Kick off the week with a quick look at five stories to know about today:
1. Winter weather: The Philadelphia region got its first real taste of winter this season, with an unexpectedly large storm causing one death and dumping up to 10 inches of snow in South Jersey. This morning, a mix of snow, slush, ice and rain continues to plague the roadways, and more snow is forecasted for Tuesday.
2. Bear hunt: New Jersey's six-day black bear hunt begins today. Fewer permits have been issued this year, state officials say, and some animal-rights groups are planning protests during the hunt.
Happy Friday. Here's your look at five stories to know about before the weekend hits:
1. Remembering Mandela: The world is mourning the Thursday death of Nelson Mandela, who survived 27 years in prison and became president of post-apartheid South Africa. In Philadelphia, he is being recalled as an advocate for justice, and all city flags will be lowered to half-staff today in his honor. Mandela was a co-recipient of Philadelphia's Liberty Medal in 1993.
2. Medicaid waiver: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is slated to outline his Medicaid proposal today. The administration says it plans to submit a waiver to use Medicaid funds to provide health insurance for uninsured Pennsylvania residents. The system would use the federal money to cover private insurance costs, through the Obamacare exchange system, rather than expanding Medicaid.
Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:
1. LOVE Park restaurants?: Council President Darrell Clarke has unveiled a plan to lease 26,000 square feet of restaurant space in LOVE Park to pay for improvements to the aging John F. Kennedy Plaza. Clarke and Mayor Nutter are both pursuing plans for a park face-lift, but the two are at odds over whether public funds should be spent. Today, an administration bill to approve the sale of a parking garage at the park to the Chicago company InterPark Holdings will be introduced in Council.
2. Springsteen auction: A handwritten lyric sheet for Bruce Springsteen's 1975 hit song "Born to Run" could sell for up to $100,000 at an auction this morning. Sotheby's says this 1974 working version was written in Long Branch, N.J. Most of the lines are unrecorded, but the manuscript has a "nearly perfected chorus."
Here's your look at five stories we're following today:
1. Ads on schools?: City Council is moving toward selling advertising space on Philadelphia School District buildings to raise funds for the cash-strapped district.
2. Property-tax relief: Philadelphia will start mailing applications this week to the 80,000 city homeowners who could be eligible for a new tax-relief program.
Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:
1. Giving Tuesday: After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is Giving Tuesday. The day encourages people to donate and volunteer during the holiday season. Here are 10 ways to participate in #GivingTuesdayPHL.
2. Luukko resigns: Peter Luukko has resigned as president and chief operating officer at Comcast-Spectacor. Dave Scott, a retired Comcast executive vice president, has been named acting president of the company, which owns the Flyers and runs sports stadiums.
The abortion rate in the United States is declining, data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
The CDC said the rate dropped from 16.2 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2001 to 14.6 in 2010. The total number of abortions performed also dropped during that time period, from 853,485 in 2001 to 765,651 in 2010.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, however, both have abortion rates above the national average. Here are the states with the highest abortion rates, according to the CDC's data.
Here, as a public service, are some updated words of advice from last Thanksgiving.
You know it.
Every Thanksgiving, there's a solid shot some in-law is going to try to pry someone's mind or mouth open to discuss some bitter political subject, like budget battles or Obamacare.
Safe travels to all hitting the road for Thanksgiving today. Before you head off for the holiday, here's a quick look at five stories to know about:
1. Travel weather: A storm slamming the East Coast could cause major travel disruptions today, and some transit problems are already being reported in the Philadelphia region. Here's your timeline of what to expect with the storm.