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January 22, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Ahead of the winter storm expected here beginning Friday, airlines announced they will waive ticket change fees and fare differences for customers who want to postpone travel. American Airlines, which operates 76 percent of flights at Philadelphia International Airport, said passengers flying between Jan. 21 and Jan. 24 can change their tickets, and delay travel as late as Jan. 27 at airports from New Hampshire south to North Carolina and Tennessee. Delta and United airlines will waive change fees for passengers traveling Jan. 22-24.
REAL_ESTATE
January 10, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I chuckled as I wrote this in December because it had been warmer than usual and the next several days promised to be in the upper 50s and mid-60s, if one believes the weather forecasters (I don't). What I offer are suggestions from the people who make the Snow Joe Hybrid iON, a snow blower that operates on either a lithium battery or an AC power cord. As veteran readers know, I bought a gas-driven snow thrower/blower in the fall of 1997 after having weathered the winter of 1996 and its record snowfalls.
NEWS
December 14, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Finally. After an embarrassing run of years in which meaningful roles for women were scant, 2015 has yielded a rich, varied field of female-driven screen stories. Half of the titles on my 10 Best list are movies that delve deeply into female psyches: Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn ; Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers in Carol (opening Dec. 25); Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart as a stage and screen star and her personal assistant in Clouds of Sils Maria ; the Pixar preteen of Inside Out (quite literally a psychological journey)
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | Jenny DeHuff
"I'm starting to make it rain in the real-estate market," says four-time Emmy-winning meteorologist and so-called blackballed former Fox 29 weatherman  John Bolaris . Bolaris is now a real-estate agent targeting clients who are athletes and in the entertainment industry. He goes by the adage "Sky's the Limit!" and is now licensed to sell homes in Pennsylvania and New York. "I've found a home for a couple of professional athletes playing in the Philadelphia market," he said.
NEWS
December 2, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
New Jersey's storm protection planning is neglecting a major facet of the problem, promising residents all the shelter of a house with a missing wall. The state is rightly suing to seize property from holdouts along the Atlantic Ocean so it can complete a line of defensive dunes. But officials are barely addressing the threat of storm surges in the back bays. A plan to fortify bay shores is expected, but it's not even in the preliminary stages. The state Department of Environmental Protection says it will work with the Army Corps of Engineers on a flood risk management study - next year.
SPORTS
November 30, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following in the footsteps of his brothers, Cedric and Sameir, Syaire Madden was making a big mark in football at Springside Chestnut Hill. But the standout running back opted to transfer to La Salle before this school year. Continuing to give his new squad a major boost, Madden carried 19 times for 174 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns as the Explorers blasted Simon Gratz, 42-15, Saturday afternoon in the PIAA District 12 Class AAAA final at Northeast. "When I was in eighth grade, La Salle was one of the schools I considered," the 5-foot-8, 190-pound junior said.
NEWS
October 26, 2015 | By Clem Murray, Inquirer Staff Photographer
Inquirer staff photographer Clem Murray, on vacation at a Mexican resort, suddenly found himself and a companion in the path of Hurricane Patricia. Without time to evacuate, they hoped for the best. We left our room a little after 2 p.m. Friday and were escorted about 100 yards to the back of our resort, the Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, to an immense concrete building that looked like a parking garage, rising five levels. The building indeed housed cars but was also home to numerous departments of the Vidanta Resorts, including the executive offices, accounting, telemarketing and one level for the maintenance department.
NEWS
October 10, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The serious bruising that recent storms have inflicted on New Jersey serves as a strong reminder that the state still hasn't fully applied the lessons it should have learned from Superstorm Sandy. The state's densely populated Shore area, long threatened by rising sea levels, is especially at risk when water is whipped up by fierce winds. Yet state officials continue to drag their feet in implementing an immediate strategy to get residents out of harm's way and a long-term plan to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gases.
NEWS
October 7, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
AVALON, N.J. - Despite the sunny sky on Tuesday - a contrast to the dismal weather brought by a weekend nor'easter that chewed up beaches and pulled tons of sand offshore - the surf along the Ninth Street beach here remained kicked up as a crew of coastal geologists began assessing the damage from the storm. "This is really the best time to be out here," said Crist Robine, chief sedimentologist and geoscience specialist at the Stockton University Coastal Research Center in Galloway Township.
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