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October 16, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Delaware and Maryland were already in. El Paso, Orlando, San Diego, and Spokane were in. On Tuesday, Mayor Nutter, flanked by federal energy and environmental officials, announced that Philadelphia also was joining a U.S. better-buildings challenge and launched an energy race among the city's biggest buildings. As in weight reduction, the biggest losers win. The challenge is to reduce energy use 5 percent by Sept. 30, 2015. But building operators are encouraged to do more.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gayl P. Gentile, 76, of Philadelphia, a teacher in the city's elementary schools, died Thursday, Oct. 2, of cancer at her home. For 30 years, Ms. Gentile taught reading and math to pupils with learning disabilities. Most of her career was spent at Dobson School in Manayunk. Born at Women's Lying-in Hospital at Eighth and Spruce Streets, she grew up in Lansdowne. She graduated from Lansdowne-Aldan High School in 1956 and from Temple University with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1960.
SPORTS
October 14, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
A growing sense of uneasiness had sprouted around the Eagles in recent weeks. The seed was planted on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco a few weeks ago when an unbeaten team became a one-loss team because Nick Foles and the Eagles offense could not score a single point. The anxiety level went up another notch a week later in victory. Sure, the Eagles beat the St. Louis Rams, but they nearly squandered a 34-7 lead after an inexplicable fumble by Foles in the opposing team's territory.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Weeks after completing its last round of parish mergers and closures, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that 14 more parishes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties could be combined with nearby churches or shuttered. This time, the archdiocese is targeting three clusters of churches for cutbacks: In Delaware County's Springfield Township, the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross, and St. Kevin. In Montgomery County, the parishes of St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph in Ambler, St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham, St. Genevieve in Flourtown, and Holy Martyrs in Oreland.
REAL_ESTATE
October 13, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The lull in foreclosures nationwide has given real estate search engine RealtyTrac an opportunity to crunch its data in several other, somewhat unusual ways. A recent example, prepared by RealtyTrac subsidiary Homefacts, ranked U.S. counties "based on the prevalence of man-made environmental hazards. " Which was interesting, of course, because Philadelphia's aggregate score placed it near the top of the hazard list of more than 3,100 counties. Each county's score was based on five environmental hazards: bad air-quality days, the number of Superfund sites, the number of brownfield sites, polluters, and former drug labs per square mile.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there They had known of each other since the sixth grade. Then in junior year at Upper Moreland High School, Ryan, out of nowhere, really wanted to know all about Caitlin. He told his friend Dan, who was dating Caitlin's friend Colleen. Dan thought it could work, and so did their friends Jeff and Justine. Justine approached Caitlin, suggesting that the two of them and Jeff and Ryan would all go together - no pressure! - to Friendly's on a February 2006 Friday night, after Ryan's basketball game.
NEWS
October 13, 2014
If I hadn't been looking for "psychylustro" through the tinted windows of the Chestnut Hill West train, I would not have seen the helium balloon bucking at its tethers above the Philadelphia Zoo. I wouldn't have wondered about the skinny, leafless trees (like tinder, like wishbones) or imagined 19th-century factory girls behind the smashed windows of abandoned manufactories or reflected on Philadelphia's history as a generative incubator of modern graffiti. I wouldn't have thought about rail yard grass, either, or about how, despite every zooming, spewing, speeding thing, it grows.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Police briefly quarantined a house in South Philadelphia on Thursday morning after a woman who had recently returned from central Africa was suffering abdominal pain, high fever, and aching joints, law enforcement sources said. Despite initial concerns that the woman could be suffering from Ebola, doctors and the city Department of Public Health quickly determined she was not infected with the virus, which has claimed thousands of lives in West Africa. Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran said "rumors of a suspected Ebola case in South Philadelphia" were reviewed by the department's Division of Disease Control - and emergency services physicians.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five U.S. airports that receive the vast majority of travelers from the countries of West Africa hit hardest by Ebola will begin new screening procedures for passengers who may have been exposed to the deadly virus. Philadelphia International Airport is not one of them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it would send staff to the five airports, starting Saturday at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, which receives nearly half of all travelers to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forensic anthropologists and Pennsylvania state police gathered Tuesday on a small rise of land inside the Old Cathedral Cemetery in West Philadelphia to dig for answers - clues, really. How did Thomas Curry, teenage ward of the notorious Florida School for Boys, come to meet a violent death on a railroad bridge 88 years earlier? The day before the orphan from Tacony died, he had escaped from the school, a hellish place where boys were routinely locked in irons, hog-tied in isolation, beaten with leather straps, and locked in sweat boxes as punishment.
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