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2008-08-04 03:00:26

By Sally A. Downey, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 4--William D. Valente, 83, formerly of Bryn Mawr, a professor at Villanova Law School for almost 30 years and an advocate for Catholic schools, died of complications from cancer Wednesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Valente was the youngest of 12 children born to immigrant Italian parents. He graduated from Southeast Catholic High School, now St. John Neumann, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of...

2008-08-03 03:00:17

By David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 3--If cultural gods tell us more about us than about themselves, Van Cliburn holds a particularly warped and smoky mirror up to the classical-music world he intermittently dominated over the last half-century -- one that shows much about the strange price of being a folk hero. Cliburn has, in the words of classical piano maven David Dubal, "written one of the most spectacular pages in the history of his instrument." Yet the 50th...

2008-08-03 03:00:16

By Michael Klein, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 3--Larry Mendte's legal situation has reached the top echelons of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. NATAS is expected to give its 19 chapters the authority to disqualify someone from local Emmy consideration over his or her conduct -- even if the conduct had nothing to do with the Emmy entry. The rule is inspired by the morals clauses in most TV newsies' contracts. It won't affect this year's local Emmys, nominations...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Jacqueline L. Urgo, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 3--OCEAN CITY, N.J. -- Mauve and deep-orange light filtered across the darkening sky has long signaled the end of the Jersey Shore beach day. But a state requirement that towns keep their beaches open 24/7 to qualify for tax-subsidized beach replenishment could soon have the fun lasting into the night. In Ocean City, where a dusk beach curfew was lifted in June, the public can stroll the shore at all hours. Other beach restrictions...

2008-08-02 06:00:17

By Allison Steele, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 2--Four members of a Cherry Hill family were unhurt after broken landing gear on their small plane forced an emergency landing at an Albany, N.Y., airport yesterday afternoon. James Stephans was flying his wife, 13-year-old daughter, and 7-year-old son back from a vacation in the Adirondacks in a rented single-engine plane, said Doug Myers, a spokesman for Albany International Airport. The family had just taken off from an airfield...

2008-08-02 06:00:05

By Bob Fernandez, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 2--Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin yesterday blasted Comcast Corp.'s Internet practices and said the agency's enforcement order against the company would protect consumers and competitors. The controversial order was approved yesterday by a 3-2 vote, with the two Democratic members joining Martin, a Republican appointed by President Bush. Comcast's interference with traffic in its high-speed Internet service was...

2008-08-01 12:00:04

By Amy S. Rosenberg and Suzette Par, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 1--ATLANTIC CITY -- All eight victims killed in yesterday's horrific crash of a business jet in heavy winds in Minnesota were local residents, including a team of high-ranking executives working on the design of the massive $2.5 billion Revel Entertainment casino in Atlantic City. The victims were Tishman Construction project manager Karen Sandland, 44, of Galloway, N.J.; three high-ranking Revel executives; two...

2008-08-01 03:00:32

By Harold Brubaker, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 1--Stephanie Krug cried yesterday after learning that it will cost at least $170 more a month to heat her family's West Chester home during the coming year than it did last year. Krug said she knew the budget plan from her heating-oil company was going to be higher, but $5,000 for the year "was so much higher than we had anticipated." Forecasters are warning that the coming heating season could be the most expensive ever, adding yet...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Matthew Spolar, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 1--HARRISBURG -- The drowning of a teenager living in Warminster has revived debate over a decision earlier this year to eliminate lifeguards at virtually all state park beaches. Eric Williams, 17, was swimming in Fuller Lake at a Cumberland County state park with a group of youths when he suddenly disappeared as they were getting out of the water around 4 p.m. Tuesday. The teens were from the Valley Youth House, an Allentown-based...

2008-07-31 18:00:12

By John Sullivan and Craig R. McCoy, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 31--Two Philadelphia social workers were charged yesterday with being complicit in the death of Danieal Kelly, a 14-year-old girl who starved to death in 2006, her body eaten by bed sores to the bone. Unveiling a blistering grand jury report today, District Attorney Lynne Abraham blasted the city's Department of Human Services as an indifferent and callous agency that had let Kelly die needlessly. Drawing gasps at a...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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