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September 2, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware Valley University, which introduced a pet-friendly residence hall last year, is expanding the program this year. The university earned national recognition for its animal friendliness when it began allowing students living on the second floor of Samuel Hall on its Doylestown campus to have approved pets in their rooms. Three chinchillas, two cats, three geckos, three snakes, two rabbits, and five hamsters and gerbils shared the hall with their 18 human owners. This year, 40 students will have pets at Samuel and South Halls, said spokeswoman Annmarie Ely. Cats are flagged this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Ballers' big for HBO The Rock  rolls on as a big winner on TV: The first season of  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson 's football comedy  Ballers  was HBO's most-watched half-hour show in six years, says Variety.  Ballers  drew an average of 8.8 mil viewers, according to Nielsen, making it the third all time among HBO comedies behind  Sex and the City  (10.3 mil) and the first season of  Hung  in '09 (9.3 mil). James Bond, the dad At 62, Pierce Brosnan is still kicking, punching, and shooting bad guys.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - What could the Kevin Spacey political thriller "House of Cards" possibly have to do with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"? More than you might think. Unless, that is, you're one of the Netflix subscribers whose behavior helped the streaming service make the connection in the first place. Because it turns out that when Netflix shows us something that's supposedly like the thing we've just watched, it's not making an editorial judgment, or promoting some pet project: It's doing the math on our viewing habits.
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IF YOU LIKE SEPTA, you're not alone. While the city school district is flunking financially and the police department is too often suspect, the region's transit authority appears to be on the right track. Ridership on SEPTA's 13 regional rail lines hit an all-time high of 37.4 million trips in fiscal year 2015, the period from July 1 2014 through June 30, SEPTA announced yesterday. It was the third year in a row a ridership record was set, according to numbers the authority provided to the Daily News . On the financial side, at the end of FY15, SEPTA marked its 16th consecutive year of operating with a balanced budget, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A small number of electricity suppliers are employing a new trick to make their rates appear more competitive: They're tacking on a monthly fee in addition to the kilowatt-hour rate. A monthly fee skews the calculus when trying to compare suppliers based on kWh rates, the so-called price to compare. When evaluating suppliers, you need to be sure you're basing your decision not just on the price to compare, but also on the total monthly charge. Only five of 47 suppliers listed for Peco customers on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's website (papowerswitch.com)
SPORTS
June 21, 2015
4 Innings pitched 6 Runs 7 Walks 3 Strikouts 2 Home runs 104 Pitches 13.50 ERA
NEWS
June 13, 2015 | By Sheena Faherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just in time for peak tick season, the Pennsylvania Department of Health this week announced that Lyme disease cases went up by a whopping 25 percent in a single year. Given the state often has more cases of the tick-borne infection than any other, this might worry anyone who spends time in the woods. But experts say a lot goes into reports such as this one, some of it concerning, some perplexing - and some reassuring. "We know Lyme is out there," said Atmaram Nambiar, director of the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Department of Health.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Diane R. Girardot, For The Inquirer
At 25, Marypat Siess is usually up for a party. So when she declared one recent night at 11 that it was time for an impromptu dance competition, no one who knew her was particularly surprised. The possible wrinkle: At the time, she was hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she has been treated for recurring leukemia since age 6. Nonetheless, Siess had her party, though it was mostly hospital staff who attended. "I'm an adult. I don't have a bedtime," Siess said, happily recounting the evening.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Somerset County prosecutor concluded in March that Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. killed his wife, set their house on fire, and then committed suicide, it reignited concerns about the competency of New Jersey's medical examiner system. By ruling the deaths a murder-suicide, the prosecutor's office closed the high-profile case. But the couple's four sons, who believe both their parents were murdered in September in their Montgomery Township home, have asked the state Attorney General's Office for a new investigation.
REAL_ESTATE
June 7, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Population: 2,854 (2010). Median household income: $64,835 (2012). Area: 1.0 square mile. Settlements in the last three months: 8. Homes for sale: 16. Average days on market: 144. Median sales price: $180,950. Housing stock: 889 units, including condos, townhouses, twins and singles, mostly older. School district: Avon Grove. SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; City-Data.com; Barbara M. Mastronardo, Weichert Realtors; Jill Callahan, Coldwell Banker Preferred; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report
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