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Storm surge easily could have hit here

Hurricane Sandy spared Philadelphia from the worst of its devastating fury.

Residents can take out trash earlier

The 10th Councilmanic District has been added to a pilot program that permits residents and small businesses to place their trash out for collection two hours earlier for the next five months.

Police seek burglary suspect

A 65-year-old man carrying more than $800 in cash became a strong-arm robbery victim on Oct. 30 at a Wissinoming gas station.

Are you one of the lucky ones who can help?

A good friend of mine, an editor at The Wall Street Journal, spent last week living in a tent in his basement. After the lights went out at his home on Staten Island, he and his wife and two young children started camping out in their cellar because it turned out to be the warmest spot in their house.

Standing up in the fight against cancer

— Pam Cromwell has become a leading voice in the fight against cancer. She took part in a star-studded telethon in Los Angeles.

Burholme discusses emergency response; Eagle Scout soars

Chad Thomas, of the city Department of Public Health, offered tips to members of Burholme Town Watch and Civic Association on planning for a bioterrorism attack or widespread health emergency.

Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade is ready to march into town

The 36th annual Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade has been set for Sunday, Nov. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. The rain date is Nov. 25.

Homestead exemption deadline is next week

Next week is the deadline for Philadelphians to apply for a homestead exemption, which was created to lessen the impact of potential increases in property taxes.

Warm hearts and helping hands

— A fallen fireman's colleagues join forces to spruce up the home of his widow.