This Week: What will make news in Philadelphia

Posted: July 02, 2012

This is what will make news in Philadelphia this week:

COMMON PLEAS

Will monsignor be out?

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina is scheduled to rule Thursday on whether Monsignor William Lynn will get house arrest while awaiting his Aug. 13 sentencing.

Lynn has been jailed since his conviction June 22 on charges of child endangerment in connection with the pedophile-priest scandal. He is the first senior official of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States to be convicted for covering up child sexual abuses by priests under his supervision.

Lynn's attorneys argued last week that he should be allowed to stay at a relative's Philadelphia home while he waits for sentencing. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington, however, argued that Lynn is a flight risk and must remain in custody. He said 32 Catholic priests fled justice after being arrested since 1985.

FEDERAL COURT

Bank robber sentence

Sentencing is scheduled Tuesday for a man who pleaded guilty in April 2011 to twice robbing the same bank in Reading in 2007 and 2008 of almost $9,000.

Keith Canyon, 25, formerly of Reading, who has been in federal custody since March 2009, also pleaded guilty to a related gun offense in connection with the second robbery and obstruction of justice. He pleaded no contest to witness tampering.

Fourth of julY

Hours vary

Visiting hours for Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell have been extended for the July 4 holiday. On Monday through Wednesday, visiting hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On July 4, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. next to the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets.

The Welcome America! celebration will also feature a free concert July 4 on the Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. A fireworks display over the Art Museum will follow the show.

Meanwhile, all city offices will be closed and city services will be limited on Wednesday.

Trash and recycling collection set for Wednesday will be moved to Thursday. All city health centers will be closed Wednesday, along with all Recreation Department facilities, the Free Library, the Philadelphia Parking Authority's offices, branch offices of the Department of Licenses and Inspection, and the North and Northeast Municipal Service Centers.

Staff writers Mensah M. Dean and Michael Hinkelman contributed to this report

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