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December 13, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
CENTER CITY The water-main break that flooded part of southwest Center City two summers ago has long been repaired, and the city has committed to paying for the damages. But now, it gets complicated. Water damage to dozens of homes and businesses flooded that night - estimated at $2.8 million based on claims filed so far - is more than five times what the city is statutorily allowed to pay out. And a fight is brewing in court as the claimants, including utility giants Verizon and Peco, fight for the $500,000 pot of city money.
REAL_ESTATE
December 8, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Q uestion: I have a Maytag side-by-side refrigerator. The water dispenser is not dispensing. It starts dispensing and ends up a trickle. The ice maker is producing thin ice cubes. I had tried to replace the water inlet valve in the appliance, but that did no good. The water line does not seem to be blocked. When I take off the filter, which I replaced in June, and press the water dispenser, no water comes out the filter head. Answer:   There 's a good reason why I was passed over for the role of Maytag repairman in 2007, but I will suggest two things.
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
HOPEWELL, N.J. Rain fell Friday on south-central New Jersey, and a part of it flowed into Baldwin's Creek. Some flowed, too, into Duck Pond Run, and Six Mile Run, and Cranbury Brook, Devil's Brook, and Peace Brook, and into dozens more creeks and streams bearing names like Little Bear, Duck Pond, and Ten Mile, that flowed into the Stony Brook, that streamed past a white tent in Hopewell Township, Mercer County. There, 100 people and 10 waiting shovels were gathered at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.
NEWS
November 30, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
One in a series of occasional articles about the regional effects of climate change and how we're coping. Deep inside the massive steel tank, the light glowed eerily from the freshly painted surface. The voices of visitors who had slithered through a narrow portal echoed. The soon-to-be refilled vessel, rising from a Limerick Township field, is more than 30 feet high and 75 feet across. It holds a million gallons of drinking water, enough to cover a football field to a depth of four feet.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLOUCESTER TWP. A bottle of top-shelf booze that perhaps sat on the shelf of a Camden County restaurant too long caused headaches for the owners, who were accused of cheating customers. State officials alleged this year that Villari's Lakeside Restaurant & Bar in Gloucester Township was among 29 businesses caught watering down drinks or substituting cheaper booze while charging customers for premium liquor. State officials have since documented that there was no evidence of such tampering at the family-run Villari's, which hosts happy hours at the indoor lounge and outside tiki bar, serves Italian cuisine in the restaurant, and offers catering services.
NEWS
November 1, 2013
BONES OF THE DEAD (OSSI DEI MORTI) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 1/4 cups sugar 1/2 lemon, zested 1 egg white 1 3/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup ground almonds 1 teaspoon ground cloves Powdered sugar In medium-sized bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar, lemon zest, egg white and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk: flour, cinnamon, almonds, and cloves. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl until a ball has formed.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
VENTNOR, N.J. - There was a moment a year ago, as Sandy was already sending water through their town, when the firefighters on Ventnor's second platoon realized the depths of their own predicaments. "Phil, me, Flynn, Joe Callahan, we're seeing the water level rise," recalled Capt. Michael Cahill of the Ventnor City Fire Department. "And we're saying to each other, 'If it's this high, it's got to be in our living rooms.' " And it was, pretty much. Half of Ventnor's 42 firefighters had homes damaged in the storm.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Singer Chris Brown , 24, was arrested early Sunday in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel, police said, complicating the Grammy-winning R&B artist's already snarled legal history. He was charged with felony assault in an incident that began just before 4:30 a.m. Bodyguard Chris Hollosy , 35, was arrested on the same charges; both were being held in police custody until Monday. An unidentified injured man was taken to a hospital, then released. The felony charges were based in part on the extent of his injuries, police said.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
So you got a new computer, or maybe a software upgrade, only to find - error message! - that some of your old files are incompatible. Poor you. But Raymond Najjar can top your tale of technological obsolescence, easy. To study long-term water-quality trends in the Delaware Bay, the Pennsylvania State University scientist needed data from the era before flash drives. Before CDs. Before floppy disks. Memo to the touch-screen generation: There was once something called a punch card.
NEWS
October 22, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The event was advertised as Burlington County's Fall Foliage Family Float, with plenty of opportunities for people of all ages to board watercraft bobbing on creek and lake in Mount Holly. But for some, staying afloat wasn't so easy. Ask Greyson Curran. As he and his family completed their first four-mile canoe trip and prepared to try the harder course, Greyson, 12, announced his favorite part of the journey: "Seeing the lady fall overboard!" Despite a few spills, most participants in the annual event at Historic Smithville Park did indeed stay dry, from grandparents who ended their two-hour trips grinning but groaning from the hard work of rowing, to toddlers who toted balloon animals and sippy cups on board.
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