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August 16, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at LOVE Park for a moment of silence in response to the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., that followed the shooting death by police of an unarmed black teen. Protests have roiled the Midwestern community since Saturday's fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. The confrontation between police and protesters intensified Wednesday night, and the police were widely criticized for displaying an intimidating militarized presence and using overly aggressive tactics.
SPORTS
August 14, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple football coach Matt Rhule said he feels bad for the person who has to sit next to his son this week at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Nine-year-old Bryant Rhule is "out of his mind" about the Taney Dragons, his father said. The Rhules live in Center City, and Bryant Rhule plays for a younger Taney team. He attends the World Series each year with his grandparents, who live in Montoursville. "I wake up at 5:30 every morning and he's up with the app on his phone like, 'Look, Dad, look,' " Rhule said after Tuesday morning's football practice.
SPORTS
August 12, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Conn. - Gloves flew into the air after the final out. The Taney Dragons jumped up and down, pumped their fists and formed a dog pile between the mound and home plate. The joy was justified. The 12- and 13-year-olds are going where no team from Philadelphia has gone before: to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. The state champions from Center City captured the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League championship Sunday with an 8-0 thumping of Newark (Del.)
SPORTS
August 9, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Conn. - After playing four Mid-Atlantic Regional games in five days and winning three of them, the Taney Dragons used a day off Thursday to relax. The group of 12- and 13-year-olds played Xbox, watched some of the New England Regional semifinals, and went swimming before practicing in the late afternoon. But Friday will be all about baseball when the state Little League champions from Center City play a semifinal game against Colonie, N.Y., at 11 a.m. Colonie beat Taney, 5-3, Tuesday night.
NEWS
August 9, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Thomas Fitzgerald, and Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writers
Standing in a beer garden across from the Liberty Bell, the city's leaders vowed Thursday to lure the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia and announced their slogan: "Let's make history again. " Ed Rendell, the former mayor and governor, would not say whether that was a sly reference to the candidate he supports - Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who could be the first woman to win a major party's nomination for president. "You can work on figuring that out," he said with a smile.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
BREAKFAST at the Comcast tower in Center City. Lunch at Pat's King of Steaks in South Philly. Dinners and drinks at some of the city's swankiest joints. That's the flavor of Philly that 18 members of the Democratic National Convention's 2016 site-selection committee can expect to taste Wednesday and Thursday when they come calling, right after spending two days touring Brooklyn, N.Y., to see how that borough fails to measure up to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
SPORTS
August 8, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Conn. - For all intents and purposes, the Taney Dragons' final game of pool play in the Little League Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament was nothing more than a tune-up for their spot in the semifinals. But it was a successful tune-up, and the state champions from Center City were thrilled to get back on track in a 7-1 victory over Northwest Washington (D.C.) Wednesday night at Breen Field. Taney finished pool play with a 3-1 record and the second seed in the region. Taney will play in a regional semifinal at 11 a.m. Friday against third-seeded Colonie (N.Y.)
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ON A BALMY Friday afternoon late last month, Mary Ann McHenry of Center City obliged a stranger, handing him the cigarette he'd asked for. Imagine her surprise and sheer horror when, hours later, the same bum who bummed a smoke from her had his hands wrapped around her throat. "He kept screaming, 'Where's the money, bitch?' " a bruised McHenry, 46, said last night in a neighbor's home, where the attack took place. "I had no breath; I couldn't even scream," she said. "Then I passed out. " Kenneth Todd, 47, who police say brutally beat McHenry and made off with only a MacBook in that home invasion July 25, was still on the lam last night, with cops and U.S. Marshals hot on his trail.
NEWS
August 7, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last year, River Trappler wrote a $1,200 check to help pay for essential staff to keep her daughters' Philadelphia public school running. She wasn't sure then that things could get much worse. But this year, she's not sure if school will even open on time. Unsure of what else to do, Trappler and daughters Zuza and Petra Jevremovic picked up handmade signs and stood in front of Center City's Greenfield Elementary School on Tuesday, joining dozens of parents, children, teachers, and others to demand that state lawmakers act to fund city schools.
NEWS
August 4, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IF YOU grew up going to church, chances are it wasn't like Freedom Church - and not just because services are held at the Prince Music Theater. At Freedom Church, the traditional choir has been replaced by five high-voltage singers backed by four hard-playing musicians whose sound is more rock than "Rock of Ages. " Lead Pastor Gabe Bouch (rhymes with couch) wears jeans and sneakers - as do many of his parishioners. And while it's often been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week in America, that's not the case at Freedom, where the congregation is racially diverse.
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