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Fracking Not the Only Threat to Pa.’s Drinking Water

Like many in her area, Crystal Stroud was aware of the concerns about hydrofracturing, or fracking. In that process, a solution of water, sand and chemicals is shot into a deep well to help release the gas. When she saw the drill rig go up near her house, she had her well water sent for testing. She wanted to get a baseline, in case fracking ended up polluting her water. But Stroud’s health issues began before the well near her house had ever been fracked. On April 11, she got a surprising call from the lab. The woman calling said the water tests revealed “major concerns.”

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AIDS Turns 30; Will There Ever Be a Vaccine?

In June 1981, disease detectives at the CDC published the first description of a pneumonia-like illness afflicting five Los Angeles men. The syndrome was later called AIDS. AIDS turns 30 this month, and its death toll in the United States has passed 600,000. Some are asking: Why don’t we have an HIV vaccine yet?

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Punk-Rock Legend Mikey Wild Dies

“I was born in Philadelphia,” said Michael DeLuca, aka Mikey Wild, in the YouTube video “Mikey Wild: the Livng Legend.” “I’m a Philadelphian. I’m the king.”

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City Council Revives Sick-Leave Bill

A bill mandating paid sick time for all workers in Philadelphia is emerging from limbo in City Council. The “Healthy Families Initiative” would require all employers to offer paid sick time to workers. After intense opposition from business leaders, it was put on the shelf for the past several weeks.

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Primary Colors: What the Election Means

Should Mayor Nutter be embarrassed by the fact that Milton Street, yes Milton friggin Street, got 24 percent of the vote?

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Councilman: We Need to Address Panhandling

It’s been about a decade since the city enacted an aggressive panhandling law banning people from asking for money near ATMs or store entrances. Councilman Frank DiCicco says it’s not working.

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Bill to Expand Deadly Force at Your “Castle” Is Delayed

A bill clarifying and expanding the right to deadly self-defense in Pennsylvania is one vote away from becoming law—but it’s facing a delay due to political turf wars.

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House GOP Budget Plan Restores Some Education Funds

The House Republican budget plan would maintain Corbett’s $27.3 billion spending level, but dramatically increase funding for State System of Higher Education and state-related colleges and universities.

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Philly Candidates’ Campaign Finance Reports Are In

Today is the only day before the May 17 primary that candidates file reports showing their contributions and expenses, giving us a real idea of who’s postitioned to compete effectively. I’ll be checking Philadelphia candidates’ reports as they come in and giving you the key numbers (not including judicial candidates—sorry).

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“Paranoia-Inducing” Bath Salts May Be Banned in PA Soon

Pennsylvania lawmakers are hoping to pass a ban on synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” within the next two months. The latest high-profile warning sign of bath salts’ danger comes from West Virginia, where a man was arrested this week after killing a neighbor’s goat while wearing high heels and women’s underwear. He told authorities he had been high on bath salts for days when he was arrested.

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