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Monday, December 05, 2005

That's Happening Here?
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Firm foretold snowy December. A year ago, SDI Weather Trends of Plymouth Meeting, which specializes in very long-range forecasts, warned Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, Anheuser-Busch and other clients. More. ... Despite limited funding, a Radnor biotech startup has four drugs in development, including one for a lymphoma, another for methamphetamine addiction. More. ... Taney and Tasker Streets is a hotspot for drugs and violence. The police call the South Philly intersection "a priority corner." Others call the area "Little Beirut." "It's the OK Corral around here," said a woman. "They just walk through casually shooting. Pow! Pow! Pow!" said her sister. Shootings are up in the city, and such neighborhoods are a big part of the problem. More. ...
Gadgets and gizmos help learning, school districts say. Palm Pilots, wireless laptops and iPods are becoming parts of the curriculum. (That's Shaun Burns with a handheld computer at Washington Township's Bells Elementary.) Kids are even blogging in Jenkintown. More. ... The area has a rich indie rock scene, pop music critic Dan DeLuca writes. One example is the CD Songs From the Sixth Borough, in which fresh talent covers tunes out of Philly's past. For example, "psychedelic fuzz-rockers Dragon City kick the set off with a loving version of Todd Rundgren's 'I Saw the Light.' " But it's "irksome" that the title of this fine collection suggests ties to New York. More.


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