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2008-07-22 03:00:25

By Kathleen Brady Shea, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--A Coatesville man entrusted with operating multiple sewage plants throughout Chester County did so for more than 21/2 years without a license, state authorities said yesterday. Thomas M. Horrex, 54, was charged yesterday with three misdemeanor counts of unlawful conduct under the state's Clean Streams Law, according to a news release from Attorney General Tom Corbett. Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison...

2008-07-22 03:00:23

By Jane M. Von Bergen, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--Comcast Corp. said yesterday that it expected to sign an agreement with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to try to reduce the availability of child pornography on the Internet. Its statement came after Cuomo, in a letter also dated yesterday, threatened to begin legal action against the Philadelphia-based cable and Internet company within five days if it didn't sign. The threat and quick response came 11 days after Cuomo...

2008-07-21 12:00:51

By Peter Mucha, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 21--A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has overruled the FCC's $550,000 fine against CBS for the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. Singer Janet Jackson's breast became briefly exposed during a performance with Justin Timberlake, and the Federal Communications Commission fined CBS $550,000 for negligently contributing to indecency. As millions watched, Timberlake reached for...

2008-07-20 03:00:43

By Jane M. Von Bergen, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 20--No wonder more than 100 people lined up to testify at four days of what sounded like an utter yawner -- Insurance Department hearings on the proposed merger of Pennsylvania's two largest health insurers. Some of the most powerful people in health care in the state sat captive in hotel ballrooms -- forced to listen during hearings in three cities. Officially, those who testified -- and all comers were welcome -- were there to...

2008-07-20 03:00:00

By Sandy Bauers, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 20--The year Jim Bauer was born -- 1952 -- a massive steel mill was rising atop a former asparagus farm in Lower Bucks County. Bauer would spend most of his working life in U.S. Steel's Fairless Works -- until he was forced to retire in 2002, marking the end of an era. Now, it's the beginning of another, and Bauer, 56, is part of that, too. It's about wind. Every morning at 6, Bauer is back at work in one of the old U.S. Steel...

2008-07-20 03:00:28

By Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 20--"Gods. Angels. Different cultures have called us by different names. Now apparently it's superhero." - From "Hancock" Inflation is soaring, stocks are falling, jobs are disappearing, war is flaring, murders and robberies raging, ice melting, levees breaking -- what's a worried, weary populace to do? Go to the movies and watch guys in capes and masks, with green and crimson skin and jutting jaws, bash up some bad guys? Exactly....

2008-07-19 03:00:25

By David Hiltbrand and Dan Lieberman, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 19--The Bat signal has been burning brightly in the night sky. At 56 area theaters, fans, many in costume, eagerly queued up yesterday morning at 12:01 to be the first to see The Dark Knight, the explosive new Batman movie. The Dark Knight set a new mark for midnight ticket sales with $18.5 million, surpassing the $16.5 million of 2005's Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, a record that was believed to be...

2008-07-19 03:00:25

By Elizabeth Fox, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 19--Entertainment for kids isn't always just for kids: Ask any adult who's seen a movie from Pixar or Jim Henson. Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Nickelodeon cartoon whose third season comes to an end tonight, is one part basic kids' cartoon and one part martial-arts extravaganza. The two-hour finale features an epic battle, lively humor, and philosophical questions that even adults will find themselves pondering. So compelling is...

2008-07-18 12:01:14

By Don Sapatkin, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 18--If you've always thought that research claiming health benefits from things like being happy is a bunch of unsupported hooey, you might want to look at a study out of New England in the current Annals of Family Medicine. Doctors asked 2,816 adults over age 35 with no history of a heart attack: "Compared with persons of your own age and sex, how would you rate your risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years?" Nearly...

2008-07-18 12:00:54

By Linda Loyd, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 18--The union representing flight dispatchers disputes allegations by US Airways pilots that they are being pressured to use less fuel than is safe to cut costs. The US Airline Pilots Association paid for a full-page advertisement in USA Today on Wednesday accusing US Airways of "a program of intimidation to pressure your captain to reduce fuel loads." Now the union that represents 175 flight dispatchers, who plan fuel loads with...


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  • Good cheer; viands.
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