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2008-10-06 00:00:24

'The Little Garden' Erin Bode (Native Language) It is difficult to typify singer Erin Bode, but she makes that potential problem into one of her strengths. On "The Little Garden," her vocal style is more in the nouveau-folk genre. But the work of her band, led by keyboardist Adam Maness, puts the album directly into the jazz category. He also did the arrangements, which sometimes feature a few horns and small string section. Bode and Maness wrote eight of the album's 12 songs; he wrote...

2008-08-07 03:00:21

By Dan DeLuca and Michael Klein, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 7--Robert Hazard, 59, whose regional hits such as "Escalator of Life" made him one of the most prominent Philadelphia rock acts of the 1980s and whose song "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" was turned into a massively popular feminist anthem by Cyndi Lauper, died Tuesday night. Mr. Hazard, a Philadelphia native who was raised in Springfield, Delaware County, died unexpectedly after surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in...

2008-08-06 03:00:50

By Matthew Spolar, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 6--HARRISBURG -- Homeowners and businesses seeking new ways to produce and conserve energy can register online for updates on the state's new $650 million Alternative Energy Investment Fund. The Department of Environmental Protection says it has received scores of calls and e-mails from consumers and businesses interested in taking advantage of the rebates and other incentives included in the new program. The fund will provide $500...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By Dan Hardy and Dylan Purcell, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 6--Every school year, at hundreds of high schools across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, students are asked -- and sometimes required -- to take a vocational aptitude test with a strange-sounding name -- the ASVAB, which stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Since Vietnam, the test has been a powerful peacetime recruiting tool for the Pentagon; hundreds of thousands of student scores have routinely been sent to...

2008-08-05 12:00:59

By Larry Eichel, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 5--Speaking in Montgomery County, Republican presidential candidate John McCain yesterday called on Congress to return from its summer recess to deal with the nation's energy crisis. And he urged his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, to join him in that call. On Friday, the House and Senate, both controlled by the Democrats, adjourned for five weeks without passing energy legislation. "Congress should come back into session, and...

2008-08-05 00:00:17

PHILADELPHIA _ Vowing that the starvation death of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly would not be in vain, Philadelphia Mayor Nutter yesterday suspended seven more workers at the Department of Human Services and said "no child will again face the same fate." Speaking with obvious emotion, Nutter repeatedly excoriated the city workers involved in Kelly's case, and he apologized to Philadelphians for City Hall's failure to save the girl's life. Kelly, who used a wheelchair and suffered from cerebral...

2008-08-04 18:00:19

By Larry Eichel, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 4--Speaking in Montgomery County today, Republican presidential candidate John McCain called on Congress to return from its summer recess to deal with the nation's energy crisis. And he urged his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, to join him in that call. On Friday, the House and the Senate, both of which are controlled by the Democrats, adjourned without taking up energy legislation. "Congress should come back in session, and I'm...

2008-08-04 09:00:55

By Cynthia Burton, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 4--The same energy issue splitting Democrats and Republicans in Washington -- whether to lift the offshore oil-drilling ban -- is dividing candidates in New Jersey's hottest federal races. U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) opposes President Bush's proposal to lift the ban, saying the debate "is not about producing more oil, it's really about producing more profits for Big Oil." He said oil companies should exploit the land and...

2008-08-04 03:00:00

By Kristen A. Graham, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 4--Perhaps it happened when 16-year-old Liz Massele peered into a chest cavity and saw a muscled, beating heart. Or maybe it occurred when she probed a cadaver, or when she fitted a stethoscope into her ears and touched it gently to a patient's back. After spending her summer going on rounds, seeing patients and scrubbing in on operations, Massele knows she wants to be a doctor. And she's only about to enter her junior year in high...

2008-08-04 03:00:00

By Cynthia Henry, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 4--Lindenwold last week celebrated the transformation of its old sewer plant into affordable housing for senior citizens -- and a laboratory for energy efficiency. In many ways, the 82-unit Linden Lake Senior Apartments on Norcross Road looks like any new building -- but on its roof, behind its walls, and even in its sidewalk concrete, the developer incorporated the latest "green" techniques to stretch consumers' dollars and reduce...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.