Welcome back from the long weekend, and happy September. To get the work week started, here are five stories we're following today:
1. Fatal beating of Bucks student: A Bucks County native was fatally beaten over the weekend near the college he attended in West Virginia. Police in Wheeling, W.Va., confirmed this morning that two people have been arrested in the slaying of 21-year-old Kevin M. Figaniak, of Perkasie Borough. Police suggested that more arrests are possible, and it wasn't immediately clear what sparked the fight outside a bar near Wheeling Jesuit University that led to Figaniak's death.
2. Dranoff tower review: Developer Carl Dranoff's proposal for a 21-story apartment tower along the Schuylkill River at 25th and Locust streets goes before the Planning Commission's Civic Design committee for a review today. Some neighbors have voiced objections to the planned high-rise.
3. Contract for Philly teachers: The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the Philadelphia School District are still working to reach an agreement for a new pact after the teachers' contract expired Saturday. Negotiations are slated to continue today, the first day of school for teachers.
4. Sandy's path: A new study out today says the "freaky" path Superstorm Sandy followed into New Jersey last year may be less likely in the future due to man-made global warming. But the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, cautions that Sandy's path was only one factor in the devestating storm and other changes, such as rising sea levels and stronger storms, could outweigh the predicted changes in steering currents.
5. Miss America returns: A ceremony on the Atlantic City Boardwalk will welcome the Miss America pageant back to Atlantic City this afternoon. The event returns to the city this week after a six-year run in Las Vegas.