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NEWS
April 13, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania has relatively high cancer rates, many rural counties with no cancer specialists, rising cancer care costs, and shrinking reimbursements. "We face a perfect storm of challenges," said Marilyn Heine, a hematologist-oncologist with a group practice in Langhorne. Heine, a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology, joined several colleagues this week in discussing two new reports on cancer - one national and the other focused on the Keystone State.
NEWS
April 12, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wow -   that was fast. On Thursday, CBS announced that Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman on the Late Show. Letterman, the host since 1992, announced during his April 3 taping that he would step away in 2015. In the announcement, Colbert, who signed a five-year deal with CBS, praised Letterman and said, "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
It's tough to gauge the impact of Philadelphia's start-up-rich technology community on the city and the region. But there's plenty of reason for hope - and plenty of challenges for an area aspiring to compete in the high-tech big leagues. That was the half-full-but-rising glass described during a roundtable at the Free Library Monday. Part of Philly Tech Week, it brought a variety of perspectives on tech's role in the region's economy. Hard data offer only soft hints, such as the unsurprising news that personal ties to the region play a large role in tech companies' presence here - one of the findings in a new survey conducted by Tech Week sponsor Technical.ly Philly and by the Center City District.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Even as the national GOP works to take control of the Senate in November's midterm elections - and high-profile challengers crop up in states that had seemed out of play - New Jersey's top Republican political talent is passing on a chance to try to take out U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker. In last fall's special Senate election, Booker won a closer-than-expected race against Republican Steve Lonegan, whose campaign attracted support from conservative heros such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloria Cuttino knows she was born. She just can't prove it. In a frustrating circumstance that's surprisingly common among poor African Americans born in the South in the mid-20th century, Cuttino has no birth certificate. That wasn't a great hindrance for much of her life, but it's a bigger problem these days, when the post-9/11 world insists on identification cards with photographs, even for non-drivers. Without a birth certificate (among other documents) in Pennsylvania, residents can't get state-issued ID cards.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The challenge has been a challenge in the NFL for quite some time, and now it's about to become part of Major League Baseball's lexicon, too. When do you challenge? What's worth challenging? Who monitors the replays? Who's to blame when you get it wrong? Having someone other than the game officials involved in making sure a call is right is wrong, but at least baseball is finally embracing a technology that the NFL first welcomed when Madonna was singing about virgins, holidays, and preaching papas.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
ORI FEIBUSH, the 29-year-old real-estate whiz with a team of candidates hoping to take over the committee posts in South Philly's 36th Ward, ran into trouble yesterday while challenging other people seeking those positions. The legal battle pits Feibush against former City Council President Anna Verna, 82, the Democratic leader of the 36th Ward for nearly four decades. Verna yesterday said it was "quite evident" that Feibush is trying to take over the ward to use it as a base of political power to challenge rookie Councilman Kenyatta Johnson next year.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, the powerful business manager of the city electricians' union, is facing a possible challenge to his position as a Democratic ward leader. Karen Brown, 52, the Republican candidate for mayor in 2011, changed her registration back to Democratic last month and is trying to regain her longtime spot as a Democratic committeewoman in South Philadelphia's First Ward. Brown said Monday that if she wins in the May 21 primary election, "I would consider running [for ward leader]
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter overcame a major scare from Holy Ghost Prep in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state boys' basketball tournament. Next for the 18-11 Chargers, who escaped in overtime, is a quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Archbishop Ryan against talent-filled Archbishop Carroll (23-4). "We know we're going in as the underdog," PET coach James "Flames" Lewis said Thursday. "We're fine with that. That's usually been the case since I've been here.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A charter school is taking aim at the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's efforts to rein in soaring charter costs. The West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School has asked the state Supreme Court to rule that the SRC illegally suspended parts of the state School Code covering charters and to bar the commission from moving to close those that refuse to limit enrollment. And in a direct challenge to the SRC's authority, the charter has asked the court to find that the law that led to the state takeover of the district in 2001 and created the SRC is unconstitutional.
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