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Archive: July, 2013

POSTED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 6:33 AM
A staffer in the Montgomery County Register of Wills department holds up the first marriage license for a gay couple. (JESSICA PARKS / Staff)

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

1. Gay marriage lawsuit: The state has sued the Montgomery County register of wills to stop the county from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A county lawyer, however, says Montco will continue to issue the licenses while the litigation proceeds.

2. Transgender violence: Police are investigating the Tuesday-night shooting of a transgender woman in a Northern Liberties apartment. The motive for the attack is unknown, but the shooting come shortly after another transgender woman was slain and dismembered after a man picked her up for a sexual encounter. That slaying spurred a vigil in LOVE Park and calls to stop violence against transgender people.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 3:21 PM

Patricia Chandler of Upper Darby has finally stepped forward to claim the June 22, 2013, Powerball jackpot. She bought the winning ticket at a Philadelphia beer outlet, and claimed the cash, worth $77.4 million.

It's a lot but far from the record for Pennsylvania, or even for a ticket bought in Philadelphia.

Here are the top winners in roughly reverse order of richness.

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 6:49 AM
The scene on the 400 block of Daly Street. (Robert Moran / Staff)

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

1. House explosion: Investigators are continuing to probe an apparent gas explosion that resulted in a rowhouse and its two adjoining homes collapsing in South Philadelphia on Monday. Extensive renovations were being done at the site, and the incident has left neighbors uneasy.

2. Fraud hearing for "Real Housewives" stars: Two cast members of the popular reality television series "Real Housewives of New Jersey" have been indicted on federal fraud and tax charges, and will make their initial court appearances today. Prosecutors say 41-year-old Teresa Giudice and her husband, 43-year-old Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, conspired to defraud lenders, illegally obtain mortgages and hide assets and income in a bankruptcy case.

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POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013, 3:41 PM
(Image via SyFy)

Sharknado, coming to select movie theaters on Aug. 2, certainly got folks talking after its broadcasts on the Syfy network.

It's so jaw-droppingly dopey -- the idea of waterspouts raining sharks on Los Angeles -- it's hysterically entertaining. A biting satire? Bloody unlikely, since it seems to ride its own premise like a tidal wave.

Anyway, the campiness has proved so popular a sequel is in the works, to be set in New York City, and the producers have solicited title suggestions their Twitter page (@SharkNadoFilm).

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POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013, 7:28 AM
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier (AP file photo)

It's Monday. Get your week started with a quick look at stories we'll be following today:

1. Penn State hearing: Three former Penn State administrators face a preliminary hearing today over their alleged roles in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. Former university president Graham Spanier, retired vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley contend that they didn't cover up allegations that Sandusky was sexually preying on boys. A judge will decide whether their case should proceed to trial after the hearing, which is expected to last a day or two.

2. Record rainfall: Authorities are investigating a fatal car crash into the Schuylkill River that happened during Sunday night's record-setting rainfall. A 21-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle plunged into the river near Boathouse Row, and police are trying to determine what led to the accident. The 8.02 inches of rain that fell Sunday set multiple records, including the record for the most rain ever to fall on a single day at Philadelphia International Airport. Including rain that fell during the early hours of Monday, a total of 8.26 inches was recorded at the airport during the storm.

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POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013, 10:36 AM
Traffic on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

There are lots of ways to measure which city has the worst drivers. Slate pulled together data on a number of indicators, and aggregated the results to find out which towns have the worst motorists when a variety of factors are taken into account.

Philadelphia doesn't fare well. A few other Pennsylvania and New Jersey cities also rank among the worst.

Here are Slate's 39 worst-driving cities, taking into account the number of years between traffic accidents, auto-crash fatalities, alcohol-related driving deaths and pedestrians struck.

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POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013, 7:00 AM
Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, takes the stand during George Zimmerman's trial. (AP file photo)

Happy Friday. Here are five stories to know about before starting your weekend.

1. Trayvon Martin's mother in Philly: The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will speak at the National Urban League's annual conference in Philadelphia today. Sybrina Fulton is scheduled to address the group at noon today. Her remarks come the day after a juror in George Zimmerman's trial told ABC News that Zimmerman "got away with murder" in Martin's death. And Fulton isn't the only notable speaker in Philly this week for the conference. On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, announcing a new Voting Rights Act initiative in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision that weakened parts of the law.

2. "Pray-in" in Montco: A conservative group is planning a "pray-in" rally today to protest the marriage licenses being issued to same-sex couples in Montgomery County. The Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania says the protest at the county Register of Wills office this afternoon will be peaceful. The county register of wills began giving gay and lesbian couples marriage licenses earlier this week, even though Pennsylvania doesn't permit same-sex unions.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6:39 AM
A member of the search and recovery team wades along Neshaminy Creek at the train trestle near East Bristol Road, Feasterville, looking for the bodies of two young men, ages 18 and 19, who are presumed to have drowned July 23, 2013 while swimming. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

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

1. Missing teen swimmers: Emergency crews are continuing the search for two teenage swimmers who went missing in a Bensalem Township creek on Tuesday night. Responders called off the search in Neshaminy Creek for 19-year-old Perry Krewson and 18-year-old Dan Tadrzynski at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, and crews were set to resume the recovery efforts this morning.

2. Eagles camp: The full Philadelphia Eagles team reports to training camp today, joining the rookies, quarterbacks and other selected veterans who have been practicing since Monday. For more updates from training camp, check out's full coverage.

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