Sunday, April 26, 2015

POSTED: Monday, April 20, 2015, 6:52 AM
Edwin Desamour (left), president & founder of Men in Motion in the Community, walks along Allegheny Avenue with his brother, Eric Desamour, a former drug dealer. (Sharon Gekoski-KImmel / staff photographer)

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

1. Police Oversight:  Nutter appointee to police reform panel resigns amid controversy over his teenage criminal record.

2. Eagles: What will hiring Tim Tebow mean for the Eagles? Take 1. Take 2. Your vote on Tebow? Long term question: Will Chip Kelly now prove as good at winning games as he has at grabbing headlines?

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POSTED: Monday, April 20, 2015, 5:00 AM
Albert Einstein, who went from teen rebel to an authority and Nobel Prize-winning physicist, shown here writing an equation for the density of the Milky Way at the Carnegie Institute in California in 1931. (Associated Press)

Stories from the web that we're reading this morning. Something for everyone.

How Einstein's brain ended up at the Mütter Museum. Hint: It involves a New Jersey pathologist and what some would call "stealing," per Smithsonian.com.

This week in Kabletown news: Comcast and Time Warner Cable will meet with DOJ officials Wednesday to negotiate possible concessions in the behemoths' proposed merger, according to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal.

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POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:58 AM
Police mug shot of Zackary Pritchett.

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

1. Crime:  Neighbors say a 19-year-old man who was ordered to stand trial in the fatal stabbing of his mother appeared to be the victim of abuse and that they had called officials over the years to report their concerns.

2. Police Involved Shooting: An officer shot and wounded a man who had pistol in one hand and a revolver in his waistband in Philadelphia's Frankford section overnight.

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POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 5:00 AM
Jesse Hart works on his speed with his dad, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart. (ED HILLE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Stories from around the Web that we're reading this morning. Something for everyone.

Ten years later, the disappearance of Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar remains a mystery. Time only compounds what was already a difficult case with no physical evidence and a virtually limitless number of interpretations. Wallace McKelvey reports for PennLive.com.

N.J. the most corrupt state? Nah. Americans say it's N.Y. The Garden State comes in third, behind Illinois. Pennsylvania lags behind at No. 18. Matt Friedman writes for NJ.com.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:46 AM
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) reacts as he exits the podium after speaking to the media during a news conference in Newark, New Jersey April 1, 2015. (Eduardo Munoz / Reuters)

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

1. Menendez's approval: More than half of New Jersey voters say indicted Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez should resign, a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning finds.

2. Fishtown music venue: Details are being unveiled today about a plan to transform a former factory on the Delaware Avenue in Fishtown into an entertainment complex.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:00 AM
Bill Withers will be inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (File)

Stories from around the Web that we're reading this morning. Something for everyone.

After years of abuses, has Philadelphia's Police Department finally turned the corner? A federal report found Philadelphia cops had shot at civilians nearly 400 times in seven years, in numbers often equal to or exceeding those of New York. The feds' findings have given new teeth to the civilian Police Advisory Commission. Isaiah Thompson reports for Vice.com.

Why knuckles crack. The "Pull My Finger" study found the sound comes when a bubble forms between the bones of the knuckle joint — not when it collapses. Rob Stein reports for NPR.com.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6:23 AM
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) talking with Kristen Ruell, a seven-year employee of the VA and one of its most prominent whistle-blowers, before a House Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing in July. (Cliff Owen/Staff)

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

1. VA probe: The results of an investigation into alleged misconduct at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office are expected to be released today.

2. PREIT's plans: The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust has outlined its plans to renovate the Gallery.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 5:00 AM
University of Pennsylvania (Photo via Facebook)

Stories from around the Web that we're reading this morning. Something for everyone.

Big breaks for corporations on Tax Day. Congress last year passed a $32 billion package of special provisions for businesses. Over the years, corporate America has gotten ever more adept at shifting the tax burden from itself to income earners — married, single, wage earning or salaried. Bill Allison writes for the Sunlight Foundation. 

How Independence Blue Cross is using algorithms to better target health care. The promise of savings has others paying attention to the power, and possible drawbacks, of these predictive computer formulas.Todd Bookman reports for Newsworks.org.

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