Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:49 AM
Liberia Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh with Red Cross CEO Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes visits Gesner Street where a fire claimed 4 young children early Saturday morning. Monday, July 8, 2014. ( (Steven M. Falk)

Here's your look at five stories we're following today:

1. Fatal fire aftermath: City officials have released recordings of the 911 calls made about the weekend fire on Gesner Street in Southwest Philadelphia that killed four young children. Liberian Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh was among those who visited the site of the deadly blaze on Tuesday, and is scheduled to meet with city officials today.

2. Showboat protest: The union that represents about 900 workers at Showboat hotel and casino in Atlantic City is planning a protest this evening over Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s plan to close the venue. Caesars, meanwhile, has confirmed it is open to selling the Showboat to prevent it from shutting down.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:21 AM
The fire department's delayed response to a deadly weekend fire that killed four children is now the focus of angry speculation and demonstrations in the neighborhood. (Aubrey Whelan / Inquirer staff)

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:

1. Fire response times: Southwest Philadelphia residents erupted in protest Monday night over what they say was a delayed response to a weekend rowhouse fire that killed four children. City officials fought back against claims that firefighters took too long to get to the blaze, but records show the fire department initially deployed resources as if crews were preparing for a rubbish fire.

2. Traffic Court trial: Prosecutors are expected to finish presenting their case today at the trial of former Traffic Court judges facing fraud and conspiracy charges in an alleged ticket-fixing scandal. The defense will then begin telling its side.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 3, 2014, 8:07 AM
Welcome America fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on July 4th 2012. ( (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)

Here's your look at five stories we're following:

1. Fourth fun starts: Independence Day activities are getting under way in the Philadelphia region, with fireworks, parades, family events, races and other activities taking place today in advance of Friday's celebrations that include the massive Wawa Welcome America! event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Jersey Shore is also gearing up for the big weekend.

2. Missing boater: Crews are set to resume searching for a 66-year-old man who went missing the Delaware River near Holmesburg after his boat capsized Wednesday evening.

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 7:14 AM
Propane tank that exploded at a food truck in Feltonville and landed 150 feet away in a backyard. (AUBREY WHELAN / Staff)

Here's your look at five stories we're following today:

1. Food truck explosion: Twelve people were injured, several critically, when a food truck exploded in Feltonville on Tuesday night. A 42-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter who worked at truck suffered third-degree burns to 50 percent of their bodies. Authorities are working to determine whether the propane-tank blast was accidental or suspicious.

2. Fourth festivities, forecast: Independence Day events are already beginning in Philadelphia, with Wawa Hoagie Day taking place at the Independence Visitor Center this afternoon as part of the Wawa Welcome America! festivities. But the season's first named storm, Tropical Storm Arthur, could put a damper on weekend events and is creating a higher risk of rip currents at the Jersey Shore through the holiday weekend.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 6:54 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, right, along with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower)

Here's your look at five stories we're following today:

1. State budgets: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has refused to sign a $29.1 billion spending plan that didn't include a measure to change new-employee pension benefits. The legislature delivered a budget less than two hours before the midnight deadline. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed key parts of the budget legislators passed last week. Christie is holding a town hall event in Essex County this afternoon, where he's expected to discuss the budget.

2. World Cup: The United States takes on Belgium this afternoon in the World Cup's round of 16. Join Philly.com for a live chat during the game.

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POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014, 7:07 AM
Protesters line the halls of the Capitol building Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania state lawmakers were returning to the Capitol for an unusual weekend session Sunday as Republicans try to advance an approximately $29 billion spending plan for the new fiscal year that starts in less than 40 hours. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:

1. Pa. budget battles: Today marks the deadline for Pennsylvania officials to adopt a budget, and a bill is expected to have its first floor votes today. The down-to-the-wire fight is getting tied up, in part, over demands from Gov. Tom Corbett and House Republicans to tie funds for Philadelphia's public schools to a pension-reform plan.

2. Missing swimmer: Officials are set to resume searching today for a 14-year-old boy who went missing while swimming in Ocean City.

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POSTED: Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:04 AM
File: Showboat Atlantic City. (AP)

Here's your look at five stories to know about before the weekend: 

1. Showboat closing: The Showboat Atlantic City hotel and casino may be closing, and a union leader says employees are expected to receive layoff notices today.

2. Spruce Street park: The Spruce Street Harbor Park near Penn's Landing opens to the public today, designed by the landscape architect behind last summer's hugely popular Pennsylvania Horticultural Society pop-up garden on Broad Street.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7:25 AM
Jermaine Jones, left, works out with U.S. teammates during a training session in Recife, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Jones, who was born in Germany, will represent the U.S. against Germany in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup on June 26. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Here's your daily look at five stories we're following:

1. U.S.-Germany match: The United States and Germany face off in the final Group G World Cup match today. The winner will advance, while the loser could be out of the contest and a draw would let both teams move on. The game is forcing German Americans in Philadelphia to decide where their loyalties are.

2. Neshaminy "Redskin" policy: A Neshaminy School District committee endorsed a policy earlier this week that allows editors of the Neshaminy High School newspaper to choose not to print a word -- like "Redskin," the name of the school's teams -- in news articles, but can't bar such words in editorials. The full school board will take up the proposal today.

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