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PHILADELPHIA Homeless Day Homeless Memorial Day, an annual event commemorated in more than 150 U.S. cities and counties, will be held at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow outside the Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St.


Homeless Day

Homeless Memorial Day, an annual event commemorated in more than 150 U.S. cities and counties, will be held at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow outside the Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St.

The event's theme is "Remember, Hope, and Heal." It will feature a ceremonial reading of the names of homeless and formerly homeless people who died in the past year.

This year's speakers will include homeless advocate Sister Mary Scullion, and other community and religious leaders and several formerly homeless people. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell will present a proclamation from City Council.

Man killed by car

A man standing on a sidewalk on Price Street near Germantown Avenue, in Germantown, was struck and killed Sunday night by a gray Oldsmobile Silhouette driven by a man believed to have been driving under the influence.

After the impact, the car flipped over and the 22-year-old driver and a passenger ran off, police said. They later returned and were being held for possible DUI charges. The unidentified victim was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center and pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m.


12 in drug net

Twelve people have been charged with smuggling cocaine and heroin from Panama into the U.S. and distributing it to street-level dealers in three states, according to an indictment announced by federal prosecutors yesterday.

Authorities said the ring distributed the drugs to dealers in Wilmington, Del.; Elkton, Md.; and Avondale and Kennett Square, in Chester County.

Among those named in the indictment are Efrain Dixon, a former Wilmington resident wanted on an outstanding murder warrant, and Julio Archer, 39, of Philadelphia.

Man killed by train

A 24-year-old man with headphones over his ears was hit and killed by a commuter train on the SEPTA Warminster line near the Hatboro station about 2:30 p.m. yesterday. Service on the line was suspended while the coroner and police completed their investigation, and was restored about three hours after the accident.

4th plea in fraud case

A Cape May County man was the fourth person to plead guilty in a botched attempt to sink a fishing boat to collect insurance.

Erik James, of Goshen, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to destroy the boat Alexander II in August 2009. The owner of the boat and two other men pleaded guilty last month.

James faces a maximum prison sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in March. The conspirators also will be responsible for restitution to the Coast Guard and others.

The U.S. Attorney's Office contends that the defendants sought $400,000 in insurance money. They allegedly took the boat to a point about 86 miles southeast of Cape May and tried unsuccessfully to sink it, after falsifying the ship's log.

Christie rips payouts

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie says he won't compromise on a proposal to end sick-leave payouts for retiring public workers.

Christie vetoed legislation last year capping the amount of unused sick time public employees could cash out at $15,000.

Democrats then offered to cut the amount in half, to $7,500, but Christie, a Republican, rejected it.

He said unused sick days should have no cash value at retirement. He said it would compromise his principles to agree to any amount more than zero.

Towns and school districts are being strapped by six-figure payouts from retirees that Christie derisively refers to as "boat checks."

More $$ for Delaware

Delaware budget officials will have a little more money to work with as they develop a spending plan to be unveiled next month by Gov. Jack Markell.

The Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, which sets the state's official revenue forecast, approved upward revisions to its September estimates at a meeting yesterday.

Projected revenues for the fiscal year rose by $26.9 million compared to September, when the council lowered its previous estimate by about $43 million. Yesterday's revised estimate reflects a $20 million drop in expected corporate-income-tax collections compared to September's estimate, offset by a $16.6 million rise from gross-receipts taxes, and a $30 million increase in abandoned-property collections.

- Staff and wire reports