News Briefing: March 17-23, 2017

News Briefing: March 17-23, 2017

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Oral arguments in bullying case

Oral arguments were scheduled for this week in the case of “D.V.,” a New Jersey student who claims pervasive anti-LGBT bullying within the Pennsauken School District. 

District officials seek the dismissal of D.V.’s suit, which was filed in 2012. However, attorneys for D.V. oppose the suit’s dismissal. 

D.V., who suffers from autism, alleges that anti-LGBT slurs were hurled at him by classmates, including “queer” and “homo,” yet authorities failed to take corrective measures.

He also contends that authorities retaliated against him for complaining about the alleged abuse by accusing his uncle of child molestation. 

Oral arguments are scheduled for 3 p.m. March 16 in Courtroom 3C of the U.S. Court House in Camden, with U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider presiding.

— Timothy Cwiek

Artists over 55 invited to apply for exhibits

Older artists are invited to submit their work for consideration to be featured in local exhibits.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will present the 2017 Celebrate Arts & Aging festival to highlight the work of artists over the age of 55 during events held throughout the city in May, Older Americans Month.

The 15th-annual celebration will showcase the artwork at Center on the Hill in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia City Hall and West Philadelphia Senior Community Center. Festivities will also offer older adults the chance to participate in arts-related events, including discounted performances, museums and other activities. 

All work must have been created within the past three years with a limit of one submission per applicant. Participants must submit photos or slides of their work along with a submission form by March 24 to PCA Special Events Manager Amanda Buonomo at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. 

Visit, call 215-765- 9000 ext. 5052 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The 2017 festival features sponsorship from Always Best Care Senior Services, City Life Neighborhood Clinics, Health Partners Plans, JEVS at Home and PECO.

— Jeremy Rodriguez

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