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5 stories to follow: July 12

Happy Friday. Finish off your week with a quick look at five stories we're following today.

5 stories to follow: July 12

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey ( Andrew Renneisen / Staff Photographer )
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey ( Andrew Renneisen / Staff Photographer )

Happy Friday. Finish off your week with a quick look at five stories we're following today.

1. Philly police brace for DOJ review: Philadelphia police are bracing for a federal review of the department's use of deadly force after a similar Department of Justice review blasted the Miami police force. A federal judge was appointed this week to enforce sweeping changes in Miami, and Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said a city officer will be assigned full-time to handle paperwork generated by the review.

2. Former PSU president plans lawsuit: Graham Spanier, the former president of Pennsylvania State University ousted during the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, is planning to file a libel and defamation suit against the author of a scathing report that accused Spanier of trying to cover-up the scandal. Spanier's attorney has filed notice of the coming suit against former FBI director Louis Freeh -- whom Penn State hired to investigate how the university handled the allegations surrounding former assistant football coach Sandusky -- in Centre County Court.

3. Flooding: A flash flood watch for the Philadelphia region is in effect from 8 a.m. through late tonight.

4. College tuition: Penn State's trustees are slated to approve tuition increases today, a day after the Rutgers University board of governors signed off on a 3.3-percent rise in tuition and fees for full-time students.

5. Old West auction: The debt-plagued city of Harrisburg is planning to auction off its trove of Old West artifacts, starting today. Items up for grabs include an arrest warrant for Jesse James, Doc Holliday's pearl-handled pistol and a table where Wyatt Earp played poker.

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