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POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 11:14 AM
Peeps move through the manufacturing process at the Just Born factory Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The popular Easter candy Peeps are turning 60 this year. The state Senate adopted a resolution earlier this month recognizing Just Born, the Bethlehem business that makes the marshmallow candy, and it's filled with fun facts about the sugary chicks.

Here are 10 big dates in Peeps history that we learned:

1. 1917: Sam Born opens a candy shop in Brooklyn, marketing the goods' freshness with a "just born" sign.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 7:48 AM

Many Philadelphians were surprised by the late-March snow that covered the region Monday morning. So where does the day's snow total rank among other storms this year? Here are the six largest snowfalls this winter in Philadelphia, according to the National Weather Service:

1. Jan. 25: 1.5 inches

2. Jan. 21: 1.4 inches

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:47 AM

Here's your daily round-up of five stories to keep on your radar today:

1. Gay marriage and the Supreme Court:The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on two same-sex marriage cases today and Wednesday. Today, the justices where will consider California's Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that recognizes marriages only between a man and a woman and ended same-sex marriage in the state. On Wednesday, the court will hear arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars same-sex couples from receiving the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. More coverage: A look at the court's options, the quest for seats in the courtroom and Lyle Denniston's take.

2. N.J.'s newest millionaire: Pedro Quezada, the winner of the $338 million Powerball jackpot, bought his winning ticket in Passaic. He says helping his family is his first priority.

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POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013, 11:45 AM

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently came out with its 2013 State of the City report for Philadelphia. The report has a ton of interesting data about the city, and we'll highlight more of it this week.

For now, in light of the controversy this month over PhillyMag's "Being White in Philly" cover story, here are the eight most diverse zip codes in the city, according to the Pew report.

These are the eight neighborhoods in which no racial group makes up more than 50 percent of the zip code's population (the zip codes are listed here in numeric order):

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POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013, 10:11 AM
On April 7, 2003, a flag sticks through the snow that fall at Philadelphia Cricket Club golf course on Valley Green Road in Whitemarsh. (Photo by Hinda Schuman / Staff Photographer)

Getting snow after the start of spring may seem, well, unnatural, but it's happened many times before in the Philadelphia area. Even well into April. Here are two lists based on data from the National Weather Service.

Latest Dates for Spring Snow in Philadelphia

Latest calendar date with a foot or more of snow: April 3, 1915.
Latest date with 6 inches or more: April 9, 1917, 7 inches.
Latest date with 2 inches or more: April 9, 1917, 7 inches.
Latest date with one inch or more: April 19, 1983, 1.3 inches.
Latest date with half-inch or more: April 20 , 1983, 0.6 inch.
Latest date with measurable snow: April 27, 1967, 0.1 inches.
Latest date with a trace of snow: May 8, 1947.

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POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013, 6:34 AM

Here's your Monday morning round-up of five stories we're following today:

1. Camden schools takeover: Gov. Chris Christie plans to announce today that he is putting the Camden School District under state control. Christie will appoint a new superintendent and leadership team to the state's worst-performing school district, the Inquirer reports. Three other New Jersey school districts are also under state control. 

2. Powerball winner: Someone in New Jersey now has an extra $338.3 million. A ticket sold in New Jersey won the Powerball jackpot. It's the largest lottery prize in state history. Officials are slated to reveal where the winning ticket was sold at a 10 a.m. news conference. The manager of a Burlington County truck stop told NBC Philadelphia that the ticket was sold at his Bordentown store.

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POSTED: Friday, March 22, 2013, 9:59 AM

I ran my first marathon on Saturday. Here are 12 things I learned while training for and running the race:

Here are a few things I learned while training for and running my first marathon on Saturday:

1. Pick the right race. If big crowds are important to you, a small-town race probably won’t be a good fit. Training in cold weather? A race in a warmer climate might be tough if you’re not used to the higher temperatures. Expecting a big project or trip for work that could affect your training? Consider a race a few weeks earlier or later. 

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POSTED: Friday, March 22, 2013, 6:58 AM
Groundhog Club Co-handler John Griffiths holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as he is surrounded by photographers after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring on Groundhog Day, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Here are five stories to have on your radar today.

1. March Madness: All three Philadelphia-area teams in the NCAA tournament play today. Ninth-seeded Temple plays No. 8 North Carolina State in Dayton, Ohio, at 1:40 p.m. No. 13 La Salle plays No. 4 Kansas State in Kansas City, Mo., at 3:10 p.m. No. 9 Villanova plays No. 8 North Carolina, also in Kansas City, at 7:20 p.m. And here in Philly, four games will take place at the Wells Fargo Center. No. 2 Duke faces No. 15 Albany at 12:15 p.m., No. 7 Creighton takes on No. 10 Cincinnati at 2:45 p.m., No. 2 Georgetown plays No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast at 6:50 p.m. and No. 7 San Diego State finishes the night against No. 10 Oklahoma at 9:20 p.m.

2. No more State Stores?: The Pennsylania House passed a bill last nighit that would privatize wine and liquor sales in state. The measure calls for the gradual selling of licenses to private businesses and eventually closing the State Stores. It passed 105-90.

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