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POSTED: Friday, March 29, 2013, 11:24 AM

We've tabulated Philadelphia's top tourist attractions with the help of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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POSTED: Friday, March 29, 2013, 11:00 AM
One of the safest neighborhoods in downtown Philly, historic Society Hill offers easy access to most major highways, Penn's landing and Center City, according to Keller Williams Realtor Mickey Pascarella. Home prices reflect all of that and are some of the highest in the city.

We're continuing to go through Pew Charitable Trust's 2013 state of the city report for Philadelphia (see our previous lists of the 8 most diverse neighborhoods and 15 largest private employers). Today, we're looking at the richest areas.

According to Pew, these are the 10 zip codes with highest median household incomes:

1. 19106 (Center City-Society Hill): $93,222
2. 19118 (Chestnut Hill): $80,950
3. 19102 (Center City West): $65,703
4. 19128 (Roxborough): $61,216
5. 19130 (Fairmount South): $59,510
6. 19154 (Northeast-Torresdale North): $59,164
7. 19119 (Mount Airy): $56,815
8. 19116 (Northeast-Bustleton North/Somerton): $56,014
9. 19127 (Manayunk): $55,500
10. 19103 (Center City West): $55,398

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POSTED: Friday, March 29, 2013, 7:13 AM

Here's your daily round-up of five stories you need to know:

1. Subway hero: A man who long battled a drug habit became a hero Thursday, when risked his own life to pull a stranger off SEPTA tracks. Christopher Knaflec jumped onto the southbound tracks to help a man who had fallen at the Cecil B. Moore station on the Broad Street Line and yelled to a cashier to stop an oncoming train. Here's surveillance video of the incident.

2. La Salle's NCAA run ends: Wichita State defeated the Explorers, 72-58, in the Thursday night Sweet 16 game. MORE COVERAGE: La Salle's dream season comes to Shocking end, Explorers could not stand taller, Explorers will remember the journey

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POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 9:21 AM
Mist from a fire hydrant covers runners as they reach the 9-mile marker during the running of the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia on May 2, 2010. (David Maialetti / staff photographer )

The Blue Cross Broad Street Run’s lottery has long closed, and those with spots in the race were notified last month. But if you didn’t sign up in time, or lost out in the lottery, there are still a few ways you can get into the race. But you’ll need to hurry, because some of these deadlines are fast-approaching.

1. Second-chance lottery: Independence Blue Cross is offering a second-chance lottery. Register by Friday for a shot at one of the 75 bibs being given away. 

2.. American Cancer Society: The organization has about 25 charity bibs available on its DetermiNation team, according to event manager John Arnao. Perks for runners include VIP packet pick-up and port-a-potties, a pre-race dinner, and coaching and fundraising mentors. There’s a $500 fundraising minimum, and the deadline to sign up is Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6:59 AM

Here's your daily round-up of five stories we're following:

1. Doubt about DOMA: The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday about the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Justices appeared skeptical about the 1996 law that withholds federal benefits from married same-sex couples. Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered a deciding vote on the issue, said the federal statute recognizing only heterosexual marriages may intrude on states "which have come to the conclusion that gay marriage is lawful. MORE COVERAGE: Equality box spreads on social media, Pa. polls show shift on gay marriage

2. Missing Bucks woman found dead in N.J.: A 22-year-old Falls Township woman who vanished in April was found dead in New Jersey. Authorities have identified Molly Lynch as the woman whose body was found on a wooded trail in Burlington County in July. The death has been ruled a homicide, though the cause remains undetermined, and police are continuing to investigate.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:43 AM
File photo: A squirrel runs across the steps near the School of Engineering and Applied Science on the University of Pennsylvania. Penn is Philadelphia's largest private employer. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer

Earlier this week, we looked at Pew's 2013 state of the city report for Philadelphia and found the city's most diverse neighborhoods. Today, we bring you the city's largest private employers, according to Pew:

1. Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
2. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
4. Temple University
5. US Airways
6. Albert Einstein Medical Center
7. Temple University Hospital
8. Independence Blue Cross
9. Drexel University
10. Thomas Jefferson University
11. Allied Barton Security Services
12. Comcast Corporation
13. Pennsylvania Hospital
14. Aria Health
15. Hahnemann University Hospital

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 7:22 AM

Here's your round-up of five stories we'll be following today:

1. Same-sex marriage, day two: The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage for the second day in a row. Today, the justices will consider the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The 1996 law defines marriages as between a man and a woman and denies gay and lesbian couples federal benefits afforded to heterosexual marriages. On Tuesday, the court heard arguments about Proposition 8, the California voter initiative that ended same-sex marriage in the state by only recognizing marriages between a man and a woman.

2. Uproar in Russia over Montco adoption: The story of 18-year-old Josh Salotti, who returned to Russia last year after a six-year stay with an adopted family in Collegeville is causing an outcry. Salotti, who now goes by Alexander Abnosov, is accusing his adoptive parents of cruelty and forcing him to live in a drainage pipe.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 6:01 PM

What is the future of life on Earth (and Mars...)?

With an eye toward what we humans live in, eVolo Magazine this month announced their picks for best skyscrapers of the future.

Here's a look at the three top choices and seven winners of honorable mention. Which would you prefer to reside within?

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