20090610-24Hours100px-ZlomekThe Limerick Post scanned available news feeds during recent days and found these stories of local interest.

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Report Says Zero Tolerance, High-Stakes Testing Funnel Kids into Prison (Poynter Institute)
The Journalism Center on Children and Families published a provocative report linking “zero tolerance” and “high-stakes testing” with kids winding up in prison.

School opens on Valley Forge park grounds (Philadelphia PA Inquirer)
Not every preschooler gets to learn the alphabet in a park that commemorates an epic struggle for independence, but when 80 students at the Montessori Children’s House of Valley Forge look out their window, history stares back.

Handcrafted Cookie Raising Money For Mom’s House (Around Phoenixville)
Each quarter, The Hand Crafted Cookie Company chooses a local organization whose work they believe is important to make a donation to. For the first quarter of 2010, they have chosen Mom’s House on Church St., Phoenixville.

PACS’ Annual Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show (Around Phoenixville)
Make plans now to attend the 3rd Annual Murder Mystery dinner show to benefit Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) slated for Friday, March 26.  You will be treated to an enjoyable evening of food and entertainment, where you take part in solving the “crime.”

Killer loses new trial bid (Norristown PA Times Herald)
A former Norristown man, the only person in Pennsylvania to be sentenced to death three times for the same crime, has lost his latest bid for a new trial in connection with the 1980 shooting death of a Collegeville woman.

Francophone Film Festival Titles Announced (Ursinus College)
The Francophone Film Festival at Ursinus College will present three films from French-speaking nations during the spring semester.  All films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Auditorium.  The films are subtitled in English, and each film is followed by light refreshments and conversation.

Black History Month Events Feature Documentary ‘Neshoba’ (Ursinus College)
The documentary film “Neshoba,” will be a featured event in a series of programs marking Black History Month at Ursinus College.  All Black History Month events are free and open to the public.

Schorsch Returns to Ursinus For Second of Three Lectures (Ursinus College)
Dr. Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and holder of the Davis Visiting Professorship of Judeo-christian Values at Ursinus College, will give the second of three public lectures Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Musser Auditorium, Pfahler Hall, on the Ursinus campus.

Report: GlaxoSmithKline to cut 4,000 jobs (Philadelphia Business Journal)
GlaxoSmithKline, the U.K.-based pharmaceutical giant with major operations in Collegeville and elsewhere in the Philadelphia area, will announce plans this week to cut 4,000 more jobs, the Sunday Times of London reports.

300 could be let go at Harleysville National (Philadelphia Business Journal)
First Niagara Financial Corp. could lay off up to 27 percent of employees at Harleysville National Corp., the banking company it is set to acquire later this quarter, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based bank said in a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.

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