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NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Lisa Pilli brought her daughter, Francesca, and a friend all the way from a small town near Atlantic City to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Broad Street Sunday to be part of the latest project of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. They came, along with dozens of others, to help paint a portion of two enormous murals that will grace walls on both sides of the Schuylkill at the Girard Avenue Bridge in the spring. The murals will pay homage to two of Philadelphia's most iconic themes - rowing and the art of Thomas Eakins, a painter in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it comes to selling itself, Philadelphia is a bit like Noah's Ark: it has two of everything. There are two marketing agencies, two websites, and two slogans. There are two chief executives, two finance officers, two marketing staffs - all taxpayer supported. Which, for some, is one too many of everything. "We in the hotel community never truly understood it," said William Walsh, who managed the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for 10 years. "We always asked if it would make more economic sense to combine talent and resources.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a look at the boys' basketball tournaments, which begin Tuesday: South Jersey Group 4 Field: 1. Cherry Hill East, 2. Atlantic City, 3. Millville, 4. Rancocas Valley, 5. Eastern, 6. Cherokee, 7. Southern, 8. Clearview, 9. Cherry Hill West, 10. Kingsway, 11. Egg Harbor Township, 12. Williamstown, 13. Washington Township, 14. Lenape, 15. Vineland, 16. Absegami. Defending champion: Atlantic City. Dark horse: Cherokee. The Chiefs are a senior-laden squad that plays sturdy defense.
SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
John Amato is an unassuming member of an exclusive club. He's thinking it might be a good time to change that - for one weekend, anyway. Amato is a three-time region wrestling champion. Those guys are rare athletes, and they tend to carry themselves with a sure-footed swagger that reflects their success in this most demanding of sports. Amato is different. He walks softly and talks the same way. But he has decided, at the last stage of an illustrious career, that it might be time to put a little more edge in his attitude.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Frances Cohen Berlin would go to New York City to buy material for her family's variety stores, she could work a bargain, son Lawrence said. At wholesale firms selling gloves, the usual order might be for 100 dozen. "They would always give her a better price if she bought 20 dozen more," he said. And so she did. But she refused to bear the cost of shipping the goods home. "Where the buyer pays the freight," he said, "she would never pay the freight. " On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Mrs. Cohen, 98, of Atlantic City, a former owner with her husband, Robert, of a chain of Berlin and Berlin-Spillane variety stores, mostly in Montgomery County, died of pneumonia at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. Beauty pageants have long been the purview of pretty. A place where contestants - usually women - are judged on good looks, personality, talent, and sometimes even intelligence, within a confluence of perfection often awarded by crowns and cash. But when this Cape May County beach resort - a dozen miles from Atlantic City, where the grand dame of beauty pageants, Miss America, was born - announced in January that it would hold its first ever "Mr. Mature America" pageant later this month, people sort of . . . yawned.
SPORTS
March 1, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Isiah Graves and the Atlantic City boys' basketball team are showing their late-season form. Jordan Robertson and Wildwood Catholic are learning fast. Graves, a senior guard and veteran of the Vikings' drives to the last two Group 4 state titles, scored 22 points with seven rebounds and four assists as Atlantic City beat St. Augustine Prep, 65-60, Thursday night in the semifinals of the Cape-Atlantic League tournament. Senior guard Tashad Reynolds added a career-high 22 points for Atlantic City (18-6)
SPORTS
March 1, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drew Burdsall is a baseball star who set South Jersey receiving records in football. But he wanted to try one more sport before the end of his scholastic career. Wrestling for the first time this season, the Pennsville senior has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Region 8 tournament, scheduled for Friday night at Egg Harbor Township. Burdsall, the No. 8 seed, will face top-seeded Juan Rivera of Paulsboro at 132 pounds, as wrestlers return to the mats for the second night of the three-stage tournament.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The three young Camden County police officers grow wide-eyed as a woman explains why her boyfriend is clutching his elbow, wincing between cigarette puffs. "He can move his fingers, but his bone is sticking out," she says. The injury, apparently from slipping on ice, is hidden beneath his puffy black coat. The officers radio for an ambulance. "How many days ago this happen?" Officer Christian Jeffries asks. "Two days," the woman responds. "He don't like hospitals. " "I don't either," Jeffries quips.
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul VI's Jay Howard hit blackjack in Atlantic City on Saturday. Behind a game-high 21 points from its all-South Jersey senior, visiting Paul VI took down Atlantic City, 64-56, in a nonleague showdown between two of the top five boys' basketball teams in South Jersey. Howard also chipped in nine rebounds and Jair Green added 13 points for the Eagles, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Lamar Thomas scored 15 of his 18 points from beyond the arc and Isaiah Graves had 15 points and nine rebounds for the fourth-ranked Vikings.
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