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5 stories to follow: Oct. 30

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

5 stories to follow: Oct. 30

Retired Philly policeman Leo Haley avoided jail time in two cases involving children. Has his time finally come?
Retired Philly policeman Leo Haley avoided jail time in two cases involving children. Has his time finally come?

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

1. Sentencing for ex-cop: A former police inspector and Army major who escaped prison time despite admitting to child pornography and abduction offenses will be sentenced today for violating parole. Leo Haley, 73, could get up to three and a half to seven years behind bars when he is sentenced in Delaware County court today.

2. "Boobies" bracelets: The legal fight over "I (heart) Boobies" bracelets worn at a Pennsylvania middle school could go to the Supreme Court. The Easton Area School District has voted to appeal a federal court ruling that sided with two students, holding that the bracelets weren't lewd or disruptive, and shouldn't have been banned. The case began when two girls wanted to wear the bracelets, designed to promote breast-cancer awareness, in 2010 and challenged their school's ban.

3. Charter school closing: The embattled Solomon Charter School in Philadelphia closes today. The school's board voted to shutter it earlier this month due to concerns over safety, finances and other problems.

4. Firefighter demotions: Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers will testify today at a hearing on his department's retraction of promotions for 14 officers. The firefighters union contested the move, and Councilman Jim Kenney issued a subpoena to compel Ayers' testimony.

5. Sandy's political implications: Superstorm Sandy slammed the East Coast a year ago this week, and we're looking back at the disaster's impact. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but far more than that have been written about the iconic photo of President Obama and Governor Christie shaking hands while touring storm damage in Atlantic City last year. Political experts say the image could both help and hurt Christie, who is expected to run for president in 2016.

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