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Monday, November 21, 2005

That's Happening Here?
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Philly's heroin trade has grown rapidly, with spillover throughout the region, police say. In Colombia, where the pipeline originates, guerrillas and paramilitary troops protect the drug trade with bombs, rifles and hand grenades. "Tell the Americans that this is what the drugs do," said a man with a shattered leg. More. ... Manayunk's Emily Kroshus (right) finishes her first marathon -- and wins. She made all the mistakes in last year's New York City Marathon. "Overtraining, not tapering, going out way too fast, not drinking any water, wearing new socks the day of the race that gave me blisters -- pretty much everything," she said, laughing. "It was no fun, but I learned." And how. She was the top female finisher in yesterday's Philadelphia Marathon. More. ... Three years after battling a brain tumor, Travis Schanck also completed the marathon. "Wow. That was six hours on my feet. That's crazy," said the 17-year-old. More. ... With back-to-back wins in dogdom's top show, Michelle Ostermiller of Bucks County has become one of the most sought-out handlers in the country. "That's never happened before with a female handler, somebody winning twice with different breeds," said a Westminster Dog Show spokesman. "If Michelle wins again, she'll be approaching icon status." More. ... How skiers can save: Hit Pa. slopes midweek, go for a package deal, share cost of a condo. See Travel story.


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