs and a 1.150 OPS in 58 games for the University of Virginia during the 2017 season.

In addition, the Phillies came to terms with six more of their top 10 selections from the 2017 draft:

RHP Spencer Howard (round 2)

3B/SS Jake Scheiner (round 4)

SS Nick Maton (round 7)

LHP Jhordany Mezquita (round 8)

3B/1B Jack Zoellner (round 9)

RHP Connor Brogdon (round 10)

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Delaware Memorial Bridge To Partially Close For 1st Ever Charity Fundraiser

NEW CASTLE, Del. (CBS) — The Delaware Memorial Bridge has never been used for a fundraiser in its 65-year history.

That’ll change this fall with an event planned to benefit Special Olympics, although officials are going to great lengths to keep problems to a minimum.

A 5K run is scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 1, open to up to 2,500 first responders from throughout the region. Why just them? Primarily for safety’s sake, although Col. Richard Arroyo with the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police says there’s more to it.

“It’s a way to do the run without any cost to the DRBA or minimal cost to the DRBA and it gives the first responders a chance to give back to the community,” Arroyo told KYW Newsradio.

Participants can sign up online starting July 1 at There is a $100 fee and runners will have to produce official ID.

Plans are to hold the event on the northbound span into New Jersey, with all but one lane shut down to cars for three and a half hours.

There’ll be no effect on the southbound span.

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PD: Taxi Driver Shot, Robbed In Fairmount

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A cab driver was shot during a robbery in the Philadelphia’s Fairmount section, say police.

It happened in the 2900 block of Ogden Street, just after noon Wednesday.

Philadelphia Police say the 62-year-old cab driver was shot twice in the leg by two suspects.

The suspects then fled with his cell phone and $400 in cash.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

No arrests have been made.


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Pa. Driver’s License To Get Makeover

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Starting later this year, a new-look for driver’s license will be phased in by PennDOT over the four-year renewal cycle. But that’s not the same as becoming Real ID compliant.

PennDOT spokeswoman Alexis Campbell says some of the main features of the new driver’s license design include a larger photo of the driver on the front and the removal of those outdated magnetic strips on the back.

But Campbell says necessary system and process changes mean it’ll still be a while before Pennsylvania driver’s licenses are Real ID compliant.

“The rollout of Real ID is anticipated to begin in 2019. So these are being piloted right now in the Harrisburg office,” said Campbell.

The redesigned licenses should be available statewide by the end of October.

Meanwhile, the feds have extended Pennsylvania’s grace period for Real ID compliant licenses through Oct. 10 while the state hopes for a longer extension of the deadline.

Without that, PA driver’s licenses will not be accepted for air travel in January.

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Markelle Fultz Impressed By 76ers Fans

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — 76ers fans were out front of the team facility in Camden, waiting for Markelle Fultz to arrive.

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This was Saturday, two before the Sixers officially acquired the No. 1 overall pick, and five days before the NBA Draft.


Fultz, 19, was impressed.

“Crazy. That just shows how much they love their players in Philly,” he told DraftExpress when asked about the support from Sixers fans.


“Embiid and them, coming out, it just shows how good of teammates they’re going to be if I get chance to go there. It was just fun to have them come out. It just made it a little bit better, just knowing that it wasn’t just all of the organization seeing me. It was some of the coaches and stuff like that. So, it was cool.”

The Sixers are expected to select Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday night, adding him to an exciting young core with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Robert Covington.

Fultz’s trainer and mentor, Keith Williams, believes Philly is the best fit for Fultz.

“It’s a chance for all of them to kind of be in college here,” Williams said on 94WIP. “You’ve got basically three big time college-age kids at the pro level, that can kind of grow together. And as you know, all of them gotta prove themselves so nobody can take their foot off the gas. And that’s ideal for Philly.”

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Seth Williams Corruption Trial Focusing On Allegation He Stole Money From Own Mother

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The federal corruption trial of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams continues as the spotlight has been on the accusation that the ripped off his own mother.

The focus so far in Williams’ trial has been on his alleged theft of money meant to pay his mother’s medical bills.

The prosecution, led by a team of three assistant U.S. attorneys, has laid out five separate so-called schemes they allege Williams committed.

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Prosecutors say Williams traded the influence as his position as our city’s top law enforcement officer for bribes, overseas trips, a couch and even a 1997 Jaguar convertible.

However, the focus so far has been on Williams alleged theft of his own mother’s Social Security and pension money earmarked for her nursing home health care.

The government has called four witnesses so far, including the director of admissions and Kathleen DeFriece, the director of accounts receivable for the nursing home.

DeFriece testified Williams was the “responsible party” for his mother, and instead of paying the nursing home for his mother’s care, he used her bank account to pay bills and to purchase items from Old Navy and other retailers.

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The directors of admissions testified she likely does not review every document with each incoming family.

Williams’ defense claims the district attorney was never properly informed of his responsibility.

Williams has maintained his innocence and his defense team says they have a number of character witnesses to vouch for him.

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Frank Nobilo On Travelers Championship: ‘[Players] Have To Hit Shots’

By Dave Shedloski

The Travelers Championship, after a year in which the schedule was rearranged to accommodate the Olympics, has been returned to its customary slot after the U.S. Open. It welcomes one of its strongest fields in memory, with a $6.8 million purse on the line.

Five of the top 15 players in the world are coming to TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, just 10 minutes south of Hartford, along with six players who finished inside the top 10 in last week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills outside Milwaukee. That group includes Brian Harman, who tied for second, and world No. 12 Justin Thomas, who tied for ninth. The others: Xander Schauffele (T5), Charley Hoffman (8), Trey Mullinax (T9) and Brandt Snedeker (T9).

In the top-15 crowd are major winners Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, No. 2 and No. 6, respectively, in the world rankings. Each is making his debut at TPC River Highlands. It will be just McIlroy’s eighth start of the year after battling a rib injury.

Also coming is No. 3 Jason Day, another major winner, who like McIlroy missed the cut last week at Erin Hills. In his two previous appearances, Day has posted five rounds of 67 or better.

TPC River Highlands, a par-70 layout measuring 6,841 yards, is one of the toughest little courses on the PGA TOUR. Its reputation remains intact even though Jim Furyk impressively shot 58 there last year.

CBS Sports golf analyst Frank Nobilo provides his insights on the tournament’s potential storylines.

What is the one thing you like the most about TPC River Highlands?

It’s one of those courses where you can run the tables if you play well. We saw that with Jim Furyk. But you do have to play well. If you do, then you’re going to get 10-12 decent birdie looks, and maybe that can help you build some confidence. But the great thing is it doesn’t dictate one style of play.

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Is there an adjustment for the crowd who just played 72 holes on the longest U.S. Open course in history, almost 1,000 yards longer than TPC River Highlands?

It certainly gives the players a chance after getting beat up at U.S. Open. But there’s not really much adjustment as far as playing. They have to pay attention to a few key holes. And you have to keep your nose clean on those closing holes. This is a great breather for everyone after a tough week, but they still have to hit shots.

Five of the top 15 in the world are competing this week, including No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Jason Day, both winless this year. Day, in particular, has played well here in the past, while McIlroy is making his first start. Good chance to pick off a win?

I think so. They can take a page out of Bubba Watson‘s book. Play smart, use your power when you need to, give yourself looks for birdies. If they get the putter going, they’re going to be in position there at the end.

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Speaking of shutouts, Bubba Watson has won here twice, but is also seeking a victory after a long drought. Why does he do well on this short course?

It’s no surprise to me that he has played well there. If he wins one more, he’s one behind Billy Casper. His ability to shape it around there, but also use his power when he needs it, is a huge advantage. Bubba obviously has a game plan figured out, and he’s very creative with his shot selection. It’s actually a great golf course for him to use all his abilities.

What can we expect this week from Jim Furyk?

When you speak about that, you think of where scoring has been going. We’ve had three sub-60s in less than 12 months. In the last few years, every major scoring record has been broken. Remember, Patrick Cantlay shot 60 as an amateur there, too. As for Jim Furyk, what he did last year will be the furthest thing from his mind. The goal for him would be to shoot mid-60s and then maybe you get more opportunities that make you think you might go lower. He’ll be prepared, and he knows if he wants to win, he has to have a better start than he made last year.

Give us your favorites and dark horses please.

Marc Leishman has played well there, 43 under par the last five years. We know what Rory and Jason are capable of. I expect Bubba Watson to play well as always. I’m curious to see how those top guys do. Chris Stroud is someone to watch; he’s 41 under par there the last five years. Brendan Steele has done pretty well around there, makes a lot of birdies. And it’s a good course for Patrick Reed, too.

Journalist and author David Shedloski of Columbus, Ohio, has been covering golf since 1986, first as a daily newspaper reporter and later as a freelance writer for various magazines and Internet outlets. A winner of 23 national writing awards, including 20 for golf coverage, Shedloski is currently a contributing writer for Golf World and and serves as editorial director for The Memorial, the official magazine of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. He is the author of three books and has contributed to three others, including the second edition of “Golf For Dummies,” with Gary McCord. He’s a fan of all Cleveland professional sports teams, the poor fellow.

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‘The Process’ Video Has 76ers Fans Salivating

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It finally looks like the process is over.

Related: Markelle Fultz’s Trainer: ‘Philly Is Best Place For Him’

The Sixers are expected to select Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick on Thursday, teaming him up with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric to form one of the most exciting young cores in the NBA.

BBALLBREAKDOWN broke down what the Sixers could (will?) look like with Fultz joining Simmons, Embiid, and Saric and it looks lovely.


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Philly PD Teams With PPA To Prevent Possible Threats

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s becoming more and more common: attackers developing and using homemade bombs in high populated areas.

There’s now a new partnership between two Philadelphia entities in hopes of using eyes and ears already on the ground to thwart possible threats.

Philadelphia’s Police Department has teamed up with the Parking Authority to teach parking meter enforcers how to identify suspicious activity.

They held their first training session inside PPA headquarters.

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Detective Joseph Rovnan addresses member of the Police Department and Parking Authority. (credit: Kristen Johanson)

Detective Joseph Rovnan with the Counter-Terroism Unit says, with PPA workers trekking nearly the same routes each day, they can see when something is out of place.

“Something that just stands out about what’s going on in that environment. Someone who seems lost, someone who doesn’t display a tag properly. A vehicle parked unattended. A tag that isn’t displayed properly. A bag left unoccupied on the streets, anything that tickles their senses,” Rovnan said.

The program is in the beginning stages, but more than 200 PPA meter enforcers will be trained and ordered to call 9-1-1 if they see something unusual.

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Lawyer Accused Of Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands In Settlement Funds From Clients

MEDIA, Pa. (CBS) — An attorney is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement funds from his clients.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced Thursday that 61-year-old Gregory Stagliano of Radnor Township stole more than $400,000 in settlement money from nine different clients he represented in personal injury cases.

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Stagliano has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft of services, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and unauthorized practice of law.

Stagliano was arraigned in Media District Court and his bail was set at $100,000.

Stagliano’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 12.

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City Council President Urges Action Following Oh Stabbing

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The attack on Councilman Oh has prompted a call for action from Council President Darrell Clarke. He promises that city council will devise measures to address the city’s violent crime problem.

It was business, not quite as usual, in Councilman Oh’s office as staff, like Matt Persche, rescheduled meetings and went about the day short of sleep but with great relief.

“Throughout the day it’s just been good report after good report, so we’re encouraged by that. We hope he’ll come back to work soon and be with us,” Persche said.

Council members were clearly rattled by the attack, but Council President Darrell Clarke was looking for the silver lining.

“Things like this happen and you try to look for a positive outcome, and hopefully that will be our ability to move forward with a real agenda, a comprehensive agenda, an agenda that has the level of passion that we need to have, all of us, to deal with this issue,” he said.

Clarke says he thinks the city was becoming inured to violent crime.

“Sometimes it takes a high profile incident to get people to focus. I hope we don’t let this level of concern wane over the days when you see the councilman sitting in there voting on legislation and people say, ‘well, he’s okay,’” said Clarke.

Clarke promised legislation at next week’s session to address the city’s crime problem more aggressively.

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