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Superintendent Dr. William Hite says a cash advance from the state doesn't solve the district's $81 million deficit. (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

City Officials Say Without Passage Of Cigarette Tax, Philadelphia Schools May Not Open On Time

Superintendent Dr. William Hite has said 1,300 layoff notices would go out August 15 without money from the cigarette tax. He says a cash advance from the state doesn’t solve the district’s $81 million deficit.

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(Meriam Yahia Ibrahim is assisted by Italian deputy foreign minister Lapo Pistelli as she arrives with her children  at the Ciampino airport in Rome on July 24th.   Photo by AFP stringer/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Welcomes Woman Sentenced To Death in Sudan For Being Christian

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for practicing Christianity landed this afternoon at Philadelphia International Airport on her way to her new home in the United States.

2 hours ago

(Mark Citron, following his arrest.  File photo by Jericka Duncan)

Jenkintown Teacher Gets Probation After Pleading Guilty to Sex With Student

The victim told the court that Mark Citron helped her through a difficult time in her life when she was 17 but began touching her inappropriately.

3 hours ago

(Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce president Rob Wonderling.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia Business Community Sets Five-Year Agenda For Regional Growth

The “Roadmap for Growth for Philadelphia: 2015-2020″ campaign will be tailored around the city’s most recent demographic and economic trends, according to Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Rob Wonderling.

3 hours ago

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. House Cancels Vote on Cigarette Tax To Help Philadelphia Schools

The $2-per-pack tax, if passed by the state legislature, was expected to provide about $45 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia.

3 hours ago

(Brittney Chokpelle, formerly homeless, leads the ribbon-cutting for a new facility for homeless mothers.  Photo by Dustin Wingate)

New Help in Roxborough for Homeless Teenage Moms

The two-year, $5-million renovation doubles the agency’s capacity to house teenage mothers, while providing support services such as job training and parenting classes.

4 hours ago

(Gov. Chris Christie speaks to a special session of the New Jersey Assembly about bail reform.  Image from State of NJ video)

Gov. Christie Tells NJ Lawmakers It’s Time For Action on Bail Reform

New Jersey governor Chris Christie pleaded with legislators in a special session to pass a bail reform package immediately.

4 hours ago

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

One Pa. Lawmaker Has Doubts About Passage of Phila. Cigarette Tax For Schools

Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery County) confirms that supporters of a $2-per-pack city cigarette tax to raise funds for Philadelphia schools are having trouble rounding up enough votes to pass it in the House.

5 hours ago

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Pa. Will Allow Some Junk Food at School Bake Sales, Not So NJ or Del.

A new federal law allows individual states to set their own number of fundraiser exemptions for junk food sold in schools. Pennsylvania and a handful of other states have done so.

5 hours ago

(The new FOP labor contract with the City of Philadelphia is announced by, from left, police commissioner Charles Ramsey, mayor Michael Nutter, deputy mayor for public safety Everett Gillison, and FOP Lodge 5 president John McNesby.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

New Union Contract Gives Police Commissioner Right To Reassign Narco Cops

Commissioner Ramsey has long wanted the ability to rotate officers out of the department’s narcotics and Internal Affairs units, but such moves had been prohibited by the city’s contract with the police union.

6 hours ago

(Penndot inspector Rober Slamon is brought into court for his hearing.  Photo by Brad Segall)

Two Charged in Alleged Scheme To Rip Off PennDOT and Taxpayers

Authorities arrested Thanh Nguyen, a Penndot contractor since 2009, and Robert Slamon, a state inspector whom prosecutors say was bribed by Nguyen to look the other way.

7 hours ago

(Neil Ross, beverage manager at Estia Greek Taverna, in Radnor.  Photo provided)

What’s Cooking on 1060: New in Radnor, North Philly, and Fishtown

A new Greek “taverna” in Radnor, a hangout for Temple University students in North Philadelphia, and a promotional event for Sugarhouse Casino are on this week’s “What’s Cooking” agenda.

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(The view of Niagara Falls from a room in the Marriott Fallsview hotel.  Photo provided by niagarafallsmariott.com)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: The View’s The Thing

A room with a view can dramatically enhance a summer getaway splurge. Here are some ideas on where to look.

15 hours ago

Niagara Fallsview Hotels (credit: Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Room With A View

A much sought after summer getaway splurge is the room with a view.

15 hours ago

Police investigate shooting on campus of medical facility in Delaware County on July 24, 2014. (credit: Matt Rivers)

Viewing Held For Woman Killed In Mercy Wellness Center Shooting

The viewing for 53-year-old Theresa Hunt was held at the John Stretch Funeral Home in Havertown.

22 hours ago

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