Friday, March 6, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 5:00 AM

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

1. Philadelphia's new boom. Philly mag takes a comprehensive look at the growth shaking up the city. 

2. Hotels for the pope's visit are already 90 percent booked as far away as Bucks CountyThe 92-room Holiday Inn Express in Warminster has been booked "pretty much the moment [the pope] confirmed he was coming."

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POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:35 PM
President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with members of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing on Monday, March 2, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. From left are the president, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Brittany Packnett, executive director of Teach For America in St. Louis, Missouri. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Recommendations for police departments from the lengthy President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Expect to see many of these points restated in the Department of Justice's report on the use of deadly force by Philadelphia police officers. That report is scheduled to be released on Friday morning. Several of these recommendations already have been implemented by Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey following the DOJ's review of the department. 

1. Embrace a guardian mindset to build public trust and legitimacy.

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POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:02 AM

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

An obelisk in The Woodlands cemetery is believed to be the country's tallest monument for a non-president. It marks the burial spot of Napoleon III's arrogant but accomplished West Philadelphia-born dentist, WHYY reports.

Thinking about renting out your place for Pope Francis' visit? A primer on the practical points of putting up papal pilgrims, from PhillyMag.

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POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:01 AM
Schools Superintendent William Hite (left) and former SRC chairman Bill Green. (STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

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

1. Green out at SRC: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has removed School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green from his position, days after Green voted to approve new charter schools in Philadelphia.

2. Icy roads: Roads and sidewalks are slick in the Philadelphia region this morning, prompting many school districts to open late.

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POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2015, 6:53 AM
The 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show. This year's show begins Saturday. (Ed Hille)

Here's your look at five stories we're following today and into the weekend.

1. Flower show: The Philadelphia Flower Show opens on Saturday, this year with a Disney theme.

2. Black Madam's testimony: Padge Victoria Windslowe, known as the "Black Madam" and on trial for an unlicensed buttocks injection that proved fatal, will continue testifying in her own defense at her murder trial.

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POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2015, 5:00 AM
Pumpkintown once existed in what is now Chestnut Hill. ( CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer )

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

1. Can this maps expert settle every neighborhood border dispute in the history of Philadelphia? "Pumpkintown once existed in what is now Chestnut Hill. The blocks around 46th and Market were once called Good Intent. The area below Southwark has been called Greenwich, but, whether current residents agree or not, it's also been known as Lovely." citypaper.net

2. What happens when you fart in space? Says astronomer Derrick Pitts of the Franklin Institute: “If you fart in zero G, you have a major problem." It all comes down to convection. Geekadelphia/WHYY

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POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:17 AM
A wine and spirits store on Columbus Boulevard. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Liquor privatization: The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is planning a vote today on the latest proposal to privatize the state wine and liquor system.

2. Net neutrality: The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on new rules to regulate internet service providers by reclassifying broadband as a "Title II" telecommunications service.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5:00 AM
Pope Francis. (LUCA ZENNARO/AFP/Getty Images)

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

1. Pope Francis' visit could challenge the Philly phone system. As many as 2 million pilgrims are expected to flood the city. The local telecommunication system isn't prepared to handle quite that additional load - yet. Phillymag.com.

2. How much do you need to make to own a home in Philadelphia? You'll need an income of at least $51,000 to afford a median-priced home, according to Next City. That puts us smack in the middle of the 27 big metros. 

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