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POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:58 AM
A missing poster faces the site police searched for the body of missing person Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez, in Collingdale, on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. ( Stephanie Aaronson / )

Here's your look at five stories to know about before the weekend:

1. Search for missing woman: A year after 31-year-old Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez went missing, authorities continue to search for the Collingdale mother of two. On Saturday, her family and friends plans to light candles, distribute posters and pray in hopes that she will be located.

2. Easter weekend: Today is Good Friday, and Sunday is Easter. Here's a rundown of what's open and closed today, and round-ups of Easter events in the Philadelphia region.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:59 AM
The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist will face Flyers backup Ray Emery in Game One Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. (Bruce Bennett photos/Getty Images)

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

1. Stanley Cup playoffs: The Flyers face the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. tonight in the first game of the playoff series.

2. Temple grad's film: "Sweepstakes," a film produced by Temple graduate Rob Wunder III, who has been quadriplegic since high school, makes its debut tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival. The 15-minute movie tells the story of a woman whose husband becomes incapacitated by a neurological condition.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:03 AM
DRPA acting CEO John Hanson, PATCO general manager John Rink and DRPA Director of Transit Services Pat McBride meet commuters and hand out brochures informing riders of the new schedule at the Lindenwold PATCO station in January. (APRIL SAUL / Staff )

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

1. PATCO station makeovers: The PATCO board will decide today whether to approve plans to overhaul stations. The makeover plans include adding a messaging system to display information about delays, installing video cameras and hiring SEPTA crews for escalator and elevator maintenance.

2. Union League country club: The Union League is slated to hold a membership meeting today to ratify a proposal to take over the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club in Northeast Philadelphia.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7:09 AM
This April 13, 2014 photo shows The Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Tax day: Heads up, procrastinators -- midnight tonight is the deadline to file your tax return, though it's possible to get an extension.

2. Winter returns: Today is starting out on the warm side, but the temperature will fall in the evening, plunging into the 30s overnight into Wednesday, with suburbs north and east of Philadelphia potentially seeing the mercury drop to the 20s.

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POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 7:53 AM
Sign outside 801 Market St. entrance to Interstate General Media, home of The Inquirer, Daily News and (Reid Kanaley/Staff)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. IGM auction: Hearings begin today in Delaware Chancery Court about the planned auction of Interstate General Media, the parent company of the Inquirer, Daily News and

2. Religious holidays: The Jewish festival of Passover starts today at sundown. Meanwhile, Christians -- and candy shops -- are preparing to celebrate Easter this weekend.

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POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 6:43 AM
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the HHS Department's fiscal Year 2015 budget. A White House official says Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration. The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Sebelius stepping down: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will resign today, with President Barack Obama slated to nominate Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell as her successor.

2. OT spending: Prisons Commissioner Louis Giorla told City Council members at a budget hearing that the inmate population and guard vacancies are behind the department's rampant use of overtime.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:01 AM
A fire broke out Wednesday morning in the building complex known as the Shirt Corner in downtown Philadelphia. (Emily Babay/Staff)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Suit Corner fire: Authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of a blaze that destroyed the Suit Corner building at 3rd and Market streets Wednesday. Road closures and public transit detours remain in place near the scene.

2. Bill Clinton in Philly: Bill Clinton will be in Philadelphia to headline two fund-raisers for U.S. House candidate Marjorie Margolies. Margolies, whose son is married to Chelsea Clinton, is trying to win back the congressional seat she lost in 1994.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:13 AM
The Comcast Center looms large in Center City. Comcast's reach will face new scrutiny April 9 as a Senate committee begins hearings on the company's proposed Time Warner Cable purchase. (RON TARVER / Staff Photographer)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Comcast hearing: Comcast Corp. will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee today for a hearing about its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Inc.

2. Dropped sting: Law enforcement officials including District Attorney Seth Williams say federal prosecutors never determined that a public-corruption sting run by the state Attorney General's Office was too weak prosecute. Controversy has surrounded the sting, which reportedly caught Philadelphia public officials accepting cash or gifts and was dropped by Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Meanwhile, the lead investigator in the case contends that the probe shouldn't have been dropped, a Dauphin County judge could make a decision about unsealing documents related to the case as early as today.

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