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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

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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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Documentary On Philadelphia Going Green Highlights Bold Environmental Initiative

It focuses on four cities with different water management problems and one is Philadelphia.

05/11/2014

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Bucks County Man Pens Book On Abraham Lincoln And His 2 Mothers

Lincoln had two mothers, Nancy who died when he was nine, and Sarah, a widow Lincoln’s father married.

05/11/2014

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Man In His Twenties Who Suffered A Stroke Shares His Story To Raise Awareness

The month of May is American Stroke Month and is it meant to raise awareness of an ailment that hits about 800,000 of us annually. Despite what some may think, it is not something that only strikes the old.

05/10/2014

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Inaugural Philadelphia LGBT Jazz Festival Set For September

It’s called “Outbeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival,” and it will comprise events at various venues from September 18th through 21st.

05/07/2014

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LaSalle University Hires Dr. James Gallagher As Interim President

Dr. Gallagher headed what is now Philadelphia Unviersity for 23 years, including during its changeover from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. He takes over June 2nd, as Brother Michael McGinness retires.

05/07/2014

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ACA Changing The Way We Access Preventative Care

The headlines have trumpeted Administration figures that more than 7 million people signed up for health care coverage through the exchanges.

05/04/2014

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