Quite a few things going on in the news today. Here's your roundup of afternoon headlines:

 

>> Elected officials have gotten involved in the SEPTA police strike, but no new talks have been scheduled.

 

>> Rowan's president again tried to allay fears about the planned merger between Rutgers and Rowan

 

>> The two victims in the NHL Winter Classic attack testified today in a hearing for suspect Dennis Veteri. The Glassboro man was held for trial on all charges.

 

>> In sports villainish news, Ex-Eagle Freddie Mitchell, who is accused of tax fraud, is in jail in Orlando apparently on a separate matter. Rough month for him.

>> Freshman City Councilman Mark Squilla wants Mayor Nutter to table his property tax overhaul that would result in higher bills for many homeowners.

The CFO of Urban Outfitters has stepped down, but his seat won't get cold as the company has already named a replacement.

And, as they say in TV news, here's a topper – a Texas government official has actually laid himself off. Who will argue against him in his unemployment claim?