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May 31, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the final three years that she worked for a chain of day-care centers, Lydia Otero, 46, took care of a lot of babies and young children. The Willingboro woman would begin her day at the Just Children's Cambridge Crossing center in Mount Laurel, work a full day there as a teacher and child-care worker, and then move on to the Just Children's Bishop's Gate location, also in Mount Laurel, where she worked primarily in the infant room. In total, Otero claims in a lawsuit she filed last week in federal court in Camden, she was putting in 55 to 60 hours a week between the two locations.
SPORTS
May 22, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jonathan Papelbon is in the century club. According to baseball-almanac.com, there is video evidence of his fastball being clocked at 100 m.p.h. during an April 22, 2008 game at Fenway Park. It's a cool accomplishment because there are so few people on this planet who can generate that kind of arm speed. But velocity is like good looks. Eventually, unless you're a super freak like Nolan Ryan, the speed of a pitcher's fastball is going to decline. Papelbon, in his second season with the Phillies, decided last year to take that matter into his own hands in an effort to prolong his career.
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The number of disposal facilities for unneeded prescription drugs is being expanded in New Jersey, and state officials are encouraging residents to clear their homes of dangerous drugs. Concerned about a dramatic increase in the abuse of prescriptions, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced the expansion Tuesday of "Project Medicine Drop. " It now includes 40 locations statewide, a significant increase since the project reached all 21 counties last fall, officials said.
NEWS
April 14, 2013
IT'S TRASH TIME. Philly Spring Cleanup, the annual anti-litter event that last year mobilized 12,000 volunteers, returns Saturday with more than 500 locations around the city. In its sixth year, the cleanup encourages city residents to take to the streets with brooms and gloves, and cleanse a city with a serious litter issue. Residents collect more than 1 million pounds of trash each year. How it works is the city relies on community organizations to help recruit volunteers and initiate projects.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County officials are taking an extra step to combat drug addiction, establishing 10 permanent locations to drop off unused prescription medications. Drug addiction can begin in the home where supplies of powerful narcotics are left unattended in medicine cabinets, official say. It gives minors easy access to steal the unused medications and turn underage drinking parties into "pharm parties. " A nationwide program "Got Drugs," sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, holds two yearly drug collection days for the public to turn in unused prescriptions drugs.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - Three years after New Jersey passed a law allowing patients with serious ailments to use medical marijuana, debate has erupted over whether the program is languishing. On Thursday, hours after the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of NJ held a panel discussion in the Statehouse annex to criticize the state's handling of the program, the Department of Health issued unexpected news. Donna Leusner, the department spokeswoman, said in an e-mail that five of the six nonprofit companies that have been preliminarily approved to open marijuana dispensaries have "secured locations.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
What is it? A "mobile farmer's market" that whips up hearty sandwiches, soups and salads made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Fare that's more healthy and tasty than you might expect from two guys in a truck. What to eat: Owners Kris Pepper and Eliot Coven are still plating their winter menu, which features the flavorful grilled squash sandwich (squash, ham, mixed greens, goat cheese and homemade herb mustard on multigrain bread) and rib-sticking soups, such as chipotle black bean chili and organic potato and leek.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2013
Circle Thrift 2233 Frankford Ave., 215-423-1222 1125 S. Broad St., 215-468-0645 circlethrift.com Goodwill Various locations, goodwill.org ORT Resale 29 S. 19th St., 215-563-2377 Philly AIDS Thrift 710 S. 5th St., 215-922-3186 phillyaidsthrift.com. The Second Mile Center 214 S. 45th St., 215-662-1663 thesecondmilecenter.org. 2nd Avenue and Village Thrift Various locations, 2ndavestores.com.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2013
ISARail, an Italian railroad-safety firm, is seeking assistance to locate a U.S. headquarters in the Philadelphia area. The facility could employ 30 to 50 full-time employees. ISARail representatives met last week with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to discuss options, a state official confirmed.    - Bob Fernandez
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just two weeks before property owners learn the results of a reassessment that will alter tax bills across Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter on Monday announced a new effort to find tax deadbeats and "encourage" them to pay up. Nutter said the city would spend $40 million over the next five years to overhaul the Department of Revenue's software - which dates to 1993 - hire 55 new employees, and start a call center to chase down tax delinquents. The city also will employ outside collection agencies and get cases to them quicker than in the past.
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