School bus, trolley collide

A school bus and a SEPTA trolley collided on Elmwood Avenue at 70th Street in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday evening, SEPTA officials said. The Route 36 trolley was headed east on Elmwood; the bus was traveling on 70th Street, officials said. Two adults on the school bus and 12 passengers on the trolley suffered minor injuries.

Sentence set in slaying

Richard Collins, the second man arrested in the Oct. 30 slaying of a Chester County man in his Old City hotel room, will be sentenced on June 27, a judge said yesterday.

Collins, 20, pleaded guilty on Nov. 23 to abuse of a corpse, theft and conspiracy, stemming from the slaying of Patrick Michael Brady, 49.

Collins' friend, Herman Burton, 22, has been charged with Brady's murder and arson, for starting a fire in the victim's room at the Omni Hotel, on Chestnut Street near 4th.

Collins, of Bridgeton, N.J., was in court yesterday to plead guilty to simple assault and theft in an unrelated case.

Hotel plan modified

City Councilman Frank DiCicco said yesterday that zoning permission for a digital billboard will no longer be included in legislation for a controversial hotel project proposed for Old City.

DiCicco said he had originally agreed that a billboard could be included in the development project at 4th and Race streets based on the belief that the sign would be obscured to residents and visible only to drivers on the nearby Ben Franklin Bridge. But when he saw the site plans over the weekend, DiCicco said, that was not the case. So he has amended the legislation in City Council. Residents have been vocal in their opposition to the development, which is expected to include a hotel and retail space.

- Staff and wire reports