Inquirer and Daily News Keep Investigative Reporters

Plus: Decision on Philly’s Catholic high schools delayed until next week, the Flyers score seven straight to win, an update on yesterday’s school bus crash in Jersey, and more of what the city is buzzing about today.

This is How the Inky, Daily News and Philly.com Will Consolidate Coverage. This morning, an Inquirer piece explains how the editorial coverage of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com will be consolidated. Some columnists and investigative reporters will remain separate to maintain each publication’s respective voice, but some reported stories may appear in both papers. [Inquirer]

Decision Delayed on Catholic School Appeals. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that decisions on the appeals filed on behalf of the high schools recommended for closing by the Blue Ribbon Commission will be postponed until next week. Today, the Archdiocese will still hand down a decision on the area’s elementary schools. [Inquirer]

Flyers Win! Man, does it feel good to type that. The Flyers fell behind the lowly Sabres 2-0 during yesterday’s first period. The whole city would love to know what Lavy said at the first break because the Flyers came out and scored seven straight goals on their way to victory. Oh, and Giroux had five assists. Is that good? [The 700 Level]

One 11-Year-Old Dead, Three Others Critically Injured in Yesterday’s Crash. A dump truck and a school bus collided yesterday in Chesterfield, New Jersey. An 11-year-old girl—a triplet—died in the accident and three others—including the girl’s two 11-year-old sisters—remain in critical condition. The triplets’ father is a New Jersey State Police Trooper. No criminal charges have been reported. [6 ABC]

Jersey Assembly Passes Lame Duck Gay Marriage Bill. The New Jersey Assembly voted 42-33 to pass a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the Garden State. Governor Chris Christie has vowed to veto the bill and it doesn’t seem likely that the Democrats in the Assembly or state Senate will be able to secure enough votes for an override. [Inquirer]

Teen Arrested for Murder of Pregnant Woman in South Philly. A 19-year-old is in police custody after he allegedly murdered his 24-year-old girlfriend because he was angry that she was pregnant. The woman was six months along and already had a three-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son. [NBC Philadelphia]