Day one: The trial of ex-PRP football coach Jason Stinson begins today, and with everything that’s riding on it — permanent changes to the way high school football coaches work with their players being the national story, Stinson and PRP’s future the local one — it’s certain to be a circus. Stinson was at the helm last year, when incoming sophomore Max Gilpin collapsed with heat stroke during practice. He died three days later. Stinson is being charged with reckless homicide.
Never-ending story: In Butchertown, residents continue to fight the outdated JBS/Swift Meatpacking Company over zoning violations the company’s contractors committed during a new construction phase. JBS/Swift had not acquired the proper expansion permits when it began construction on a new hog chute last year. Today, BOZA is expected to decide whether to allow the company to continue the expansion. A separate hearing on whether to revoke the permit for expansion is forthcoming. As well, the Butchertown Neighborhood Association is, in a separate legal action, challenging whether JBS/Swift should be allowed to store animal byproducts in refrigeration trucks parked on open neighborhood lots the company leases from the city. After decades of battling Swift over the basic decency of an industrial slaughterhouse operation in the middle of a historic neighborhood, the BNA seems to be taking a more nuanced and focused approach. Meanwhile, the city is still looking for a new home for the plant.
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