Today's Top Picks: July 17, 2017

Some of the people who came to the Garden of Reflection for a prayer and candlelight vigil Sunday.

About 1,500 people gathered at a vigil for the four men whose bodies were found on a Solebury Township farm, as communities continued to grapple with the stunning events of the past week. The lives of four young men — Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown; Mark P. Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; Thomas C. Meo, 21, of Plumstead; and Dean A. Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township — were cut brutally short when two cousins allegedly killed them in a series of drug deals gone horribly wrong. "I can’t believe he’s gone," Kaitlyn Masone, a childhood friend of Patrick's, said at the vigil. "I don’t even care about the circumstances of the crime. No one deserves this. No one," said Jon Connolly, who worked with Sturgis and Meo. Read more
What should have been a straightforward water rescue of a 3-year-old boy who fell off the public dock near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and into the Schuylkill River was complicated by treacherous post-storm conditions that made it hard to find the toddler in the fast-moving water. The boy was under water for more than 35 minutes before police Marine Unit divers were able to pull him out. The toddler is now in critical condition at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Read more
Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham is not fit to serve as interim DA because she is a "menace to society" for allegedly saying that 85 percent of the city's crime is committed by blacks and unfairly attacking a black judge's judicial temperament, the leader of Philadelphia's NAACP branch says. Abraham is one of 14 candidates who has applied to complete the rest of Seth Williams' term after Williams pleaded guilty in a federal corruption case. "This is a public appeal to Lynne Abraham to withdraw her application from consideration to serve as an interim district attorney, and we will be making an appeal to this 88-member board of judges to reject her application and remove her from consideration completely," Minister Rodney Muhammad said. Read more
New Jersey says it has no plans to comply with a request for data from President Trump's "voter fraud" panel, but the controversial commission can still get much of the information it's seeking — for 65 cents. That's what the state charges any member of the public who requests the information and picks up a CD with the data in Trenton. People can also pay $2.55 to get it by mail. The CD lists every voter, a unique voter ID number, address, date of birth, party affiliation, voter status and the elections the person has voted in. It doesn't list whom the person voted for, Social Security numbers, criminal history or information regarding voter registration in another state. Read more
Snyderman-Works Galleries, one of the city's oldest art showplaces and a key force in the resurgence of the craft movement here, is closing. Rick and Ruth Snyderman, now 80 and 79, have spent a half-century as gallery owners on South Street and in Old City. But last month, they sold the Cherry Street gallery, which will remain open until the end of July. "We’re not withdrawing from the art scene," Rick Snyderman said. "But we are withdrawing from having a physical gallery." Read more
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