Sunday, January 25, 2015

POSTED: Monday, January 19, 2015, 6:48 AM
Brie Leftwich, an eighth-grader from Camden, holds up a mural she and other area students helped paint in honor of the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. (DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

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

1. MLK Day: Thousands of Philadelphians are expected to participate in a protest march and community service projects to mark Martin Luther King Day in Philadelphia.

2. Icy weather: After freezing rain caused crashes and chaos across the Philadelphia region on Sunday, leaving three people dead, some black ice persists on the roads this morning, and motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution.

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POSTED: Monday, January 19, 2015, 5:00 AM

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

1. At Comcast, there is apparently a "VIP hotline," according to the Business Journal. Its slogan: "We're on it." So what's the slogan for the rest of us when we call?

2. A story about Philadelphia's extremely pricey child day care scene will have you thinking twice about helping to populate the world.

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POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 6:42 AM
Philadelphia police officers at scene of Kim Jones' slaying on North 12th Street on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer )

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

1. Vigil for advocacy worker: A vigil will be held this evening for Kim Jones, a 56-year-old child-advocacy worker who was fatally shot in an execution-style killing at a bus stop near Temple University.

2. PSU and NCAA: Penn State's board of trustees is expected to debate today whether to join a lawsuit against the NCAA, which imposed massive sanctions on the school in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

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POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:00 AM

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

1. Counterintuitive politics! Under Mayor Nutter, Philadephia became awesome, reports Patrick Kerkstra of Philly mag. Crime is down, fire deaths down, wage taxes down, jobs up. 

2. Ominous science news! There's a comet passing by Earth, and here's how to see it. Kazillionaire Elon Musk pledges $10 million to keep AI (artificial intellegence) from turning against humanity. And Pope Francis repeats his warning that global climate change is real and humans are causing it.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:44 AM
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will be in Philadelphia today. (Photo from Getty Images)

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

1. Holder in Philly: Attorney General Eric Holder is making a trip to Philadelphia today for a roundtable about trust between police and their communities.

2. N.J. pensions: A judge will hear arguments this morning in the legal fight between Gov. Chris Christie's administration and New Jersey public workers about Christie's pension-payment cuts.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:00 AM

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

1. City Paper report prompts DA to review video surveillance footage before charging inmates with assaulting corrections officers.

2. Abortion opponents call for moratorium on procedures during papal visit to Philadelphia. Planned Parenthood CEO says her group says "no" to a moratorium. Newsworks' Tom McDonald reports.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 6:51 AM
A complex project at 3737 Chestnut, a new high-rise apartment building, will also create space for the Episcopal Diocese and Cathedral, as well as a community center and child-care facility. (BLT Architects)

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

1. U.C. high-rise: Developers are scheduled to top off a 25-floor apartment tower in University City today. The building, 3737 Chestnut, is one of a number of projects rising in the neighborhood that caters to graduate students and young professionals.

2. Christie's ambitions: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie touted his record in his State of the State address, but the speech left some Democrats saying the Republican governor sounded primarily interested in running for president. Today and Friday, Christie -- last year's head of the Republican Governors Association -- is set to attend gubernatorial inaugurations in South Carolina and Iowa.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 5:00 AM

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

1.) Philadelphia was once nationally regarded as a leader in releasing open data. When it began to be viewed as a threat to city administrators, the flow of data was throttled and the city's chief data officer quit. What happens when a city finds itself in “that messy, uncomfortable, adolescent phase of open data” and why it matters. Andrew Zaleski reports for NextCity.

2.) Is Philly the "greenest city" in America? Not quite. But we're gaining, according to Newsworks. Is Philly the best shopping city in the world? Alas, no. In a Conde Nast Traveler poll, we were edged out by Barcelona. We'll take No. 1 in the U.S.A.

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