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January 26, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D., Phila.) recalls being stunned when her grade-school-age granddaughter jumped up from a computer to announce that she had found, on a Pennsylvania map, a place called Negro Mountain. "I thought, there couldn't really be a Negro Mountain in Pennsylvania," said Youngblood, who is African American. But there it was, a 30-mile-ridge in the Alleghenies, 275 miles west of Philadelphia, straddling the Maryland border on the Mason-Dixon Line.
NEWS
January 26, 2013 | By Amy Worden, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D., Phila.) recalls being stunned when her grade-school-age granddaughter jumped up from a computer to announce that she had found, on a Pennsylvania map, a place called Negro Mountain. "I thought, there couldn't really be a Negro Mountain in Pennsylvania," said Youngblood, who is African American. But there it was, a 30-mile ridge in the Alleghenies, 275 miles west of Philadelphia, straddling the Maryland border on the Mason-Dixon Line.
TRAVEL
January 13, 2013 | By Josie Schneider, For The Inquirer
On a remote mountainside in southern Spain, my husband and I changed our lives. The changes you see are not outward ones, like new hair color, but deep in the soul, like not being afraid of death now. We're also more bonded as husband and wife after our six-week vacation. Wanting an adventure, Conrad and I took a house-sitting assignment for an off-the-grid tiny adobe home in Spain. We got matched up with the homeowner on a website geared expressly for that purpose. In Skyped conversations beforehand, we came to an agreement with the homeowner, signed contracts, and packed our bags.
SPORTS
January 9, 2013 | By Tim McManus, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Derek Mountain was in the right place at the right time for the Haverford School basketball team Tuesday. Mountain tipped in a missed three-pointer as time expired to give the host Fords a 39-37 victory over Malvern Prep in an Inter-Ac League game. Shawn Alston scored 15 points, and Eric Anderson, who took the final three-point attempt, had 11. Mountain finished with eight. Sam Ramagano (15) and Jimmy Gordon (14) combined for 29 points for Malvern Prep. Also in the Inter-Ac: Penn State-bound center Julian Moore blocked a shot at the rim with two seconds remaining to secure Germantown Academy's 44-42 win over Episcopal Academy.
SPORTS
January 9, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Derek Mountain was in the right place at the right time for the Haverford School basketball team Tuesday. Mountain tipped in a missed three-pointer as time expired to give the host Fords a 39-37 victory over Malvern Prep in an Inter-Ac League game. Shawn Alston scored 15 points, and Eric Anderson, who took the final three-point attempt, had 11. Mountain finished with eight. Sam Ramagano (15) and Jimmy Gordon (14) combined for 29 points for Malvern Prep. Also in the Inter-Ac: Penn State-bound center Julian Moore blocked a shot at the rim with two seconds remaining to secure Germantown Academy's 44-42 win over Episcopal Academy.
NEWS
December 16, 2012
Maurice Herzog, 93, the first man to climb a 26,5454-foot Himalayan peak despite losing all his fingers and toes to frostbite, died Friday. The mountaineer, who went on to scale the heights of French politics, became a household name after his 1950 Annapurna climb. A statement from the Elysee Presidential Palace said he died in France, but it gave no further details. He had lived just outside Paris. A photograph of Mr. Herzog waving a French tricolor atop the peak in Nepal captured a seminal moment before the grueling descent, during which subzero conditions led to the amputation of all his fingers and toes.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
DEAR HARRY: I'm a 44-year-old married father of two. I make $65,000 a year, and my job is secure. My wife is a homemaker as we have a sick child. We are under a huge mountain of debt. Besides our first mortgage, we are maxed out on our home-equity loan at $40,000 and we owe $35,000 on credit cards. Our total monthly minimum payments are $950. There's no available equity in our home to refinance, and the debt load is just too much to carry. Our only available asset is my 401(k) plan that has about $165,000 in it. I see no other option but withdraw enough from this account to put us on a better playing field.
NEWS
August 26, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A herd of deer and a hound named Smoke showed John Tannock the way. The Cherry Hill photographer was walking his dog in 2008 when he realized the township-owned woodlands across from his Kresson Road home could be great for mountain biking. So Tannock started to cut brush and rake soil to create trails through the 50-acre site, basically following the "little deer highways. " "Deer are pretty smart about the best way to go," notes Tannock, whose one-man project has long since been embraced by others, including the township.
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a father who is a neonatologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, it isn't difficult to understand why Lauren Fox wants to go into medicine. But her father is also an adventurer who climbed the tallest mountains in Bolivia, first in the Peace Corps in the '60s and then with her two older brothers, so it was inevitable that the 17-year-old would one day follow in his crampon-print footsteps. That day came in June when Lauren Fox, 17, and her brother, James, 29, climbed Huayna Potosi in Bolivia's Cordillera Real, becoming, she believes, the second youngest woman - and youngest non-Bolivian female - to ascend the 20,000-foot peak near La Paz, a city surrounded by mountains.
NEWS
June 22, 2012 | By Ron Devlin, READING EAGLE
KEMPTON, Pa. - Exhausted but joyful, a bleary-eyed Elizabeth Christman stood in front of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary visitor center in Berks County at 1 a.m. Thursday. "We're ecstatic," the 38-year-old Allentown occupational therapist said, speaking for her husband, Scott. "We feel joy and thankfulness. " Her father, Robert Durn, 74, of Allentown, and her two sons, Garrod, 9, and Griffen, 5, had been missing in a remote section of Hawk Mountain for more than eight hours before being found shortly before 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
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