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2013 Year in Review

Superintendent William Hite at a City Council hearing on his school closure plan. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

2013 IN REVIEW: Philadelphia School Budget On The Ropes

The school district’s budget crisis cast a shadow over everything it did in 2013.

12/31/2013

(credit: Jenn Bernstein)

2013 IN REVIEW: Marriage Equality Gains Strength

The momentum toward marriage equality grew stronger in 2013, as a sea change of public, legal, and political opinion on LGBT rights rippled across the country.

12/31/2013

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett addresses reporters after the House passed a transportation funding bill. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

2013 IN REVIEW: Pennsylvania Transportation Funding Approved At Last

The Pennsylvania state legislature’s approval of major new funding for roads, bridges, and mass transit was one of the major stories of 2013.

12/31/2013

(The US government's web site with official information about the new health care law is at healthcare.gov.)

2013 IN REVIEW: Disastrous Debut For Healthcare.Gov

Affordable Care Act advocates tried to put the best face on things while an overhaul of the web site was quickly undertaken.

12/31/2013

(Mariela Castro, in Feburary 2013.  Credit: Adalberto Roque/ AFP/ Getty Images)

2013 IN REVIEW: Fidel Castro’s Niece Visits Philadelphia For LGBT Event

But the visit almost didn’t happen.

12/31/2013

(Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in “12 Years a Slave.”)

Bill Wine’s Top 10 Movies of 2013

What were the year’s most stimulating and/or satisfying and/or admirable moviegoing experiences of the outgoing year? Here’s our resident critic’s personal list.

12/31/2013

(Four of the "Basement of Horrors" defendants.  Phila. PD photos)

2013 IN REVIEW: Feds Take Over Phila. ‘Basement of Horrors’ Case

Alleged ringleader Linda Weston and four others are accused of keeping disabled adults and children caged in the basement of a Tacony home while stealing their benefit checks.

12/30/2013

(File photo.  Credit: BERTRAND LANGLOIS/ AFP/ Getty Images)

2013 IN REVIEW: Internet Gambling Arrives in New Jersey

In late November, New Jersey became the third state in the nation to permit Internet gambling within its borders.

12/30/2013

(The demolition site at 2136 Market Street, taken by a concerned passerby the day before the deadly collapse.  The Salvation Army thrift store, in which six people were killed, is at far right.  Photo by Laura Mierson.)

2013 IN REVIEW: Building Collapse Prompts Changes in Philadelphia Laws

Within days of the collapse, Mayor Nutter announced new restrictions on how contractors in Philadelphia obtain demolition permits.

12/30/2013

(Murder victim Autumn Pasquale, in photo provided by family)

2013 IN REVIEW: Teen Neighbor Sentenced For Murder of NJ Girl

Autumn Pasquale’s parents pressed for a strong sentence for the 16-year-old neighbor who admitted strangling their 12-year-old daughter to death while stealing her bicycle.

12/30/2013

(Heavy equipment was being used to clean up the site of a devastating fire at a Dietz & Watson warehouse on September 1, 2013.  Credit: Tim Jimenez)

2013 IN REVIEW: Blaze Destroys Dietz & Watson Plant in South Jersey

A massive fire last Labor Day weekend destroyed a meat processing company’s distribution center in Burlington County.

12/30/2013

(Credit: Aaron Tam/AFP/ Getty Images)

2013 IN REVIEW: Facebook Strenghtens Domination of Social Media

Facebook continued its reign during 2013 at the biggest social network in the world, but not without some hiccups.

12/30/2013

Mayor Michael Nutter. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

2013 IN REVIEW: Nutter Vetoes Paid Sick Leave Bill

A paid sick leave bill died on the floor of Philadelphia City Council, after Mayor Nutter vetoed the measure.

12/28/2013

(credit: Hadas Kuznits/KYW)

2013 IN REVIEW: Government Shutdown Temporarily Closes Local Historic Sites

The October 2013 government shutdown cost the U.S. economy an estimated $24-Billion, including several million in lost tourist dollars when National Parks in the Philadelphia area closed.

12/28/2013

(File photo:  the scene of the deadly building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets in which six people died.  Credit: CBS3)

2013 IN REVIEW: Collapse And Blame In Center City Building Catastrophe

A Philadelphia Grand Jury continues to investigate the deadly collapse of the Center City Salvation Army store in June.

12/28/2013

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