Monday, October 20, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:28 AM
Camden Mayor Dana Redd gives her "State of the City" address on Feb. 11, 2014. ( APRIL SAUL / Staff )

1. PhillyMag has four reasons Camden may be on the cusp of revival, and an interview with Mayor Dana Redd about the city's upswing.

2. Philadelphia-area emergency responders have been conducting training exercises to prepare for oil-train accidents. Newsworks has the details on the sessions.

3. With Halloween on the way, Hidden City Philadelphia is taking a closer look at some of the city's historic cemeteries. First up: the tombstone wall behind the Presbyterian Historical Society in Society Hill.

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POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:56 AM
In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via (Getty Images)

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

1. Ebola backlash: Students from east Africa who were slated to start attending school in Burlington County are being kept home from class due to fears stemming from the Ebola outbreak, even though the students aren't from an affected area and are symptom-free.

2. Affordable housing: A state board in New Jersey is scheduled to vote this morning on new rules to determine how many affordable homes New Jersey communities should have.

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POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:46 AM
Clinical Head of Infectious Diseases at Middelmore Hospital Dr. Stephen McBride demonstrates the equipment used when treating Ebola during a tour around the new infectious diseases Biocontainment unit at Middelmore Hospital on Oct. 17, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. Philadelphia officials and local health care workers are clashing over the readiness of medical centers here to treat Ebola patients. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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

1. Ebola prepardness: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and top health officials are scheduled to discuss steps the state is taking to prepare for any Ebola cases this morning. In Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter and others are also set to discuss preparations, a day after city officials and health care workers clashed at a City Council hearing over the area's readiness to confront the disease.

2. Anti-abortion video: The group Created Equal is set to play a graphic anti-abortion video on Independence Mall on a continuous loop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

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POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 5:00 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (Photo from Getty Images)

1) Gov. Tom Corbett apparently didn't have the time (or the ability...?) to gather supporters for a smiley image to use on his campaign website, Buzzfeed found. In other word, Corbett photoshopped stock images of at least one smiling person into a campaign photograph.

2) Okay, so forget about the photoshopped thing (now that you've just read it) and read a take on Newsworks titled (in a way that copies Buzzfeed, coincidentally) "Five reasons Corbett seems headed to a historic loss" and written by Chris Satullo.

3) A look at the University of Pennsylvania's involvement with West Philadelphia public schools during President Amy Gutmann's tenure is examined by the Daily Pennsylvanian this week, which marks a decade as university chief executive for Gutmann.

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POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 AM
Philadelphia public school parents and local advocacy groups protest the SRC's recent move to cancel the contract for teachers, nurses and staff, October 15th, 2014, on the front steps of the school district building, located at 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. Kia Philpot-Hinton, with Action United, is speaking center, over a microphone. (Staff Photographer / Jessica Griffin)

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

1. SRC protests: The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is planning a rally this afternoon in protest of the School Reform Commission's decision to cancel the labor contract with teachers, a day after parent advocacy groups protested outside the school district headquarters. Meanwhile, a right-wing think tank is set to counter today's rally.

2. Cancer treatment: Big gains in cancer research are being made in Philadelphia -- the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia published the latest results of a novel immune therapy today, and the treatment appears promising. 

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POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:00 AM

1) Peep the best-looking and unique storefronts in Philly at PlanPhilly, which gave a rundown on this year's "Storefront Challenge."

2) If you think American cities have problems with ground pollution at many brownfield sites, wait till you read what the Center for Investigative Reporting found in China — where soil contamination was until recently dubbed a "state secret."

3) Not only did Zillow rank Philadelphia the fourth best city in America for getting candy on Halloween, the real estate website also ranked the city's best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. PhillyMag has the 'hoods listed. 

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:54 AM
A hazmat worker prepares to put on protective gear outside of an apartment where a nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus resides on October 13, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. A second health care worker who cared for Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan has now also tested positive for the virus. (Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images)

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

1. Ebola: A second Texas healthcare worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient, has tested positive for the disease. Meanwhile, a union says nurses treating Duncan worked for days without proper protective gear. Closer to the Philadelphia region, local authorities say they are are keeping in close touch with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and area hospitals to prepare for any potential cases here, and a Penn doctor is headed to Liberia this week to help confront the crisis.

2. SRC fallout: In continued fallout from the School Reform Commission's decision to cancel Philadelphia teachers' contract, city labor leaders say they considered calling for a general strike to protest the move.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5:00 AM
Cantilever and Steel Arch Bridge over the Niagara River, lantern slide from the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

1) You haven't wined and dined until you've wined and dined under the new $6 million ceiling in the Union League's grand ballroom, according to PlanPhilly. (Just remember to bring a blazer.)

2) So there is a tiny bird that European connoisseurs of haute cuisine — OK, mostly French chefs — want to eat after it was ordered off menus years ago. The ortolan is among the haughtiest things one could ever think of eating, as The New York Times reports. Diners are supposed to bite off the bird's head and gobble the rest in one bite — bones, organs and all.

3) That ever-fragile relationship between Temple students and their North Philadelphia neighbors is again up for debate in the hallowed halls of City Hall. The Temple News takes a look at proposed legislation.

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