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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

5 Stories Fast
Choking games are killing kids. A Horsham 11-year-old hanged himself, apparently while experimenting with making himself black out. Parents, be on the lookout for neck marks, ropes or neckties knotted in unusual ways, headaches or bloodshot eyes. ...
In a bid to come up with a plan for property-tax reform, the Pa. state House tried a novel approach: It itself into one giant committee. This setup hasn't been tried in four decades. Why? So ideas could be floated off the record. ... A 1761 grave marker was rediscovered at Christ Church during work on the path to Franklin's tomb. Robert Usher's stone (right, with John Hopkins, burial ground manager) also memorialized family members. ... Philly named for "worst environment" in Self Magazine's list of healthiest places for women. We "won" in '02 and '03, too, but not last year. The category got skipped. Overall, Philly ranked 88th, based on CDC, EPA and FBI stats. ... Marine Capt. Christopher Niedziocha of King of Prussia has been awarded the Silver Star for heroism in action in Afghanistan. He was a platoon commander when his convoy was ambushed, and he guided a successful counterattack "under heavy rocket and small arms fire."


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