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October 14, 2009
CALL ME crazy, but it seems as though ever since Michael Vick came come to town, there are more and more cases of animal abuse. I cry myself to sleep at night watching the news. From Sticky the cat who was duct-taped to the pig of a human being who let her animals waste away in her home to the person who lit the tiny kitty on fire, I am just sick. Man is ruining the life of domesticated animals. They put so much trust in us to take care of them. And what does Philadelphia do?
NEWS
June 8, 2013 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The juicy remnants of what is now Tropical Storm Andrea, now about to make landfall on the west coast of Florida, could douse the region with the heaviest rains since Oct. 29.  That was the date Sandy landed in New Jersey, and while this storm won't be remotely as dangerous as Sandy, forecasters say it has the potential to wring out up to 3 inches of rain across the entire region - and perhaps 5 inches in isolated areas. Flash-flood watches are in effect from late tonight through late Friday night.
NEWS
August 28, 1986 | By Walter F. Roche Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Pennsylvania taxpayers might not notice, but paychecks soon should become a bit fatter because of a cut in the state personal income tax that takes effect Monday. Susan Cassel, spokeswoman for the Revenue Department, said yesterday that new withholding schedules had been mailed to all employers in the state. She said residents should get a slight increase in take-home pay when they are paid for next week's work. Under a bill approved by the governor and the General Assembly in early July, the personal income tax rate will drop on Monday from 2.2 percent to 2.1 percent.
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November 13, 2011 | By Howard Gillette
In May 1903, at the height of the Progressive Era, crusading journalist Lincoln Steffens published the fifth in a series of articles exposing municipal corruption in the United States. His subject was Philadelphia, and to his mind, it was worse than any other place he had investigated. "All our municipal governments are more or less bad," Steffens declared. "Philadelphia is simply the most corrupt and the most contented. " Steffens' reports helped launch a period of investigative reporting that President Theodore Roosevelt labeled "muckraking," but the phenomenon was otherwise quite compatible with his own reform orientation.
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February 26, 2013 | By Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Governors from both parties are warning of the damaging economic impact if the White House and Congress fail to reach a deal to stave off across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect Friday. "It's senseless, and it doesn't need to happen," Gov. Martin O'Malley (D., Md.) said during the annual meeting this weekend of the National Governors Association. "And it's a damn shame, because we've actually had the fastest rate of jobs recovery of any state in our region.
NEWS
May 2, 2012 | Breaking New Desk
It's going to cost you more to take a taxi in Philadelphia starting today. A $1.25 per trip fuel surcharge went into effect at midnight. The Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority,which regulates taxis in the city, approved the surcharge at its meeting April 23. The added cost will remain in effect until May 31. The PPD board will determine if the surcharge needs to be extended through June at its monthly meeting set for May...
NEWS
July 4, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the persistence of the latest hot spell stokes health concerns, Philadelphia has reported the region's fifth heat-related death of the season. And the death toll is likely to rise before this is all over. Tomorrow the atmosphere will be holding its own July Fourth cookout as temperatures creep back toward the mid-90s. The National Weather Service has posted an "excessive heat warning" for the entire region in effect from 11 a.m. tomorrow until 6 p.m. Thursday. As the air swells with water vapor that will make a mockery of sweat, discomfort levels will rise along with thunderstorm chances.
NEWS
July 20, 2012 | Ronnie Polaneczky
FOR MORE than a year, I've been chronicling the injustices of the Philadelphia Parking Authority and its sister agency, the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication.   When my columns hit print, though, their effect on the PPA and the BAA has been akin to that of a mosquito biting into a rhino's neck: Momentarily bothersome, but inconsequential. Too many phony-baloney tickets are still being written by enforcement agents. And too many of them are then upheld on appeal by BAA hearing examiners who dismiss reasonable evidence showing that those tickets were written in error.
NEWS
November 7, 2011
Will Pennsylvania's texting ban alter your behind-the-wheel habits when it takes effect?
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September 15, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Football is a difficult game to evaluate from the outside. Baseball is made up of individual moments for which praise or blame is easily attributable. Even basketball and hockey, with fewer players, are sports consisting more of singular than group achievements. Which bring us to the Eagles offensive line and how it performed against the Browns. At first glance it may have seemed that the unit was inconsistent on Sunday. There were stretches when Ryan Mathews and the Eagles running backs couldn't muster much on the ground and times when Carson Wentz took unnecessary hits in the pocket.
NEWS
September 11, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Huddled in the hot sun outside the Compassionate Sciences dispensary in South Jersey, a group of medical marijuana patients clutched bags that contained cannabis-infused oils they had just purchased. They began a lively debate on the best way to use the new products, though dispensary staff had told them Friday morning that the oil was recommended as a topical, to be applied to the skin and absorbed. The sale of the oil Friday at the Bellmawr dispensary marked the first time in New Jersey that a manufactured cannabis product was offered to registered medical marijuana patients in the state, six years after the program was started.
NEWS
August 12, 2016
WHEN Matt Albasi snagged credentials to the Democratic National Convention, he immediately saw something suspicious on the back of his Secret Service-issued pass. Albasi, publisher of Spirit News, a local paper based in Fishtown, noticed a slightly raised square indicating something inside the hard plastic. "I went full-on paranoid mode: 'It's gotta be a GPS or a microphone,' " Albasi said. Once he had used scissors to cut the pass open , Albasi found a small silver radio frequency identification - RFID - chip inside.
NEWS
July 27, 2016 | Staff Report
As if the steam-bath heat wasn't enough, the National Weather Service has added a severe-thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. Monday for the entire region, along with the excessive heat warning in effect until 6 p.m. Heat-index values could reach 105 Monday afternoon, said Lance Franck, meteorologist at weather service's Mount Holly office. At 1 p.m. the official reading at Philadelphia International Airport was 91, with a heat index of 100. In addition, the government's Storm Prediction Center sees a "slight risk" that thunderstorms could reach "severe" criteria - that's with winds of 58 m.p.h.
SPORTS
June 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
BUFFALO - In some ways, it was a strange draft for the Flyers. General manager Ron Hextall wanted to move up in the opening round and select a can't-miss forward. Instead, he ended up dropping back four spots. Fans clamored for the Flyers to draft a much-needed sniper such as Kieffer Bellows or Julien Gauthier, each of whom was available at the team's original first-round draft spot (No. 18). Instead, Hextall and his staff chose two-way center German Rubtsov, who fell to them partly because of a controversy that booted his Russian under-18 team out of the World Juniors.
NEWS
June 25, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
Two officials in the tiny borough of Audubon Park announced Thursday that they had switched their party affiliation from Democratic to Republican, putting a small crack in the Democratic stronghold that is Camden County. The shift by Mayor Larry Pennock increases from two to three the number of GOP mayors in county municipalities with partisan elections. He was joined by Councilman John Carpinelli. Pennock said he registered as a Republican more than two months ago in advance of New Jersey's June 7 primary.
NEWS
June 25, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
An advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said AstraZeneca's FluMist vaccine, administered as a nasal spray and not a shot, was only 3 percent effective in protecting children ages 2 to 17 years against influenza virus. AstraZeneca, with North American headquarters in Wilmington, said it would take an $80 million inventory write-down as a result of the decision. AstraZeneca said its own studies found FluMist was 46 percent to 58 percent effective. The U.K.-based drugmaker said it would continue to sell the vaccine in other countries.
NEWS
June 25, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Jonathan Tamari, and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
Chaka Fattah resigned his U.S. House seat effective immediately Thursday, a day after Republican leaders balked at his plan to remain in Congress for three months following his conviction on federal corruption charges. In a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, the Philadelphia Democrat wrote that he had hoped to resign Oct. 3 - a day before his sentencing - to ensure an orderly transition. "However, out of respect for the entire House leadership, and so as not to cause a distraction from the House's work for the people, I have changed my effective date," the letter said.
NEWS
May 27, 2016
By Madeleine Dean It is difficult to find a more contentious issue in the United States than gun laws. Two things that both sides can agree on, however, is that guns should be kept out of the hands of criminals and that criminals who illegally carry or try to purchase a firearm should be prosecuted. Gun rights advocates like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump argue that we should "enforce the laws on the books. " On this - and perhaps only this - I agree with Trump. When the legislature returns after the holiday, the House Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member, is scheduled to vote on a number of gun-related bills - some that require stronger penalties for gun-possession violations, others to increase mental-health-records reporting to the federal government.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
The 11th Hour Theatre Company is brave to present Michael John LaChiusa's complicated musical See What I Wanna See . Based on short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, translated from the Japanese by Takashi Kojima, the musical is grim, stylized, and highly theatrical. How three very disparate stories all fit together is a challenge to the audience. The title is, I think, the clue. The phrase "the Rashomon effect" refers to Akira Kurasawa's famous film (largely based on Akutagawa's stories)
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