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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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Canadian visitor assaulted, beaten, robbed after meeting man on Grindr

| Friday, April 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- A Canadian man visiting Philadelphia for an education conference says he was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed after meeting another man on the gay hookup app Grindr.

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