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SPORTS
March 14, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The home game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night will offer a good test for rookie Nerlens Noel. The 76ers center will be paired up against DeMarcus Cousins. In addition to being an NBA all-star, the Kings center is one of the league's most intimidating players. "You are looking at the man that has [about] 60 pounds as an advantage," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the matchup with the 221-pound Noel. "So you are dealing with an elite interior presence. "It's a fantastic presence for Nerlens, and he's going to need a lot of help with just team defense.
NEWS
March 11, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Green said Monday that he would not go to court to challenge Gov. Wolf's decision to remove him as chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Green, who remains on the five-member panel, said he decided against seeking a legal ruling because he did not want to create a distraction while Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. pushes his new action plan and the district seeks more money from the city and state. "I believe I am correct on the merits, but I will not risk compromising support for the district by pursuing a court action at the same time as the plan's rollout," Green said in a statement.
NEWS
March 10, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Is Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane trying to put herself beyond the reach of the law? Or is it a special prosecutor who is operating in illegal territory? That's the issue Pennsylvania's Supreme Court will take up Wednesday as it hears oral arguments in Kane's challenge to the special prosecutor who wants her arrested for allegedly violating grand-jury secrecy laws. The five justices - two of the court's seats are currently vacant - will hear from lawyers for Kane and special prosecutor Thomas E. Carluccio in a case crucial to Kane's personal and political future.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lots of labor news in the last three weeks - and in some ways, the 21,000-member union local led by Wendell Young 4th has been at the heart of all of it. On Feb. 19, for example, Walmart announced it would raise minimum wages for its workers to $9 an hour starting in April. In Philadelphia, and across the nation, the United Food and Commercial Workers union has spent at least the last two decades pressuring Walmart on its wage policies. On Feb. 26, the Pennsylvania House voted to privatize the state's liquor stores.
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Managing diabetes can be tough. Tracking weight, monitoring glucose levels, counting carbohydrate consumption, and getting adequate exercise can tax even the most obsessively compulsive personalities, leading to fatigue or burnout when it no longer seems possible or even valuable to stick with the program. "The problem with diabetes is that it never goes away," said endocrinologist Mark Schutta. "It's a lifestyle disease, and it's challenging to lose weight, to take several medications, to monitor blood sugars.
SPORTS
February 26, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WHEN AL BAGNOLI decided to step down as coach after 23 seasons at Penn, where his teams won a record nine outright Ivy League football titles, he simply thought the time was right. It took him only 3 months to figure out he had miscalculated. "I still wanted something to do that was meaningful," he told the Daily News. Working in administration at Penn apparently wasn't cutting it. So now, he's opted to make another change, though cirumstances dictated that this one came about much more hastily.
NEWS
February 22, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seldom does fouling out of a basketball game earn you a standing ovation. When it does happen, it can have the feel of a curtain call: a senior serenaded in his last game - usually in defeat - by an appreciative yet melancholy faithful. However, when Manny Taylor exited the Catholic League semifinals Wednesday night at the Palestra after fouling out, the chorus he heard was anything but sad. "It's just a blue-collar city," head coach Chris McNesby said. "I think all these people just appreciate effort.
NEWS
February 18, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Midafternoon on a recent Friday, the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics e-mailed its membership that it would hold a webinar on measles. By the time registration closed at 6 p.m. that Sunday, 219 doctors had signed up for the next morning's presentation - more watched in groups - and another session had to be scheduled for later in the week. Fifteen years after measles was officially eliminated from the United States, most young doctors have never seen an actual case.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's no doubt Mayor Don Guardian is serious about cutting the cost of Atlantic City government. On Wednesday, when Guardian delivers his "State of the City Address" to Atlantic City Council, he is expected to talk about plans to cut $15 million from the city's payroll budget as part of an effort to drastically reduce the cost of governing the city. When he rises to speak, Guardian does so as the only New Jersey mayor with a casino industry, one planted there by the state in the 1970s.
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