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How the Average Citizen Can Help Bring About Friendlier Politics

At a divisive moment in our nation’s history, you may be wondering how average citizens can help bring about friendlier politics. Experts suggest that it starts with finding common ground among those whose opinions differ from you. Ira Shapiro, a former ambassador who has held senior positions in the U.S. Senate, recently authored “Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?” in order to explore the state of U.S. politics and its future. Of the U.S. Senate, his area of expertise, he says, “America is deeply divided. But the men and women of the Senate should not mirror...

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5 Surprising Facts about Pneumonia

Pneumonia can strike anywhere and anytime, the American Lung Association reminds us. A serious, potentially life-threatening lung infection, pneumonia is primarily caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi that are transmitted from one person to another. The most common type of bacterial pneumonia is pneumococcal pneumonia. 1. Pneumococcal pneumonia can be serious. If you are 65 or older, your risk of being hospitalized after getting pneumococcal pneumonia is 13 times greater than for younger adults aged 18 – 49, and for those requiring hospitalization, they have an average hospital stay of six days. In severe cases, pneumococcal pneumonia can lead...

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Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Pain That Cannot Be Ignored

Fifty-three-year-old Bernie McKay never would have guessed that the pain he thought was a simple muscle cramp was actually a serious medical condition that could have stopped him in his tracks forever. Bernie, who leads an active lifestyle and works in a hospital, experienced severe cramping in the back of his left thigh one morning while walking into work. The pain became so severe that he rushed himself to the emergency department, knowing that something wasn’t right. After a series of consultations and tests, he was diagnosed as having deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. DVT affects approximately 900,000 people...

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Kat Copeland sworn-in as district attorney

It’s official. Katayoun “Kat” M. Copeland was sworn-in as Delaware County district attorney, at an induction ceremony last week. President Judge Kevin F. Kelly presided over the 10 a.m. ceremony in the John V. Diggins Ceremonial Courtroom in the court house. Copeland took her Oath of Office by Kelly; her introduction was done by Zane David Memeger, former United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Copeland’s boss since 2011; and the Bible was held by her mother, Shahin M. Copeland, and her brother, Cyrus Copeland. The invocation and benediction were given by Sr. Marguerite O’Beirne, vice...

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New historic DA chosen by judges

The Delaware County Board of Judges has appointed Katayoun “Kat” M. Copeland as the county’s district attorney, filling a vacancy created by the election of former District Attorney John J. Whelan to the bench. She likely may be the first female to serve in that position. A graduate of The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr College and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, Copeland is a prosecutorial veteran of 25-years. For the past six years, she worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania assigned to its Narcotics and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Section....

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