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POSTED: Friday, August 8, 2014, 3:03 PM

The Pennsylvania Board of Cosmetology, which licenses hair and nail salons and aestheticians, issued 32 sanctions in July -- two to three times more than in a usual month.

State Department spokesman Ron Ruman said there was no state crackdown or sweep in inspections, so the reason for the surge is unclear.  

"Disciplinary actions ebb and flow," Ruman said. "Sometimes investigations are done, and some take longer than others."

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 3:33 PM
Filed Under: Montgomery

Montgomery County health officials will spray to kill mosquitoes next week in Cheltenham and Pottstown.

Pottstown's spraying is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 11, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.  The area is north of High Street, between Grosstown Road and Pottstown Pike.

Cheltenham's spraying is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.  The areas to be sprayed are:  North of Melrose Country Club, in and around City Park and some residential neighborhoods west of Cheltenham Avenue; High School Park and Ogontz Field.

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POSTED: Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:28 PM
Filed Under: Montgomery

Montgomery County has again earned a spot on U.S. News and World Report's ranking of the 50 healthiest counties for children -- and this year, Montco jumped eight spots, to No. 27.

The rankings, compiled with help of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, include data about infant deaths, birth weight, teen births, poverty, air quality, health insurance coverage, rates of adult smoking and obesity, among other things.

Montgomery County was the only Pennsylvania county to make the list.  New Jersey blew Pennsylvania out of the water, boasting five counties in the top 25:

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POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014, 1:37 PM
State Sen. Daylin Leach.

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) went on a state-funded tour of Colorado's marijuana industry last week, in preparation for what he hopes could be the upcoming legalization of medical pot in Pennsylvania.  A natural part of that fact-finding mission, Leach said, was sampling the goods.

"We hear a lot that, 'Oh no, you can't legalize it because the potency is so much stronger now,' " Leach said in an interview Friday.  So he thought, "We probably should try this while we're here."

On the last night of the trip, Leach said, he took two puffs of a vaporizor pen (similar to an e-cigarette) -- "much less than I would have smoked in high school" -- and stopped before "I became uncomfortable or dysfunctional in some way."  After that, the senator and his staff went to dinner, which was "remarkably good," and giggled a little bit before heading to bed.

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