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SPORTS
February 10, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
All the physical measurables check out, but there are other reasons one of Temple's most important football recruits gets his highest grade. Most notably is his will to compete. Yes, that is said about most recruits. But Anthony Russo's actions showed his willingness to take on the challenge when accepting a scholarship from the Owls. Temple, according to those who make a living by ranking recruiting classes, did well with its 2016 group. The late addition of four-star defensive lineman Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia's Prep Charter elevated Temple's grade.
NEWS
February 7, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane asked Superior Court on Friday to reconsider a ruling by three of its judges that tossed out key charges against three Pennsylvania State University leaders in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. The three judges last month overturned a lower-court ruling that upheld obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges against former president Graham B. Spanier; Gary Schultz, a former vice president; and Tim Curley, a former athletic director, along with perjury charges against Spanier and Schultz.
NEWS
February 7, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Expert witnesses for the state, testifying in favor of building a dune system that Margate opposes, told a court Friday that the plan is based on current technologies and data. They contradicted two experts for Margate who argued Thursday that state and federal officials were relying on stale data and old modeling to reach their conclusion. Margate filed suit against the state to prevent it from using eminent domain to seize 87 city-owned beach lots and proceed with a plan by the Christie administration to build dunes along the entire 127-mile New Jersey shoreline.
SPORTS
February 5, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
The recruiting process for Penn State's class of 2016 was filled with challenges that made it "a little bit more interesting than normal," in the words of head coach James Franklin. But when all the signed national letters of intent arrived Wednesday at Franklin's "war room" in the Lasch Football Building, the Nittany Lions could boast a solid 20-player class that actually finished ahead of Michigan State in the rankings of two recruiting websites. Sixteen players, including two junior-college transfers, submitted their letters on national signing day. The program already had four freshmen who enrolled in January.
SPORTS
February 4, 2016 | BY MIKE KERN, Staff Writer
SINCE VILLANOVA'S football program was restored at the FCS level in 1985, coach Andy Talley has had no shortage of prolific quarterbacks to work with. It started with Kirk Schulz, who gave way to Tom Colombo (Rocky Marciano's nephew). Later it was Chris Boden, followed by Brett Gordon (who would finish a very close second to Tony Romo for the Walter Payton award as a senior). Then there was Chris Whitney, who led the Wildcats to a national title, and most recently John Robertson, who did win the Payton in 2014 as a junior.
SPORTS
February 2, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The process was always the same for Libby Tacka when she went on college visits between her sophomore and junior years. A member of the Mount St. Joseph girls' basketball team, the guard knew she wanted to play in Division I at the next level. An ambitious student, she also knew she wanted to major in something regarding science or engineering. Tacka visited about 10 schools during the recruiting process, usually with her parents, Jacquie and Larry; sometimes only her father when her mother couldn't get off work.
SPORTS
February 1, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few years ago, accompanying my youngest daughter into a mall hat shop, I admired the baseball cap a young clerk was wearing. "Sorry, all we've got left is extra-extra-large," he said, thinking I was interested in buying one. "Be way too big for you. " I bet him it wouldn't. I won the bet. That hefty-sized head-covering looked like a toddler's yarmulke on me. "Wow," was all the awestruck clerk could manage. Once the shock wore off, he did manage to find a cap that fit me. But having grown used to a hatless existence, I didn't purchase it. That Christmas, though, my daughter gave it to me. Having inherited my head, she obviously felt my pain.
SPORTS
January 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
If the Flyers are going to end a three-game losing streak and go into the all-star break in a positive frame of mind, all they have to do is beat the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in D.C. The same Capitals that have the NHL's best record (35-8-3) and lead the league in most offensive and defensive categories. Oh, and both Flyers goalies appear to be injured or ill, despite denials from the organization. Michal Neuvirth, who is expected to get Wednesday's start, was limping badly and received medical attention after Monday's 3-2 loss to Boston.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Janet Dunn, a nurse-practitioner who specializes in heart failure and palliative care, raised the issue of hospice for more than a month with James Berry, one of her patients. Berry, a retired data-center manager, would have none of it. He hoped God would fix his failing heart. "God gave me the knowledge and sent me to take care of you," said Dunn, who knew there was no cure for heart failure. That didn't work. Then, in mid-December, Berry, a 77-year-old stroke and heart attack survivor, had a bad weekend.
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