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October 10, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben and Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writers
Bruce Ribner, the infectious-disease doctor who helped save the lives of two medical missionaries with Ebola this summer, shared some shocking, frustrating, and darkly amusing details of his experience with a ballroom full of colleagues Wednesday in Philadelphia. The idea that Ebola had landed at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta inspired such fear that pizza places refused to deliver and officials threatened to disconnect the sewers. "These are high-intensity patients," he told the standing-room-only-crowd attending ID Week at the Convention Center.
NEWS
January 30, 2007
DID anyone besides me see the irony in the president's visit to DuPont last week? He traveled from D.C. to Wilmington, barely 100 miles. A motorcade could have made the trip in maybe 90 minutes and only cost the taxpayers 150 to 200 gallons of gas. But he flew Air Force One. The irony: He went there to talk about energy conservation! Bob Johnson Warminster
NEWS
August 17, 2006
SHRINKING the state Legislature? That's an idea whose time came long ago. Philadelphia is covered by a total of 35 state reps and senators, yet only 17 City Council members. Take the state population, 11 million, divide by 203 state reps and 50 state senators. That's one legislator for each 43,000 residents. Now take the city population of 1.5 million and divide by 16 council members. You get about 94,000. Why not eliminate 15-20 folks from the Harrisburg trough and turn that money back to us in the city?
NEWS
July 28, 2010
I fully appreciate Emily Mendell's problem with forgetting to bring environmentally friendly bags to the store ("If green is to be ingrained, we need better role models," Sunday).  In Taiwan, you simply pay for the plastic bag if you want one. Are Americans ready for even such a mild solution? I think Mendell and others want to blame  the government, BP, and just about anyone but themselves. Americans are  willing to ask for solutions from others and, yet, fail to ask the tough questions of themselves.
NEWS
June 11, 1986
It's nice to see that the City of Philadelphia is wasting tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayers' money to rid the streets of the dangerous and dreaded "johns. " It is hard to comprehend that several police officers are involved in a type of crime where there are no victims and no assailants, only two people who are conducting a business transaction that is legal in some parts of our country. The only real crime is that the john involved in the transactions does not pay the standard 6 percent sales tax for the service.
SPORTS
May 14, 1996 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
"Waste not, want not. " - Anonymous It has been abundantly clear from the beginning of spring training that the Phillies were not the sort of team that could spill chances to win, toss them casually out the window like candy wrappers, otherwise fritter them away. Specifically, strong outings by starting pitchers were to be savored like a fine cognac. That is a commandment, however, that has been routinely disobeyed by the local nine to this point of the season. Seven times in the first 36 games the Phillies have gotten a quality start - at least six innings, three or fewer earned runs allowed - and still lost.
NEWS
September 17, 2010
By Pranav Merchant The University of Pennsylvania's first home football game is this weekend, and it will no doubt feature the traditional singing of "Drink a Highball" at the end of the third quarter. At one time, it was also tradition to take a swig of beer upon reaching the line of the song that calls for "a toast to dear old Penn. " After alcohol was banned from the stadium in the 1970s, students began marking that line by throwing toast onto the field instead. This tradition came to be known as the Toast Toss, and it continues to this day. Innocent, alcohol-free college fun, right?
NEWS
April 24, 1986 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
With reluctance, the Whitpain Board of Supervisors has approved the first aerial waste-disposal system in the township for a two-lot subdivision at 600 Morris Rd. Last month, property owner Donald Brady asked for permission to subdivide his six-acre tract. Because the property could not support a septic system and there was no public sewer on the site, he also asked for permission to install an aerial spray waste system. The spray waste system would use chemicals to treat the waste.
NEWS
July 5, 1988 | By Douglas Pike, Inquirer Editorial Board
It's always in season for people to seethe at the waste of their hard- earned dollars. Right now there is the federal probe into an alleged black market in inside dope about fat Pentagon contracts. There's the new agreement that for safety reasons a $5 billion nuclear plant on Long Island will never operate. And, no matter when, "welfare cheats" always make some taxpayers grind their teeth. Although even ill-gotten gains are cycled through the economy, "waste" is a fair label any time the public's money gets spent without producing the intended benefit.
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October 10, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben and Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writers
Bruce Ribner, the infectious-disease doctor who helped save the lives of two medical missionaries with Ebola this summer, shared some shocking, frustrating, and darkly amusing details of his experience with a ballroom full of colleagues Wednesday in Philadelphia. The idea that Ebola had landed at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta inspired such fear that pizza places refused to deliver and officials threatened to disconnect the sewers. "These are high-intensity patients," he told the standing-room-only-crowd attending ID Week at the Convention Center.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
How can you bore me? Let me count the ways: 99. Fortunately, we don't have to sit/stand through all 99 Breakups , just 11, in Pig Iron's disappointing, self-indulgent, and thoroughly fatuous new work. My overwhelming feeling was, "What a waste!" A waste of a superb venue, a waste of fine performers I recognized from many other shows, and a waste of Pig Iron's honored spot in opening on the Fringe Festival's first official night. Not to mention a waste of my time. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a magnificent building, filled with major paintings.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ILLEGAL DUMPING is nothing new in Philadelphia, but even the most discreet of muck miscreants had managed to keep it to vacant lots and side alleys. But in recent years, Deputy Streets Commissioner Donald Carlton said problems with illegal dumping have seeped into the city's downtown business corridors and shopping avenues, making those who have to witness it bitter about litter. Of the 900 public litter baskets on street corners across the city, he said many are being used as household garbage receptacles when they are intended to give residents and visitors a place to stash their trash.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Tiffany Threadgould moved into her Fairmount apartment in 2012, the first thing she did was trash the place. But for Threadgould, 40, that didn't mean making a mess. On the contrary, it's all about discovering beauty - or at least function - in objects that might otherwise be destined for the landfill. In her hands, CD jewel cases formed pendant lamps, paint cans became planters (and paint stirrers labels for a windowsill herb garden), and old sweaters made a cozy throw for her sofa.
NEWS
August 13, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Along a riverfront that was once one of the nation's most important industrial centers, Chester has become an important center for something else - waste treatment plants. When an incinerator and other facilities swept into the city in the 1990s, they were controversial, setting off suits, protests, and debates over health concerns and "environmental justice" in a Delaware County city where about one-third of the residents live in poverty. While tensions have ebbed, a plan to build two new buildings at the incinerator complex and import trash from New York has stirred them anew.
SPORTS
August 5, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - San Diego natives, aces of their respective teams, division rivals. Right now, the relationship between Cole Hamels and Stephen Strasburg is mostly a professional one. When their playing days are through, Hamels said, "Maybe we'll mix in some golf. " For now, baseball is treating both just fine. Yesterday, in the Nationals' 4-0 win over the Phillies, the two pitchers combined to dominate each others' lineups for 14 innings. The only run scored against either of them was of the unearned variety, with a fielding error by Phillies third baseman Cody Asche setting up a two-out RBI single by Denard Span in the third inning.
NEWS
August 5, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
  At 2:11 p.m. on July 23, Michael Kuttler drew his first breath and belted out an exultant scream. Seconds later, he participated in his first act of altruism - trying to save a stranger's life. His afterbirth was placed in a bin and handed to a woman who rushed down the hall in Lankenau Medical Center to a utility room. Working quickly, she swaddled the placenta in a cone of paper pads, pulled the rubbery umbilical cord through the bottom, then, using a syringe, plastic tubing, and gravity, spent the next 20 minutes collecting biological gold.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
EVEN THOUGH its premiere is nearly six months away, the trailer for "Fifty Shades of Grey" is already getting the moralists' crotchless panties in a bunch. Dawn Hawkins , executive director of Morality in Media, said that the "Grey" trailer "deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence. " Considering how many people read the trashy novels, we're not sure the trailer is deceiving anyone, but, yes, the trailer hints at the bondage scenes that so tittilated readers.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal to build a 15,000-square-foot facility at the Chester incinerator plant to house garbage imported by rail from New York City has been put on the shelf. After some residents raised questions, the Chester City Planning Commission tabled a vote on the plan for 30 days. The commission had been expected to approve permits Wednesday night for the Covanta Energy proposal, but 12 protesters showed up at the meeting asking for a review of the project. Covanta, which has 100 employees in Chester, has operated the trash incinerator on Highland Avenue since 1992.
SPORTS
June 4, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
IT WAS MID-MAY and Dom Cuoci's distinguished baseball career at La Salle College High was all but over. Slowed by late-season back problems, the 6-3, 210-pound righthander could only sit inside his Doylestown home and watch television, ice packs affixed to his body, as the Catholic League playoffs went on without him. After the Explorers lost to Ss. Neumann-Goretti in the CL losers bracket on May 17, the only chance for a state-title run was...
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