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5 stories to follow: June 18

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

5 stories to follow: June 18

In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. (AP photo)
In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. (AP photo)

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

1. Philly schools funding: Four parents and school staffers have begun a fast outside Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office. They say they'll stay there until the schools are funded and laid-off staff members are rehired. Meanwhile, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke is scheduled to address how the council plans to address the school district's $60 million emergency funding request this afternoon.

2. Building collapse survivor: The woman who survived in the rubble of the building collapse at 22nd and Market streets earlier this month for nearly 13 hours has lost both her legs. Her attorney says 52-year-old Mariya Plekan remains in serious condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her lower extremities were crushed by debris, and she's suffered renal failure, a compromised liver and an infection.

3. Iverson an abductor?: Allen Iverson's ex-wife is accusing the former 76ers star of abducting his own children. Tawanna Iverson claims her former husband didn't bring their five children back from a five-day vacation in Charlotte, N.C.

4. Women in combat: The Pentagon is slated to announce plans today that would let women start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015, and as Navy SEALS a year after that. The plans also would bring women into other combat positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

5. Saving the ship: Advocates for the SS United States, docked on the Delaware River, are trying to rally support for the historic ship. Two Center City skyscrapers are lighting up with colorful lights depicting the luxury ocean liner through Wednesday, and a rally will be held a LOVE Park this afternoon.

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