A Philadelphia first grader collapsed in his classroom at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia Wednesday and died two hours later, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
The 7-year-old boy was the second student to die in the Philadelphia’s public schools this school year. A sixth grader died in October 2013 from an asthma attack that started at school. In both instances, the schools’ part-time nurses were not on campus. Continue reading
In Philadelphia, more than a quarter of all residents live below the poverty level, the highest rate among U.S. cities its size or larger. In our series on the growing divide between the rich and poor, Judy Woodruff talks to Mayor Michael Nutter about the complex, intergenerational factors that fuel poverty and what his city’s designation as a “Promise Zone” will mean for combating inequality. Continue reading
Two terminally ill children with end-stage cystic fibrosis are at the center of a battle about organ transplants. In Philadelphia, a federal judge decided that both kids, who are younger than 12, must be made more of a priority on a waiting list for adult lungs. Ray Suarez gets analysis from Arthur Caplan of New York University. Continue reading
Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor who performed late-term abortions, has been found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder and one for involuntary manslaughter. At his sentencing, Gosnell could receive the death penalty. Ray Suarez talks with Maryclaire Dale of the Associated Press. Continue reading
President Obama visited Minneapolis to launch a push for tighter gun control. Gwen Ifill talks to Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey and Bruce Hartman, sheriff of Gilpin County, Colo., about the differences of gun cultures in rural and urban settings and protecting citizens from crime while protecting their rights. Continue reading
Arlen Specter served in the U.S. Senate for nearly 30 years, during which he served as a Democrat and Republican. As a moderate, he frequently ignored party lines, speaking his mind on issues from judicial appointments to health care reform and stimulus spending. Kwame Holman remembers Specter who died from cancer at age 82. Continue reading
A Philadelphia priest was jailed Friday for how he handled sexual abuse claims, marking the first U.S. church official to be convicted of such a crime. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Barbara Blaine of Those Abused by Priests, and Thomas Plante of Santa Clara University. Continue reading
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is featuring an exhibit of vintage medical posters that advertise cures for all kinds of ailments. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the advertisements-turned-art. Continue reading
In other news Tuesday, police in Yemen opened fire on demonstrators, injuring at least 50 as protests continued across the Middle East. In Bahrain, three Shiite groups said they formed a movement to turn the Sunni monarchy into a republic. Coptic Christians in Egypt rallied in Cairo for an end to discrimination against them. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown’s extended interview with Jennifer Higdon and Hilary Hahn’s performance of Bach’s Sarabande in D minor.