1) New Jersey could become the third state to permit the testing and licensing of self-driving vehicles. This doesn't mean you can go buy one anytime soon. Phil Gregory reports for Newsworks.
2) Tourists were greeted at Independence Mall last week by anti-abortion protesters with graphic, bloody photographs on a 12-foot-tall video screen. Protests that use inflammatory tactics are effective at getting attention. Emily Guendelsberger of City Paper asks: Are they any good at changing minds?
3) Hours after his Shark Tank appearance, a local entrepreneur cashed in. EmergenSee CEO Phil Reitnour didn't win. But he got what he wanted, and that was plenty of exposure for his mobile personal security app, reports Philadelphia Business Journal's Lauren Hertzler.
Here's your look at five stories we're following today:
1. SEPTA strike: Members of SEPTA's Transport Workers Union Local 234 have voted to authorize a strike, leading to the potential for subway conductors, trolley operators and bus drivers to walk off the job later this year or early in 2015. Union president Willie Brown has scheduled an afternoon news conference to discuss the vote and the workers' contract negotiations with the transit agency.
2. Ebola quarantines: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is defending his decision to requiring anyone flying into the state after having contact with Ebola patients in West Africa to undergo a 21-day quarantine. Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have drawn fire for their procedures, with are more aggressive than federal policies.
1) A firsthand account of the prison riots at Pennsylvania's SCI at Camp Hill 25 years ago from a first responder, as documented on PennLive.
2) How is America's first nonprofit supermarket doing in Chester? Next City reports it's taking hold in the community.
3) You know how the tram cars at airports have large glass shields separating the platforms from the arriving cars? A Philly councilman told Metro that those could come to a SEPTA subway stop near you.
Here's your early look at five stories we're following today and into the weekend:
1. C.B. West hazing: The rest of the football season for Central Bucks West High School, including tonight's homecoming game, has been canceled amid allegations that players on the team engaged in hazing.
2. Taxi insurance: More than a quarter of Philadelphia's taxi fleet could be forced off the roads this evening because they lack adequate insurance. An insurance company's financial collapse means that 466 cbas need a new insurer by 5 p.m. today.
1) The nation's first nonprofit supermarket is picking up steam in Chester. On NextCity.org, Cassie Owens checks in with Fare & Square a year after its opening to see how it's progressed. (One lesson: No mint jelly!)
2) A New Jersey state university is in negotiations to buy a former Atlantic City casino. Stockton College is eyeing it for a 10,000-student campus, reports Donald Wittkowski for the Press of Atlantic City.
3) Everything you wanted to know about gentrification but were afraid to ask. Liz Spikol of Philly mag explains why you really need to read the Daily News special section on gentrification in Philadelphia. "The key takeaway is that gentrification isn't necessarily what you think."
Part One of this series -- "Meet 22 of the Philadelphia area's super-rich" -- listed wealthy men and women who have lived, run businesses, and donated heaps of money in the region.
Part Two uses a wider lens to create a list of 46 billionaires who attended universities in the Philadelphia region. Ten of these people are among the 50 richest Americans, according to the recently published Forbes 400.
Not surprisingly, the University of Pennsylvania is responsible for the lion's share, especially through its Wharton School. Only Harvard beats Penn as a billionaire factory, according to a 2013 study.
Here's five stories we're following today:
1. Century 21 opening: The popular New York department store Century 21 opens its Philadelphia outpost today at 8th and Market streets.
2. Sheridan fire: Dispatch logs show more details about rescue crews' efforts to save Cooper University Health System Chief Executive John Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, after a fire at their Somerset County home, but many questions about their deaths remain.
1) The value of schmoozing in the age of social media. Lynn Wu at Knowledge@Wharton reports that the more individuals use “social” terms — such as “coffee,” “lunch” or “baseball” — while engaging with colleagues on social networks, the less likely they are to be laid off.
2) The tombstone wall of Society Hill. David Koch writes for HiddenCity Philadelphia that tucked away behind the Presbyterian Historical Society at Fifth and Lombard streets lie peculiar traces of the 18th century.
3) Fans assess WXPN’s #885countdown with both slavish and snarky tweets. Kansas? We wait with bated breath for REO Speedwagon.