More tests at Judge
Father Judge High School will remain closed today, three days after a mysterious substance sent at least 150 people who had been attending a cheerleading competition there to area emergency rooms with itchy red eyes.
The city's Health Department notified the school that it was safe to open up to students, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said in a statement. The city's Police, Fire and Health departments investigated the case, but the Archdiocese has hired an environmental firm to conduct more testing that includes swabbing of residue around the school. The results were expected later today.
Winning Lotto seller
A $1.23 million Match 6 Lotto ticket was sold from the Cornerstone Newsstand, at 8th and Chestnut streets, this week.
The retailer will collect $10,000 for selling the slip that hit the jackpot, which had grown since Oct. 24. The winning numbers were 23-25-27-39-42-44.
PHA homes auctioned
After a successful auction earlier this month of nearly 400 properties owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co. is auctioning another 100 PHA properties at 1 p.m. today at the First District Plaza, 38th and Market streets.
At the Nov. 16 auction, 400 properties were sold in less than three hours. The first 13 were sold as individual properties. The rest were bundled in packages of from two to 25. All the properties at today's auction will be sold individually.
DNA bill moves on
A bill to require DNA testing of suspects accused of serious crimes in Pennsylvania is on its way to the state House. The Senate yesterday approved the bill, sponsored by Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, by a vote of 42-6.
Current state law requires people who are convicted of serious felonies to submit to having a DNA sample taken by a swab on the inside of their cheek. The bill would require DNA testing after an arrest is made, but before any conviction. It also expanded the list of offenses for which testing is required.
Telemarketers love 610
The 610 area code leads the state in the number of telemarketing complaints. The area code has lodged more complaints with the Federal Trade Commission than any of Pennsylvania's eight other area codes since 2007.
Part of the reason may be that the area code has more numbers registered on the federal Do Not Call list than any other Pennsylvania region. There are 1.6 million Do Not Call registrations in the 610 area code, which includes parts of the Philadelphia suburbs, Allentown, Bethlehem and Reading.
- Staff and wire reports