• Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

    Most Philadelphia-area Catholic high schools will be closed on Wednesday because of the ongoing teachers' strike.

    Talks aimed at ending the week-old strike by Catholic high school teachers are continuing.  The teachers union says there has been progress on seniority but the archdiocese hasn't budged from its desire to hire part-time teachers.

    According to a letter to parents posted on its website, the Archdiocese said the high schools will be closed until a settlement is reached and teachers return to class.

    Archbishop Wood High School, in Warminster, Pa., will remain open on Wednesday because it had already lost one class day due to weather, but all 17 Catholic high schools will be closed beginning Thursday.

    About 16,000 students in the five-county Philadelphia area are affected.  Letters notifying parents of the temporary schools shutdown were distributed today.

    The Archdiocese, in an earlier statement, claims the union is still seeking a

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  • John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

    Scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences, on Logan Circle in Philadelphia, are part of a team announcing the recent discovery of a species of lumbering fish that preceded the dinosaurs.

    A sample of Laccognathus embryi. (Academy of Natural Sciences)

    It's genus is Laccognathus ("pitted jaw"), it's species embryi (in honor of a Canadian geologist named Embry).  Numerous fossil heads and other parts of this prehistoric fish were found far north of the Arctic Circle, says Academy paleontologist Dr. Ted Daeschler.

    "Laccognathus is a large fish, five to six feet in length.  (It) probably prowled freshwater steams and delta systems," he says.  "Flat head, very small eyes, very big mouth, very big teeth."

    Laccognathus embryi is estimated to have lived 375 million years ago — prior to animals being on land but during a time of transition.  Laccognathus apparently had fins that were more like limbs, perhaps indicating its role in the evolution of water-based swimmers to land-based walkers.

    "The Devonian

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  • Erin Wright, Y! Philadelphia editor

    That old phrase "Have your people call my people" has taken on a whole new meaning when it comes to one member of the Phillies team.

    John Mayberry Jr., who has been a hit on the field, is looking to extend his winning streak -- at least when it comes to romance. According to an article in the New York Post, the outfielder is reportedly smitten with actress Antoinette Nikprelaj, who recently did a turn as a sexy mermaid in the latest installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise.

    The 27-year-old slugger isn't calling up the stunning actress, however, and asking for dinner and a movie. It seems he's outsourced that job,  relying on his agents to make the introductions and possibly facilitate a meeting. The Post said it obtained e-mails written by an agent in the baseball division of Creative Artists Agency -- the firm that reps Mayberry -- that were sent on to Innovative Artists, the agency representing Nikprelaj.

    If the e-mail quoted

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