Man shot dead in Mount Airy

Frank China, 20, of Fayette Street and Wadsworth Avenue, West Oak Lane, was shot to death Wednesday night on McPherson Street near Pickering, Mount Airy, police said. He was pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Medical Center at 9:41 p.m. No arrests were reported.

Clear-khat case at airport

Customs and Border Protection agents at Philadelphia International Airport yesterday thought there was something suspicious about computer hard drives that arrived from London. There was condensation on the exteriors and they were too heavy. Cracked open, the shipment revealed 101 pounds of khat, an amphetamine-like green leafy plant grown in the Arabian Peninsula and in East Africa. It is chewed for its narcotic effect. The plants were confiscated and destroyed. No arrests were made.

Free tattoos . . . for your car

The Police Department is offering free etching of vehicle-identification numbers on the windows

of vehicles, beginning at 10 a.m.

tomorrow at 2300 Oregon Ave. The etching is barely visible, but thieves notice it.

Philabundance collects today

SEPTA is closing out the second week of its Philabundance food drive with events to get riders on board the "Stop Hunger at Your Station" campaign.

This morning, SEPTA representatives were to park the food-drive bus outside City Hall to greet commuters and collect donations up until 9 a.m.

From there, they move to the sports complex in South Philadelphia. They'll greet evening rush-hour commuters and sports fans at the Pattison Avenue subway stop from 4 to 7 p.m.

Delco fails to ground FAA plan

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has rejected a petition filed by Delaware County to block the Federal Aviation Administration's airspace redesign at Philadelphia International Airport, officials said yesterday.

The county and 11 other parties had fought the FAA plan to reduce flight delays in the country's Northeast corridor because it would send more low-flying planes over their communities. *

- Staff and wire reports