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October 6, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is Albert Whitehead a compulsive critic seeking revenge against Sundance Vacations for an old slight, a man who deserves to be summoned repeatedly to Luzerne County for legal proceedings, have his e-mail records subpoenaed, and pay $12,991 toward Sundance's legal costs to shut him up - or go to jail if he can't? Or is Whitehead a selfless whistle-blower suffering because he can't afford to counter Sundance's lawyers - a man unfairly in the crosshairs of the Wilkes-Barre lodging-package marketer, which he says uses legal loopholes to lock unwitting customers into costly, long-term contracts?
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October 6, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oh, golly, yes, social media have changed the face of retirement. " So says Donna Held, 61, of Salisbury Township. She is retired and a big proponent of social media. Like Held, an increasing proportion of retired people use social media for connection, support, education, even business (call it "retirement lite"). "It sure has changed retirement," says Howard Levin, 85, of Cherry Hill. "Of course, it can become addictive - not a big problem if you're retired. " For more and more seniors it offers, in the words of Judy Shepps Battle, 71, of Kendall Park, N.J., "an experience that just wasn't there before.
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September 22, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is the biggest municipal project ever in Haverford Township, and in a town with a history of contentious politics, it already has broken new ground - in acrimony. A $23.5 million plan approved last week calls for constructing a new municipal building and police station and renovating or rebuilding the library. Officials in the Delaware County township say it is long overdue. But the project, which is expected to increase real estate taxes by more than 5 percent, or about $55 per household, has also been a source of heated debate.
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August 24, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
STONE HARBOR - Wawa Flo is on a break. A cig break, is what the @WawaFlo Twitter feed would say. That's not actually Flo's Twitter feed, but one run by her fans. Of which there are many. They also call her Florence of Wawa. She's worked at the Stone Harbor Wawa for 25 years with a growly voice, a default phrase of "Oh, OK," and a not overly chipper friendliness spun over decades. It's a Wawa with a wide clientele: borough workers, celebrities, year-round skateboard rats, and that old Stone Harbor summer mansion standby - the kids sent from their parents' big Shore house to get dinner at the Wawa.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
THE HEARTBREAKING and alarming news that one in five high school students is involved with either DHS or the juvenile justice system should be a wake-up call for systemic change. Even though we should never abandon these students or give up hope, the intervention that has the best chance of saving them must happen as early as possible. Blaming their dysfunctional homes as an excuse not to fund early intervention programs only exacerbates the problem. Meanwhile, many teachers apply for positions in urban schools at all levels for the purpose of making a difference.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
WHEN I READ the article about Mrs. Krewson it made me sick. These two uniformed officers failed to take action because they didn't have a police radio. I'm sure both of them had cellphones. They probably were in court getting paid time and a half. They should be identified and disciplined for neglect of duty and cowardice. They put Krewson in danger. As for Lt. Sanford saying it was wise for the officers not to confront the suspectm, what's wrong with him? Somebody should tell him what real cops do. I recently retired from the Police Department after 44 years spending my last 28 years in homicide.
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July 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a Glee -focused twerp out there who likes to hack into Facebook pages of Glee stars and cause havoc. Friday morning, Lea Michele seemingly announced she was with child . . . but later, her rep said no, she's unpreg, she got hacked. Thursday it was Chris Colfer 's turn, with his Facebook page telling the world he was fired from Glee for personal reasons. Lies. Overeating on the Fourth A SideShow belch goes out to Joey "Jaws" Chestnut , winner of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you're a Facebook user, you may be feeling right now like a guinea pig. An unwitting one. So are many others, and that makes them mad. Witness the outrage in social media, charges of Big Brotherism, and questions of ethics. It had Sheryl Sandberg herself, COO and number two at Facebook, apologizing Wednesday. It's all about a study in the June edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The authors are Adam Kramer, a data scientist at Facebook who apparently did all the original tracking and analysis, and University of California, San Francisco, professor Jeffrey Hancock and Cornell University doctoral student Jamie Guillory.
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May 25, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities say two Gloucester County brothers posted a video on Facebook on Saturday morning showing them setting fire to an unoccupied mobile home. Sure enough, a few hours later, after the trailer had been destroyed, the men were arrested - discovered, prosecutors say, after investigators looked online and found the video. Anthony F. Pettolina, 22, of Gloucester City, and Gerald J. Pettolina, 30, of Westville, were being held Saturday on charges including arson and criminal mischief.
NEWS
May 4, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Facebook turned 10 in February, and like any 10-year-old, it's changing, complete with growing pains and headaches. With 1.28 billion users of the world's most popular social medium, Facebook is trying to keep users, attract more users, make money, and please advertisers, all at the same time. But those goals - have you noticed? - conflict. The Facebook F8 conference Wednesday in San Francisco highlighted the delights and challenges to come. Cofounder Mark Zuckerberg - who, amazingly, turns 30 on May 14 - spoke of "a culture of loving the people we serve.
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