Friday, July 25, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:21 AM
Police have Lansdowne Ave blocked at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Darby after a shooting incident July 24, 2014 in the Wellness Center. (CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Hospital shooting: A patient opened fire at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County on Thursday, killing a caseworker and leaving a doctor wounded. The psychiatrist returned fire with his own weapon and critically injured the patient, identified as Richard Plotts.

2. Flight crash: French officials say one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie crash over northern Mali has been recovered. The crash remains under investigation, though bad weather appears to be the most likely cause.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:55 AM

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

1. Missing plane: An Air Algerie passenger plane that was flying from Burkina Faso to Algeiers disappeared from radar early today.

2. Food truck deaths: Olga Galdamez and her 17-year-old daughter, Jaylin Landaverry, have died from the injuries they suffered when their food truck exploded in Feltonville earlier this month.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:06 AM
Planes at Philadelphia International Airport. (Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Flight bans: Flights between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel, have been banned after a rocket landed near the Ben Gurion International Airport amid Israel's conflict with Hamas. The 24-hour ban went into effect at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, and the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to issue updated guidance today. The flight ban comes as airlines express heightened concerns after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine last week.

2. School overhauls: A new Philadelphia School District initiative asks teachers, principals, colleges and community groups to propose turnarounds for city public schools. Up to 10 schools could be redesigned beginning in fall 2015 under the program. Letters of intent are due by Aug. 19. 

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 8:26 AM
Eagles safety Keelan Johnson. (Photo via Arizona Superior Court)

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

1. Eagles safety arrested: Eagles safety Keelan Johnson was arrested over the weekend for an alleged assault on a police officer in Arizona.

2. Pension protests: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a town hall meeting scheduled for today at a playground built by police, firefighters and teachers, and unions are criticizing the venue choice. The unions are fighting any plan to cut pension benefits.

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POSTED: Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:02 AM
A Ukrainian police officer ties a white ribbon to a stake to mark human remains found in a field on July 18, 2014 in Grabovka, Ukraine. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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

1. Plane crash: Officials in Ukraine say 181 bodies have been recovered thus far at the site where a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down on Thursday. Rebels who control the area say they have recovered its black boxes, and are deciding what to do with them. A surface-to-air missile brought the plane down, U.S. officials say.

2. Strawberry Mansion deaths: Police say it remains unknown how an elderly couple in Strawberry Mansion died, but autopsy results are possible as early as today and could yield more information. Officials have called the deaths of 66-year-old Agladys Perry and her husband, 79-year-old Rufus Perry, "suspicious."

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POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 6:45 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (AP photo)

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

1. Bridgegate probes: Another top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- incoming chief of staff Regina Egea -- is slated to testify before a legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, as federal prosecutors are asking legislators not to call certain witnesses due to the U.S. Attorney's Office's own investigation. Here's a timeline of the scandal so far.

2. Traffic Court trial: Closing arguments are scheduled to take place today in the trial of former Philadelphia judges accused of fixing traffic tickets.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 7:05 AM
David Cohen (L), executive vice president of the Comcast Corporationtestifies while Arthur Minson Jr. (R), executive vice president and CFO of the Time Warner Cable Inc., listens during a Senate Judiciary Commettee hearing on Capitol Hill, April 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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

1. Comcast hearing: Another hearing related to Comcast Corp.'s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable takes place in Washington today. Comcast's David Cohen will testify at the hearing, called "At a Tipping Point: Consumer Choice, Consolidation and the Future Video Marketplace," as will a top executive from AT&T, which is trying to acquire DirecTV. It's the first time Comcast and AT&T officials have spoken at the same hearing since the merger plans were announced.

2. Duffel bag death: Police are questioning a person of interest in the slaying of  23-year-old Laura Araujo, a recent Art Institute of Philadelphia graduate whose slain body was found in a duffel bag in North Philadelphia earlier this week.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 8:09 AM
A tree felled by swift-moving storms last week closed Pennsylvania Avenue in Oreland and left residents in the dark. Today, the National Weather Service will determine whether a tornado touched down in Burlington County during another round of storms last night. (RON TARVER / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Tornado in Burlco?: The National Weather Service will inspect damage from Monday's storms in Burlington County today to determine if a tornado touched down in the area. And more rain, winds and potential hail are expected today.

2. PGW sale: City Council is spending about $100,000 to have a consultant examine the proposed sale of Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Holdings Corp., but Council's delayed review of the sale could cause problems: UIL is permitted to back out of the agreement if Council hasn't made a decision by 11:59 p.m. today.

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