Joe Frazier's Philly gym gets historic status Fewer districts to exceed tax limit
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia gym where former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier lived and trained has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Preservation officials say they were notified Tuesday of the designation by the National Park Service. Frazier converted the three-story north Philadelphia building into a gym in 1968. He lived upstairs and trained downstairs.
But Frazier sold the building in 2008, and it's now partially occupied by a furniture store. The National Trust for Historic Preservation last year placed the gym on its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
Frazier died of liver cancer in 2011.
HARRISBURG -- Fewer and fewer Pennsylvania school districts are seeking approval to raise property taxes beyond a state-imposed inflation index without voter approval.
A state Department of Education report released Tuesday shows 171 of the 497 districts in the report were granted exceptions from a requirement that local voters approve tax increases that exceed the index. Officials say this is the second straight year in which those requests have declined.
Of the remaining districts, 311 approved resolutions declaring they would not increase taxes above the index, and 15 others left open the possibility that they would seek voter approval for larger increases in the May 21 primary.
From our wire services