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John Ostapkovich

(Bathers enjoy the surf at an Ocean City, NJ beach.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

South Jersey Beaches May Limit Swimming If Oncoming Arthur Roils Surf Too Much

With seas of six to nine feet expected on Friday from Tropical Storm Arthur, even higher waves could be driven on shore, creating the danger of rip currents.

07/02/2014

US Vice President Joe Biden waves at the press in Vina Del Mar, Chile on March 11, 2014 after Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's inauguration.  File photo by Claudio Reyes/ AFP/ Getty Images)

VP Biden Will Take Part in Philadelphia’s July 4th Ceremonies This Year

Biden will join Mayor Nutter and others on Thursday morning in front of Independence Hall for the 2014 edition of the “Celebration of Freedom” ceremony.

07/01/2014

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HSP, NY Playwright Form Partnership Culminating In Historical Play

A New York playwright has embarked on a two-year collaboration with an unlikely partner — the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

06/30/2014

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Career Consultant Pens Book About Getting Your Dream Job In A Tough Economy

Although business reports indicate that hiring has picked up, getting a good job can still seem elusive. A new book from a Delaware County career consultant aims to empower you to win that battle.

06/29/2014

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Surgeon Says Food May Be To Blame For Rise In Esophageal Cancer

A sharp rise in esophageal cancer has its roots in what we eat, says a New York doctor with a new book that covers cause, effect and solution.

06/28/2014

Ann Tomalavadge of the ASCE presents the group's report on Pennsylvania infrastructure at Amtrak's 30th Street Station.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Engineering Group Gives Low Marks to Pennsylvania Infrastructure

The 2014 report card from the Philadelphia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the state no As. The highest of the sixteen grades was a “B” for freight rail.

06/25/2014

The US Coast Guard conducts a simulated "BUI" ("boating under the influence") stop on the Delaware River.  Photo by John Ostapkovich.

Drunk Driving, and Boating, Targeted by Phila. Area Law Enforcement

Public safety officials gathered along the Delaware riverfront to warn against a list of activities that become very dangerous when intoxicants are added.

06/23/2014

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Parents Forced To Battle Kids’ Summer Slide Once School’s Out

An annual rite of summer is that students lose ground academically. It’s called the summer slide and since teachers are off the clock, fighting it falls to parents.

06/22/2014

(Jim Pollin announces his $120,000 donation to preserve a single propeller from the SS United States.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Despite Generous Donation, Little of SS United States May Be Saved

It’s a silver cloud with a dark lining for the SS United States, the iconic cruise ship that has been languishing on the Philadelphia waterfront for the last eighteen years.

06/17/2014

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At a Philadelphia Conference, The Research Topic is Libraries

Philadelphia is hosting the 2014 Library Management Institute Summer Conference.

06/16/2014

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If Traveling For The World Cup, It’s Important To Take Health Precautions

If the World Cup in Brazil or some other attraction has tickled your fancy for international travel, here’s a reminder of a precaution to take.

06/15/2014

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Retired Wildlife Biologist Says Changes To Power Plant Emissions Are Necessary

Ed Perry of the National Wildlife Federation has spent seven years looking at the effects of climate change in Pennsylvania.

06/14/2014

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Phila. Charter School Seniors March Through Center City To Celebrate and Inspire

Seniors from Freire Charter School made some noise with a noontime march, in celebration of their impending graduation and more.

06/11/2014

(A Delaware Department of Transportation graphic showing their plan to fix the sagging I-495 bridge.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

I-495 Bridge In Wilmington To Remain Closed All Summer

The plan involves planting new supports down into the bedrock under the river bed, using powerful jacks to level the span, and, in some cases, removing and replacing the structures immediately under the bridge surface.

06/10/2014

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Hillary Clinton Book-Signing is This Friday at Philadelphia Main Library

The signing, this Friday at 11:30am, hosted by the Central Parkway branch of the Free Library, on Logan Circle, is already sold out.

06/09/2014

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