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The cash-strapped city school district will cut another $32 million in services to free up enough money to start classes on time, but massive layoffs still loom if state lawmakers don’t approve a cigarette tax, officials said Friday.
Philippine authorities said Wednesday they are working with U.S. officials to get shore leave for 17 Filipino seafarers whose ship has been stranded for months in Philadelphia due to mechanical and financial problems.
Two children taken from a Philadelphia-area home after their mother was slain were found safe in New York City early Thursday, and their father, a suspect in the killing, was later found dead, authorities said.
Gov. Tom Corbett announced Wednesday that the state would advance $265 million to the cash-strapped Philadelphia schools, but the superintendent said the money won’t guarantee classes will start on time.