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 Friday June 5 1. China accused of hacking U.S. Government Four million current and former federal employees may have had their personal information hacked, the Office of Personnel Management said on Thursday. The agency, which is responsible for security clearances and background checks, warned it was urging potential victims to monitor their financial…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday June 4 1. Boston shooting: Suspect plotted to behead Pamela Geller, sources say Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN. But Rahim, a 26-year-old…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday March 19  1. Williams gets No. 1 mayoral ballot spot, at-large incumbents not so lucky State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ name will be listed first on the ballot in the mayoral primary May 19. He’ll be followed by Milton Street, James Kenney, Doug Oliver, Nelson Diaz and Lynne Abraham – assuming…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Thursday March 5  1. Snow across the region overnight  Steady rain across the area continued until after midnight, when it changed over to snow from north to south.The snow fell steadily during the early morning hours and gradually shifted from north to south. In the north and west suburbs, the heaviest snow…

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“Just wanted to give you a heads-up. Tom Wolf is replacing Bill Green as chair of the SRC…” When my friend Vince called me with that bit of news early Sunday evening, I said, oh, okay. While it was interesting on one level that Wolf decided to put Commissioner (and former School District of Philadelphia…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Monday February 11  1. School’s latest budget forecasts $80 million deficit The news remains grim: Without major cash infusions from the city and state, the Philadelphia School District faces a deficit of roughly $80 million for the coming school year, officials said Monday night. School Reform Commissioner Feather O. Houstoun, opening…

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Is the Philadelphia School District up for sale? It seems to be the central question facing taxpayers in the wake of a $35 million offer from the non-profit Philadelphia Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP). Most of the money —$25 million—would go to fund new charter school applications that the School District says it can’t afford to…

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