Man, 20, slain on street

A 20-year-old man was gunned down in Southwest Philadelphia early yesterday. The victim, shot once in the head, was found at 12:45 a.m. on Brunswick Avenue near 81st Street, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:10 a.m.

He was not immediately identified.

Local man named in indictments on federal gun, drug charges

Kareem Smith, 29, of Church Lane near Ogontz Avenue, East Germantown, and 12 others have been indicted on federal firearms and narcotics charges.

They are charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of crack and crack cocaine in Southwest Philadelphia and Cecil County, Md. from November, 2002, through March, 2007.

The drugs were valued at almost $2 million, federal agents said.

1st deaf headmaster in 190 years named at Pa. School for Deaf

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf will have a deaf headmaster for the first time in 190 years with the selection of Dr. Larry S. Taub to succeed Joseph E. Fischgrund, who headed the school for the last 20 years.

Taub is currently superintendent and CEO of the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, in Falmouth, Maine.

He will take over next July 1.

The last deaf person to head the school was Laurent Clerc, 1821-1822.

Camden man found shot dead

Modesto Torres, 37, of Camden, was shot to death Tuesday on 17th Street near Federal in Camden as he was on his way to the Volunteers of America office, where he reported daily as a requirement of his parole.

Bill OK'd for malpractice $

The Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee yesterday voted 17-11 to endorse a bill that would release money to help doctors and other health-care providers pay for medical malpractice insurance coverage for a sixth straight year in 2008.

The bill, which previously passed the Senate, was amended by the committee to divert some surplus money from the state's medical malpractice fund to help expand state-subsidized health insurance for adults. *

- Staff and wire reports