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October 10, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Falling ridership at the PATCO commuter rail line and fewer vehicles across toll bridges are a result of many factors, Delaware River Port Authority officials said Monday. The Inquirer reported last week that PATCO ridership was down 1.7 percent for the first eight months of 2013, after a decade of steady growth. And vehicle traffic on the four DRPA toll bridges is also down this year, continuing a six-year slide. In August, PATCO ridership dropped 4 percent from the same month the previous year.
TRAVEL
October 7, 2013 | By Peter Mandel, For The Inquirer
You can keep your inland towns that rise up over farms or crouch beside a busy river. Give me a city that turns its face to the sea. I like looking out at urban skylines from the deck of a ship. From here, at penthouse height, and out of the tangle of crowds and avenues, you get an almost map-clear view of how a port is shaped. So when I read about a Crystal Cruise ship that left from Venice, nosed into the Aegean and Black Seas, and ended up in Istanbul, I started imagining myself peering down at ancient capitals of trade like a king atop his sailable throne.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
With the Federal Reserve intent on keeping savings rates low, investors are looking for income among master limited partnerships, especially those focused in the energy field. We caught up with one such investor, Kenneth Kaszak, a registered investment adviser in the Pittsburgh area who oversees $25 million for clients mostly invested in MLPs. He operates in the backyard of the Marcellus Shale, Pennsylvania's homegrown natural gas boom. "Public pension funds are now getting into MLPs, which should give them an added boost," Kaszak said.
REAL_ESTATE
September 23, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Marsha Weinraub and Stuart Schmidt embarked 17 years ago on the transformation of a barber shop and brownfield into a dramatic home with two gardens. At the time, the couple were living with two young sons in a small rowhouse in Fairmount. "I was carrying babies up and down steep steps," Weinraub recalls. Seeking more space, they checked out a storefront corner house and two overgrown lots for sale nearby in Spring Garden. Three rowhouses had been built on the site in the mid-1800s.
SPORTS
September 21, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
C.J. LaFragola used to wear blue and gold. Now he wears red and white. He used to play quarterback. Now he plays fullback. He used to travel down the Garden State Parkway every morning to Absecon. Now he goes inland to Hammonton. But some things are the same: It's Week 2, it's St. Joseph vs. Holy Spirit, and the anticipation is building toward what will be one of the most hard-hitting and far-reaching games of the South Jersey football season. "It's like the South Jersey Super Bowl," LaFragola said of the game that will match his new team against his old team in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division clash Friday night at Holy Spirit.
SPORTS
September 8, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the things Temple coach Matt Rhule wants his players to develop is a short memory. And for defensive back Anthony Robey and his teammates in the Temple secondary, this is the perfect week for that. "You can't hold onto things; you just have to learn from your experiences and be ready for the next opportunity," the defensive back said this week. "We are looking at the next challenge. " And what a challenge it should be. As Temple prepares to face Houston at noon Saturday (ESPN)
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
POLITICIANS are used to making headlines. But the one in yesterday's New York Daily News referring to Chris Christie as "fatso" was over the top. It was a retaliatory strike that came after the New Jersey governor called Manish Mehta - the paper's Jets beat writer - an "idiot. " In type as bold as the governor, the headline screamed: "Who you calling an idiot, fatso!" Christie talked trash about Mehta while appearing on WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton sports radio show in New York on Monday.
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Forrest Gump was fantasy. Zelig was fantasy. But Lee Daniels' The Butler is real: the story of a man, an African American, who witnessed history, who served under eight presidents by, literally, serving them - bringing them tea and coffee and cocktails, overseeing state dinners, attending to the needs of the most powerful figures in the world. His name was Eugene Allen. He went to work in the White House in 1952, when Harry S. Truman was commander-in-chief, and retired in 1986, when Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Facing Republican criticism that she lacks the experience to step into the governor's seat, Milly Silva, announced this week as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, cites her role running a union of more than 8,000 health-care workers. "That executive experience leading bargaining, and being able to advocate on behalf of the people I represent, is an experience and credential that I will bring to the ticket and bring to New Jersey," Silva said Wednesday in an interview.
SPORTS
July 29, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When elite NBA teams, or those on the doorstep of true contention, want to add a pearl to the necklace of their rosters, they do what the Houston Rockets did this offseason in acquiring Dwight Howard. They go out on the market and buy a pearl. When lower-echelon teams, those with less to offer in bargaining, either monetarily or in disposable players, want to do the same thing, they buy a bunch of oysters and hope for the best. The 76ers are in the latter category, and during the first few months of Sam Hinkie's reign as general manager they are tonging the shoals of potential NBA talent with a single-minded fervor.
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