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SPORTS
November 23, 2011 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
IT IS OCT. 1, the final Saturday of Major League Baseball's regular season. The Phillies and Astros both clinched wild-card spots earlier in the week and are now destined for a one-game playoff in 4 days. But with two games remaining, the site of that playoff game depends on what happens today and tomorrow. The Astros' rotation calls for aces Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt to close out the regular season, while the Phillies have their two most productive starters ready to go. Houston leads by one game in the standings, which means today and tomorrow will decide which team hosts the playoff.
SPORTS
November 11, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The NBA delivered a new, revised proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on Thursday night. After more than 20 hours of negotiating over two days, the union has decided to "step away" from the bargaining process and take the revised proposal to its 30 player representatives for consideration. NBA commissioner David Stern explained that the league "doesn't expect [the union] to like every aspect of our proposal" but said this proposal would have the owners' approval.
NEWS
November 10, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Union leaders said yesterday that their success in striking down an Ohio law curbing collective-bargaining rights for public workers points to an energized labor movement that could be pivotal in helping Democrats win battleground states in next year's election. "What happened in Ohio last night matters everywhere," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "I think the governors in the other states ought to take heed of this, and if they don't, they do so at their own peril.
SPORTS
November 10, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NBA and the players association spent Wednesday afternoon and evening bargaining, attempting to hammer out the final details of the league's next collective bargaining agreement. The meeting began at 1 p.m. and had not yet ended for this edition. One NBA source said the two sides were "closer than they've ever been," although a similar sense of optimism has existed previously, without any resolution. Wednesday's meeting was arranged at the last minute in advance of the NBA's self-imposed "deadline" that the union accept the latest proposal by Wednesday at 5 p.m. The sides blew past that 5 p.m. deadline and continued negotiating.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2011 | By John Marshall, Associated Press
PHOENIX - Tired of chilly weather last winter, Wayne Johnson and Rachel Wright decided it was time to get away. Johnson has family in the Phoenix area, so they figured why not head to the desert to play some golf? The mild Arizona weather was "just what we needed," said Johnson, of Reno, Nev. "It doesn't get any better than this. " Whether it's a way to escape the cold this winter or you've-got-to-be-kidding-me deals other times of year, Arizona is a haven for golf enthusiasts.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2011 | By Brian Wright O'Connor, For The Inquirer
MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica - The afternoon rains long gone, the beach crowd at Playa Espadilla sits back to watch the liquid golds and purples of the Pacific sunset spread across the sky. Surfers catch the last curls of the day breaking toward the crescent-shaped cove. The snowbirds who flock to this resort along Costa Rica's central Pacific coast won't be here for months. There's plenty of room - and plenty of bargains - in local hotels, inns, and restaurants for travelers who don't mind dodging a shower or two during the region's May-to-December rainy season.
REAL_ESTATE
October 2, 2011 | By Diane Fiske, For The Inquirer
What happens when a handful of young men rent a fragile 19th-century house and have too many parties? That house is a real bargain when it hits the market. "We got a good deal here," Michael Anderson says of the cottage on Iseminger Street that he and Thomas Scheufele bought in 2001. "Those kids really messed up the house, but as soon as we saw it, I wanted it and knew we could fix it up. " If the 1832 property had not been in such poor condition, adds Anderson, a flight attendant on international routes, he and Scheufele, who teaches economics at a secondary school in Stuttgart, Germany, probably could not have afforded it. Once the couple purchased their bargain, the reality set in: The problems would be enormous - how would they proceed?
SPORTS
October 1, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Friday's make-or-break NBA labor meeting in New York lasted six hours, one of the lockout's longest bargaining sessions, and by all accounts included a spirit of cooperation. The two sides have agreed to meet again on Saturday morning, which is at the very least a sign of positive momentum. Entering Friday's meeting, both sides made it clear that if forward progress was gained, they would negotiate through the weekend. NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher explained that the meeting was an exchange of "ideas, concepts, and system issues.
NEWS
September 30, 2011 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The union representing municipal blue-collar workers has sued its employer, saying City Council had no right to alter the DROP pension program. AFSCME District Council 33 argued in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that pensions must be bargained. The union is seeking an injunction from the Common Pleas Court to block changes to the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. In addition, the union has been working without a contract since 2009, and state law requires the city to maintain the status quo of employment until a new contract is negotiated, said Samuel Spear, the attorney for D.C. 33. "DROP is a real important thing for people in our bargaining unit because they're the lowest paid," he said.
NEWS
September 23, 2011 | By Scott Bauer, Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin will no longer be obligated to bargain with its largest public employee unions after the weakened labor groups decided Thursday against seeking recertification votes in the state at the forefront of this year's fight over union rights. Unions representing about 50,000 workers opted not to file notice of an intention to hold the complicated and expensive votes required by Republican Gov. Scott Walker's sweeping collective-bargaining changes, which lawmakers passed earlier this year.
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