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2008-07-25 12:00:56

By Linda Loyd, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 25--While other airlines are losing money, Southwest Airlines Co. yesterday reported a $321 million second-quarter profit, beating Wall Street expectations, largely by hedging fuel costs. But even Southwest is feeling the pinch of surging fuel prices and said it would trim back growth and raise fares. Philadelphia's second-largest airline, which transports 12 percent of passengers here and has 71 daily nonstop departures, said it spent...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By Matt Katz, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 25--Camden officials sent a letter this week to 1,300 property owners in a new redevelopment zone, saying they had to keep pace with the latest court ruling on the controversial practice of eminent domain. But the 26-page letter is so laden in detailed legal terms and foreboding phrases -- such as "affect and/or acquire your property against your will" -- it is seen by some residents as confirming their fear that the city wants to take all of...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By Michael Mills, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 25--Be grateful that midweek downpours mitigated the parched conditions in so many gardens. But if the rains again become rare, be prepared to practice prudent triage. Leave the lawn alone and rejuvenate it in the fall. Trees, shrubs and perennials planted this year take precedence over everything else. (Annuals are supposed to die every year anyway.) Avoid watering during midday, when much of a sprinkler's output is lost to evaporation....

2008-07-25 09:01:17

By Stacey Burling, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 25--A group of Temple University doctors is notifying patients that it has reached an impasse in contract negotiations with Keystone Mercy Health Plan. The contract with Temple University Physicians expires Aug. 31. "Based on the expiration of these contracts, TUP can no longer provide primary care, specialty care or hospital outpatient testing at Temple University Health System facilities for patients covered by Keystone Mercy," the...

2008-07-25 09:00:57

By Tirdad Derakhshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 25--On Nov. 25, 1970, Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima and four cadets from his private army barricaded themselves in a Tokyo military barracks, taking the commanding officer hostage. Mishima's demand: to deliver a speech to the soldiers and the media. Intended to inspire a coup d'etat, Mishima's balcony address was met with derision and ridicule. After a few minutes, he returned inside and committed seppuku. He was only 45 years old,...

2008-07-25 09:00:51

By Jeff Gammage, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 25--A zoning hearing that will help determine the future of Valley Forge National Historical Park stretched into the night yesterday, the arguments of attorneys delaying testimony and comments from people who wished to speak. More than 75 people attended the hearing in Eagleville, Montgomery County, concerning a plan by a nonprofit group to build a museum and conference center on private land located inside the park. More than two hours...

2008-07-25 03:00:32

By Steven Rea, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 25--Step Brothers begins with an epigram from our 43d president: "Families is where we find hope. -- George W. Bush." It's a line that got laughs and groans at the prerelease screening the other day, and the laughs and groans kept coming -- sometimes so fast, and outrageously, that it began to hurt -- as the latest happily imbecilic Will Ferrell comedy proceeded to its goofball finale. Directed and cowritten by Adam McKay, the Malvern-raised...

2008-07-24 18:00:43

By Linda Loyd, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 24--While most airlines are losing money, Southwest Airlines Co. today reported a $321 million second-quarter profit, beating Wall Street expectations, largely by hedging fuel costs. Philadelphia's second-largest carrier, which transports 11 percent of passengers and has 71 daily nonstop departures from Philadelphia, posted revenue for the quarter ended June 30 of $2.9 billion, up 11.1 percent. The Dallas-based airline said it earned...

2008-07-24 15:01:08

By Stacey Burling, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 24--Temple University Health System's doctors are notifying patients that they've reached an impasse in contract negotiations with Keystone Mercy Health Plan. The contract expires Aug. 31. "Based on the expiration of these contracts, [Temple University Physicians] can no longer provide primary care, specialty care or hospital outpatient testing at Temple University Health System facilities for patients covered by Keystone Mercy," the...

2008-07-24 03:00:52

By Jane M. Von Bergen, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 24--When the program was announced in 2006, it seemed like a perfect solution: Unions, which were short on minority members, would cooperate with the Philadelphia School District to recruit 450 public school graduates into union apprentice programs and then put them to work on $1.7 billion worth of school-construction projects. But, in written testimony presented yesterday to the Mayor's Advisory Commission on Construction Industry...


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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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