Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774
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Sophie Buckingham, 7, has always wanted to be somewhere "inside the solar system" so she could know what it's like to behold the infinity of space - and see stars rushing past her. While Sophie's address in the Philadelphia suburbs technically resides in the solar system, the abundance of artificial light, even out beyond the city's limits, has normally prevented...
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Hillel Levinson, one of three candidates seeking to become the next city controller, lists a series of "Philadelphia Icons" on his Web site: cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and the Liberty Bell. The last in the sequence is Levinson himself. But for all of Levinson's municipal credentials - he was born in the city, went to Central High School, earned his undergraduate...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When area residents tear open their heating bills this winter, their blood might start to boil. Since Oct. 7, the price of natural gas has gone up by 19.4 percent, according to Douglas I. Oliver, a spokesman for Philadelphia Gas Works. "We anticipate that this latest increase will raise the average customer bill by $335 per year," he said. Combined...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Michael Barkann is on TV so much, you might think he doesn't have the time to order his own lunch. But you'd be wrong. "Yo. It's Michael B. Let me get a hot pastrami - I'm talking' smokin' hot … with a bag of chips … no check that, cheese curls," he rattled off in one recent afternoon, calling in...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
One day, the teachers and staff at Temple Sholom in Broomall noticed that their preschool students were fascinated by the spiders they saw outside during recess. This simple fascination gave the educators an idea. "Our approach is child-centered," explained Andi Lieberman, director of the synagogue's preschool. "We look and observe the interests of the children, and we try to build...
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