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Study: Despite The Warnings, Some Teens Still Not Buckling Up

One of the simplest things you can due to increase safety in a vehicle is buckle up, yet a study finds teens have a list of excuses for not doing it.

06/07/2014

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First Ever Dog Jog 5K In Phoenixville Is Saturday June 7th

It’s the first ever Dog Jog at Reeves Park in Phoenixville, raising money for The Spayed Club which offers low cost pet spaying and neutering.

06/04/2014

(Maureen Rush of the Philadelpha Police Foundation and police commissioner Charles Ramsey hold a ceremonial check denoting the donation of $84,780 for equipment to expand videotaping of police interrogations.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Phila. Police Dept. Gets Big Grant To Expand Recording of Interrogations

It’s now only a matter of time, but no longer a matter of money, before many suspect interrogations by Philadelphia police detectives are recorded by camera and microphone.

06/03/2014

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Area Parish Consolidations Will Move Rapidly, Phila. Archdiocese Says

Catholics across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are dealing with news of a round of parish mergers announced over the weekend.

06/02/2014

The wreckage of Johnstown, Pennsylvania after the South Fork Dam burst and the waters of Lake Conemaugh flooded the town, June 1889. Original Publication : Illustrated London News - pub. 1889 (credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Johnstown Flood Remembered In New Novel Of Love, Loss And Cataclysm

Saturday marks the 125th anniversary of the epic 1889 flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and a Pittsburgh University professor’s new novel brings it to life.

05/31/2014

A wreath laying at the Korean War Memorial in Old City during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony. (credit: John Ostapkovich)

Somber Strains Herald Remembrance At Korean War Memorial In Old City

Among Philadelphia’s Memorial Day observances was one at the Korean War Memorial in Old City.

05/26/2014

Hollywood actresses flanked by two US navymen from the USS Indianapolis. (Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

New Book Talks Sinking Ships, Sharks, And A Notorious Military Mess Up

One of World War II’s most notorious naval disasters is the subject of a new book by one of the few men who survived it.

05/26/2014

Author Gus Spector holding his new book that takes a different look into Philadelphia's past. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

New Book Delivers A Look Into Philadelphia’s Past

You can take a stroll through Philadelphia of decades past in a new book that sprung mostly from its author’s collection of old postcards.

05/25/2014

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Warm Weather Health Concerns Apply To Dogs, Too

Warmer weather provides more outdoor opportunities, not only for you but your dog, yet not everything is tail-wagging good.

05/24/2014

(A foreign worker living in Riyadh wears a mask on a street in the Saudi capital.  File photo by Fayez Nureldine/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Pennsylvania Doctors Advise Vigilance, Not Overreaction, to MERS Threat

A conference call by the Pennsylvania Medical Society connected experts that included Pennsylvania physician general Dr. Carrie DeLone, who says that while MERS has a 30-percent mortality rate, not everyone with a cough has it.

05/20/2014

(L-R) Cartoonists Stephan Pastis, Wiley Miller, and Bill Amend appear at the 12th Annual L.A. Times Festival of Books on the U.C.L.A. campus on April 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

‘Pearls Before Swine’ Cartoonist Out With Second Kid Sleuth Book

A cartoonist whose strip “Pearls Before Swine” runs in the Inquirer is out with his second book about a kid detective who might just as well be called a kid deFective.

05/18/2014

(A ceremonial groundbreaking by, L-R, Septa GM Joe Casey; Ronald Hinton, president of the Allegheny West Foundation; US Rep. Chaka Fattah; Phila. city councilwoman Cindy Bass; and Keith Dial, and aide to councilman Curtis Jones Jr.   Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Septa Inaugurates Work on New Bus Interchange Station in North Philly

Septa has broken ground, ceremonially, on a $1.4-million bus loop improvement project in the Allegheny West neighborhood.

05/14/2014

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USS Saratoga Heads To The Scrap Heap

The aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, commissioned in 1956, upgraded in Philadelphia in the ’80’s, and stored here after decommissioning in the 90’s, has been sold to a Texas scrap firm for a penny.

05/14/2014

(Dr. Matthew Hurford, left, and Roland Lamb.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Philadelphia Health Officials Warn of Deadly Scourge of Fentanyl Abuse

According to those in the addiction-fighting business, fentanyl is about 50 times as powerful as heroin but without the euphoric rush.

05/13/2014

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Pa. Democrats Meet For Last Gubernatorial Debate Before Election

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — The final debate among the four Democrats seeking their party’s nomination to take on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall veered between responses to policy questions and efforts to bend answers […]

05/12/2014

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