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POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7:29 AM
Philadelphia Police Headquarters. (Stephanie Aaronson/Philly.com)

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

1. Officer-involved shooting: A Philadelphia police officer was wounded in a shootout in Tacony overnight; officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

2. Dilworth Plaza reopening: Officials are set to announce the opening date for the renovated Dilworth Plaza at a news conference today.

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POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 7:16 AM
Taney's #7, cneter, Tai Shanahan runs back to his teammates after hitting the ball and making it to first that allowed Zion Spearman to score the winning run in the bottom of the 6th inning to beat Southwest 7-6 and advance. Philadelphia's Taney Little League plays against the 2014 Southwest Region Pearland East Little League on Sunday August 17, 2014 08/17/2014 ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Taney wins: The Taney Dragons defeated a team from Pearland, Texas, Sunday night to advance to Wednesday's U.S. semifinals in the Little League World Series. The 7-6 comeback win elated the players' parents, fans in the stands and supporters back in Philadelphia.

2. SEPTA labor negotiations: SEPTA's board is scheduled to meet today and give its chairman the authority to approve a new contract with Regional Rail electrical workers. However, two other labor disputes between the transit agency and its unions could result in a strike later this year.

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POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:55 AM
Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr, left, leans in to listen to Gov. Corbett, right. Pa. Rep. Bill Adolph of Delaware County stands between them. Hite is expected to announce today whether schools will open on time this fall. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Decision day for Philly schools: Philadelphia School District officials are expected to announce today whether classes in the cash-strapped schools will resume on time in September.

2. Police and protests: State troopers are replacing the heavily armed local squads that have responded to protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, hundreds of people gathered at a rally in LOVE Park on Thursday night to protest the Missouri shooting, Commissioner Ramsey is planning a pilot program for officers to wear body cameras that would capture the cops' interactions with the public and Philadelphia officers say they largely prefer using bike patrols over weapons in dealing with large crowds.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 7:23 AM
A billboard in the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia overlooking I-76, shows support of Philly's own Taney Dragons Little League baseball team as they get set to play for the Little League World Series title in Williamsport, PA. ( ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer )

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

1. Taney pride: The Little League World Series kicks off today, and Philadelphia's Taney Dragons are enjoying some celebrity treatment in Williamsport. The Center City team, winners of the Mid-Atlantic Regional championships, plays its first game Friday afternoon against South Nashville.

2. Fattah Jr. in court: An arraignment hearing is scheduled today for Chaka Fattah Jr., son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Fattah Jr. has been indicted on charges of of defrauding banks, the Internal Revenue Service and the Philadelphia School District.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 7:04 AM
Thursday Aug. 7, 2014 Using the Independence Beer Garden as a backdrop, the city's political heavyweights used the event across the street from Independence Mall to kick off Philadelphia's final push for a winning bid to secure the 2016 Democratic Convention. Here, Congressman Bob Brady, left, Gov. Ed Rendell and Mayor Nutter at their press conference this afternoon. ( (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer )

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

1. DNC visit: Representatives from the Democratic National Committee deciding where to host the party's 2016 conventionv will visit Philadelphia today and Thursday for a site visit. A number of prominent spots in the city will be lit up in red, white and blue to welcome the committee.

2. Revel closing: The struggling Revel Casino Hotel has announced that it will close by Sept. 10, leaving nearly 6,400 workers without jobs and raising the question of what will be done with the building.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 7:41 AM
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Manahawkin, N.J. (AP)

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

1. Christie's travels: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has spent considerable time on the road as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and is due to make several more trips this week, heading to Maine today and Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday. The governor says the trips are part of his duties as the RGA's leader, but New Jersey residents still believe he's preparing a presidential campaign: A Rutgers-Eagleton poll out today found that 57 percent of those surveyed expect Christie to run in 2016.

2. Veterans Wheelchair Games: The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, being held this year in Philadelphia and South Jersey, begin today. 

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POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 6:48 AM
Taney's players celebrate their 8-0 victory over the Delaware champs and their Little League World Series berth. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff)

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

1. Taney's win: The Taney Dragons are headed to the Little League World Series. The Center City team is headed to Williamsport after winning the Mid-Atlantic division on Sunday night.

2. Maccabi Games: Jewish teenagers are in New Jersey this week to compete in the JCC Maccabi Games. More than 1,200 athletes will participate in the Olympic-style event. 

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POSTED: Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:26 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the podium to address the nation in the State Dining Room of the White House on August 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama announced he has authorized military strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and a humanitarian aid drop. ISIS has been advancing on the important city of Erbil, Iraq and a civilian humanitarian crisis has developed. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

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

1. Iraq airstrikes: President Obama has approved U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, creating the potential for new American involvement in the sectarian conflict.

2. Pennypack Park killing reward: The reward for information about the killer of Constance Murray, a Northeast Philadelphia mother strangled to death while running in Pennypack Park, has increased to $35,000.

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