Thursday, July 31, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 7:05 AM
David Cohen (L), executive vice president of the Comcast Corporationtestifies while Arthur Minson Jr. (R), executive vice president and CFO of the Time Warner Cable Inc., listens during a Senate Judiciary Commettee hearing on Capitol Hill, April 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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

1. Comcast hearing: Another hearing related to Comcast Corp.'s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable takes place in Washington today. Comcast's David Cohen will testify at the hearing, called "At a Tipping Point: Consumer Choice, Consolidation and the Future Video Marketplace," as will a top executive from AT&T, which is trying to acquire DirecTV. It's the first time Comcast and AT&T officials have spoken at the same hearing since the merger plans were announced.

2. Duffel bag death: Police are questioning a person of interest in the slaying of  23-year-old Laura Araujo, a recent Art Institute of Philadelphia graduate whose slain body was found in a duffel bag in North Philadelphia earlier this week.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 8:09 AM
A tree felled by swift-moving storms last week closed Pennsylvania Avenue in Oreland and left residents in the dark. Today, the National Weather Service will determine whether a tornado touched down in Burlington County during another round of storms last night. (RON TARVER / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Tornado in Burlco?: The National Weather Service will inspect damage from Monday's storms in Burlington County today to determine if a tornado touched down in the area. And more rain, winds and potential hail are expected today.

2. PGW sale: City Council is spending about $100,000 to have a consultant examine the proposed sale of Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Holdings Corp., but Council's delayed review of the sale could cause problems: UIL is permitted to back out of the agreement if Council hasn't made a decision by 11:59 p.m. today.

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POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:08 AM
The Trump Plaza plans to close in mid-September - Atlantic City's fourth possible closing since January - and will issue formal layoff notices Monday to about 1,600 workers. A union chief called the closures an "impending catastrophe." (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Casino layoff notices: About 1,600 workers at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City will receive formal layoff notices today after the casino announced on Friday that it will close in mid-September. It's the fourth recent planned closure of  a casino in Atlantic City, moves that will leave thousands of employees jobless.

2. Transportation projects: A number of major transportation projects are getting underway in the Philadelphia region, with more to come. Today, for instance, PennDOT is starting a $3.4 million repaving effort on Interstate 95 between the Girard Point Bridge in Philadelphia and Route 420 in Delaware County, and travel on a stretch of northbound Route 100 in Chester County will be restricted to one lane for the bulk of the week so it can be widened. And the public can submit comments on future long-range projects in Pennsylvania until Friday.

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POSTED: Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:24 AM
School Superintendent William Hite, left, board President William Green and other members of the School Reform Commission listen to audience members comment on the proposed budget. (Michael Bryant/Staff/April 2014 file photo)

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

1. School layoffs: The Philadelphia School District has started sending layoff notices to 342 employees, largely noontime aides and special-education assistants. And up to 1,300 workers could be laid off if state legislators don't approve a $2-per-pack cigarette tax.

2. Trial in 6-year-old's death: Jurors have begun deciding the fate of a man on trial for allegedly killing a 6-year-old boy in Camden in 2012. The boy, Dominick Andujar, has been hailed as a hero for trying to stop Osvaldo Rivera from attacking his 12-year-old sister after breaking into their home.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8:09 AM
Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia William Hite scratches his head while arriving to a public meeting to adopt a operating budget for 2014/2015 at the Philadelphia School District Building on Monday, June 30, 2014. The Pa. Senate's action on Tuesday delays a cigarette tax that would raise millions for Philly schools. ( YONG KIM / Staff Photographer )

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

1. Pa. budget battles: Wrangling over Pennsylvania's budget is continuing, though action from Gov. Tom Corbett is expected today. The governor has scheduled a news conference for this morning. Significant debate has centered on a proposed $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes to raise money for Philadelphia schools, and Superintendent William Hite says layoffs will be necessary if an agreement about the tax isn't reached by Aug. 15.

2. Police-involved shootings: A City Hall forum about the federal review of officer-involved shootings by the Philadelphia Police Department will take place tonight.

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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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