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Monday, December 12, 2005
That's Happening Here? 5 Stories Fast Teens lead secret lives in cyberspace, bragging about misdeeds from pot to porn on rapidly growing "online playgrounds" such as MySpace.com. A Chester County 16-year-old's site had comments about the party he held while his parents were away. "I woke up on the floor 3 times," one commenter raved. See "Danger: Teen Web networks," "A juggernaut called MySpace.com," and "Web 'friends' can be anything but." ... Our real estate market "just limps along"? That's what an institute's survey concluded. But our own pessimism and negativity may be to blame for this underestimate, because most of the impressions came from Philadelphians. More. ... The first baby boomer is a Cherry Hill woman? That's what author declared in 1980, using the logic that Kathleen Casey Kirschling (left) was the first baby born right after midnight in 1945, the year the boom started. As she and other early boomers turn 60, she's being celebrated as a symbol once again. More. ... Portraits of young victims of violence form an exhibit at Pa. Academy of the Fine Arts. Volunteers used photographs to paint the portraits. The project was started in 1993, to remember a slain Philadelphia 5-year-old. More. ... Newtown inventor hopes his Jot! game will catch on this holiday season. It's a crossword game with a wipeoff board and an electronic die that keeps time with lights and beeps. (See picture above.) Sold only at Barnes & Noble stores. More.