• Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

    Philadelphia police are now the focus of several complaints from citizens who say that officers seized their cell phones when they used them to record the police making arrests.

    The American Civil Liberties Union says it expects to file a lawsuit this month on behalf of four people who say police confiscated or destroyed their cell phones, and charged them with disorderly conduct, because they were videotaping what they considered to be police misconduct.

    Mary-Catherine Roper,  a staff attorney at the ACLU of Pennsylvania's Philadelphia office, says it's a widespread problem.

    "These (cases) are a big deal to us," she told KYW Newsradio today, "because if there's anything our Constitution gives us the power and in fact the obligation to do, it's to monitor our government."

    Philadelphia Police deputy commissioner Richard Ross says the department does not condone the seizure of cell phones and, in fact, tells officers they are likely to be videotaped

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  • Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

    Lay teachers at Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia voted this afternoon to go on strike as of the first day of scheduled classes, Wednesday morning.

    Contract talks between the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the union representing lay teachers at its high schools broke down early Tuesday morning.  The Archdiocese says its negotiating team was willing to talk up until the last minute but the Association of Catholic Teachers ("ACT") broke off negotiations.

    Union president Rita Schwartz characterizes it differently.  She says the archdiocese put a take-it-or-leave it offer on the table.

    "We could not accept that ultimatum," she told KYW Newsradio this morning.  "We gave them proposals on what they gave us. They absolutely refused to even consider them, because it was an ultimatum. So impasse was declared (by the archdiocese) and we left the Archdiocesan building about 3 o'clock this morning with no option."

    Schwartz says

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  • John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

    A unique free greenhouse exhibit is taking root near 5th and Chestnut Streets in historic Philadelphia.

    A mix of music, animals, insects and other sounds play as the visitor walks through a 50-foot greenhouse that looks like part dinosaur bones and part space ship. Plants grow inside colorful plastic modular widow boxes.

    "Winter cabbages, we have lettuce, and things that like to grow in a little bit colder weather: pansies and beautiful flowers and so forth," Dr. Sue Ann Prince, the founding director and curator of the American Philosophical Society Museum.

    She says the contemporary green house opening to the public this Friday is one of several programs and projects that stems from the main exhibit going on across the street inside Philosophical Hall adjacent to Independence Hall.

    "There is an exhibition going on called 'Of Elephants and Roses: Encounters with French Natural History' and it goes from 1790 to 1830. At that time Paris was the

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