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May 19, 2009 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphians yesterday approved two ballot questions changing the City Charter. One change will posthumously promote to the next rank any Philadelphia police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who die in the line of duty. That will mean increased support for survivors, as death benefits are based on an officer's or employee's rank. The measure passed overwhelmingly. The second allows Council to change how it lets the public know about meetings, legislation, and contracts up for bid. Passed with strong support, it gives more latitude in deciding how notices are disseminated.
NEWS
July 11, 2011 | By Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press
TRENTON - Two measures that proponents say would make decisions about end-of-life care easier for New Jerseyans and their families have been sent to Gov. Christie's desk. One bill would mandate that the state create a document enabling patients to indicate their preferences regarding life-sustaining treatment. The other would create an advisory council to study the quality and cost-effectiveness of end-of-life care services and how easily they can be accessed. The Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly approved both measures last month.
NEWS
December 5, 2000 | by Christine James-Brown
Last week marked introduction of an important advancement in measuring the impact and effectiveness of services to the community. Established by the United Way of America, a training organization for 1,400 independent United Ways nationwide, it is called the United Way State of Caring Index. As a measure of a compassionate America in the 21st century, this was created as a new approach to check the health and well-being of our nation. It tracks multi-year trends, from 1988 to 1998, and provides critical information on pressing social issues.
NEWS
March 30, 2012
City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the state legislature to move forward on bills that would protect victims of childhood sexual abuse. "No one really understands what these young men and women experience unless you've been there," State Rep. Louise Bishop (D., Phila.), who said she was a victim of abuse at age 12, told Council. "No one understands how to treat them. No one understands what it feels like and no one is able to help them until a law is put into place.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday launched an online tool to promote electric vehicles by comparing the costs of fueling an EV vs. driving on gasoline. According to the state-by-state comparison, the eGallon price in Pennsylvania is about $1.21, meaning that a typical electric vehicle could travel as far on $1.21 of electricity as a similar vehicle could travel on a gallon of gas. In Delaware, an eGallon is $1.29 and in New Jersey, where electricity is more expensive, an eGallon is $1.51.
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
When City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke was campaigning door to door before the last election, people wanted to talk about crime, to be sure. And jobs, of course. But what blew his mind was how many complaints he got about raccoons. Talk about a nuisance and a public-health concern: Raccoons were reportedly clambering up downspouts, trotting across rooftops, and, in one case, burrowing through an outside wall into a woman's bathroom. Not long ago, one reportedly chased a young girl near Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2013 | By Mark Jewell, Associated Press
The stock market is in a groove. The Standard & Poor's 500 has climbed six months in a row and finished the week at a record high. Sounds good, right? A qualified "yes" may be the best answer, considering that in the last three years, stocks began to tumble in May, and rallies turned to routs by midsummer. Recent history doesn't necessarily suggest another market decline, but some flash points that triggered the previous routs are still with us. The global economy can't seem to break out of slow-growth mode.
NEWS
January 31, 1995 | SUSAN WINTERS/ DAILY NEWS
Fairmount Park Commission workers Dan Dolan (left) and Jim Moffett remove one of the dozens of abandoned vehicles dumped illegally near Whitby Avenue and Cobbs Creek Parkway in Cobbs Creek Park. Commission officials said that the removal was expected to take several days and that measures would be taken to prevent future dumping, with help from police. The action follows a Daily News column by Dan Geringer last week about discarded cars in the park.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2010 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corp. has announced that a shareholder measure on hydraulic fracturing, cosponsored by a Delaware County religious order, received 25 percent support at the company's annual meeting. The measure, introduced by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a Roman Catholic order based in Aston, was one of a dozen offered this year by environmentalist shareholders of natural gas companies. Six of the measures came to votes. All were rejected. The proposals asked management to make a risk assessment of hydraulic fracturing, a controversial technique for extracting trapped natural gas from impermeable geologic formations.
NEWS
February 18, 2010 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
To be healthy, it helps to be wealthy - or at least not poor. That was brought home in stark fashion yesterday by a new report that ranks Chester County residents the healthiest in Pennsylvania, and Philadelphians the least healthy. Camden County came out near the bottom in New Jersey. The findings were not a surprise to health-policy experts, who say factors such as obesity, education, and exposure to crime and pollution - all related to poverty - are at least as important as good medical care for maintaining health.
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NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Chris Matthews looks, at first, drained of the frenetic energy that sparks so much friction on his MSNBC show, Hardball . Slouching on a small couch in a tiny office at NBC's New York headquarters, his striped tie pulled down from the collar of his blue Oxford shirt, Matthews looks like a 70-year-old Catholic schoolboy, bored with class until his favorite topic comes up. For Matthews - a Philadelphia native, 1974 candidate for a local U.S....
NEWS
July 15, 2016
THE EDITORIAL , "Proposed charter reform - cloudy with a chance of crisis," does nothing more than distort the true nature of House Bill 530, while sidestepping the fact that most charter schools serve as the only viable public-school option for students served by low-performing school districts. This legislation, which takes a giant step forward in accountability and transparency of charter schools, goes to the heart of what education is about: students, and their right to receive a high-quality education.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
It's a match made in nothing related to heaven: Larry Flynt vs. some guy named Donald. In a presidential election year in which candidates allude to their penis size, it seems only fitting that the Hustler founder and chairman is releasing a new parody adult video, The Donald , which he calls "a fantasized look at how the Republican Party front-runner might select his Vice Presidential running mate. " "The downward spiral of name-calling in the GOP Presidential primary campaign is a national embarrassment and an insult to the intelligence of the American people," declared Flynt, "but it's also the perfect catalyst for the debauchery that Hustler Video has concocted in The Donald . This parody is my contribution to the most entertaining Republican Party contest in recent history.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN ANSWERING questions about race, religion or gender, a little perspective is always a good thing. In an interview with Cosmopolitan , Scarlett Johansson talked about why she doesn't like to discuss the gender pay gap in Hollywood. "There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," Johansson said. "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage . . . I think every woman has [been underpaid]
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - New Jersey Democrats inched closer Monday to constitutionally requiring the state to make its contributions to the underfunded pension system for public employees, despite warnings from business groups and Republicans that the move could have dangerous financial consequences. In party-line votes, the Senate passed the measure by 23-16, and the Assembly by 43-27. To get the proposed amendment on November's ballot, the Legislature would again have to pass it with a simple majority during the new legislative session that begins Tuesday.
SPORTS
December 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
It would seem unfair to compare Nelson Agholor to his wide receiving predecessors with the Eagles. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin were in their sixth years when they set career season-highs in Chip Kelly's offense. Agholor is only a rookie. But the Eagles have essentially made the comparison inevitable. They slotted Agholor into Jackson's and Maclin's old starting spot on the right and have often given their first-round pick the same number of snaps per game. Needless to say, he has fallen short.
SPORTS
December 22, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
If this was a measuring-stick game for the Eagles, they came up as short as the list of plays Chip Kelly designed for running back DeMarco Murray on Sunday night. The bad news, in fact, far outweighed the good for the Eagles by the end of this chilly evening at Lincoln Financial Field that will be remembered more for its cold reality. Most alarming, if not at all surprising, is that the Eagles found out they do not match up at all with the Arizona Cardinals, an elite NFL team that clinched the NFC West title with a 40-17 rout of the home team.
TRAVEL
December 20, 2015
My home furniture, area rugs, and most of the art were bought during travels near and far. Always on the lookout for functional souvenirs that will fit my living spaces, I keep a tape measure ever at hand. Measuring potential purchases just got exponentially easier and more efficient with the new eTape16 Digital Tape Measure. As you pull out up to 16 feet of retractable tape from the tough polycarbonate housing, a digital display at the top of the housing shows the measurement in five ways: inches, feet, centimeters, fractions to 1/16th of an inch, and decimal units, all of which can be converted back and forth with the touch of a button.
NEWS
December 19, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - On a day packed with activity near the end of the session, New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday advanced a series of proposed constitutional amendments, including one to require payments into the state pension system, and another to permit casinos outside Atlantic City. The measures cleared committees in the Assembly and Senate, but need other approvals before they could land on the 2016 ballot. In the case of expanded casino gambling, lawmakers in the two chambers have yet to reach consensus on a proposal.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
As New Jersey lawmakers push ballot initiatives such as casino expansion and pension funding for public employees, interest groups are preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars to fight for or against the proposed constitutional amendments next year. Democrats, who control both houses of the Legislature, are advancing legislation that would ask voters to amend the constitution to require the state to contribute more money toward the pension system. But they are divided over how to proceed with casino expansion, in part because of gubernatorial politics.
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