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REAL_ESTATE
April 13, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The vast majority of real estate agents and builders with whom I regularly converse acknowledge that home prices have stabilized. In a sentence: There is nowhere to go but up. That, of course, is not entirely true. In each Sunday Business section, my microcosmic Town by Town studies of real estate in the region's communities show that prices can drop, as well, even as the market generally shows signs of improvement. It's all about location at a given point in time, which drives those who try to regionalize or nationalize real estate statistics to distraction.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
POLICE Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that although crime is down in 2014 compared with 2013, the year is young and the police force can't seem to retain new officers to fill a gap in staffing. The news emerged from yesterday's City Council budget hearing, which addressed police, firefighters, prisons and libraries. As it budgets its needs for next year, recruitment, Ramsey said, is a major issue, with half of all new applicants not showing up for orientation and many more not making the cut entirely.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Population: 29,332 (2010) Median income: $102,113 (2011) Area: 19.9 sq. miles Homes for sale: 136 Settlements in last three months: 40 Median days on market: 56 Median sale price (all homes): $390,000 Housing stock: 12,551 units, from 18th century to present School district: Tredyffrin/Easttown SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; City-Data.com; Guy Matteo; Debbie West; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Report
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A transportation report issued Monday about the use of red-light cameras throughout New Jersey shows a decrease in crashes at intersections where the devices are used. Two locations where a three-year analysis was available shows that right-angle crashes are down 86 percent, rear-end crashes are down 58 percent, and total crashes are down 72 percent, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Estimated crash-severity costs have been reduced $246,200. Initially, rear-end crashes at some intersections increased, according to a report issued a year ago. The reports are part of a five-year red-light pilot program that was launched in 2009 and ends in December.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE STREAK is over. The Sixers avoided the longest losing streak in North American pro sports history, routing the totally uninspired Detroit Pistons, 123-98, on Saturday night. Here is a look back by the numbers: 1: Sixers' current winning streak. 1: Number of times NBA teams with a 20-game losing streak in one season have not finished with the worst record (2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers). 3: Number of pro sports teams that have lost 26 straight games. 6: Number of times NBA teams have lost 20 straight games in one season.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it comes to ticket sales, the Phillies are in a bit of a slump. For the second season running, the Phils are heading toward opening day at home (April 7 against the Milwaukee Brewers) with seats still to fill. And the team - although still a league leader - is looking at a significant drop in season-ticket sales, as well. "Our sales numbers are down," said John Weber, the Phillies' vice president of sales and ticket operations. "Last year, we had about 24,000 season-ticket holders.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014
5-6 Darren Sproles' listed height. 43 Career touchdowns in nine seasons. 3,381 Career yards on 378 catches. 8,296 Career kick-return yardage. 15 Career fumbles.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Perhaps you heard the astonishing good news that obesity among toddlers has dropped 43 percent in eight years. It made headlines, and was based on findings in a prestigious medical journal by respected researchers using gold-standard data. Is it true? Technically, yes. But here are some other statistics derived from the same paper: Toddler obesity dropped 39.6 percent (before rounding off the raw numbers) in eight years. Or 21 percent in six years - or 31 percent in just two years.
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