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5 stories to follow: Oct. 2

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

5 stories to follow: Oct. 2

David Emerson of Centipede Tours, dressed in colonial period clothing gestures towards the bell above Independence Hall during a morning tour Tuesday. The sites were closed to visitors due to the federal government shutdown.
David Emerson of Centipede Tours, dressed in colonial period clothing gestures towards the bell above Independence Hall during a morning tour Tuesday. The sites were closed to visitors due to the federal government shutdown. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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

1. Budget impasse: The shutdown of the federal government remains in place today, as leaders in Washington appear no closer to reaching a budget deal to fund the federal agencies and reopen the government. In the Philadelphia region, major historical sites run by the National Park Service are closed, and federal workers are furloughed. Merchants near Independence Hall and other sites are worried about how the shutdown will impact tourism in the area.

2. First game for Flyers: The Flyers begin their regular season tonight against Toronto. Check out Philly.com's full coverage of the team.

3. Same-sex marriage: The fight over same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania continues, as two state lawmakers from Philadelphia plan to introduce a bill to legal gay marriage in the state. Montgomery County, meanwhile, is appealing an order from the state Supreme Court to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

4. New half marathon: Registration opens today for Philadelphia's newest half marathon. The inaugural race, called the Love Run will take place March 30, 2014.

5. City Hall secret: Since a Philadelphia magazine story disclosed that 26-year-old Julia Papazian Law -- found dead in May in the bathtub of her boyfriend and boss, noted defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. -- had a six-year affair with a married man, City Hall has been abuzz. Peruto has identified the man as lobbyist John Hawkins.

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