Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Nisan 12, 5775
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Aaron Passman
The Declaration of Independence was lost, and it was up to Hannah Lee and her puppet frog François to help find it. Amid sweltering heat, they rummaged through Old City's cobblestone streets in search of a quill pen to be used by Benjamin Franklin to sign the famous document -- if and when it turned up. Fortunately, they had some...
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Between 1980 and 2003, suicide attacks accounted for only 3 percent of terrorists acts worldwide, but they resulted in 48 percent of the casualties -- a grim statistic that, at least in part, explains why so many more terrorist groups have adopted the tactic, noted Michael Horowitz, a recent addition to the political-science faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. "You...
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State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-District 12), a conservative Butler County lawmaker, managed to cause an uproar in the capital last month when he opposed a routine House resolution -- the kind that usually passes unanimously -- meant to recognize the national gathering of a little-known Muslim group. The grounds for Metcalfe's opposition? He said on the House floor that he...
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The more than yearlong legislative effort to force state pension funds to divest from international firms doing business in Iran and Sudan may have cleared a major hurdle in Harrisburg, but more obstacles stand in the way to the finish line. On June 25, in a 185-15 vote, the House passed what's known as the Protecting Pennsylvania's Investments Act. Over...
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An Elkins Park woman battles back against a disease that simply takes your breath away
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Imagine getting short of breath doing the simplest of daily activities: walking up the stairs, going grocery shopping, carrying the laundry basket or lifting your young daughter into the air. For Alanna Nelson, a Jewish woman from Elkins Park, this is her daily life, ever since she was diagnosed in 2007 with a rare -- and often fatal -- lung...
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