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SPORTS
May 15, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
It's been some ride for Villanova senior center Daniel Ochefu. He won a national championship with the Wildcats, rode in a victory parade in Center City, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and got to be a special guest at several pro games. Earlier this week, he was among the Wildcats who represented the team at City Hall as Council honored their accomplishment. And on Friday afternoon, he graduated. So how did he celebrate? Well, as it turns out, CBS3 sports anchor Don Bell was feeling under the weather.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
There's a big national convention coming to town that will give Philadelphia a chance to show off what a spiffy, exciting place it has become. No, not the Democrats; it's the American Institute of Architects. Some 19,000 of those exacting design minds will be prowling our streets next week, taking measure of our stone citadels, peering at our construction sites, and generally giving us a professional once-over. What will they make of the things we've built? The visiting architects will find Philadelphia is a very different city from the one they experienced in 2000, the last time the AIA held its convention here.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Chris Brennan and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
The man in the middle of the bribery case against Democratic State Sen. Larry Farnese of Center City is identified only as "Person A" in the federal indictment released Tuesday. But two sources, one familiar with the investigation and the other with the people involved, say he is Ted Mucellin, who briefly worked in Mayor Michael Nutter's administration and who has been Farnese's political consultant for eight years. Mucellin's name came to light the day Farnese told constituents he had done nothing wrong and a Republican leader said the GOP would look for someone to run against Farnese this fall.
NEWS
May 13, 2016
A federal indictment Tuesday charged Democratic State Sen. Larry Farnese of Philadelphia with providing a phony scholarship taken from campaign funds for the daughter of a party foot soldier. The allegations earn him membership in a growing club of indicted Philadelphia legislators and a particularly impressive series of indicted state senators from the city's First District: Farnese makes three in a row. Unlike his indicted (and convicted) predecessors Vincent Fumo and Henry "Buddy" Cianfrani, Farnese never rose to become more than a backbencher in Harrisburg.
SPORTS
May 13, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - The Phillies do not expect Odubel Herrera to be a polished product in center field, a position he did not learn until two winters ago. But they had enough faith to keep him in center this season, even with the addition of an acclaimed defender in Peter Bourjos. It is why they are confused by one repeated flaw in Herrera's game over the season's first six weeks: He has had trouble charging grounders to the outfield. "It surprises me," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said, "because he used to be a second baseman.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
Walter Zdunowski and James McNesby served their country as soldiers, busted drug dealers as cops, and now work in academia - Zdunowski as a criminal justice professor, and McNesby as director of public safety and security at Gwynedd Mercy University in Montgomery County. Given their backgrounds - which include being the first in their families to graduate from college - it's little wonder they're ready to do battle over the Philadelphia Police Department's plan to end the requirement that recruits must have earned 60 college credits.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Nobody is suggesting just yet that America's love affair with the car is over. But the allure of other forms of transportation is undeniable as city living grows more popular in Philadelphia and across the country. Studies by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Urban Land Institute put walking and bicycling atop the list of auto alternatives. "While parking is still a valuable amenity, it is not as critical as it has been in the past," said James Maransky, president of E-Built L.L.C., who develops in Philadelphia's hot Fishtown neighborhood.
NEWS
May 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police on Friday said they know the identity and whereabouts of a driver who ran over a pedestrian in Center City, seriously injuring her. About 7:50 a.m. Thursday, a 26-year-old woman was walking south on 16th Street, crossing Vine, when she had an encounter with the female driver of a blue 2003 Mazda Protege, police said. While the pedestrian was crossing the intersection, the driver almost hit her, and the two exchanged words, police said. The pedestrian told the driver she had the right of way. The driver reportedly cursed at her: "If you don't move, I will move you," police said.
NEWS
May 7, 2016
Police said a woman who was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning in Center City was intentionally hit by the driver, who fled the scene. The pedestrian was at 16th and Vine Streets when the vehicle ran into her about 7:50 a.m. She was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was expected to require surgery, said police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little. Central Detectives was investigating the incident as an assault, Little said. There were several witnesses, she added.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
As a civil trial looms in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse, a legal stalemate over access to evidence from the now-shuttered criminal probe has reached the state Supreme Court. At issue are three cellphones that lawyers for real estate investor Richard Basciano and for the Salvation Army say could hold evidence absolving their clients of liability in the June 5 collapse, which killed six people and injured 13 in a Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets.
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