Thursday, September 18, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 5:00 AM

1.) As Philadelphia’s decriminalization of small amounts of pot possession gains national attention, a City Council staffer tells Brooklyn-based VICE News that the city “forged our own path against the state.”

2.) Closer to home, a columnist for the Delaware County Times blows the horn over what she apparently sees as a serious case of WIMBY (weed in my backyard).

3.) The approach to sexual assault investigations by Philadelphia police are part of a report by the New York Times that explores practices by certain jurisdictions across the country.

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POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:37 AM
Miss America contestants walk the stage during the parade of state for the preliminaries third night for the Miss America pageant at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Edward Lea)

Here's your look at five stories we're following today and over the weekend:

1. Miss America: Contestants from Pennsylvania and Maryland won preliminary competitions at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, in advance of Sunday's nationally televised finale. Also at the pageant, crowds beauty princesses are swarming the Miss America Trade Show and one participant -- Miss Delaware -- is competing with the memory of her sister, who was slain in Camden County in 2010.

2. Visit Philly embezzlement: The District Attorney's Office is investigating the embezzlement of $210,000 from Visit Philadelphia and probing how the publicly funded marketing agency handled hte matter. Visit Philadelphia has been asked to give further information to law enforcement officials by today.

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

1) These two founders left Penn to run their online art marketplace, Easley, Juliana Reyes of Technic.ly Philly reports.

2) Why will Saturday's apartment implosion in Germantown sound like "a thunderbolt?" Newsworks brings the noise.

3) On the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, #GunCrisis bears grim news about Philadelphia's murderous death toll since that fateful day.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:44 AM
Democratic voters will go to the polls in less than 10 months for a primary that will likely pick Philadelphia's next mayor. (Elizabeth Thomsen / flickr)

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

1. City Council returns: Philadelphia's City Council is back in session today. Items on the agenda for the term include schools funding and the sale of Philadelphia Gas Works, and a bill to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana is set to be reintroduced today and become law next month after Councilman James Kenney reached a compromise with Mayor Nutter.

2. 9/11 anniversary: Today marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Familes of the Flight 93 passengers and crew were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday.

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POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 5:00 AM
Protesters Demonstrate across the street from where New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends a summit meeting to discuss the future of Atlantic City. Political, business and labor leaders discuss how to move forward with a city that started the year with 12 casinos, but will have eight remaining before fall and almost 8,000 people out of work. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

1) Two of Pennsylvania’s best-known politicians are among Politico’s “biggest losers of the primary season.” 

2) As casino closings destroy the resort's tax base, Atlantic City may take a cue from Camden and replace its police department with a county-run force, reports the Press of Atlantic City.

3) If you hate hipsters, you might be a hipster, writes PhillyNow.com’s Josh Kruger. “I have searched far and wide, and I cannot find an actual, bona fide, self-described hipster,” Kruger says. “I have found many people, though, who are loudly not hipsters. “

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:36 AM
Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) march in Raqqa, Syria. (AP photo)

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

1. ISIS strategy: President Barack Obama is set to outline his plans to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in a prime-time speech this evening. He is prepared to use U.S. airstrikes in Syria against the jihadist group ISIS -- and many lawmakers from the Philadelphia region say they support intervention.

2. Kidnap trial: The prosecution has finished presenting its case at the trial for Christina Regusters, accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old girl from her West Philadelphia elementary school and sexually assaulting her. The defense is expected to call character witnesses, and the jury could hear closing arguments as early as today.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 5:00 AM
The cover of photographer Seth Casteel's "Underwater Puppies."

1) Why does the tax delinquency epidemic in Philadelphia matter? A ton of money still goes uncollected. Patrick Kerkstra assesses the city’s triumphs and failures in Philadelphia Magazine.

2) Lawyers are using neuroscience to get inside the heads of jurors. Maiken Scott of Newsworks explains how attorneys are using story-telling tricks to light up specific regions of jurors’ brains..

3) What could be cuter than underwater dogs? Underwater puppies. A National Geographic photographer talks about his enthusiastic tail-wagging models and his forthcoming book.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:46 AM
File: Bill Green (right), chairman of the School Reform Commission, with Superintendent William Hite. (Steven M. Falk/Staff/File)

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

1. SRC and charter schools: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is slated to hear oral arguments today in a case that centers on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's ability to manage charter schools in the cash-strapped school district.

2. Kidnap trial: Prosecutors are expected to present their final witness today at the trial for Christina Regusters, accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old girl from her West Philadelphia elementary school and sexually assaulting her. Regusters' defense attorney hasn't said who, if anyone, will testify for the defense.

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