Weekend headline roundup: Debate about SEPTA gender stickers, Mumia’s back in the news

>> SEPTA will be ending its policy of marking TransPasses with stickers denoting male and female, volunteer advocacy group Riders Against Gender Exclusion announced.

Still, there’s no consensus for the reason behind the action: RAGE claims civil rights victory and says that the stickers will be removed in advance of a new fare system, but SEPTA’s director of public affairs counters that their removal is a long-planned part of the new payment technology.

>> Police have released video surveillance footage of a man wanted for stealing donations at a Smokeaters benefit for fallen firefighters Lt. Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney, who were killed in a five-alarm Kensington warehouse fire last week.

>> The state legislature will not pass a bill allowing experts to
testify in sex abuse cases about the behavior of witnesses and assailants
in time for the trial of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, Philadelphia Weekly reports. Pennsylvania is the last state in the country that doesn’t allow this testimony.

>> A 79-year-old woman and her four-year-old great granddaughter were killed in a North Philadelphia house fire overnight, Action News reports.

>> Controversial Philadelphia convict Mumia Abu-Jamal gave his first interview since he was removed from death row in January to news channel Russian Television. In it, he calls Occupy Wall Street “a damn good beginning” and criticizes the U.S.’s two-party political system.


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

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Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

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Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.


Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.


Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.


Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.