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Editor’s note

What is the point of suffering when, at the end of the road, there’s no relief for the weary — the spirit is willing, but the body isn’t able?

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Insomnia

The world is a strange place in the middle of the night. Writers of horror stories depend heavily on evil things going bump in the night, but not enough has been said about the quietude of early morning, of the remarkable clarity of one’s thoughts at 4 a.m., presuming they haven’t been muddled by an all-night binge.

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Washington-area sniper

Police experts have been trying to form profiles of the Washington-area sniper. What’s your take on the killer?

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Joey

Joey was sitting in her wheelchair in the hallway near her room. Nurses’ aides hurried by, delivering medication, changing the incontinent, or merely providing solace to someone having a bad dream. Joey’s head was slumped forward and she appeared to be sleeping. In her hand was an open package of Fig Newtons.

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Editor’s note

“Hey, South Philly.”

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Defining South Philly

What or who defines South Philly for you?

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Tales of the city

Growing up in South Philadelphia cloaks a person with a certain mystique. Going back over some personal memories, it is easy for this columnist to understand why …

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Philadelphia pro team

Which Philadelphia pro team do you think has the best shot at winning a championship this year?

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Ward-ing off accusations

To the Editor:

This is in response to the letter from Melissa Jacob (“Neglect by committee?”) in the Sept. 26 edition. Normally I would not respond to letters such as this, but I am one of the committeepeople in the Front Street and Snyder Avenue area.

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Zoopadell

When we were kids, we’d take a bunch of cookies — preferably Oreos — and mash them in a full glass of milk. We called it “zoopadell.”

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