Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday December 2 1. Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release  Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. Now, a week after the video’s release, the Chicago mayor has fired the…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Friday November 27 1. Obama ‘Deeply Disturbed’ By Video of Laquan McDonald Shooting President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he was “deeply disturbed” by video released a day earlier showing the deadly police shooting of a black man in Chicago last year, and thanked protesters for remaining peaceful. “Like many Americans, I…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday November 11 1. Republican debate: Trump’s immigration plan savaged by rivals Republican Donald Trump’s plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants from the US has been savaged by his party rivals in a TV debate. His hardline proposal was attacked as impractical and divisive by John Kasich and Jeb Bush, who…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Monday November 9 1. Black football players at Missouri: We’ll sit out until system president resigns Black football players at the University of Missouri have joined calls demanding the ouster of the president of the state’s four-campus university system over alleged inaction against racism on campus. About 30 players made their thoughts…

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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 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 Friday October 2 1. Philly superintendent wants more school closures and charters The superintendent proposed closures, conversions to charters and even new schools for the Philadelphia School District on Thursday. In all, 5,000 students at 15 schools would be affected by the plan, which requires School Reform Commission approval. It has a…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Monday August 10 1. Supporters pay tribute to Michael Brown Hundreds of people gathered Sunday morning at the memorial of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen who was shot dead in the middle of the street by a white police officer exactly one year ago. Teddy bears and candles now mark the memorial on…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday August 6 1. Criminal charges expected against Kane  Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has decided to bring criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for allegedly leaking confidential documents and then lying about it under oath. After nearly six months, Ferman has endorsed a grand jury’s recommendation that…

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