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NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A measure to reduce sulfur in home heating oil - saving lives and health-care dollars, as well as easing air pollution, its advocates say - passed unanimously out of Philadelphia City Council's environment committee Wednesday and heads to the full Council today. The bill, proposed by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, would lower the sulfur limit from 2,000 parts per million - a level passed in 1978 - to 15 parts per million, putting the city in line with neighboring states. Only Pennsylvania has a higher limit - 500 parts per million.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILDWOOD Competing for tourist dollars is rough. So this summer, Wildwood is going to give dogs their day – at the beach – with the first official oceanfront area along the southern coast of the Jersey Shore designated for canines and their owners. In the off-season, from the beginning of October until the middle of May, dogs usually have free reign on many New Jersey beaches. But come peak summer season, Fido isn't usually welcome on the strands. There are only a few offshore dog parks in Atlantic and Cape May Counties and a small undesignated "dog beach" in a no-man's-land area of bayfront in Egg Harbor Township between Ocean City and Longport.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WINNING WON'T come to 76ers coach Brett Brown in the ways that most of us are accustomed to - with his team scoring more points than the other team on a given night. The Sixers coach will go about his business for the final 25 games of the season with winning games not necessarily being the top priority. The job at hand in this rebuilding process is to see further what he has to move forward, to evaluate whether players who might be here next season can play multiple positions and to keep moving forward in teaching his rookie point guard.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON Gov. Christie this week vetoed nearly four dozen bills passed by the Legislature in a flurry of end-of-session votes. He allowed the 44 bills to expire in "pocket vetoes" and issued veto statements for two of them Tuesday. Among those he pocket-vetoed were: A bill that would have regulated how New Jersey law enforcement and safety agencies use unmanned aerial aircraft, or drones. Police would have had to obtain a warrant to use drones for surveillance. Drones could be used without warrants by fire departments to monitor forest fires, and by emergency management officials in the event of a hurricane or other disasters.
SPORTS
January 17, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Joe Sindoni was 0-4 lifetime against Delsea's Victor Defrance, dating back to elementary school. Sindoni's Clearview wrestling team lost twice to bitter division rival Delsea last season. And one of those matches, as Sindoni tells it, came down to his bout with Defrance. "I felt like I blew the match for us last year - I lost a close bout, 7-6, and we lost the match and the conference," Sindoni said. Sindoni and his teammates entered Wednesday's match bent on redemption - and received it in convincing fashion.
REAL_ESTATE
January 12, 2014 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
Lovers of real estate metrics, you're going to need a bigger hard drive. Yet another index is now available, this one gauging the so-called real estate health of 30 major American cities. Zillow's newly released Market Health Index (see it at http://goo.gl/t9RdKd ) also allows the prospective home buyer to peek at the market condition of a particular neighborhood, by zip code. Zillow looks at an area's health through the prism of 10 economic factors, including the number of foreclosures, the number of days houses spend on the market, sale prices, the extent of delinquency, and so on. Then, after combining those factors, Zillow ranks the cities against one another on a scale of 1 to 10. It does the same for the neighborhoods.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
  TRENTON If a camera had not recorded his encounter with a Washington Township police officer, State Assemblyman Paul Moriarty likely would not be in office today, he says. Moriarty, a Gloucester County Democrat, was charged with drunken driving in July 2012 after Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura pulled him over in Turnersville. The charges were dismissed after Moriarty and his lawyer obtained video footage from a camera in the officer's car, showing that the assemblyman appeared to be driving normally before the stop and passed field sobriety tests.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON A Latino leader who is an ally of Gov. Christie on Wednesday accused state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) of playing politics and jeopardizing a bill that would allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state college tuition. By insisting that the bill include access to financial aid - which Christie says he will not support - Sweeney risks losing the chance to pass tuition equality legislation long awaited by the state's Latino community, said Martin Perez, president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - After months of debate, the state House failed to pass legislation Monday night that would have provided $2.3 billion to complete long-overdue repairs to the state's aging transportation infrastructure. In a stunning 103-98 vote that teetered between passage and defeat until the last moment of the roll call, lawmakers shot down an amendment to fix thousands of substandard bridges, repave hundreds of miles of crumbling roads, and pump hundreds of millions into modernizing mass transit systems across the state.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
A package of bills and resolutions to strengthen the city's regulation of demolition and construction practices won preliminary approval from City Council on Monday. Encouragement came from parents who lost their daughter in the Center City building collapse that killed six people last June. "We appeal to you to remember the disturbing questions we ask every minute of every day in an effort to understand how this tragedy could have occurred in our city," testified City Treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose daughter, Anne Bryan, 24, died while dropping off clothes at a Salvation Army thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets.
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