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5 stories to follow: June 27

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

5 stories to follow: June 27

Janice Rael waves two flags during a rally in support of Wednesday´s landmark SCOTUS gay-marriage ruling, on the Independence Mall,  Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  (  Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )
Janice Rael waves two flags during a rally in support of Wednesday's landmark SCOTUS gay-marriage ruling, on the Independence Mall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )

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

1. What's next for gay marriage?: The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and backers of California's Proposition 8 didn't have standing to challenge lower court rulings about the ballot initiative. But here in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, advocates on both sides say the same-sex marriage issue is far from settled. Still, gay-rights supporters here were joyous at the decisions. In New Jersey -- where same-sex couples can enter civil unions -- some Democratic lawmakers are contemplating how to bring gay marriage to the state, while Gov. Christie dismissed the high court's ruling as "wrong."  Here's a primer on what the rulings mean. And, in case you missed it, the plaintiff in the DOMA case is a Temple grad.

2. Gandolfini funeral: Funeral services for actor James Gandolfini are scheduled to take place in New York City today. The New Jersey native and "The Sopranos" star died of a heart attack while vacationing in Italy last week.

3. Building collapse hearing: The Philadelphia City Council will hold its second hearing on the Center City building collapse that left six people dead and 13 injured earlier this month. The council's first hearing on the matter focused on demolition practices and oversight. In other news related to the June 5 incident at 22nd and Market streets, bail was set Wednesday for Sean Benschop, the excavator operator charged with involuntary manslaughter and other offenses related to the collapse, and the demolition of the Broad Street Armory is now getting extra scrutiny.

4. Rutgers to fight plan to abolish board: Rutgers University's Board of Trustees says it will fight a plan by State Senate President Steve Sweeney to abolish the board. 

5. Star-Ledger closing possible: Owners of the Newark Star-Ledger say the paper could close by the end of the year if unions don't make concessions in contract negotiations. Publisher Richard Vezza said in a letter to staff that compromises need to be made by Sept. 27, or the largest paper in New Jersey will shut down.

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