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May 24, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard R. "Dick" Nicolai, 81, of Philadelphia, promotion director for Fairmount Park and spokesman for the Fairmount Park Commission for 27 years, died Sunday, May 18, of Alzheimer's disease at Nazareth Hospital Hospice. Mr. Nicolai retired in the mid-1990s after a career as the public information officer for the 8,900-acre parkland and its governing panel. In that role, he encouraged visitors to tour the parkland's offerings, reported on the illegal activities of tree rustlers in the park, and sat in on the official meetings of the Fairmount Park Commission.
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May 13, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stanley H. Rosen, 84, of Philadelphia, a scholar and emeritus professor of philosophy, died Sunday, May 4, of pneumonia at Cathedral Village in Roxborough. Dr. Rosen was an influential writer and teacher known for his thinking and writing on Plato, Heidegger, Hegel, and Nietzsche. He served on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University for 38 years and Boston University for 14 years before retiring to Philadelphia to be near family. He was the author of 20 books, recipient of numerous honors, and a former president of the Metaphysical Society of America.
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May 8, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just minutes before Delaware County, state, and federal authorities gathered Tuesday to announce a new plan to combat increasing gun violence in Chester, another man was shot there. The victim was gunned down near 21st Street and Edgmont Avenue around 1:30 p.m., District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "We don't expect him to survive," he added. The man would become Chester's 12th homicide victim this year. Forty-two other people have been shot and wounded, Whelan said. Those shootings are why "Operation City Surge" was launched.
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May 8, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1973, Philadelphians Barbara and Stephen Gold became part-owners of a 100-acre property in Sullivan County, in the Endless Mountains region of north-central Pennsylvania. Its cabin was more than a vacation getaway. In an era of antigovernment protests, the politically passionate young urbanites figured, only partly in jest, that it could be a refuge should revolution and chaos come to the city. Instead, a revolution came to Sullivan County. An energy revolution. The cabin sat atop one of the world's largest shale formations: the Marcellus.
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May 1, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - As multiple investigations continue into lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, Gov. Christie named a former state attorney general Tuesday as the new chairman of the authority that runs the bridge. The governor nominated John Degnan - who most recently worked as a senior executive at Chubb Corp., an insurance company based in Warren County - to lead the troubled bistate agency that controls bridges and tunnels connecting New Jersey and New York, as well as airports and the World Trade Center.
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April 28, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON When he took office in 2010, Gov. Christie made liberal use of a previously little-employed tool to exercise control over state authorities, including the Delaware River and Bay Authority. Three times in 2010 and 2011, the Republican governor vetoed meeting minutes of the bistate authority, which operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Last week, he took out the veto pen again - this time, to nix pay raises for the authority's employees. The action - which officials at the authority said did not come as a surprise - provides an example of how Christie has asserted his powers as governor.
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April 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Scottoline, 90, formerly of Bala Cynwyd, the hilarious, sometimes profane, larger-than-life maternal figure known to readers as "Mother Mary," died Sunday, April 13, of lung cancer at the home of her daughter, Lisa, the author and Inquirer columnist. "We are heartbroken to report that Mother Mary passed away at home this morning, though she was at peace and in the embrace of our love. We choose to remember her as here, making us laugh," Lisa Scottoline said Monday on her Facebook page.
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April 13, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tara Fontaine was recovering from gastric bypass surgery in the fall of 2011 when a flier arrived at her doorstep. It was an invitation to a new health and fitness program that the Chester Housing Authority was organizing for its residents. "And I'm like, oh my goodness," said Fontaine, who at the time weighed 385 pounds. "Free exercise, healthy, this is what I need. " The exercise and nutrition classes helped her lose 100 pounds and change her eating habits. As the program enters its third year, Fontaine, 53, is earning a stipend as a community health worker organizing classes and encouraging others to join.
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March 30, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, resigned Friday amid continued political fallout over lane closures last fall at the George Washington Bridge. Gov. Christie, speaking to reporters at a Statehouse news conference, said the decision was Samson's and did not implicate Samson in the bridge scandal, which has spawned legislative and federal investigations. The resignation, effective immediately, comes a day after the law firm representing Christie's office released a report absolving the governor and his current staff of any responsibility for the September traffic jams.
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March 29, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
He would change very little. John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer and Philadelphia native who laid the legal groundwork for President George W. Bush's administration to use waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques, told faculty and students at Drexel University law school Thursday that he had correctly interpreted the law. And that he would do it again. "I do stand by the line that we drew," Yoo said. Yoo came to the law school for an hour-long exchange with Harvey Rishikof, a former legal counsel to the FBI who teaches national security law at Drexel.
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