Good morning, Philadelphia. Today we're taking a look at a slew of new work coming to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a different kind of work headed to the Port of Philadelphia.

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John Rhoden, best known in Philly for the landmark sculpture outside the African American Museum, will have a new presence at PAFA.
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John Rhoden, best known in Philly for the landmark sculpture outside the African American Museum, will have a new presence at PAFA.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is acquiring 278 works by acclaimed American sculptor John Rhoden. The school will keep 20 pieces or so and find homes for the rest, taking a chunk of responsibility for raising Rhoden's profile around the country.

You may recognize Rhoden's name from a popular local work: Nesaika, a nine-foot-high bronze sculpture, sits at Seventh and Arch Streets in front of the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

PAFA also recently began work on a brand new concert hall under its Hamilton Building. Art lovers should check out an exhibit that's open through Feb. 4 featuring the work of Thomas Eakins, Cecilia Beaux and other great Philly painters.

The Port of Philadelphia is about to see some big changes. The port already saw more containerized freight, more cars, more cargoes, and the promise of two larger cranes in 2017.

Next year, work will finish up on ship berths at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Designs for new warehouses at the former Philadelphia Produce and Seafood Terminal will go out to bid. A 100,000-square-foot warehouse at the Tioga Marine Terminal will break ground in Port Richmond. And a vehicle-processing center for Hyundai and Kia imports is also expected to join the Southport terminal at the Navy Yard.

What's it mean for Philadelphians? Well, work for one. Nearly 9,000 new jobs are expected to be created thanks to port improvements. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Yesterday a preliminary hearing for 16-year-old Brandon Olivieri, accused of shooting two high school students in South Philly in October, took a striking turn. Just as prosecutors revealed a possible motive for the slayings, their lone witness turned hostile, testifying that his initial statement was full of lies.

The shooting stunned the city, drawing hundreds of mourners to memorial services for Salvatore DiNubile and Caleer Miller, both 16. Olivieri's family home faced retaliatory violence soon after the killings.

A tale of a trivial teen feud gone horribly wrong, the slaying is the latest in a trend of crimes escalated thanks to easy juvenile access to guns. 

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