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5 stories to follow: Aug. 27

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

5 stories to follow: Aug. 27

Sarah Murnaghan will be leaving Children´s Hospital of Philadelphia. (family photo)<br />
Sarah Murnaghan will be leaving Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (family photo)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Sarah going home: Sarah Murnaghan, the 11-year-old Delaware County girl suffering from cystic fibrosis whose fight for a lung transplant spurred national debate about organ-donor rules, is going home. Sarah went through two lung transplants after a federal judge intervened to allow her to get organs from an adult donor. Her mother says she's leaving the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she has been since February, today.

2. Philly schools: Mayor Michael Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke are continuing to spar about how the Philadelphia School District will get the $50 million in new funds it needs to open Sept. 9. The debate over school funding seems like it will extend into the fall as the two leaders push competing plans. Meanwhile, school staffers have much to do before classes begin, amid the budget deficit, layoffs and school reassignments.

3. No Fling at Temple: Temple University has canceled its Spring Fling celebration after a visiting student fell to her death during an off-campus rooftop party during this April's event. The university says the "high-risk" drinking Fling poses serious concerns.

4. Youth violence: Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker will discuss youth violence with President Obama at the White House today. Newark Police Director Sam DeMaio and other mayors are also slated to join Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder at the event to talk about how the White House can partner with cities.

5. I-95 in Delaware: Good news if you're headed to Delaware beaches this Labor Day weekend -- the long-awaited fly-over exit ramp linking Interstate 95 southbound and Route 1 opens today. The new ramp is expected to ease traffic heading to the beaches, Dover and the Christiana Mall.

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