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Yep, that's Mayor Nutter, strutting alongside his wife, Lisa, and amid what looks like a cast of thousands on South Broad Street on Friday. It was the walking part of a ceremony honoring students from area public, private and charter schools who had a B  or better average in their studies this year. Way to go, kids! (See related item in briefs.)
Yep, that's Mayor Nutter, strutting alongside his wife, Lisa, and amid what looks like a cast of thousands on South Broad Street on Friday. It was the walking part of a ceremony honoring students from area public, private and charter schools who had a B or better average in their studies this year. Way to go, kids! (See related item in briefs.) (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: June 03, 2012

PHILADELPHIA

Homestead exemption

Philadelphia homeowners can now apply for a homestead exemption that would provide some relief to those who could be hit hard under Mayor Nutter's plan to move to a new property-tax system based on market values.

Homeowners can apply until July 31 for an exemption that would knock off $15,000 or more from their home's value to ease a possible increase in taxes. Applications can be found at phila.gov.

Meanwhile, the Legislature is still considering a measure needed to provide a Philadelphia homestead exemption. Nutter said Friday during a City Hall news conference that Philadelphia was excluded from a statewide law that was enacted in 1997, but he is hopeful state lawmakers will come through.

More tires slashed in NE

More than a month after accused serial tire slasher David Toledo was arrested and charged in several vandalism incidents throughout the Northeast, police have another car vandal on their hands.

Residents of three homes in the Northeast's Castor neighborhood awoke Friday morning to find tires slashed on their cars, which were parked behind properties on Roosevelt Boulevard near Tyson Avenue, said spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little.

Mayor honors students

Mayor Nutter and the program PhillyGoes2College on Friday honored scores of city high school seniors with a parade from 13th and Pine streets to the City Hall courtyard (see accompanying photograph).

A $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Maura Quirk, a senior at Little Flower High School, as part of the Mayor's Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Civil Engagement.

Numerous other students were recognized for their academic achievements.

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Knife victim in trouble

Police say a Justin Taylor, a 24-year-old Upper Darby man who was stabbed by his pregnant girlfriend for flirting, has been charged with statutory sexual assault because his girlfriend is 14.

She has been at the county's Juvenile Detention Center charged with assault and related offenses. Taylor has been detained in lieu of posting bail pending a preliminary hearing Friday.

Sandusky trial to begin

Jerry Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial remained on track to start next week after an appeals court on Friday turned down his latest request for a delay.

A Superior Court panel issued a one-paragraph order denying the former Penn State assistant football coach's petition seeking its review of the matter.

Sandusky, 68, arrested in November, is facing 52 criminal counts for the alleged abuse of 10 boys over 15 years, allegations he denies. Jury selection is scheduled to begin in a central Pennsylvania courthouse on Tuesday.

20G for state flagpole?

The state Department of Public Welfare is spending nearly $20,000 to install a flagpole at its Harrisburg office building even as it looks for ways to cut public-assistance programs and costs.

Department officials defended the expenditure as a small price to satisfy some employees who are service members and are being moved from a leased space nearby. But some other veterans thought the price tag was steep.

Stocks tank on job data

U.S. stocks closed with their biggest declines this year after a dismal jobs report and troubling economic news from overseas.

The government said Friday that employers added a net 69,000 jobs in May, far fewer than analysts expected and contributing to an incremental increase in the unemployment rate to 8.2 percent. Elsewhere, unemployment in the 17 countries that use the euro stayed at a record-high 11 percent, and there were signs that China's growth is slowing.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 275 points at 12,118, its biggest decline since November.

Zimmerman to jail

A judge on Friday revoked the bond of the neighborhood-watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours, saying that George Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they had available when his bond was set at $150,000.

Prosecutors claim Zimmerman had $135,000 available that had been raised by a website he set up. His wife, Shellie, testified at the bond hearing in April that they had limited funds available since she was a nursing student and Zimmerman wasn't working.

- Staff and wire reports

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