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POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 AM
Megan Doto, 26, in a Facebook photo.

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following today and through the weekend:

1. Funeral for slain mother, newborn: Funeral services are set for this weekend for the woman and her baby, delivered through an emergency C-section, who were killed by a stray bullet in Frankford. A donation fund has raised about $6,000 to help cover expenses for the funerals of Megan Doto and her daughter, Nicoletta.

2. Gay attack fallout, investigation: In the wake of last week's vicious assault on two gay men in Center City, some are calling for a federal investigation and changes to Pennsylvania's hate-crime law. Meanwhile, investigators are continuing to interview witnesses and review video in the case.

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POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014, 5:00 AM
A couple who have been holding hands for 700 years have been uncovered at the ‘lost’ chapel of St Morrell in Leicestershire. Credit: University of Leicester Archaeological Services

1)   Pennsylvania's lethal-injection fiasco. The commonwealth’s first execution in 15 years, set for Sept. 22, had to be postponed — after corrections officials couldn’t get their hands on the lethal chemicals they needed, reports Christopher Moraff for the Daily Beast.

2)  Would-be Revel buyer wants a beachfront "university" there. Developer Glenn Straub tells Reuben Kramer of the Press of Atlantic City, "It's going to be for geniuses."

3)  Two skeletons were found holding hands after 700 years.  Some relationships last a lifetime — and archaeologists have discovered that they can last even longer after unearthing this pair at a lost chapel in England.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:00 AM

Maybe it's that Philly grit and won't-quit attitude.

This month added two more winners to our gallery of area people who triumphed on a TV reality show.

Actually, one show put a lot of fantasy -- medieval costumes, a castle, ogres and a fire-breathing dragon -- into its formula, though the competition was still real.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:42 AM
This South Philly man, whose name the Daily News is withholding at his request, was savagely beaten by a group of people, who allegedly yelled at homophobic slurs during their attack. As a result of the violence late Thursday, the man’s orbital bone was fractured, and his jaw must stay wired shut for eight weeks. Courtesy of Caryn Kunkle

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:

1. Assault on gay couple: Police are pouring through tips and leads that have come in through social media to identify the people who brutally assaulted a gay couple in Center City. An assistant basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School has been fired for his alleged involvement in the incident.

2. Slain trooper: Police are continuing to search Northeast Pennsylvania for Eric Frein, the man accused of fatally shooting one state police officer and injuring another in an ambush attack. The funeral for the slain trooper, Cpl. Bryon Dickson, is scheduled for this morning in Scranton.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:00 AM

1)  What exactly are they protesting up in Tacony, anyway? Anarchists face off against racist skinheads on Torresdale Avenue. "What led to this Northeast Philly gathering of slurs and anger is as confusing as it is stupid,"concludes Philly Weekly's Randy LoBasso

2)  Is every lie "a sin?" Maybe not. When is honesty not the best policy and deception morally correct? More often than you might think, as it turns out. Knowledge@Wharton asks the hard questions.

3)  A dozen puffins will get you 800 mackerel. Planet Money examines the very weird economy of zoos.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:42 AM
Kenneth Trujillo is an attorney with the Philadelphia firm Schnader. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:

1. Mayoral race: Former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo is set to announce his entry in the 2015 mayoral race at a news conference this morning, becoming the second Democrat to officially enter the contest and the first Latino to run for Philadelphia's highest elected office.

2. Genius grants: University of Pennsylvania brain researcher Danielle S. Bassett is among the 21 recipients announced today of the so-called "genius" fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:00 AM
A tiny townhouse in Fitler Square can be yours for $349,000.

1)   "Rap Quotes" link Philadelphia geography with hip-hop rhymes. Street artist Jay Shells gets respect, and a sweet write-up, from

2)  As "superstar" cities have become unattainable, the middle class is finding refuge in places like ... Philadelphia. The backhanded compliment comes courtesy of the New York Times.

3)  Are tiny homes in? A 544-square-foot abode in Fitler Square makes a good argument, according to Philadelphia Magazine. The teeny one-bedroom townhouse can be yours for $349,000. We'll do the math for you. That's more than $641 a square foot. Some middle-class refuge.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:01 AM
This Sept. 10, 2014, photo shows burned-out lights in the illuminated facade of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Trump Plaza is closing on Sept. 16, 2014, the fourth Atlantic City casino to go out of business so far this year. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:

1. Trump Plaza closing: Trump Plaza has become the latest Atlantic City casino to shut down this morning.

2. King of Prussia murder trial: Jury selection is scheduled to begin today at the trial for 27-year-old Raghunandan Yandamuri, accused of killing a baby and her grandmother in a botched kidnapping attempt.

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