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October 9, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
In July, natural gas surpassed coal as a fuel source for electricity generation for the second time ever, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday. The first time was in April, a month in which electricity demand is much lower. Gas, which has been capturing more market share in the last decade as domestic production has boomed and prices have plunged, fueled 35 percent of total power generation compared to coal's 34.9 percent share, EIA said. Coal-fired generation fell in every region of the country from July 2014 levels, even though electricity comsumption nationwide in July of this year was 3.6 percent higher than in the year before, according to EIA. In the mid-Atlantic region, coal was still king in July, accounting for 35.7 percent of electricity production, compared to 33.5 percent for nuclear, 26.5 percent for natural gas, and 4 percent for hydroelectric and renewables, the agency said.
SPORTS
September 1, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jeffrey Lurie tiptoed through the cramped visitors locker room at Lambeau Field on Saturday night, but he walked with purpose. Tucked into the corner, past Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Barkley, was the Eagles owner's target. Sam Bradford had just completed a near-perfect, albeit short, night, and Lurie was ebullient as he approached the quarterback. Their conversation was a private one, but the gleam in the longtime owner's eyes as he spoke was one of optimism.
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said "there are no second acts in American lives," but Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire didn't think so when they penned Closer Than Ever , a two-act sung-through revue about how life goes on long after halftime. The pair cultivated stories from their friends and, in 1989, wrote Closer Than Ever , which catches the aftermath of the first generation that followed the nationwide passage of no-fault divorce laws. Four actors (two men and two women)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
The Philadelphia Orchestra, which knows the way to London and Vienna, could use a little help these days finding the neighborhoods of the city in which it lives. In 15 years, the orchestra's wonderful free neighborhood concert series has brought it to North Philadelphia, the Navy Yard, Drexel Hill, and elsewhere. This year, the series consists of two concerts, and you might notice that the next one, July 30, has the intrepid Philadelphians venturing all the way to, well, their usual perch in Verizon Hall.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Marlton jeweler Angelo Breaux got his first taste of the business half a century ago in South Philly. His grandfather Angelo Calapristi, who owned a jewelry store at 22d and Snyder, would bring Breaux along while collecting payments on credit accounts in the neighborhood. "We went door-to-door, and when people didn't have the $10 or whatever it was, they'd pinch my cheeks and feed me," Breaux, 57, recalls. "They'd give me pizzelles and biscotti, and candy. " Now a grandfather himself, Breaux is the patriarch of Family & Co. Jewelers on Route 70, where his son and two daughters work side-by-side with him in the business they all were born into.
NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clearview Regional High School's decision to take down a public display of a student police brutality project this week sparked controversy on social media and a student sit-in at the Gloucester County school. Four students hung the project, one of several in a humanitarian studies class, on a school wall Tuesday morning. It included a human silhouette with hands raised, cut from black construction paper and accompanied by the words, "Hands up, don't shoot!" and surrounded by statistics, prose, and photographs mounted on red paper.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maker Brad Litwin, 59, makes kinetic sculptures in his East Oak Lane studio, including a line he calls MechaniCards - intricately laser-cut paper made into tiny, greeting-generating machines. They're sold online, at MechaniCards.com, and at museum stores, including those of the Princeton Art Museum and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His start Litwin can't really pinpoint it: He's worked as an engineer, animator, musician, and artist. "In 2010, I was sitting in my studio and looking at some boxes I had on the shelf, CD mailers actually . . .. I was thinking it'd be neat to have a machine inside one of those.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca and John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writers
B.B. King, 89, the Mississippi-born son of sharecroppers who earned the title "King of the Blues" over a seven-decade career in which he established himself as the most influential electric guitar player in history, died late Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. (12:40 a.m. Friday, Philadelphia time). He said funeral arrangements were underway. The singer was born Riley B. King.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan - When 13-year-old Majid fled with his family from southern Syria in 2013 to escape shelling by government forces, he left everything behind, including his dreams. Looking older than his 15 years, his face perspiring under dark stubble, a dirty green sweatshirt hanging loosely on his rangy frame, Majid spoke to me in his new home, a small, bare trailer in the Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan - now the second-largest refugee camp anywhere. Sitting on one of several floor mats, the only furniture in the trailer, he had just returned from a workday spent chopping stones to make gravel that could be used in concrete.
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