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September 29, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
AS CONFESSIONS go, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady made the biggest one of his life last night. On the tarmac with Pope Francis. The Democrat from Philly told the Daily News , on his ride back from Philadelphia International Airport, that as he stood with other dignitaries waiting to say adios to Papa Francisco, he said, "Thank you, Father. I'm a member of Congress and when you spoke at the Capitol, I don't know if you heard or not, but I'm the one who took your glass of water. " Monsignor Mark Miles, the pope's interpreter, smiled when he heard what Brady had to say and immediately said, "Yes, we heard about that," according to Brady.
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September 28, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a young girl growing up in Wilmington, Trish Whetham dreamed of owning horses. In 2004, her dream came true. Now 59, Whetham runs Morningstar Stables, a sprawling compound in London Britain Township, Chester County, where she lives with her husband and where she says her two adult daughters learned strong work ethics. Like many of her neighbors in the county's rural southeastern corner - as well as 1.6 million around Philadelphia and South Jersey, and more than 13 million households throughout the country - she and her family use a well for water to drink, to cook, to wash.
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September 25, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE HEAVENS may know that Pope Francis on Thursday addressed a joint meeting of Congress, a glass of water by his side. It may not be as widely known that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Philadelphia, was keeping an eye on that glass of water. The pope sipped from the glass at least three times during his speech, Brady told the  Daily News  on Thursday night. And as the Holy Father left the chamber - and as many a legislator tried to make contact with him - the congressman calmly headed to the lectern and delicately picked up Papa Francisco's glass, holding it by two fingers, one at the bottom of the glass and one at the rim. Brady then walked back to his office, carrying the glass and water and accompanied by his wife, Debra, and two staffers.
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September 25, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FIVE AMERICAN Airlines workers have accused the airline of using watercooler jugs to carry chemicals aboard planes to decontaminate lavatories - and then returning the jugs to commercial circulation to be refilled with drinking water and redistributed. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, the workers say the practice - known as "top-filling" - began in 2010 after the airline took over cleaning its own lavatories from an outside contractor. Normally, workers attach hoses from lavatory trucks on the tarmac to a parked plane's underbelly to pump toilet waste down into a container on the trucks, according to the lawsuit.
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September 21, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
For the last three months, Donald Trump has sailed above the rest of the Republican presidential field like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon fueled by bluster and insults instead of helium. Last week's debate, though, could mark the leveling off of Trump's rise and the beginning of his deflation. Candidates stood up to the developer and reality-TV star, landing blows instead of treading lightly as most did in the first debate in August, hoping political gravity would bring him down.
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September 20, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state drinking-water panel will again evaluate possible regulation of a chemical that had stirred health concerns in Moorestown, a move that legislators have tried to force through a bill awaiting action by Gov. Christie. The Drinking Water Quality Institute, which recommends water standards to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, this week called for new information on the chemical, 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP). The group plans to reevaluate a standard it had proposed to the department in 2009 - a recommendation that was never acted upon - as well as more recent information on the chemical's health effects and water treatment options.
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September 12, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council began its fall business Thursday with a host of new proposals that ranged from scrutinizing how the city compensates for damage from water-main breaks to requiring many public bathrooms to give up "Men" and "Women" labels and become gender-neutral. The restroom legislation, which would cover only single-occupant bathrooms and not those with multiple stalls, garnered praise from Mayor Nutter. "This bill, which expands and strengthens gender-identity protections, is an important step in support of our LGBT community and reinforces Philadelphia's role as a leader on LGBT issues across the country," Nutter said in a statement.
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September 9, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Summer ended with a splash here on Labor Day, with packed casino pools, a full beach, and a busy Boardwalk on a perfectly sunny day - giving the struggling resort one more weekend of reprieve before another nearly deserted offseason. It was just as glorious an ending for the Shore in general, capped with a tribute to Philadelphia-bred music legend Chubby Checker in Wildwood, where he first performed "The Twist" live at the Rainbow Club in 1960. From Cape May to Long Beach Island, tourism officials raved about the great weather and the warmer water that helped boost visitation over last year.
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September 8, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Two hundred years ago today, the Fairmount Water Works began pumping clean water for a city desperate to rid itself of a series of deadly yellow fever epidemics. Though essentially a public works project, it became a major tourist attraction second only to Niagara Falls. The world's most innovative water-pumping complex was a significant influence on other clean-water projects. It was beautiful, too, with elaborate gardens, sublime river vistas, and grand neoclassical architecture, all reflecting its brilliant engineering.
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