Thursday, May 28, 2015

POSTED: Friday, May 22, 2015, 6:39 AM
At the de-iced River Rink, Norman Stewart and Yadsirie Rivera are the wheel deal. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

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

1. New roller rink: A new outdoor roller-skating rink opens along the Delaware River this morning.

2. Physics prof's arrest: The chairman of Temple University's physics department is accused of selling sensitive defense technology to groups in China, including the country's government.

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POSTED: Friday, May 22, 2015, 5:00 AM
Mayor Michael Nutter. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)

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

Dems in disarray in must-win Pa. Senate race. Failed 2010 hopeful Joe Sestak is trying again next year. But party leaders are desperate to find someone else. Politico.com

Black Trans women: In the crosshairs. In the wake of the stabbing death of a transgender woman of color in Philadelphia this week, Ebony.com has published online an SPLC report examining the brutal – and often deadly – violence faced by transgender women of color.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:33 AM
A banquet at Joy Tsin Lau in Chinatown is being blamed for sickening dozens, but the restaurant owner disagrees: "Maybe they got cold or drank too much."

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

1. Restaurant lawsuit: The city has filed a lawsuit against Joy Tsin Lau, the Chinatown restaurant where nearly 100 attorneys and law students became sick in a major foodborne-illness outbreak, calling the eatery a "serious and immediate hazard and a "public health nuisance."

2. Christie's disclosure forms: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie makes no mention of the luxury-box tickets to Dallas Cowboys games he received from Jerry Jones, the team's owner, on his recent financial-disclosure forms.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 5:00 AM
Mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham casts her vote Tuesday. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/Staff Photographer)

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

Lynne Abraham challenges women to seek CEO roles. Her mayoral campaign may have faltered, but her message to women is clear: The future is bright for businesswomen, as long as they “step in the ring.” Phillymag.com. 

Michaela Majoun will bid farewell to XPN next month. For some, it marks the end of an era. The longtime morning show host is departing to write screenplays. TheKey.WXPN.org.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 6:31 AM
Former City Councilman James F. Kenney celebrating his victory for the Democratic nomination for mayor at Vie Restaurant on North Broad Street. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

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

1. Primary results: Former City Councilman James Kenney easily won the Democratic primary in Philadelphia's mayoral race, making him the favorite to become the city's next leader. Meanwhile, on City Council, Kenyatta Johnson and Maria Quinones-Sanchez defeated primary challengers in their contested district races, while two incumbents failed to win Democratic party nominations in the at-large race, losing to three newcomers.

2. High school dropouts: A study being released today finds that more Philadelphia high school students are graduating on time and fewer are dropping out, but some youths -- including black and Hispanic male students and teenage mothers -- are lagging significantly.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 5:00 AM
A crowd formed behind a police barricade as Osage Avenue erupted in flames on the night of the 1985 MOVE confrontation. (MARY D'ANELLA)

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

Why have so many people never heard of the MOVE bombing? A vast number have never heard about the time American law enforcement bombed U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, which, on top of the deaths, left dozens of bystanders' homes destroyed in an uncontrolled fire that the police commissioner told firefighters not to put out right away. The details are so extreme, so over-the-top. How have we forgotten this? NPR.

Should Philly get to vote on its public art installations? New Yorkers want their say, so should we demand to have our voices heard? Philadelphia Magazine.

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:43 AM
A sheet of voter stickers. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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

1. Elections: It's Primary Day in Pennsylvania. Polls open at 7 a.m., with the Philadelphia mayoral race the marquee contest in the city. City Council and judicial nominations are also up for grabs.

2. Amtrak derailment: Amtrak and SEPTA have restored service that had been halted since last week's deadly derailment in Frankford Junction as the tragic incident remains under investigation. Three more lawsuits have also been filed related to the crash.

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 5:00 AM

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

 1 - Atlantic City's named a street after just about everyone. At least 95 streets in the South Jersey shore town have been named in honor of a person. And only two are named for convicted criminals. The Press of Atlantic City.

2 - Do I start a business or get a job? Sage advice from Stephen Tang. The CEO of the University City Science Center tells budding entrepreneurs, "If you’re not yet married or committed and don’t have kids, you should take risks and learn as much as you can." Philadelphia Magazine.

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