Happy Thursday, Philly. Anyone else ready for some warmer spring temperatures? I can't change the weather for you (though I, too, would like to put away the hats and gloves). But I can tell you all about yesterday's National School Walkout in our region, good news for Meek Mill fans, and a 320-year-old Philly bridge that needs a makeover. Maybe the morning news will put some spring in your step?

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Maayan Kaplan, 16, center, was one of over 1,000 Central High students who walked out of class to protest gun violence Wednesday.
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Maayan Kaplan, 16, center, was one of over 1,000 Central High students who walked out of class to protest gun violence Wednesday.

Thousands of students from across the Philadelphia region, from Center City to Cherry Hill to Allentown and beyond, joined Wednesday's National School Walkout to protest gun violence.

Organizers called for the protests to last 17 minutes in memory of the victims of February's Parkland, Fla. shooting. Students held moments of silence in their honor, chanted "The NRA is not okay!" or held signs reading "Enough is enough!" as they left their classrooms and gathered for rallies.

Though many local schools encouraged their students to join the protest, others threatened disciplinary action for participants. Nationally, the vibe of the protests ranged from angry to somber, hitting closest to home at schools that have experienced recent gun violence themselves.

Ever passed over the Frankford Avenue Bridge spanning Pennypack Creek? Then congratulations, you've used the nation's oldest active stone bridge.

As one might imagine, the 320-year-old structure has seen its fair share of wear and tear. So, PennDot is spending a hefty sum to restore its masonry and reinforce its structure.

Yes, that means the historic bridge will close for a few months. But the revamp will hardly be the most interesting event on the structure's resume.

Good news for Meek Mill fans: the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said Wednesday it would not oppose Meek Mill's release from prison on bail.

Why the sudden change? Prosecutors said in a new filing, "There is a strong showing of likelihood of [Mill's] conviction being reversed." That's because of allegations he was convicted in 2008 on false testimony by arresting officer Reginald V. Graham.

Graham — the sole government witness at Mill's trial — was included on a recently disclosed list of police whom the District Attorney's office deemed too untrustworthy to testify.

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March 15, 2018
Signe Wilkinson
March 15, 2018
"Lamb combined the politics of 2018 with the appeals of a much earlier era, when blue-collar districts tilted Democratic and unions could help deliver their members against anti-labor Republicans."
— Columnist E.J. Dionne on how the special election in western Pennsylvania highlights weaknesses in the GOP.
  • After a poisoning attack on an ex-spy in Britain, columnist Trudy Rubin writes that unless President Trump openly backs U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and endorses retaliation against Moscow, Putin will assume he can murder at will.
  • Writer Marybeth Hagan's power was out for five days and nights after this month's nor'easters. She writes that Peco workers who helped turn it back on are everyday heroes.

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