Three things to know in Philly today:
NJ LAWMAKERS CONSIDER GAY MARRIAGE: Thirteen New Jersey state senators will go head to head today about whether gay couples should be allowed to marry. Lawmakers anticipate about six hours of testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee and expect the measure to pass. That would send the legislation to the full Senate for a vote as early as Thursday. It is not at all clear which way the Senate will finally vote. Though similar legislation died in New York’s senate last week, proponents of gay marriage here think they still have a fighting chance and are focusing their lobbying efforts on senators they believe to be undecided about the issue. (NJ.com)
STUDENTS BOYCOTT SOUTH PHILLY HIGH OVER ASSAULTS: It is our opinion that South Philadelphia High School is still not a safe place for us. Because we are Asian immigrants, we are targeted. We have been working with the school a long time, but still the school has failed to provide a concrete plan to address our safety inside and outside the building. We remain very upset with some staff members who are unresponsive to our concerns. We have been saying repeatedly that the security team has problems, but the School District still has not responded to our concerns. One staff person even slept through our meeting last Friday. Because of that we will not return to South Philadelphia High School this week. (Young Philly Politics)
EAGLES BEAT ATLANTA: Michael Vick's special day wouldn't have been possible without the Eagles' goal-line stand at the end of the first half and quarterback Donovan McNabb's precision passing at the start of the second. It was those two things that helped turn Vick's homecoming into an afternoon of warm embraces from his teammates and some of the crowd of 69,560 at the Georgia Dome. "I'll never forget this day," Vick said after the Eagles beat down the injury-ravaged Atlanta Falcons, 34-7. "I'll never forget coming back to the city of Atlanta. I'll never forget arriving [Saturday] and seeing a lot of the landmarks that I used to see. I'll never forget shedding a tear on the bus ride over here because I used to take that route every Sunday to come here and play." (Inquirer)
Asian students from South Philly High marched to school district headquarters Wednesday to protest recent violence at their school. PW's Joel Mathis was there to capture the scene.