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5 stories to follow: July 23

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

5 stories to follow: July 23

Hunter "Patch" Adams will talk up the proposed Allegheny Avenue clinic at public speeches this week. Courtesy of Gesundheit! Institute
Hunter "Patch" Adams will talk up the proposed Allegheny Avenue clinic at public speeches this week. Courtesy of Gesundheit! Institute

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

1. Patch Adams clinic: A pilot project for a slate of Patch Adams Free Clinics across the country -- beginning in North Philadelphia -- gets a boost today. Paul Glover, the social justice entrepreneur behind the project, is holding talks tonight and tomorrow to raise the issue's profile and spur fund-raising efforts. Today's talk, which is free and open to the public, is at 6:30 p.m. at Drexel University College of Medicine's Geary Auditorium.

2. NTSB to study fatal school bus crash: The National Transportation Safety Board will examine the findings of a probe into a fatal Chesterfield school bus crash at a meeting today. An 11-year-old girl was killed and several other children were injured in the February 2012 accident. The NTSB is expected to issue recommendations, and possibly ask for seatbelts to be mandatory in school buses.

3. Stormy weather: Thousands of people in the Philadelphia region were without power this morning after heavy storms pounded the area overnight. The downpours uprooted trees and flooded roads. Utility crews appeared to be resotring power quickly. More scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected today.

4. City safety: A study by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania researchers released today finds that Philadelphia "does tend to be on the worse end" of the big-city safety spectrum. The study, which looks at death rates for a number of injuries that include car crashes, gunshots, drownings, falls, poisonings and animal attacks, says urban areas are generally safer than rural regions. Philadelphia, however, appears to be an exception, largely due to car accidents.

5. Royal baby: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday. Kate and the child -- third in line to the British throne -- are expected to return home from a private wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London today.

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