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5 stories to follow: April 26

It's Friday. End your week with a quick round-up of five stories to keep your eye on today:

5 stories to follow: April 26

Donovan Chandler, left, acts a catcher as Mary Kelly Rayel, right, of the Fly School Circus Arts fly through the air to work on their form before the 4:30 pm class they will be teaching to anyone who signed up as part of PIFA´s trapeze classes.  at the Fly School Circus Arts, from Bucks County,  presents Daringly High, trapeze classes as part of the PIFA experince . held in the University of the Arts Lot on Broad Street across from the Kimmel Center, classes are offered four times a day from March 27th to April 27th.  04/24/2013 ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )
Donovan Chandler, left, acts a catcher as Mary Kelly Rayel, right, of the Fly School Circus Arts fly through the air to work on their form before the 4:30 pm class they will be teaching to anyone who signed up as part of PIFA's trapeze classes. at the Fly School Circus Arts, from Bucks County, presents Daringly High, trapeze classes as part of the PIFA experince . held in the University of the Arts Lot on Broad Street across from the Kimmel Center, classes are offered four times a day from March 27th to April 27th. 04/24/2013 ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

It's Friday. End your week with a quick round-up of five stories to keep your eye on today:

1. NFL draft: The Eagles drafted Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson in the first round with the No. 4 pick. Here's everything you need to know about Johnson. The draft continues today (our live blog starts at 6:30 p.m.), so here's Philly.com's full coverage and the details on the best players who are still available.

2. Penn Relays: The Penn Relays opened Thursday amid tight security. In news on the track, the Villanova women won the distance medley relay, and Penn State's Laura Loht was the javelin champion. Follow today's action on the live blog, view a photo gallery or check out our full coverage here.

3. Castro's daughter can't visit Philly: Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, had been slated to visit Philadelphia next week to receive an award for gay-rights activism, but the State Department has denied her permission to travel here.

4. Boston bombings latest: Officials say the two suspects planned to set off explosives in Times Square the night Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a getaway attempt and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended after a massive manhunt. The U.S. Marshals service says Dzhokhar has been transferred from a hospital, where he had been recovering, to a Massachusetts prison.

5. PIFA ends: The monthlong Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts ends Saturday with a street festival on South Broad Street. Expect road closures, bus detours and heavy traffic in the area beginning this evening.

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