Saturday, December 20, 2014

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 7:46 AM
Famed Philadelphia mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

Stories from around the web that we're reading this morning.

1. Newsworks takes a look inside Isaiah Zagar's newest project and talks to the mosaic master about his efforts to transform a former South Philadelphia warehouse.

2. Pennsylvania lawmakers spend a lot of money -- including on things like a PR firm to promote one Philadelphia legislator's acting debut, as a corpse. The Allentown Morning Call investigates state lawmakers' expense reports.

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POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 6:45 AM
Reservist ground support crew with the 514th Air Mobility WIng at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. President Obama is visiting the New Jersey military base today. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Obama at N.J. base: President Barack Obama is set to visit Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington County today to thank troops and their families.

2. Police-involved shooting: An investigation is underway after Philadelphia police fatally shot a man overnight in the city's Mayfair section.

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POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:59 AM
Supermodel Beverly Johnson (left) claims comedian Bill Cosby (right) drugged her during a 1980s audition for 'The Cosby Show.' (Images via Getty)

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

1. University City attacks: A man arrested while attacking a woman Thursday evening is a suspect in four other similar assaults in and near University City.

2. Pennsylvania politics: The state's movers and shakers, including Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, are headed to New York for the annual wining, dining, and networking extravaganza known as the Pennsylvania Society.

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POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 5:00 AM

Notable stories from around the Web that we're reading this morning.

1) Philadelphia's most influential charter-school advocates claim 40,000 city students are on waiting lists for seats. But as Daniel Denvir of City Paper reports, it's not clear if the number has any basis in reality.

2) Cohousing developments — housing units organized around a central communal living hub — have been gaining traction as a way to provide shared, environmentally friendly housing. A cohousing group in Philadelphia, Wissahickon Village Cohousing, is set to become the first in Pennsylvania. Its members are converting a former church in Mount Airy. But at $350,000 for a three-bedroom apartment, who can afford to buy in? Alexis Stephens explains for NextCity.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:42 AM
A female Philadelphia firefighter died fighting a fire at this row house on the 1600 block of Middleton St. in West Oak Lane early Tuesday morning. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

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

1. Rollins Trade:  Slugger Jimmy Rollins reportedly is being traded to the L.A. Dodgers after 15 years with the Phillies. Who will the Phillies get in return?

2. Search for Shane:  A newly surfaced surveillance video shows missing college student Shane Montgomery  walking toward a bridge over the Manayunk Canal - and vanishing, according to scouces.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:00 AM

Notable stories from around the Web that we're reading this morning.

1) Will cheap bus lines get kicked to the curb? Drexel University owns the land where Megabus and BoltBus pick up and disgorge passengers near 30th Street Station. And the school has big plans for those blocks. It wants the bus stops gone. Ryan Briggs has the story for CityPaper.net.

2) The Wall Street takeover of charity. It's a tax game, writes ProPublica. Investors who had a particularly good year can make a big donation to a donor-advised fund and lower their taxes. But charities might have to wait while the money sits in the account for years.

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:56 AM
A female Philadelphia firefighter died fighting a fire at this row house on the 1600 block of Middleton St. in West Oak Lane early Tuesday morning. ( (Alejandro A. Alvarez)

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

1. Firefighter death:  Investigation is underway to determine how Joyce Craig-Lewis, Philadephia's first female firefighter to die in the line of duty, got trapped while battling a basement fire.

2. Stabbing:  A Drexel student was stabbed early Wednesday during a fight on campus.

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5:00 AM

Notable stories from around the Web that we're reading this morning.

1) How tech-savvy are Philly's mayoral hopefuls? As more mayoral candidates enter the ring, Technical.ly Philly is conducting "background techs" on each contender. 

2) A paper written by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was published by two "scientific journals." Vox reports that both outlets belong to a world of predatory journals that spam thousands of scientists, offering to publish their work, for a fee, without actually conducting peer reviews. Said the engineer who pranked the publications, "My only regret is that the second author isn't Ralph Wiggum."

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