Thursday, August 28, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 7:23 AM
A billboard in the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia overlooking I-76, shows support of Philly's own Taney Dragons Little League baseball team as they get set to play for the Little League World Series title in Williamsport, PA. ( ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer )

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

1. Taney pride: The Little League World Series kicks off today, and Philadelphia's Taney Dragons are enjoying some celebrity treatment in Williamsport. The Center City team, winners of the Mid-Atlantic Regional championships, plays its first game Friday afternoon against South Nashville.

2. Fattah Jr. in court: An arraignment hearing is scheduled today for Chaka Fattah Jr., son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Fattah Jr. has been indicted on charges of of defrauding banks, the Internal Revenue Service and the Philadelphia School District.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 7:04 AM
Thursday Aug. 7, 2014 Using the Independence Beer Garden as a backdrop, the city's political heavyweights used the event across the street from Independence Mall to kick off Philadelphia's final push for a winning bid to secure the 2016 Democratic Convention. Here, Congressman Bob Brady, left, Gov. Ed Rendell and Mayor Nutter at their press conference this afternoon. ( (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer )

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

1. DNC visit: Representatives from the Democratic National Committee deciding where to host the party's 2016 conventionv will visit Philadelphia today and Thursday for a site visit. A number of prominent spots in the city will be lit up in red, white and blue to welcome the committee.

2. Revel closing: The struggling Revel Casino Hotel has announced that it will close by Sept. 10, leaving nearly 6,400 workers without jobs and raising the question of what will be done with the building.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 7:41 AM
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Manahawkin, N.J. (AP)

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

1. Christie's travels: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has spent considerable time on the road as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and is due to make several more trips this week, heading to Maine today and Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday. The governor says the trips are part of his duties as the RGA's leader, but New Jersey residents still believe he's preparing a presidential campaign: A Rutgers-Eagleton poll out today found that 57 percent of those surveyed expect Christie to run in 2016.

2. Veterans Wheelchair Games: The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, being held this year in Philadelphia and South Jersey, begin today. 

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POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 6:48 AM
Taney's players celebrate their 8-0 victory over the Delaware champs and their Little League World Series berth. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff)

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

1. Taney's win: The Taney Dragons are headed to the Little League World Series. The Center City team is headed to Williamsport after winning the Mid-Atlantic division on Sunday night.

2. Maccabi Games: Jewish teenagers are in New Jersey this week to compete in the JCC Maccabi Games. More than 1,200 athletes will participate in the Olympic-style event. 

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POSTED: Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:26 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the podium to address the nation in the State Dining Room of the White House on August 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama announced he has authorized military strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and a humanitarian aid drop. ISIS has been advancing on the important city of Erbil, Iraq and a civilian humanitarian crisis has developed. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

Here's your look at five stories to know about before the weekend:

1. Iraq airstrikes: President Obama has approved U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, creating the potential for new American involvement in the sectarian conflict.

2. Pennypack Park killing reward: The reward for information about the killer of Constance Murray, a Northeast Philadelphia mother strangled to death while running in Pennypack Park, has increased to $35,000.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 7:18 AM
Constance "Connie" Murray, as seen on her Facebook page.

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

1. Pennypack Park death: An autopsy is slated to be performed today to determine how a mother died while jogging in Pennypack Park. Police are calling the death of 46-year-old Constance Murray suspicious.

2. Glouco clean-up plan: Freeholders in Gloucester County are scheduled to weigh a resolution that opposes the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to clean-up a contaminated site in Newfield.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:08 AM
Richard Starchia, Tonia Jackson, and her daughter Riconya (right) visit the memorial in North Philadelphia Monday, July 28, 2014, to the three children killed during the carjacking that left their mother fighting for her life. Two men have been charged with second-degree murder and sexual assault in the fatal crash. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Carjacking suspects charged: Two men have been charged in the deadly North Philadelphia carjacking and crash that killed three children. Jonathan Rosa and Cornelius Crawford were arraigned overnight and are being held without bail.

2. Temple admissions: Temple University is making it optional for applicants to submit test scores, becoming the first national public research institution in the Northeast to not require SAT or ACT scores from students.

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POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:00 AM
The driver of this white SUV was carjacked at gunpoint in North Philadelphia. A crash after resulted in the deaths of three children. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

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

1. Carjacking suspects: Police are questioning two "persons of interest" in connection to Friday's carjacking and crash that left three children dead in North Philadelphia. The children's mother was critically wounded when the carjacked vehicle rammed into their fruit stand.

2. Ridley Twp. murder-suicide attempt: A woman remains hospitalized after her boyfriend shot and killed their 5-year-old son, shot and seriously wounded her, then turned the gun on himself. The wounded Shyema Washington does not yet know her son has died.

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