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Nation’s oldest gay bookstore to reopen in Philadelphia

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Shown is a historical marker outside of Ed Hermance's Giovanni's Room, the nation's oldest gay bookstore on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA -- The nation's oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems. Philly AIDS Thrift says it's taking over the shop called Giovanni's Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets. Philly AIDS Thrift already operates a secondhand store whose proceeds ...

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‘Exciting discovery’ could potentially eradicate HIV from human cells

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at Temple University announced this week that they completely eliminated a dormant strain of HIV embedded in human cells, an advance that researchers on the project called a possible “game changer” by raising hopes that science is closer to not only suppressing but actually curing the virus that causes AIDS.

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Complaint filed against 36 Methodist pastors for blessing same-sex wedding

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bishop Peggy Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia in defiance of church law. The pastors blessed the Nov. 9 ceremony at Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church to show support for a colleague who faced church discipline for presiding over his gay son's wedding...

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Arrest made in robbery, rape of tourist who met his attacker on Grindr

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- An arrest has been made in an April attack on a Canadian tourist who says he was held at gunpoint and raped in his hotel room by a man he met using the gay hook-up app Grindr. Police arrested 26-year-old Douglass Casey and set bail at $1 million.

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Wedding weekend: Same-sex couples celebrate marriage equality in Pa.

| Friday, May 23, 2014
[cap]Christopher DiCapua, left, and Oscar Cabrera kiss after saying their wedding vows Friday, May 23, 2014, at City Hall in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- The first same-sex marriages are now in the history books at City Hall in Philadelphia. Eight couples were married Friday in the mayor's reception room, days after a federal judge lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Mayors, judges open marriage equality era in Pennsylvania

| Friday, May 23, 2014
[cap]Lindsay Vandermay, right, and Ashley Wilson say their vows during a wedding ceremony atop the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps just after midnight on Friday, May 23, 2014. (Joseph Kaczmarek, AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- The Memorial Day weekend will get off to a festive start as gays and lesbians begin to marry across Pennsylvania. The state could see scores of weddings following a federal judge's decision to throw the state's 1996 ban on "the ash heap of history."

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Catholic principal regrets using Ellen DeGeneres photo in dance invitation

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
NEWTOWN, Pa. -- The principal of a Catholic elementary school in suburban Philadelphia is apologizing to parents for having used a photo of celebrity Ellen DeGeneres on an invitation to an Oscars-themed graduation dance.

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Police say murdered Philadelphia man met his killer on Grindr

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Dino Dizdarevic
CHESTER, Pa. -- Police are investigating the murder of a Philadelphia man they say met his killer using the gay hook-up app Grindr. Dino Dizdarevic, a 25-year-old chemical engineer, was found by a passerby at the bottom of a fire escape in an overgrown lot in Chester, Pa. Police say he has been beaten and strangled to death.

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Giovanni’s Room, nation’s oldest surviving LGBT bookstore, to close

| Monday, April 28, 2014
Shown is a historical marker outside of Ed Hermance's Giovanni's Room, the nation's oldest gay bookstore on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA — The nation's oldest gay bookstore is writing its final chapter. The owner of Giovanni's Room in Philadelphia says he'll close the doors to the 41-year-old store by the end of next month.

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Police identify suspect they say raped, robbed Canadian visitor he met on Grindr

| Saturday, April 12, 2014
Douglas Spady
PHILADELPHIA -- Police in Philadelphia have identified the man they say sexually assaulted, beat and robbed a Canadian tourist after the two men met on Grindr.

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