5 stories to follow: Aug. 21

Taney City Hall Rally
Family and friends of Mo'ne Davis cheer for the Taney Little League team against Mountain Ridge (Las Vegas) in the Little League World Series in the courtyard of City Hall on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. ( YONG KIM / Staff Photographer )

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

1. Do or die for Taney: After the Taney Dragons lost to a team from Las Vegas in the Little League World Series on Wednesday, the Center City team plays against a Chicago squad this evening. The winner will play Vegas again for the U.S. championship on Saturday, while the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.

2. Katz plane crash: New details are emerging about the May plane crash that killed Philadelphia businessman Lewis Katz (a former owner of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com) and six others outside Boston. A fail-safe system may have been overridden, due to improper takeoff procedures by the pilots, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is suggesting.

3. Eagles preseason: The Eagles play their third preseason game tonight, facing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field.

4. Abduction trial: Opening statements are expected today in the trial for Christina Regusters, accused of abducting a 5-year-old girl from her West Philadelphia school and sexually abusing the child before leaving her at an Upper Darby playground.

5. Hawks and ex-cons: A "nature and nurture" pilot program in Delaware County is using hawks to help ex-offenders strengthen bonds with their families.

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