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Space calamity

Some high school kids saved the world last Friday. It wasn’t the first time. Three of them died doing it, and it wasn’t the first time for that, either.


Somerton meeting postponed to Jan. 14

The Somerton Civic Association meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 10 has been postponed until Tuesday, Jan. 14, due to snow. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Walker Lodge 306, 1290 Southampton Road.


SEPTA policing visible in Frankford

A special detail of SEPTA police officers has been working in and around transit stops in Frankford since August.


Ryan student-athletes sign letters of intent

Three Archbishop Ryan High School students recently signed letters of intent to play college sports. (From left) Cat Hammer will play softball for West Chester University. Bob Romano will play baseball at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Nikki Michalowski will play softball for Hofstra University in New York. 


Pomegranate Salad

My dad always called them Chinese Apples. I’m talking about pomegranates, the jeweled-looking fruit that makes its way to our markets from late fall through early winter. The pomegranate’s sparkly, ruby-red, gem-like seeds seemed so exotic to me way back when. They were a fascinating fruit, those little, edible jewels. Found right before Christmas, we always purchased one to just take apart and to eat.


Pointing lasers at aircraft is a federal crime

It is a federal crime to point any kind of laser beam at an aircraft. Under federal law, “Whoever knowingly aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, or at the flight path of such an aircraft, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.” Under the law, the Federal Aviation Administration may seek a civil penalty of up to $11,000 per violation.


Pets of the Week: December 18, 2013

Precious Presley needs a new family


OPA is wrapping up assessment reviews

The Office of Property Assessment by Dec. 9 had mailed out 46,304 answers to owners who asked the agency to review the new market values assigned to their properties this year. The agency refused to change those numbers for 39,483, said Michael Piper, OPA’s deputy chief assessment officer.


The gift of life

Bennett Pellegrino has spent the first six-plus months of his life confined to a hospital. Thanks to the generosity and selflessness of a few Holy Family University students, he will have more friends than most when he comes home soon for the first time.


Former city controller endorses Margolies

Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel last week endorsed Marjorie Margolies in the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District.