FBI looking for bank robber
The FBI and the Philadelphia police are asking for the public's help in nabbing a man who robbed the Bank of America in Center City yesterday afternoon. The man entered the branch, at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard, shortly before 3 p.m. and demanded money from a teller. The robber obtained an undisclosed amount of money and fled. He is described as black, age 26 to 34, 5-feet-7, thin build, beard, medium-length curly hair, and wearing a black crew-neck T-shirt. Tipsters can contact the FBI at 215-418-4000 or police at 215-686-TIPS.
R7 revitalization begins
SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon will join U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, state Rep. Anthony J. Melio, local officials and members of the community in a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday as work begins to revitalize the R7 Trenton regional rail train station in Croydon.
2 cops injured in car crash
Two police officers were sent to the hospital after another car crashed into theirs on Lee Street near Clearfield in Kensington yesterday about 4:15 a.m. The officers and the driver of the other car were taken to Temple University Hospital and Episcopal Hospital, respectively, police said. The cause of the accident is under investigation. No charges were filed last night.
Celebrate Islamic heritage
The Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council is hosting the 17th Annual International Islamic Heritage Festival today at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, from 2 to 8 p.m. The free event will feature Islamic cuisine, music and entertainment and is expected to draw visitors, vendors and scholars from across the country.
Catholic grads set record$
The 4,716 young men and women who are graduating from the 20 Roman Catholic high schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese this June have been offered a total of $244,062,716 in scholarships, an all-time record.
The archdiocese announced that more than 95 percent of the graduates will pursue a post-secondary education; 91 percent will be headed for college this fall.
Taxing nuns in the sun
An order of nuns is battling a Shore community over taxes on properties worth $6 million.
The Sisters of Saint Joseph have owned three buildings, with a total of 160 bedrooms, overlooking the ocean in Cape May Point for a century.
The sisters pay about $30,000 a year in property taxes, but they say they should be exempt because since 2004 it is been used for religious retreats instead of vacations.
But town officials say they can't afford to lose the revenue and some of the retreats sound a lot like vacations. *
- Staff and wire reports