DUBIOUS DNA TESTS

Consumers Corner # 29 YOU’LL FIND THERE ARE WIDE DISCREPANCIES IN DNA TEST RESULTS  By Jim Murphy The DNA home ancestry test kit bandwagon is picking up speed. More and more of my friends and family members are swabbing their cheeks or spitting into tubes to find out who their ancestors

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BAD INFO

Consumers Corner # 28   BBC BLOWS IT “A bright day with some sunny spells, many places will remain dry” Well, that’s what the BBC weather forecast says on its website for this morning. Ooops, but it is rather pretty. The view from my study window….. HERE’S WHY I THINK LONG-RANGE

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WHO KNEW?

Consumers Corner # 27 MOST OF US DON’T WASH OUR HANDS CORRECTLY … OR LONG ENOUGH The average hand-washing time is just 6 seconds By Jim Murphy While working in a suburban Chester County office building in the 1990s, I first noticed people don’t always wash their hands. Employees at a small technical

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BRIGHT IDEA

Consumers Corner # 26 CYCLISTS: PLEASE LIGHT IT UP FOR YOUR SAFETY’S SAKE! By Jim Murphy While backing into a parking space one dark rainy night in Society Hill years ago, I had my first encounter with lightless bikes. As I struggled to maneuver into a very tight space, three bicycle

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LOOK MA, NO HANDS

Consumers Corner # 25 BIGBELLY TRASH CANS NOW COME WITH HANDS-FREE FOOT PEDALS By Jim Murphy If you are among the good Philadelphia residents who deposit trash in bins and not the street, here is wonderful news. Many of the Bigbelly trash cans in center city now have an easy-open foot pedal.

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SILENT VOICE MAIL

Consumers Corner # 24   THERE’S NO RINGY-DINGY … BUT YOU DO HAVE A MESSAGE By Jim Murphy The first time I noticed a “New Voice Mail” message on my phone while I was sitting right next to it, I was surprised. Twenty minutes later when I got another one on

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Joining Together: Rebuilding After Natural Disasters

  Three hurricanes have hit home — literally. The worst tragedies inspire some of the strongest displays of unity. As devastation rages, people will join together to help their neighbors, near and far, to ensure survival. The act of community empowerment is necessary to acknowledge the impact, assess the needs,

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BABY LOVE

  Consumers Corner # 23 SAME ROOM, DIFFERENT BEDS That’s the # 1 new way to help keep your baby safe By Jim Murphy  No parent ever wants to be involved in a “sleep-related death.” But about every 12 days in Philadelphia, a baby dies due to what the city’s Board

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Beyond Pink: Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

Actions, Activism & Awareness “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” Mean Girls (2004) Rather than limiting our pink attire and accessories to one day, we are all encouraged to show off more of the bright color throughout the month of October to raise breast cancer awareness. Sports teams redesign their uniforms,

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PROTESTING 101

Consumers Corner # 22 How Philly Activists killed the Crosstown Expressway By Jim Murphy If you didn’t live here in the late ’60s and early ’70s, you may not realize how close the area near Old Pine Community Center came to being completely destroyed by a controversial highway. City officials, led

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