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December 1, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coming soon to a Starbucks in New Jersey: Five guys huddled around a corner table with laptops open, playing poker online? That was a scenario discussed at an Internet gambling conference last month in Philadelphia. "You're going to have an informal clustering of people," Joe Brennan, former chairman of iMEGA, an online-gaming association, predicted at the World Regulatory Briefing. "That's natural social functioning," he said. Does that mean poker players and slots addicts will flood free public WiFi hot spots like Wegmans and Starbucks, now that online gambling is legal in New Jersey?
NEWS
November 14, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
DELAWARE COUNTY Two-thirds of calls to Delaware County's 911 center in September made from wireless phones had inaccurate location information, according to data released Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission. And evidently, the problem is widespread. Close to 170 million wireless 911 calls are made annually in the United States, and last year about 73 million came through with inaccurate information, said Jaime Barnett, executive director of FindMe 911, a group of public-safety professionals.
FOOD
September 6, 2013 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
After a frenzied six-week renovation, Peppercorn (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-964-2588) has opened at Eagle Village Shops in the spot that for 12 years was a Georges Perrier restaurant known as Le Mas Perrier, Le Mas, and georges'. The Main Line building's bones are the same. It's a series of rooms, including a rustic, high-ceilinged bar, a sunny rear garden room, a hushed main dining room, and assorted nooks. Where Le Mas Perrier aspired to the look of a farmhouse in the south of France, Peppercorn has opted for an overall feeling of warmth and luxury.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Ever since Philadelphia began taking its waterfronts seriously a decade ago, it has dreamed of shores lined with lithe, elegant, Vancouver-style towers. Master plans were assembled, new recreation paths were laid, parks were created. Yet only a few high-rises have materialized, none of them the least bit thin or urbane. That may be about to change. Developer Carl Dranoff is planning a 21-story apartment building on the Schuylkill that has the potential to raise the bar for all waterfront design in Philadelphia.
NEWS
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.
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