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    • Straight talk about the Japanese nuclear plant disaster

Straight talk about the Japanese nuclear plant disaster

IAEA UPDATE 3/21/11 Read related article by David Spiegelhalter Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, Cambridge University By Ernest J. HarknessFor PlanPhillyI am overwhelmed by the response to…

    • Staff at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant practice countermeasures for a nuclear emergency

Commentary: Japan nuclear plant event: A comment, a thought, and a prayer

Breaking news: Link to update for Saturday on the NEI website (Nuclear Energy Institute). It looks like the operators are getting a hand on the situation. The NRC issued Information Notice…

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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Police, Daily News can't find Kensington

Take  a look at 4625, 6420 and 6855 Frankford Avenue. Do any of those addresses look like Kensington to you? Didn't think so. Kensington is about a mile away from…

SEPTA to sell ads on its website

SEPTA is preparing to enter into the world of online advertising.The SEPTA Board's administration committee reviewed a contract amendment Thursday that would allow Titan Outdoor LLC to begin selling ads…

    • District Attorney Seth Williams talks about changes he's made to the office and tough cases he's pursuing.

District Attorney talks about getting "smart on crime"

District Attorney Seth Williams talks about changes he's made to the office and tough cases he's pursuing. District Attorney Seth Williams fulfilled his promise to Lawncrest residents when he returned Tuesday…

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Cat of the Week: Frank

URGENT. Poor Frank (A12446377) was surrendered because his owners could not afford to keep him. He's a little shy right now because he doesn't know why he's here, and he has…

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Dog of the Week: Pita

Pita (A12408690) is an adorable, very wiggly terrier mix and she is SO happy to meet you!  A young stray brought in on Feb. 16, she appears to be an ex-mama…

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Heart Conditions: Re-evaluating goals

Every year I take my truck to a mechanic to get inspected.  Inevitably there are minor (and sometimes major) maintenance issues that need to be addressed by the mechanic.  Sometimes I have…

SEPTA is proposing a 3.9 percent operating budget increase for fiscal year 2012

Facing increased costs, SEPTA is proposing a 3.9 percent operating budget increase for fiscal year 2012.The budget proposal, released Thursday morning, comes in at about $1.2 billion, $46.2 million higher…

    • Sam Little and Craig Schelter

Exchange at the X-Change: ZCC stakeholder discussions kick off

After 44 public meetings and 36 neighborhood meetings, Philadelphia's Zoning Code Commission launched another round of outreach: a seven-meeting series of "Stakeholder X-Changes" that began on Wednesday. Over three dozen people—many…

    • Parks and Rec talks merger, trees, recreation opportunities and money

Parks and Rec readies itself for the high season

Well into the nearly two-hour meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission, Commissioner Mike DiBerardinis spoke forcefully about the challenges and opportunities his department faces. "I don't think there's a better…

    • A timely postcard from the capital

A timely postcard from the capital

When you live in a walkable city for nearly four months, without a car or bike, you tend to pay attention to certain subtle urban details and learn a great deal…

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Fox Chase Town Watch reports teen shooting incident

Fox Chase Town Watch reports police are investigating gun shots Sunday night at Ferndale Street and Borbeck Avenue.   "It appears the root cause may have been a fight between…

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Northwood Civic: The Bridge gets support; Volunteers of America needs scrutiny

Two nonprofits trying to take root in Northwood are getting two different reactions from that neighborhood's civic association, and the difference has everything to do with a decades-old deed restriction, says…

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Oxford House fire kills two in Lawndale

An early morning fire claimed the life of two residents of the Oxford House in Lawndale. Crews responded to the blaze around 9 a.m.,  where Gerald Hooper, 75, and Lynn Scripnicencu,…

Real NEastate: Some sellers prefer cash offers

  Q: I found a house for a really good price in Parkwood so I put a full price offer in but my agent told me I didn’t get it. I…

Free trees being distributed to University homeowners

Penn has partnered with the city’s Parks & Recreation Department to distribute 300 free trees to faculty and staff homeowners who own a home within the Philadelphia city limits to plant…

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Man shot in leg in Frankford

A man in his 20s was hospitalized yesterday after being shot in the leg in Frankford. Police responded to the call on the 4500-block of Torresdale Avenue at around 2:30…

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Stabbing suspect found at Lawndale gas station

Police located a stabbing suspect early yesterday morning in Lawndale. It what appears to be a domestic dispute, a woman stabbed a man in the chest in a home on the…

Financial Perspectives: Reflecting on the disaster in Japan

This week I am taking a week off from my usual financial column to discuss the tragedy in Japan. In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the…

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