For 40 years, New Jersey's Ocean City has been positioning itself as a "mecca of wacky," with French fry sculpture contests, a hermit crab beauty pageant, a Pamper scamper race (toddlers crawling out from the center of a parachute cloth), a wet T-shirt contest (participants try to throw a wadded wet T-shirt the farthest), and a TastyKake sculpture contest wherein contestants "carve" a figure out of a snack cake -- one nibble at a time.
And then there was that time 500 beagles paraded down Central Avenue.
Using technology to make cities better.
That's the theme of the 2013 Mayors' Innovation Summit. It's the work of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is current president.
One of the most damaged municipalities along the shore, Mantoloking, New Jersey, still bears the marks of Superstorm Sandy. Many houses sit unevenly in the sand, as if knocked off their foundations by some rampaging giant. Some rooflines rest directly in the sand.
More and more young athletes start focusing on a single sport too early -- causing an increase in sports injuries. That was the consensus of three professional team doctors at a discussion on the impact of sports Wednesday.
View Finders is an experimental photo, video blog that aims to capture interesting characters, places, events and fleeting moments happening in the Philadelphia region. You'll see original visual storytelling, photo essays, and single shots from NewsWorks/WHYY photojournalists and local photographers — offering an alternative to the constant avalanche of images
Even as funding for Pennsylvania public schools has dwindled, the cost of sending students to independent, online charter schools has risen in more than three-quarters of Pennsylvania's 500 traditional school districts.
The game of roads is often understood as a battle between motorist and bicyclist, but this is not the full story. Every day on my bike convinces me that the mercenary pedestrian is among the most dangerous players.
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