Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday October 29 1. SC Sheriff: Officer Ben Fields fired, ‘disrespectful’ student to blame The school resource officer who was caught on camera violently flipping a South Carolina high school student at her desk has been fired, Richland County authorities announced Wednesday. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said an internal investigation over…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday  October 28 1. Nutter: Dissolve the School Reform Commission Mayor Nutter on Tuesday recommended replacing the School Reform Commission, which has governed the Philadelphia schools for the last 15 years. In a major policy speech, Nutter advocated creation of a Board of Education that would be composed of five people picked by the…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Tuesday  October 27 1. South Carolina deputy placed on desk duty after manhandling black female high schooler A Richland County school resource officer has been placed on administrative duty following an incident at a local high school that was captured on video and circulated on social media sites across the nation. Lt. Curtis Wilson with…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Friday  October 23 1. Near-broke Phila. schools must borrow to make payroll Close to broke, the Philadelphia School District will soon have to borrow money to make payroll through the end of the year. The School Reform Commission will soon meet to authorize temporary borrowing that will allow the district to function…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday October 22 1. Biden: I’m not running for president in 2016  Ending months of will-he-won’t-he speculation, Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he is not running for president in 2016, saying the process of grieving for his son Beau had sidelined him for too long. “Unfortunately, I believe we’re out…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday October 21 1. Ryan to seek speakership if unity candidate of House GOP Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if they embrace him by week’s end as their consensus candidate – an ambitious bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Tuesday October 20 1. Campbell convicted of manslaughter in collapse deaths Philadelphia demolition contractor Griffin Campbell was acquitted of murder but convicted of six counts of involuntary manslaughter in the 2013 collapse of a Salvation Army thrift shop in Center City that left six dead and 13 others injured. The Common Pleas…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Monday October 19 1. New rules for when Philadelphia police shoot Under the Police Department’s new rules on shootings by officers, the Police Advisory Commission’s director will have equal standing with four deputy commissioners in deciding whether or not police actions are justified. “It’s a dramatic change,” said commission director Kelvyn Anderson…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Friday October 16 1. DNC to Philly: Cash in on our convention The Democratic National Convention wants to partner with local businesses. The convention, which will officially nominate the Democratic candidates for president and vice president, will take place July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center. The event is expected to draw 35,000…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday October 15 1. Fans and foes alike bid J. Whyatt Mondesire goodbye Whyatt Mondesire was known for affect – a Stetson hat topping a fiery temper – employed for effect – drawing attention to civil rights issues and the many politicians he supported and opposed. Two generations of Philadelphia leaders praised…

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