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Jim Alden suffered face, chest, and hand injuries when he picked up a letter bomb.

The man who was seriously injured when a letter bomb exploded in his Center City residence says he is "resting at home and feeling a little bit better." Jim Alden, 60, described his medical challenges and recovery on a site where donations are being collected on his behalf. Alden suffered wounds to his face, chest and hands after he picked up an envelope, which then exploded, that had been left at his home on the 1800 block of Pine Street. "My life changed on that day, and I still face more surgeries to deal with the significant damage to my left hand," Alden wrote. He did not provide any update on the criminal investigation, except to say that investigators were "working hard to solve this crime." Read more
In a rare occurrence, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made an announcement at the Statehouse in Trenton on Tuesday. Christie reiterated that he isn't planning to leave his job as governor – but he will leave the Statehouse, so the building can undergo a four-year, $300 million renovation set to begin immediately. "I've been urging this to be done for years. But I am not going to leave here without it being done," said Christie, whose term ends in January 2018. Read more
A three-year contract extension will keep Amy Gutmann as president of the University of Pennsylvania until June 2022 and make her the longest-serving president in Penn's history. Gutmann, 67, became president in 2004. The new pact will extend her tenure to 18 years, surpassing that of Gaylord Harnwell, who led the university for 17 years. "I want to continue the transformational impact we've been able to have on our campus and beyond," Gutmann said. Read more
Investigators are searching for clues in the death of a 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot in Mayfair this week. Ian Wilsey and a 16-year-old friend were apparently walking to a store to get a snack when they were ambushed by two men, including one who opened fire with a handgun. The assailants' identities and motives and remain unknown. "We don't know if it's a robbery, [or] a prior altercation," Homicide Capt. James Clark said. Read more
The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association says shootings by police in the state should be investigated by independent law enforcements agencies, and officers involved in the incidents should only be publicly identified if they are charged with a crime. Those recommendations were among a set of guidelines the prosecutors' group released in an effort to establish statewide standards for responding to police-involved shootings. "These situations are intense," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said. "They're situations that need to be looked at quickly and thoroughly, and I think these protocols give guidance to prosecutors and law enforcement agencies throughout the state." Read more
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