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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 7:41 AM
Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

Happy Friday. Before you kick off the weekend, here are five stories to follow today:

1. Heat wave: Philly is poised to record its first official heat wave of season. Temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s for the third straight day, with a predicted high of 94. The 90-plus temps are expected to continue Saturday, with a slight cool-down to 89 on Sunday.

2. Police shootings: A fatal police shooting was caught on video last eyar, leaving 40-year-old Michael Berry's family to wonder why he had to die. The incident was one of 52 police-involved shootings in Philadelphia in 2012, and Commissioner Charles Ramsey has asked the Justice Department to review the use of deadly force by Philly officers.

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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 7:18 AM

Forbes' annual list of the world's 100 most influential women includes 14 who run major institutions in the greater Philadelphia region, or who have residential or educational roots here. Here's the list in reverse order, with ranking by Forbes before the name.

Forget Lady Gaga (No. 15 on the Forbes list), because the rumors were bogus about her moving to Lancaster County, where boyfriend Taylor Kinney ("Vampire Diaries") grew up. For the full list, go to

See more "Philly Lists." Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 11:47 AM
Applying sunscreen is one tip for staying safe in the heat. (AP photo)

It's only May, but it's about to feel like July or August. Forecasters say the hottest stretch of the year thus far is coming this week, with three more days of 90-plus temperatures expected.

With that in mind, here are 10 tips for staying cool and preventing heat-related illness or injury, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Philadelphia Health Department:

1. Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 8:21 AM
Sarah Murnaghan , 10, has cystic fibrosis, and her doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia say she has just weeks to live. Her parents are calling for a change in organ-transplant policies.

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Police-involved shootings: A day after police Commissioner Charles Ramsey asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the use of deadly force by Philly police, officers shot three suspects, killing one. Including Wednesday's incidents, Philadelphia police officers have now shot seven suspects, four fatally, in the past week.

2. Paralegal's death: Julia Law likely drowned in a bathtub, possibly after a seizure, sources tell the Inquirer. The 26-year-old paralegal was found dead over the weekend in the Center City apartment of her boss and boyfriend, high-profile defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 2:12 PM
The financial website Credit Donkey has ranked the best cities for car-free living. (AP photo)

Getting around without a car can be tough. Luckily for car-less Philadelphians, Philly is one of the best places in the nation to live if you don't own a vehicle.

Financial website Credit Donkey ranked the 10 best cities for car-free living, based on the percent of people who commute to work on public transit, gas prices and commute times. Here's the list:

1. New York City
2. San Francisco
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Chicago
5. Boston
6. Philadelphia
7. Seattle
8. Los Angeles
9. Baltimore
10. Portland, Ore.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 9:09 AM
The "Lithe on Location" fitness class at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia led by instructor Tiffany Nork. (Colin Kerrigan /

The American College of Sports Medicine has released its annual American Fitness Index report, which ranks U.S. cities' fitness. The report evaluates cities based on preventative health behaviors, chronic disease levels, health care access and community resources that support physical fitness.

Here's a look at where Philadelphia stands on this year's list, plus 10 facts about Philly's fitness from data in the report. (The city rankings include the entire metropolitan statistical areas.)

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Portland, Ore.
4. San Francisco
5. Denver
6. Boston
7. Sacramento, Calif.
8. Seattle
9. Hartford, Conn.
10. San Jose, Calif.
11. Austin
12. Salt Lake City
13. Cincinnati
14. San Diego
15. Raleigh, N.C.
16. Pittsburgh
17. Baltimore
18. Virginia Beach, Va.
19. Cleveland
20. Richmond, Va.
21. Atlanta
22. Providence, R.I.
23. Buffalo, N.Y.
24. New York City
25. Philadelphia
26. Milwaukee
27. Chicago
28. Kansas City, Mo.
29. Los Angeles
30. Columbus, Ohio
31. St. Louis
32. Nashville, Tenn.
33. Phoenix
34. Orlando, Fla.
35. Riverside, Calif.
36. Charlotte, N.C.
37. Jacksonville, Fla.
38. New Orleans
39. Las Vegas
40. Tampa, Fla.
41. Birmingham, Ala.
42. Miami
43. Houston
44. Dallas
45. Indianapolis
46. Memphis, Tenn.
47. Louisville, Ky.
48. San Antonio
49. Detroit
50. Oklahoma City

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 6:52 AM
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey (center) at the scene of a shooting. (File photo)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Feds to review police shootings: Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the use of deadly force by Philly cops. The request comes a report that found the number of police shootings skyrocketed in 2012.

2. Bear sightings in South Jersey: Residents have reported several sightings of a 5-foot, 400-pound black bear over the past several days in Burlington County. The bear's been spotted swimming and near a mall, but the Department of Environmental says he's most likely looking for a mate.

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 11:24 AM

Maybe it's all the odd local names, like Schuylkill, Bala Cynwyd and Lower Gwynedd, but Eastern Pennsylvania has a fair share of students in the National Spelling Bee.

The contest started this morning with 281 spellers undergoing computerized testing at a convention center in National Harbor, Md., south of Washington, D.C.

For the first time ever, they'll have to answer questions about vocabulary -- actually know what words mean -- as they undergo a round of computerized preliminary testing today. Wednesday will have two more preliminary rounds, with on-stage competitions (streamed live on ESPN3 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

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