Amanda Knox Freed From Italian Prison

Plus: Police find missing woman in the Schuylkill, Occupy Philadelphia is in the works, another park is vandalized, and more of what the city is buzzing about today

Amanda Knox Returns Home. Knox has been in Italian prison since late 2007 after she was convicted of murdering her British roommate. A lack of physical evidence helped her appeal, and her conviction was overturned yesterday. She’ll be heading home to Seattle today. A Philadelphia lawyer played a large role in having Knox’s conviction overturned. [Inquirer]

Police Find Woman’s Body in the Schuylkill. Last Thursday a woman drove her boyfriend’s car through a retaining wall and into the Schuylkill River. Police were able to recover the vehicle and the woman’s cell phone a few hours after the accident, but had been unable to locate the woman’s body until yesterday. [CBS 3]

Occupy Philadelphia Is in the Works. For the past two weeks, Occupy Wall Street has been a fiasco for protesters and police in New York. A meeting tonight will give Philly’s spin-off a time and a place. [Philebrity]

Mayor Nutter Asks for Plan to Cut Budget. In these trying economic times, Philadelphia’s tax receipts have been a tad short of what Mayor Nutter and company were anticipating. Thus, Nutter has asked city managers to plan for a two percent budget cut—ya know, just in case. [Inquirer]

Valley Forge Casino Has a CEO. A 50-table, 600-slot casino attached to the Valley Forge Convention Center is expected to open some time this spring. Now, it has a CEO in Saverio R. “Sal” Scheri—a 27-year veteran of the gaming industry who’s spent time as a CEO in California and Las Vegas. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

Another Park Vandalized in Kensington. Yesterday a park in Kensington lost its basketball hoops when someone used professional tools to cut down the thick metal poles before someone scrapped them. The poles were probably worth a great deal as far as scrap metal is concerned. This comes after another park lost its bleachers to vandals last week. [FOX 29]