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5 stories to follow: June 21

Happy Friday, Philly. Here are five stories to know about before the weekend hits:

5 stories to follow: June 21

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke

Happy Friday, Philly. Here are five stories to know about before the weekend hits:

1. Philly budget: The Philadelphia City Council has approved a $3.8 billion spending plan. The budget has no major spending initiatives or cuts. But it doesn't resolve one of Philly's biggest fiscal challenges, the school district's $304 million budget gap. Council also approved two measures aimed at helping homeowners affected by Philadelphia's new property-tax system.

2. It's summer: The summer solstice arrived at 1:04 a.m., making today the longest day of sunshine this year. And the official start of summer begins with a symbolic milestone at the Shore: The final board on the Seaside Heights boardwalk that was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy will be replaced today.

3. School panic buttons: Delaware County officials will announce today that silent-alarm panic buttons will be in all schools in the county, in response to the Newtown, Con., elementary school massacre. The buttons should be in place by the time school starts in the fall.

4. Make Music Philly: Today is Make Music Philly day, the city's contribution to National Music Day. That means free shows will be taking place across the city from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's the first time Philly has participated in the national music celebration.

5. Sex at McDonald's: Two women who were engaging in sex acts in the restroom of an Upper Darby McDonald's were jumped by a group of customers after the couple left the restaurant.

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