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April 6, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1950, at age 24, Kenneth Ford left his graduate studies at Princeton, hopped in a Chevy and drove to New Mexico to help build the world's deadliest weapon. For two years, he toiled covertly with other physicists. Eventually they unlocked the secrets of the first hydrogen bomb. Retired in Philadelphia half a century later, Ford wrote it all down. Now he is sparring with the government over whether his memoir reveals nuclear secrets. His book, Building the H-Bomb: A Personal History , was published March 23, over objections from the Department of Energy that it included descriptive details of the bomb-building project.
NEWS
April 3, 2015
IF THE ongoing tensions sparked by the recent series of shootings of black men by white cops hasn't supplied America with enough race-based drama, there's always playwright Jeff Talbott 's "The Submission. " The one-act play, from Quince Productions, which on Thursday opens a 16-day run at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, centers on a white author who submits a play (called "Call A Spade") to a prestigious festival under the name of an African-American woman, assuming that such a subterfuge will enhance the piece's chance of being accepted.
NEWS
March 31, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities on Sunday confirmed the identity of the Darby Borough police officer who was shot to death in his home. Chief Michael DiLenno of the Yeadon Fire Company confirmed in an interview with NBC10 the slain officer was Mark Allen Hudson, 26, a part-time police officer who also volunteered with Yeadon Fire Company No. 1. "It was kind of an around-the-clock thing for him," DiLenno said. "He would come up in the middle of the night, after he would get off day work being in a police car all day, for a fire call.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mo'ne Davis already has more accomplishments to her credit than many a Philadelphia 13-year-old. Baseball star, of course. As a member of the Taney Dragons, she was the first girl to pitch a winning shutout in Little League World Series history. She's donated her Little League jersey to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. More recently, the honor-roll student and soccer and basketball player at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy added published writer to the list, with Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name , coauthored with Hilary Beard and just released by HarperCollins Children's Books.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James W. Finegan, 85, of Villanova, an advertising executive, golf authority, and author of books about the world's best links, died Friday, March 13, at home of complications from a fall several years ago. Widely regarded as the foremost authority on golfing in the United Kingdom and also as a careful chronicler of golf in the Philadelphia area, Mr. Finegan was the "go-to guy" for any arcane point about the sport's past. "He was probably the greatest Philadelphia golf historian ever," said Peter Trenham, a fellow golf historian and friend.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
E GYPT SHERROD , host of HGTV's "Property Virgins" and a native of Philadelphia, was in Cherry Hill last week to sign copies of her new book, Keep Calm . . . It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home . Sherrod, originally from West Oak Lane, is famous for being known as "America's most beloved real-estate agent," appearing on TV and radio. She's hosted "Property Virgins" since 2012. Co-authored by real-estate expert Amber Noble Garland , who also was born and raised in Philly, the book offers a guide to navigating the sometimes complicated process of buying a home - from saving for a down payment to signing on the dotted line at the closing table.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six people, including a doctor, a lawyer, and the operators of an elder-care service, conspired to steal millions from senior citizens who had no relatives looking after them, New Jersey authorities alleged Tuesday in announcing indictments. The state Attorney General's Office announced the indictments of Jan Van Holt, 58, owner of A Better Choice, an Atlantic County business whose services included assisting the elderly with financial matters; her sister Sondra Steen, 59, who helped operate the business; an aide, Susan Hamlett, 56; Maria Teresa S. Daclan, 53, of Galloway Township, a doctor; and William Price, 57, of Linwood, a former caseworker for Atlantic County Adult Protective Services.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
State judicial authorities moved Wednesday to sanction two Philadelphia Municipal Court judges caught up in the corruption scandal that sent one of their colleagues to federal prison this year. The Judicial Conduct Board filed seven ethics counts against Judges Dawn Segal and Joseph O'Neill, and moved to suspend them for improper conversations with Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. about cases before their courts. Waters, 61, was sentenced in January to two years in prison after admitting he used his influence to try to fix cases before his colleagues on behalf of political supporters and friends.
NEWS
March 11, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
After failing to sell any taxi medallions for new wheelchair-accessible cabs, the Philadelphia Parking Authority will slash the starting bid price to $50,000. The authority first put the new medallions up for auction at $475,000 last October, then cut the price to $350,000 in January, without attracting any buyers. The new weekly auctions will start May 6, PPA general counsel Dennis Weldon said Monday. The price for regular taxi medallions has slipped from about $500,000 to $400,000 in recent months, amid market uncertainty and the arrival of ride-share operators such as Uber and Lyft.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Detective Joe Murray was home on the couch when he saw the tweet. It was from Sarah Baicker. She covers the Flyers for CSNPhilly.com. She and Joe are Twitter friends. They both really like coffee and the movie Dirty Dancing. This tweet was about something serious, though. A GoFundMe account for a South Philly bike mechanic named Dom who got locked up trying to recover his friend's stolen bike. He had spotted it locked to a railing. The guy said he bought it on Craigslist. The guy gave him the bike back.
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