DAILY GRINDER: Rick Santorum, Angry Landlord

Imagine Rick Santorum was your landlord. Seriously imagine that. It’d be all crosses in the hallways, paintings of a white Jesus in the lobby, cameras in the bathrooms, etc. Now know this: a bunch of kids at Penn State don’t have to imagine. He owns five State College buildings, each of which net him between $15,000 and $50,000 per year. And here is the story of Apartment 306 of Beaver Plaza, rented by Penn State senior Mallory Kern, who subletted the spot to a bunch of people last summer. They didn’t pay rent, and then Rick Santorum wrote her a strongly-worded letter demanding she give him the money, “immediately”! From the article: Kern said it would be “nuts” if he were elected president.

The Philadelphia City Council Rules Committee has given an initial OK to a zoning change at 3rd and Chestnut for a new Revolutionary War Museum. A nonprofit organization is raising most of the money for said museum and is about halfway toward its $150 million fundraising goal. It will be the first museum in the country dedicated to that time Lincoln sent Hitler packing south of the Mason-Dixon Line. [Ed note: Is that supposed to be a joke?]

Here is a petition to stop City Council bill No. 120017, which would allow more of those “I buy houses” and “Make $5,000 a week from home!” signs on telephone polls. So you’re saying those already aren’t allowed?

Shmacked!

AAA says learn how to change that tire yourself. Oh, and the group predicts gas prices in the Northeast could be as high as $4.25 per gallon by the Spring. “Analysts anticipate Pennsylvania will be the hot spot for gasoline prices in the coming weeks and months,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. At what point is it worth it to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge for gas?

The Associated Press is reporting that violence in public schools around the country is down. And that’s good! But guess who has to butt in and ruin everything: Veronica Joyner, president of Parents United for Better Schools in Philadelphia, said the numbers did not ring true to her. …”It’s underreported,” Joyner said. “Many of the administrators will not report serious incidents because it looks like they’re not doing their job at the school and that is part of their evaluation.”

A man was found shot to death last night on the 6300 block of Callowhill.

After much discussion regarding redistricting of the Legislature and a primary date, it’s been decided that the primary will take place, after all, on April 24 and will be done according to the 2001 map.

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