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Michelle Durham

(File photo: a home without heat in New York State in 2012.  Credit: Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

Pa. Officials Urge Residents To Contact Their Utility After Heat Shutoff

State officials put the number of households without heat this winter at more than 19,000, up about three thousand from last year.

12/24/2013

(An undated Christmas photo of prisoners and staffers at Eastern State Penitentiary.  Used with permission)

Recalling Active Days, Eastern State Pen Holds Toy Drive For Kids of Parents In Prison

Mentoring tour guide Ben Bookman says even when the prison, at 21st Street and Fairmount, was a working penitentiary, Christmas was a special time — even for the prisoners.

12/23/2013

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Northeast Philly Food Pantry Keeps Doors Open To Feed Hungry Residents

There are some sections of Philadelphia that have long had scores of hungry residents, but one local church leader who serves a ten zip code region of the city’s Northeast section says this situation exists in every city zip code.

12/23/2013

(Shoppers enter a Target store in South Philadelphia.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

South Philly Shoppers Still Wary of Using Credit Cards at Target Stores

Target officials revealed that as many as 40 milllion credit and debit cards used to make in-store purchases in Target stores between November 27th and December 15th could be compromised.

12/19/2013

(The Rev. Frank Schaefer, on December 16, 2013.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

Pennsylvania Methodist Pastor Defrocked After Performing Gay Wedding

Church officials have defrocked a United Methodist pastor from Pennsylvania who officiated his son’s gay wedding in Massachusetts.

12/19/2013

(Stu Stern, of S&H Hardware, shows incandescent bulbs he has for sale in his store.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

NE Philly Merchant Prepares For Expanding U.S. Ban on Incandescent Bulbs

Owner Stu Stern of S&H Hardware says he has stockpiled plenty of incandescent bulbs. Manufacture of 60- and 40-watt incandescents is banned in the US after January 1st.

12/18/2013

(Rev. Frank Schaefer, at right of lectern in dark suit, with some of his supporters at the Arch Street United Methodist Church on December 16, 2013.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

Pa. Methodist Minister Says He Won’t Quit, Even After Same-Sex Marriage Rebuke

Rev. Frank Schaefer, in dark suit, was surrounded by supporters after annoucing he won’t abide by Methodist Church rules banning same-sex marriages and won’t give up his credentials.

12/16/2013

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Growing Number Of Practices Offering Financing For Fertility Treatments

A growing number of fertility specialists are offering financing, but does that pose an ethical issue for the physician?

12/16/2013

(Ashlyn Delson is marketing director at Willow Grove Mall.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

From Amateurs and Professionals, Tips For Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so we asked some local shoppers how they will get it all done.

12/13/2013

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Financial Expert: The Rich Get Wealthy By Working, Not By Buying Lottery Tickets

“Buying lottery tickets is really a pipe dream because the odds are so far against you,” he said.

12/13/2013

(Photo by Debra Rothenberg, used with permission)

Springsteen Photo-Biographer Shares Her ‘Boss’ Experiences

The book, Bruce Springsteen, In Focus 1980 – 2012, has been a labor of love for author-photographer Debra Rothenberg.

12/11/2013

(Katrina Hall looks on as Santa gives a little extra love to her prematurely born daughter, Addison.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

For Some Families, Holiday Season Can Be Both Joyful and Stressful

Santa Claus paid a visit to some of his littlest followers at the intensive care nursery of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, in Camden.

12/11/2013

Meg Sharp Walton Credit:  Michelle Durham

Delaware River Mansion Decks The Halls For A Special Christmas Celebration

Executive Director of Glen Foerd on the Delaware Meg Sharp Walton describes the origin of this year’s Celtic theme.

12/11/2013

(Gina Gorski of Northeast Philadelphia and her five kids, in 2011 photo.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

When Kids Get A Snow Day, Working Parents Forced To Scramble

Fortunately, many companies these days are offering their employees options.

12/10/2013

(Haddonfield, NJ looked like a Currier & Ives landscape on Sunday afternoon when a surprise snowstorm dumped 5-10 inches on the region.   Photo by Steve Butler)

Weathercasters Offer a ‘Mea Culpa’ on Surprise Sunday Snow Blast

What went wrong with the forecast? Accuweather’s Elliot Abrams offers an insider’s peek.

12/09/2013

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