Happy Thursday, Philly. By the time you read this newsletter, Ocean City's elite pickleballers will already be headed to their favorite courts for another rousing round. Never heard of pickleball, you say? Trust me, you're definitely not alone. Since I learned about our top story on the Shore's new favorite game, I've been talking about it just to say the word "pickleball" aloud. (Try it, it's fun.) Of course, it can't all be fun and games this morning. Back closer to home, the Philadelphia School District is starting its big summer cleanup and new details have emerged surrounding the pending grand jury report on sex abuse in Pennsylvania's dioceses. There's a lot to learn, so let's dig in.
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Are you a pickleball newbie? You won't want to get in the way of Ocean City's best players — accurately dubbed "the aggressives" — on the half-size, tennis-like court. Down the Shore, elite pickleballers take the hard paddle and modified whiffle ball game very seriously and the court hierarchy is well-established.
The game itself is old, but it's only recently caught fire in Ocean City. And boy, does it have some devotees.
If you'd like to play with nicer folks, head to Stone Harbor, they say. Want to play? First you'll need to learn the rules — but be warned, its biggest fans say it's addictive.
The Philadelphia School District is about to embark on its ambitious plan to clean up toxic lead paint in 40 schools. They've got $7.6 million in state money to do it, too, the first time state funds have been earmarked for such an effort in Philly.
The state will be watching its money closely, but so will advocates and parents who want more oversight this time around.
Records now show that all seven justices have received campaign donations from the law firms and individual lawyers representing petitioners trying to block the report.
Though this isn't uncommon for judges, in the land of election campaign finance it is raising eyebrows.
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