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October 22, 2015
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2015 Voters need to hear candidates' views When one political party's slate of candidates refuses to participate in public debates, it feels like a threat to democracy. Nearly 100 years ago, the League of Women Voters sought to provide accurate, unbiased, nonpartisan information for voters in local, state, and national elections. This year, the League of Women Voters of Haverford Township is unable to offer a forum for township candidates running for commissioner in five of our nine wards.
NEWS
October 21, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Some called a hearing Monday before the state Board of Public Utilities on whether to allow South Jersey Gas to build a 22-mile pipeline through the environmentally sensitive Pinelands National Reserve the most important forum "in the history of the Pinelands. " Others, however, called the meeting just one more in a "rigged system" that "caters to special interests" in the protracted battle over whether the gas utility should be permitted to construct the underground pipeline that would supply natural gas to the B.L. England Generating Station in the Beesleys Point section of Upper Township, Cape May County, from a site in Maurice River Township, Cumberland County.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Less than three months after signing a deal last year to buy Philadelphia Gas Works, the chief executive officer of UIL Holdings Corp. received a secret overture to explore a merger with a Spanish energy firm. James P. Torgerson, the UIL chief executive, "expressed an interest but indicated that he was focused on completing the PGW transaction and did not wish to enter into any discussions, at that time, that could interfere with its completion," according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
SPORTS
October 12, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
ON THE HEELS of what many called a highly successful offseason, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made it clear in his actions the last few weeks that, despite making plenty of transactions since taking over last May, he's taking the long approach. As if going outside the box and hiring coach Dave Hakstol from a college program instead of going after proven NHL coaches wasn't proof enough, the swiftness with which he exercised his option of sending top prospects Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim back to juniors early on in training camp proved that approach.
NEWS
September 24, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey addressed the controversial topics of criminal justice reform and police brutality at a barber shop recently, and a brief video of his comments has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. Ramsey took questions from visitors to Hewitts Barbershop in the West Oak Lane neighborhood as he sat in the barber's seat getting a haircut Wednesday . "Yeah, I got bad cops, no doubt about that," Ramsey said after noting that African Americans killed by police represent a minuscule fraction of African American homicide victims.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2015 | By Gary Thompson, DAILY NEWS MOVIE CRITIC
In the visually gripping IMAX drama Everest , doomed climbers pause just before their final drive to the summit and ponder their motives. They repeat the old line about climbing the mountain because it's there, but are pressed for something more original, honest, or illuminating. Most are stymied, but one says that, given a chance to experience the majesty of a moment at the top of the world, "it would be a crime not to. " OK, but the slow-motion carnage of the next day in 1996, when eight climbers died on overcrowded slopes, raised another question at the time: Was it a crime, of sorts, for unqualified climbers to expect professional guides to haul them to the summit, at foolish risk to the lives of all involved?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'View' co-host wants civility Yes, she will disagree with many of the views shared by some of her fellow  The View  cohosts, but conservative cohost  Candace Cameron Bure  says she wants the gals to remain civil. On Tuesday, after wrapping up the new season's first episode, the  Full House  alumna told the New York Daily News, "We can have disagreements without it turning into argument. You can express different ideas without becoming distasteful or hurtful. " The talk show also features  Whoopi Goldberg ,  Paula Faris , and  Joy Behar . Sam Smith to croon for 007 British vocalist Sam Smith , 23, has confirmed that he has the rare honor of singing the theme song for the next James Bond picture, Spectre , which will feature Daniel Craig , Naomi Watts , Lea Seydoux , and the incomparable Monica Bellucci . The song, "Writing's on the Wall," will be available to buy Sept.
NEWS
September 7, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anger, disappointment, and confusion greeted the latest news that visitors hoping to get close to Pope Francis' stages and altar here this month will need free tickets - and that most are already allocated. Just 15 percent of the pilgrims expected to turn out to see Francis at the Festival of Families on Sept. 26 and his celebration of Sunday Mass the next day will have access to a secured, grassy, 57-acre zone on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway closest to his staging area, the World Meeting of Families announced midweek.
REAL_ESTATE
August 10, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
It's common for empty-nester suburbanites to move to Center City, lured by its walkability, restaurants, and cultural scene. The vast majority are purchasing condos in high-rise buildings, and a growing number are combining two adjacent units to capture some of the space they left behind. Then there are Terri and Mark Steinberg, longtime residents of what she called "rural and really lonely" Chester County. Instead of moving to a spanking-new, steel-and-glass high-rise on Rittenhouse Square, the Steinbergs bought and rehabbed an early 19th-century rowhouse just off the square - a home that, by design, will be age- and infirmities-proof.
REAL_ESTATE
August 3, 2015 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
In a battle against clutter and darkness, Toni Seidl was in the advance guard last year, leading an army of architects, kitchen designers, contractors, and art dealers to rescue the 92-year-old Chestnut Hill kitchen she shares with husband Rick Berkman from the confines of Edwardian-period design. Today, she has won the war and eagerly displays the new, modern kitchen, which contrasts with the rest of the couple's seven-bedroom stone Colonial Revival dwelling, built in 1921. "I always hated the kitchen," Seidl says.
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