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5 stories to follow: April 5

Here's your daily round-up of five stories we're following:

5 stories to follow: April 5

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The pregame ceremony gets under way before Phillies home opener against the Miami Marlins. ( David Maialetti  / Staff Photographer )
The pregame ceremony gets under way before Phillies home opener against the Miami Marlins. ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer ) David Maialetti

Here's your daily round-up of five stories we're following:

1. Home opener: The Phillies have their home opener against the Kansas City Royals this afternoon. The gates open at 1:35 p.m. for the 4:05 p.m. game. The home opener comes a day after the Phils beat the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, for their first win of the season. Can the team's Citizens Bank Park sellout streak continue?

2. Hero hasn't been paid: Nelson Mandela Myers, the man who found an abducted 5-year-old girl in an Upper Darby park in January, stiill hasn't been paid the $10,000 reward.

3. Roger Ebert's legacy: The 70-year-old film critic died Thursday. The Chicago Sun-Times writer was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize and his "two thumbs up" praise gave many movies a boost. More coverage: Inquirer obituary, AP obit, photo gallery, Steven Rea reflection, Ellen Gray on meeting Ebert

4. Homicides down: Homicides in Philly are down nearly 40 percent for the year to date.

5. Gun laws: Pennsylvania legislators and law enforcement officials are proposing a bill that would add a mandatory two-year prison term for anyone convicted of carrying an illegal gun in Philadelphia. 

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