Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

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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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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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Jared Shelly
Tom Kleinman couldn't help himself. After just a year of hosting the women's professional softball team -- the Philadelphia Force -- at his quaint ballpark in Allentown, Pa., the team was ready to fold. Owner Bill Thompson was facing health problems and needed to sell the team to keep it afloat. Kleinman -- who has worn hats as diverse as...
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Aaron Passman
"The reason the Moral Majority gained traction in the '70s was because religion had no political voice up to that time," said local lecturer Susan Myers, adding that the movement's purpose was "not only to give their people a voice, but to get them to go to the ballot box" to express their religion through politics. Over time, continued Myers,...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
When the Pei family, refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma), arrived at their new residence in South Philadelphia on March 5, they discovered a well-furnished four-room apartment. There were tables, chairs, beds, dressers, a kitchen set and well-stocked cabinets. For Maung Pei and his wife Mi Nge -- who had to flee their homeland nearly two decades ago out of fear...
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