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NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Gov. Corbett is closing the gap. But the gap remains. The race for Pennsylvania governor has tightened a smidgen entering its final days, with Democrat Tom Wolf still enjoying a 13 percentage point lead over Corbett among likely voters, according to a Franklin and Marshall College Poll released Wednesday. That's down from a 22-point lead for Wolf in F&M's June poll. Among voters who said they were very interested in the race and certain to vote on Tuesday, Wolf had the support of 53 percent to 40 percent for the Republican governor, the new poll found.
SPORTS
September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS may or may not return to the Phillies' lineup in the next 2 weeks, so naturally the first two batters last night found the new guy in the field. Defensive whiz Freddy Galvis, playing his natural shortstop position, handled both ground balls with ease. Galvis continued to be busy all night - he had eight balls hit his way, recording outs on seven and just missing two more on a pair of tough infield singles from Josh Harrison and Gregory Polanco. Galvis' defense, of course, hasn't ever been in question.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Rachel Zamzow, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Burke was an energetic 2-year-old who loved drawing purple pictures of Barney and jumping on trampolines. But then his parents began to notice how he would grunt instead of talk, and couldn't look anyone in the eye. Before his third birthday, in 2005, he was diagnosed with autism. "It felt like my heart had been ripped out," said his mother, Suzanne Burke of Philadelphia. Seeking the best care, his parents found applied behavior analysis (ABA), a one-on-one therapy considered the most effective treatment to date for autism.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AS PERVASIVE a problem as sex trafficking is in the Philadelphia region, experts in the field say that gaps in services for victims and local funding make handling the tough cases even more challenging. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan, who prosecutes sex-trafficking cases in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, said she and her colleagues are constantly faced with the daunting question of how to help victims during their abusers' trials and postconviction - and too often, there is simply no place to send them for the help they need.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Who regularly inspects food-truck propane tanks like the one that blew up Tuesday in Philadelphia's Feltonville section, injuring 10 people? Apparently, no one does. City health inspectors go over the trucks' food preparation areas in detail. State officials make sure the trucks are roadworthy. Federal inspectors scrutinize bigger propane tanks. But officials at city, state, and federal safety agencies said regular inspection of propane tanks like the one that exploded Tuesday was not their responsibility.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A House panel on Tuesday advanced a $29.1 billion budget, setting the stage for final negotiations with the Senate and Gov. Corbett on the 2014-15 spending plan. The Appropriations Committee voted, 21-14, along party lines to move the proposal to the House floor, but it is likely to undergo significant changes before reaching Corbett's desk. The bill proposes to close a $1.5 billion budget gap by transferring funds from other sources, including the sale of state liquor stores - a plan that hasn't materialized.
SPORTS
June 7, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
ALLENTOWN - Walking to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, Lansdale Catholic's Ashley Seal wasn't sure what to do. Should she bunt to advance the runners, or swing away and hope to knock in one of her teammates? Crusaders coach Paul Suder knew what he wanted to do. With runners on first and second, none out, and his team down by a run in the PIAA Class AAA softball quarterfinals, he wasn't going to have his team go for the tie, he said. They were going to go for the win, and his sophomore pitcher, Seal, had the green light to swing.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
How to get out of a $50 billion hole? First, stop digging, reasons State Rep. Mike Tobash (R., Pottsville). Tobash has a plan - a moderate plan, by today's standards - to stall the growing gap between the billions Pennsylvania's politically appointed pension trustees have invested, in hopes the money will magically grow very fast, and the tens of billions actually needed to keep future pensions flowing to ex-teachers, prison guards, legislators,...
NEWS
June 1, 2014
Cheap money beggars most Nowhere in economist Mark Zandi's look at the growing wealth gap in the American economy does he mention a major cause of this gap - government policy ("Reasons for hope on easing pay gap," May 25). For five years, the Federal Reserve has set interest rates at near zero, depriving small savers of hundreds of billions of dollars in interest income, wrecking annuities for seniors, and bleeding pension funds. At the same time, major investors - already well-to-do - have made a killing in a cheap money-fueled market.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - Confronting an end-of-year revenue shortfall that he said had reached $1 billion, Gov. Christie announced plans Tuesday to slash New Jersey's pension-system payments - changing course on a plan that had been intended to shore up the system in the long term. The Republican governor, who has touted his commitment to making pension-system payments as a mark of fiscal responsibility, said that an increasingly strained budget - with new spending needs and revenue now estimated to fall $2.75 billion below administration projections for the current fiscal year and next - necessitated the cuts.
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