Monday, April 21, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:41 AM
A tarp covers the field at Citizens Bank Park. (Chris Szagola/AP)

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

1. Home opener: It's opening day at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies have their first home game of the season this afternoon. The Phils will face the Milwaukee Brewers at 4:05 p.m.

2. Woodcrest meeting: A public meeting is scheduled for this evening to discuss development plans for the Woodcrest Country Club property in Cherry Hill.

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POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:22 AM
A SEPTA bus travels a route through West Philadelphia along City Avenue near St. Joseph's University. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)

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

1. SEPTA negotiations: The contract between SEPTA and Transport Workers Union Local 234 expired at midnight, but the transit agency expects service to run as normal today. Union leaders said there weren't immediate plans to strike, and labor talks are continuing.

2. OT pay: A Philly.com analysis has found that many Philadelphia municipal employees are logging huge amounts of overtime -- which results in higher paychecks now and will ultimately lead to big pension payouts in retirement. The city has paid out $890 million in overtime in the past five years.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:36 AM
Military personnel wait for a news conference to begin at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. A gunman opened fire in an attack that left four people killed including the shooter, at the same post where more than a dozen people were killed in a 2009 mass shooting, law enforcement officials said. The gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. At least 14 people were hurt in the shooting. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)

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

1. Fort Hood shooting: A  soldier opened fire at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, killing three people and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself at the same facility where a 2009 attack left more than a dozen people dead.

2. SEPTA negotiations: SEPTA will resume negotiations with its largest union today at Transport Workers Union Local 234's headquarters. The last of the transit agency's contracts with its unionized employees expires Sunday. TWU leader Willie Brown says he wants to avoid a strike, but a union executive board has scheduled an "emergency strike meeting" for this evening.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:41 AM
Dominic Verdi, former Deputy Commissioner of L&I. (Steven M. Falk/Staff photographer)

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

1. L&I official charged: Dominic Verdi, the former deputy commissioner for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, has been charged with extortion and other offenses for allegedly giving special treatment to bars and restaurants that bought their booze from a South Philadelphia distributor in which the official had an ownership stake. Verdi is expected to turn himself in today.

2. Sting docs: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has gone to court asking a judge to make court documents about an aborted sting operation that reportedly captured Philadelphia public officials accepting cash or gifts public. Additional news organizations, including the Inquirer, are expected to file similar motions today.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:49 AM
Laura Line (left) helping Willaree Simon apply online for health insurance at an event at the Free Library. (File photo)

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

1. Health care sign ups: Monday was the deadline to enroll in the new online health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. Last-minute sign-ups could push the number of newly insured people above the Obama administration's original goal, after a disastrous rollout last year. Still, more tech problems plagued would-be insurance buyers on the last day to sign up. Full enrollment numbers won't be known immediately: Government officials say anyone who began signing up prior to Monday will be able to complete the enrollment process this month.

2. New fees for drivers: The prices for a number of fees and fines for Pennsylvania motorists are increasing today.

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POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:46 AM
This photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, photographed in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

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

1. Obamacare deadline: Today is the deadline to sign up for insurance in the online health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.

2. Phillies season opener: The Phillies start their season today at the Texas Rangers. Follow along with Philly.com's live chat for the 2:05 p.m. game.

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POSTED: Friday, March 28, 2014, 6:48 AM
Among the speakers at Friday's TEDxPhiladelphia conference are, clockwise from top left: Andrew Dahlgren, Nikki Adeli, Brian McTear, Dominique Streater, Chris Rabb, Simran Sidhu, Austin Seraphin and Katherina Rosqueta.

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

1. TEDxPhiladelphia: The day-long TEDxPhiladelphia conference takes place today at Temple University's Performing Arts Center. The sold-out event will be livestreamed at a number of venues, including Philly.com and the Project Liberty Digital Incubator. About 20 people are slated to speak at the conference.

2.  Christie in Vegas: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is traveling to Las Vegas this weekend to address the Republican Jewish Coalition. Christie is among several potential 2016 presidential candidates who will address the lobbying group that has a number of mega-donors in its ranks.

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POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014, 6:47 AM
On the way to Rome: A delegation including (from left) Daniel J. Hilferty, president of Independence Blue Cross; Gov. Corbett; and Mayor Nutter, as well as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, left Philadelphia on Sunday to help plan the 2015 World Meeting of Families and visit Pope Francis. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Rome trip: Mayor Michael Nutter, Gov. Tom Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput arrived in Rome this morning to meet with Pope Francis and other Vatican officials to discuss the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which will be held in Philadelphia next September. The trio will be guests of honor at a reception today at the home of Ken Hackette, the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, and will have a two-hour private reception with Pope Francis Wednesday.

2. PSSA exams: Philadelphia students will begin taking the Pennsylvania System of State Assessment exams, more commonly known as PSSA tests, today, and some parents are having their children opt-out of the tests.

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