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POSTED: Friday, August 30, 2013, 7:28 AM
The "Rocky" stage at the 2012 "Made In America" music festival. The 2013 festival will be held this weekend. (Photo by (CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/AP)

Happy Friday. Whether you're headed out of town for Labor Day, here are five stories to know about before the long weekend:

1. Made in America: If you're staying in town this weekend, the big event is the Made in America concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which will feature Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails and many others on Saturday and Sunday. Here's Philly.com's complete coverage. A few essentials: The schedule, festival survival guide, road closure details.

2. Amber Alert: An Amber Alert has been issued for two girls abducted from their Pennsylvania home. Police are looking for 6-year-old Dania Perez, 8-year-old Janeth Perez and their alleged abductor, 23-year-old Hostin Perez-Corza.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 9:49 AM
GrubHub's homepage

Ordering food online can be a lifesaver for college students.

And when Philadelphia students order their meals on the web, they're more likely than most to ask for special preparation requests, a new GrubHub analysis finds. The online-ordering site says it analyzed a year's worth of order data from more than 350 campuses to see which schools had the pickiest eaters.

But, those picky Philly students are at least polite: Several Philadelphia schools also ranked among the most likely to include "please" and "thank you" in the special instructions.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 7:00 AM
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, right, talks with quarterback Nick Foles (9). (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

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

1. Eagles preseason: The Eagles' final preseason game is tonight, when the team plays at the New York Jets at 7 p.m. Most starters are expected to sit out. Follow along, and catch up on anything you missed from training camp, with Philly.com's complete coverage.

2. First day for new Camden schools leader: Today is the first day on the job for Paymon Rouhanifard, the new Camden schools superintendent. The 32-year-old appointed by Gov. Christie is just the fourth outsider to lead the struggling school district. The New Jersey State Board of Education approved his appointment earlier this week.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 6:41 AM
New Hope Mayor Larry Keller at an event last year at Bucks County Playhouse (Photo: Bucks County Playhouse)

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

1. Same-sex marriage in Pa.: The Philadelphia suburbs are again in the spotlight about gay marriage. Montgomery County's register of wills began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier this summer, prompting a lawsuit by the Corbett administration and pushing the state to forefront of legal battles over gay weddings. Now, Larry Keller, the mayor of New Hope in Bucks County -- long-known as one of the region's most LGBT-friendly towns -- is taking heat for declining to officiate a same-sex wedding for a couple who obtained a marriage license in Montgomery.

2. Sarah's road ahead: Sarah Murnaghan, the 11-year-old suffering from cystic fibrosis whose fight for new lungs sparked a national debate about organ-donor rules, has returned home after two lung transplants and a six-month stay at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. But the Delaware County girl still has challenges ahead, including physical therapy, check-ups and breathing without the aid of a machine.

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 7:19 AM
Sarah Murnaghan will be leaving Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (family photo)

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

1. Sarah going home: Sarah Murnaghan, the 11-year-old Delaware County girl suffering from cystic fibrosis whose fight for a lung transplant spurred national debate about organ-donor rules, is going home. Sarah went through two lung transplants after a federal judge intervened to allow her to get organs from an adult donor. Her mother says she's leaving the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she has been since February, today.

2. Philly schools: Mayor Michael Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke are continuing to spar about how the Philadelphia School District will get the $50 million in new funds it needs to open Sept. 9. The debate over school funding seems like it will extend into the fall as the two leaders push competing plans. Meanwhile, school staffers have much to do before classes begin, amid the budget deficit, layoffs and school reassignments.

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POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013, 11:45 AM
Hershey bars on the assembly line.

The consulting firm CoreBrand did a report on the country's most- and least-respected brands, and there's good news for several Pennsylvania and New Jersey businesses.

Pennsylvania chocolate-maker Hershey's is the third-most-respected brand in the nation, CoreBrand found. Also making the most-respected list were Johnson & Johnson, headquartered in New Brunswick, N.J., and Campbell's Soup, headquartered in Camden.

However, Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid didn't fare as well, making the least-respected list.

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POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013, 6:35 AM
Firefighters work to extinguish a four-alarm fire, Sunday Aug. 25, 2013, at St. Mary's Protectress Ukranian Orthodox Church in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. (Joseph Kaczmarek)

Welcome to the start of the week. Here's a quick look at five stories to know about today:

1. Church fire probed: Officials are still investigating what sparked the Sunday blaze that gutted a historic Ukrainian Orthodox church in East Oak Lane. The four-alarm blaze started after the congregation's morning service.

2.. Corner store cigs: A study being released today faults the widespread cigarette advertising outside corner stores in Philadelphia. The study by Penn's School of Design and the city's Department of Public Health says the tobacco industry spreads its messages to low-income children far before they're old enough to buy the products.

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 11:53 AM
Traffic on Interstate 76, the busiest highway in Pennsylvania.

A report out this week from the Federal Highway Administration breaks down just how many miles we drive on the nation's highways. 

It's a lot: 2.95 trillion miles in 2011, the year the administration's report studied.

And it turns out that Pennsylvania's interstates are the eighth-busiest in the nation, with drivers traveling a total of 23.7 billion miles on highways in the state in 2011.

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