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March 5, 2007
I AGREE with letter-writer Joseph Timlin's opinion of the candidates, especially Fattah and Brady. To elect either would be saying that we're happy with the current state of city government. The present administration, for all of its self-congratulations, is one of the most corrupt since Benjamin Franklin walked the streets. We must flush the toilet that has become City Hall and start fresh. John O'Mara Jr. Philadelphia
NEWS
April 13, 2015
DON'T YOU just wonder? I mean the almost daily drip, drip, drip of bad news for Kathleen Kane at some point has to take her down the drain, no? This latest issue, firing a top aide who testified against her in a grand jury probe of leaks to media from Kane's agency? Could it come at worse time? Could she have handled it worse? I don't see how. Chief Deputy Attorney General James Barker, by all accounts a capable, experienced prosecutor, was axed as Kane awaits possible criminal charges for her role in leaked grand jury material, allegedly in retaliation against another prosecutor with whom she's feuded.
NEWS
July 1, 1986
So W. Oliver Leggett Jr. is out as head of the Philadelphia Port Corp. but is retained as a consultant at $90,000 a year for 2 1/2 years longer. The man he succeeded, John J. Malone, is also a consultant at $65,000 a year for 2 1/2 years longer. If they were not good enough to run the show, what qualifications do they have to be so-called consultants? Taxpayers' money goes down the drain again, $235,000 for Mr. Leggett, $162,500 for Mr. Malone. It's time for a change - $400,000 could be used to help poor people.
NEWS
September 10, 1987 | By Lou Perfidio, Special to The Inquirer
About 25 years ago, some young and able-bodied Bryn Athyn men dug a ditch along Alden Road for drainage pipes. That community effort did the job until last year. That's when the borough had to pay an able-bodied man of the 1980s to pick ice during the winter along Alden Road - at a cost of more than $800. The drain was flooding, and the overflow was freezing on the street. At the Borough Council meeting Tuesday night, Bryn Athyn officials decided it was time to do something about the nagging situation before the chill of winter set in. By a vote of 6-0, member Leonard Gyllenhaal was absent, the council authorized Public Works Chairman T. Dudley Davis to advertise for bids from private contractors to repair the drains.
NEWS
July 25, 1991 | By Kathi Kauffman, Special to The Inquirer
Most pool owners have no idea that they may be held responsible for environmental damage caused by swimming pool drainage, Robert D. Bauer, water quality specialist supervisor of the Department of Environmental Resources, said Tuesday night. "People are just beginning to realize that what they think is a simple activity, swimming, can cause a major problem as far as the environment is concerned," Bauer said at a public forum sponsored by Lower Merion's Environmental Advisory Committee.
NEWS
October 13, 1989 | By Christopher Scanlan, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has opened an investigation into two household drain cleaners, Lewis Red Devil Lye and Drano, after a trial-lawyers' group said Red Devil was linked to a score of consumer injuries, including disfiguring burns and eye injuries. Chemical drain cleaners may seem like a potent solution to a common household problem, but they are "among the most hazardous consumer products available," Consumers Union said on Wednesday. The nonprofit group urged consumers not to use them but instead to use a plunger or a plumber's snake, or to call a plumber.
NEWS
May 3, 1989 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL MALLY
After a long day and night of rain - 0.36 inches fell Monday - the city awoke yesterday to a patchwork of flooded streets. The downpour had swamped a number of storm drains, creating instant ponds and causing motorists to seek the high ground, until Water Department crews sloshed to the rescue.
NEWS
February 6, 1994 | By Jere Downs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The double-whammy downpour and quick thaw of Jan. 28 swamped the borough's storm sewers, prompting a backup that spilled into homes and businesses all over town, according to Public Works Director Joseph Picard. Fire crews worked through the night to pump water out of homes on Airy and Swede Streets, Picard said. And some flooding might have been avoided if so many borough homes did not drain runoff from their roofs directly into the sewer system, Picard last week told the borough's Municipal Waste Authority, newly formed to oversee the sewer system.
NEWS
July 26, 1986 | By Nicole Brodeur, Special to The Inquirer
Employees at three Mount Laurel businesses were evacuated just before closing time Thursday after a tank containing food flavoring spilled into the local sewage system from a neighboring plant. Employees of the Associated Screw & Manufacturing Co., Economy House Co. and OEI Business Forms were just leaving their Fellowship Road offices when workers at Whittle & Mutch Inc. accidentally spilled a tank containing a mixture of 19 gallons of ethyl acetate and 28 gallons of propylene glycol into a storm drain about 4:26 p.m., according to company spokesman Richard Mutch.
REAL_ESTATE
April 8, 1988 | By Al Carrell, Special to The Inquirer
ML3I have a leaky sink that I need help with. The leak seems to be coming from around the drain in the bottom. How can I seal this better? I think you are probably talking about the sink flange. This is usually packed with plumber's putty before it is tightened down. Remove the trap under the sink first and then the drain body. Pull up the sink flange. If it has a washer under it, replace the washer; if not, scrape off the old putty and let it dry completely. Pack the underside of it with more plumber's putty.
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NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, STAFF WRITER
A 46-year-old man Friday night jumped into a storm drain in Hunting Park and - after first refusing efforts by fire crews to get him out - was finally rescued, police said. Police Sgt. Thomas Walsh said that at about 4:50 p.m., fire and police were called to Ninth and Pike Streets, where the man had removed the grate covering from one of the street corners and jumped in. When rescuers arrived, David Barr, 46, of North Philadelphia, was "already shoulder-deep in water," Walsh said.
NEWS
April 5, 2016
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET Brain drain? The editorial "With a whimper" (March 24) highlights Pennsylvania's failure to pass a budget that adequately invests in human services. The state legislature has repeatedly failed to pass a budget that raises new revenue. As a result, human services have been sorely underfunded and could face drastic cuts if revenue is not increased this year. Failing to invest in human services has serious implications for the nonprofit job market.
NEWS
December 27, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax, $util.encode.html($!item.bycredit)
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I've realized that every time I talk to a particular friend, I come away exhausted from our interactions. She thinks she's a failure, she thinks all effort toward any achievement is a waste because she's doomed to fail, other people do better than her at some things, so why bother, etc. I've tried to incorporate advice you've given before, like asking her what steps she wants to take, or recommending a counselor. But as soon as I ask, she no longer has an interest in continuing the conversation, and says, "Oh, I think once I find time to do X, it'll be better, so I don't need to stop saying mean things about myself now. " But then she never does X. And I just . . . I'm at a loss.
SPORTS
November 28, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
DETROIT - The Eagles completed an unlikely trifecta on Thursday as they lost for the third straight game against a supposedly weak opponent during a stretch that could have been the launching pad for a late-season return to contention. Ever since beating the Cowboys in overtime on Nov. 8 to climb to 4-4, the Eagles haven't just punted away a great opportunity. They've shanked it into the stands, and now their season lies in irrevocable tatters. There will be schedule crunching and mathematical wrangling that will argue the fight still isn't over for the Eagles, but at 4-7 and playing terribly in all phases, this thing is done.
SPORTS
September 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day after he left the game with what the Phillies called a left knee contusion, Ryan Howard did not join his teammates to stretch before batting practice Tuesday. Not only had the injury forced Howard from Monday night's extra-inning loss, but it also necessitated a trip to the emergency room so the 35-year-old first baseman could get his knee drained. "So that doesn't look good, but we're just going to go day to day and see what happens," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said.
NEWS
September 15, 2015
THE STRANGE saga of Kathleen Kane and the spilled milk of her political career continue to spread and might soon envelop another legal fight, one awash in constitutional questions. Yep. The seemingly unending case of leaks, porn, politics and a perjury charge against Kane is poised to take on a new dimension. Not that the state's elected attorney general doesn't have enough to deal with. She already awaits trial, accused of leaking grand-jury material to embarrass a political foe then lying about it under oath.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie vowed to rein in government spending when he took office in 2010, and one of his most controversial first-term initiatives was setting a cap on salaries for school district superintendents. Anecdotes of seemingly exorbitant pay for school administrators became a symbol of the government excess Christie had pledged to rid from Trenton. Four years after Christie set his own salary - $175,000 - as a maximum base for superintendents, Democratic lawmakers and school boards say the regulation has resulted in high turnover and made the state less competitive in attracting the best administrators.
NEWS
April 13, 2015
DON'T YOU just wonder? I mean the almost daily drip, drip, drip of bad news for Kathleen Kane at some point has to take her down the drain, no? This latest issue, firing a top aide who testified against her in a grand jury probe of leaks to media from Kane's agency? Could it come at worse time? Could she have handled it worse? I don't see how. Chief Deputy Attorney General James Barker, by all accounts a capable, experienced prosecutor, was axed as Kane awaits possible criminal charges for her role in leaked grand jury material, allegedly in retaliation against another prosecutor with whom she's feuded.
SPORTS
October 31, 2014 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
IF YOU'VE BEEN watching any of baseball's postseason, particularly the World Series, none of the following headlines will catch you as surprising: "Hunter Pence, With Quirks in Personality and Play, Spurs the Giants. " "M-V-Pence: Veteran's play, example leading Giants. " "Keeping Giants' Hunter Pence off base would help Royals reach Game 7. " Hunter Pence, the former Phillie and soon-to-be Sports Illustrated cover boy, had the San Francisco Giants on the cusp of winning their third World Series championship in 5 years (and second since he joined the team two summers ago)
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rutgers University will try to entice New Jersey's best and brightest to stay in-state with a new undergraduate merit scholarship that president Robert L. Barchi announced Monday. The Henry Rutgers Merit Scholarship will be awarded to 100 undergraduates a year for each of the next four years in an attempt to reduce the flow of more than 30,000 students who leave the Garden State annually for college elsewhere. The scholarships will be available to freshmen entering in the fall of 2014.
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