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SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez could not recall which expletive he used Sunday when his No. 1 starter, Kris Medlen, darted from the mound to the clubhouse, then Monday to an MRI tube. There were fears that Medlen, a 28-year-old Tommy John survivor, had suffered another serious injury to his right arm. The Braves harbored faint optimism Monday as they prepared for a Grapefruit League game against their rival Phillies. Gonzalez coped with six words. "Thank God we signed Freddy Garcia," he said.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you couldn't get to Atlanta from Philadelphia on Wednesday, there's little chance you will get there by air on Thursday. Ditto for Charlotte, N.C. With an impending ice-and-snow storm moving up the eastern seaboard from the Southeast, thousands of flights were canceled for Thursday in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington, Baltimore, New York City, and Boston. In anticipation of severe weather, US Airways canceled more than 900 flights out of 3,100 systemwide Wednesday, giving passengers an opportunity to rebook, said airline spokeswoman Michelle Mohr.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a review on the play, The Inquirer's call on which is the tallest U.S. building between Manhattan and Chicago stands corrected. Apologies to civic boosters in Atlanta . . . and readers in Philadelphia. Since the first Comcast employees occupied the Comcast Center in 2008, the newspaper has referenced the cable-TV company's headquarters, an A.M. Stern-designed 974-foot skyscraper, as the tallest U.S. building between Manhattan and Chicago. Oops. That would be true - if the United States' southern border ended at South Carolina.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Richard North came to Philadelphia from Georgia to begin a career as a political consultant. He left Tuesday, with a gambling addiction and on probation after pleading guilty to stealing about $49,000 from the campaign committee of Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon. He gambled away the money at SugarHouse Casino. North, 24, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and was immediately sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Donna Woelpper under his plea deal with the prosecutor's office.
SPORTS
November 17, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - This time, the 76ers couldn't complete their comeback attempts. As a result, the Atlanta Hawks held onto a 113-103 victory Friday night here at Philips Arena. With the win, the Hawks improved to 5-4 and have won three of their last four games. The Sixers, meanwhile, dropped to 5-5. The Sixers were able to battle back from large deficits in their five victories. At times, it appeared they would do the same against Atlanta. But the Hawks answered each Sixers' run with a run of their own to pull out the victory.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THERE'S NO waffling about it. A Philadelphia rapper who, along with two of his friends, was robbed at gunpoint of $40,000 worth of jewelry inside a Waffle House in Atlanta late last month, doesn't want the cops to investigate. "There's no reason for the police to be involved," said rapper Louie V Gutta, whose real name is Vincent Lamar Robinson. "If I heard on the streets tomorrow who did it, I wouldn't go to the police. " Gutta, 25, a rapper, songwriter and producer who is signed to Meek Mill's Dream Chasers Records, was in Atlanta the last weekend of September for BET's Hip Hop Awards, according to his Twitter feed.
SPORTS
October 12, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Playing in the same arena in which she led her high school to three state titles, Maya Moore poured in 23 points Thursday night to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Atlanta Dream, 86-77,in Duluth, Ga., to win their second WNBA title in three years. Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve (La Salle), whose Lynx were unbeaten in seven playoff games this year, said before the game that her team did not want to return home to play again. "When we come back to Minneapolis, it's going to be for a parade," she said.
SPORTS
October 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Zach Miner, who before last month hadn't appeared in the big leagues since 2009, made his third straight start. Erik Kratz, who was a 32-year-old rookie last year, ended the franchise's longest home-run drought in 24 years. John Mayberry Jr. came off the bench and reached on an error, a fitting likely end to his era with the team. Michael Martinez, having one of the worst seasons in baseball history, came in during a double switch to replace All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown, who failed to hit a home run in the season's final 6 1/2 weeks.
SPORTS
September 28, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Ryan Howard tugged on his gray T-shirt. He sat in one corner of the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field, and his left knee was exposed as he wore red Phillies shorts. A bag of his bats - for use only in batting practice - were shipped overnight and propped against his locker. The team's highest-paid position player wanted to be here to see his teammates and new manager before this long winter. There was an impression, he said, worth making in person. "It feels better," Howard said.
SPORTS
September 27, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Ryan Howard walked out of the visitors' dugout at Turner Field, reached into the basket of baseballs and walked out onto the field to play catch with Jimmy Rollins. Howard, who hadn't worked out with his teammates in more than 2 months, rejoined the Phillies yesterday in Atlanta. Howard won't play in any of the final four games that remain in the 2013 schedule, but he will continue to take pregame hitting and fielding work with his teammates. After spending the majority of the 11 weeks since knee surgery rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla., Howard decided he wanted to finish the 2013 season "with the fellas.
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