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5 stories to follow: Oct. 22

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5 stories to follow: Oct. 22

Former SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos speaks at a public meeting on school closings earlier this year while general counsel Michael Davis, and Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. (right) listen.
Former SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos speaks at a public meeting on school closings earlier this year while general counsel Michael Davis, and Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. (right) listen.

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

1. Ramos out at SRC: School Reform Commission chairman Pedro Ramos has resigned, citing "recent, unexpected" family concerns. The resignation causes further turmoil for the Philadelphia School District, and it remains unclear who will head the SRC or when Gov. Corbett will nominate a permanent replacement.

2. Chesco texts scandal: The district attorney in Chester County says officials in the Coatesville Area School District are obstructing his probe into the district's finances. District Attorney Thomas Hogan acknowledged that his office was investigating potential overbilling and fraud after racist text messages sent by district officials thrust Coatesville into the national spotlight. The school board is slated to meet tonight, and Hogan says members must decide if they will cooperate.

3. Same-sex marriage in N.J.: Gay couples across New Jersey have begun tying the knot after same-sex marriage became legal in the state Monday. Gov. Chris Christie has withdrawn his appeal of of a judge's decision allowing same-sex marriage, a decision with major political implications for the governor, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

4. Holocaust survivor and Yo-Yo Ma: Holocaust survivor and 90-year-old Newtown Square resident George Horner will perform on the piano at Boston Symphony Hall tonight, with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The performance is meant to honor those who lost their lives during the Holocaust. The pair will play music composed at a Nazi camp.

5. Pass for DA?: University of Pennsylvania police responded to a fight involving an assistant district attorney at a popular campus bar, but Mad Mex service manager Matt Park says officers were friendly toward Kevin Harden Jr. -- the alleged aggressor in the incident -- and "there were undertones of preferential treatment" in the officers' response.

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