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March 28, 2013 | By Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea - Raising tensions with South Korea yet again, North Korea cut its last military hotline with Seoul on Wednesday, saying there was no need to continue military communications between the countries in a situation "where a war may break out at any moment. " The hotline - a dedicated phone link between the two militaries - was used mainly to arrange for South Koreans who work at an industrial complex in the North to cross the heavily armed border. When the connection was last severed in 2009, some workers were stranded in the North.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Jeff Bruskin, 21, a senior international politics and philosophy major, the annual Penn State dance marathon known as THON is a way to show the side of the university that has been all but drowned out the last few years. "It's not as big as our football culture, but our dance marathon, we are proud to say, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. " This weekend, after 46 hours of non-sit-down dancing by 710 dancers and a capacity crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center, the students announced that a record $12.3 million had been raised - putting the total collected for pediatric cancer since THON began in 1973 at more than $100 million.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie made an obscure service famous when he urged people in need of social services to call the 211 hotline. In Philadelphia, that gubernatorial endorsement only drove home the absence of a similar service across the river from New Jersey. But on Monday, officials with the United Way here announced the launch of a 211 hotline for the five-county Philadelphia area. Jill Michal, president and chief executive of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, said the current economic climate and recent nearby crises such as Sandy prompted the Pennsylvania United Way to finally fund the service.
SPORTS
December 7, 2012 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the final days of Jovan Belcher's life, he could have taken advantage of numerous avenues for support provided by the Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL. This past July, the NFL established an emergency hotline that operates 24 hours a day and connects players, staff, and family members in crisis with mental-health professionals who are not affiliated with the league or its teams. There are also numerous symposiums and support personnel whose jobs are to ensure the well-being of the players.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the two years since George C. Venizelos took over the FBI's Philadelphia division, the North Jersey native has developed a sense of how corruption works here. The people and public officials are no more inherently corrupt than in other metropolises, according to Venizelos. But the government structure and history sometimes make the conditions ripe for graft. Take a densely populated area, add hundreds of agencies, departments, municipalities, and elected positions, and fold in a pay-to-play culture.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the two years since George C. Venizelos took over the FBI's Philadelphia division, the North Jersey native has developed a sense of how corruption works here. The people and public officials are no more inherently corrupt than in other metropolises, according to Venizelos. But the government structure and history sometimes make the conditions ripe for graft. Take a densely populated area, add hundreds of agencies, departments, municipalities, and elected positions, and fold in a pay-to-play culture.
NEWS
July 17, 2012
THE PHILADELPHIA Corporation for Aging will operating its Heatline on Tuesday and Wednesday as temperatures are expected to hover near 100 degrees. The call center, at 215-765-9040, will be open Tuesday from 1 p.m. to midnight and on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. PCA staff members will be available to answer questions about safety precautions and signs of heat stress, and city Health Department nurses will relay information about medical issues. The Health Department will dispatch mobile-relief teams during extreme situations.
NEWS
April 15, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 14-year-old boy who has been bullied since second grade found himself lashing out and feared he would become a bully himself. A 14-year-old girl who was cyberbullied and then treated insensitively by police was driven to a drug overdose. And a couple in their 20s were targeted so viciously on Facebook by a former friend they're afraid to go online or outside their house. Each recently contacted the Peace Center in Langhorne for help. And now the nonprofit organization is launching a bullying resource and call center to help such targets of bullying as well as the bullies - plus their families, schools, and police.
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