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John Ostapkovich

(The fire at the Buck Hosiery Company, in Kensington, took the lives of Philadelphia firefighters Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney.  File photo)

Phila. Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Lying To Fire Investigators

Richard Knellinger, 42, has accepted a plea deal stemming from his appearance before a grand jury investigating the 2012 five-alarmer that killed two firefighters.

07/14/2014

health care

New Guide To Providing Health Care To The Poor Focuses On How They See The World

The link between poverty and bad health outcomes is well-known, but the solution may lie in better listening skills.

07/13/2014

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10th Grade History Teacher Writes Trilogy Of Novels

Inner city kids need positive role models. So says a high school history teacher who’s mounted an unusual outreach.

07/13/2014

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New Book Looks At Rollout Of “Cryptocurrency”

Seething beneath the surface of our economy is the rising of what are called “cryptocurrencies”, like BitCoin. It may seem scary, but it’s an idea that’s been around for a while.

07/12/2014

(An actor protraying Continental Army colonel John Nixon reads the Declaration of Independence to a crowd gathered outside Independence Hall.  Photo by Rachael Grossman)

At Independence Hall, Echoes of a Public Proclamation 238 Years Ago

A reënactor portraying Col. John Nixon read the words of the Declaration of Independence to hundreds assembled in Independence Park, behind Independence Hall.

07/08/2014

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PennDOT Patches Potholes On Major Delaware County Roads

PennDOT will be patching some holes on highways ahead of a bigger fix.

07/08/2014

(A stereopticon image of the Statue of Liberty's hand and torch on display at the Philadelphia Centennial, in 1876.  Image provided by Library of Congress)

New Book Recalls Philadelphia’s Role in Bringing Statue of Liberty to U.S.

Author Elizabeth Mitchell says the iconic statue’s hand and torch made a trip to Philadelphia in 1876 to help raise fund for the project’s completion.

07/05/2014

Harry Kyriakodis and his three books at the CBS Broadcast Center. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

New Book Captures Ben Franklin Parkway’s Iconic Past

A Philadelphia author’s book, to be released next week, provides a history of the road in pictures.

07/04/2014

(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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