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NEast Links: bank robbery, El repairs and more

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here.

Police are looking for the man who robbed a TD Bank on Grant Avenue yesterday morning. The bank, at 2520 Grant Ave., was the first among two. The second occurred just 45 minutes later at a TD branch in Abington. Police are looking for a man with a beard with gray hair. He was wearing a black jacket and a black hat with a blue symbol. He may also have red dye on his clothing from when he dropped the money when a dye pack exploded.

Keep reading to find out how much the latest El repairs are expected to cost.

Portions of the Market-Frankford El in Frankford will need major repairs over the next year, as a result of a flawed reconstruction design from the ’80s and ’90s. When the El was rebuilt, it was not made to endure the changes in temperature. To keep disasters – like blocks of concrete falling into the street – from happening, SEPTA workers have been installing metal mesh belts under the line. Those 10,000 belts are only a temporary fix, and the real work is expected to cost at least $20 million.

More than 300 anti-war protesters were at Franklin Mills last weekend to expresses distaste for the Army Experience Center, an arcade and theme park of sorts that allows people to play simulated war video games. Protesters disagree with what they have said is the Army’s glorified portrayal of war – targeted at teenage boys.

Our best-read story this week: Devon Theater’s Little Shop of Horrors delights

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