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SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
BILLY DONOVAN put in 21 years of coaching at the college ranks, two with Marshall, the rest at the University of Florida, where he won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. Still only 50, he decided to leave the SEC to head the Oklahoma City Thunder for a challenge that is probably a little bit bigger, more lucrative but certainly not as stable, even though he took over a team that includes two of the best players in the game in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
NEWS
March 13, 2016
Schools on Trial How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice By Nikhil Goyal. Doubleday. 309 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler At age 20, Nikhil Goyal is a self-proclaimed "bug in the system. " A critic of compulsory schooling, Goyal is now an undergraduate at Goddard College and a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times and the Nation, and on MSNBC and Fox. In Schools on Trial , Goyal blasts schools as enemies of "creativity, curiosity and zeal" whose primary purpose is controlling and commanding children.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
It's not enough that hedge fund managers have lately pushed DuPont, Pep Boys, Mondelez (Nabisco), and other big old-line Philadelphia-area employers to sell, slim, or shut operations here. The hedgies are now chasing the region's handful of successful tech companies. Qlik Technologies, a Radnor-based, 2,000-worker data-visualization software company that helps clients sort masses of customer data, has been targeted by veteran corporate raider Paul Singer's Elliott Management Corp.
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
After a brain aneurysm paralyzed her body and silenced her voice, a 14-year-old Gloucester County farm girl named Theresa imagined herself screaming. I'm here . It's me. I'm still the old Theresa . "I had no way of communicating," Theresa Gattuso O'Connor writes in her uplifting memoir, A Whisper From Within: My Life, My Terms . It became available in September on online book sites. And the self-published author, 44, has plenty to say on the page and in person.
NEWS
March 1, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
Romeo Glover, a junior at Tacony Charter High School, said he quietly endured bullying for months from another male student who taunted him almost every day, calling him gay and making slurs because he has long hair. While waiting at a bus stop after school on Jan. 8, Glover said, the student showed him a pocketknife and warned him to stay away from a young woman Glover was dating. Then, Glover said, the student and others attacked. He said he was punched in the head and kicked after he blacked out and fell to the ground.
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Civil rights lawyers said Wednesday that they intend to appeal a federal court ruling in Philadelphia that citizens do not necessarily have a right protected by the First Amendment to record police activity. In an opinion issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Mark A. Kearney wrote that unless a videographer announces the recording as an act of protest or a challenge to officers, police are free to stop it. "While we instinctively understand the citizens' argument, particularly with rapidly developing instant image sharing technology, we find no basis to craft a new First Amendment right based solely on 'observing and recording' without expressive conduct," Kearney wrote.
NEWS
February 23, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
A GROUP of city educators who think their union has grown complacent and needs challenging is making a run at the leadership of the powerful Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The Caucus of Working Educators, a grassroots group of about 500 school staffers and others, said it has tried to effect change - more contact with members, better organization of the union's 11,000-plus members, a stronger focus on social justice - from the inside. "But we just felt like we were hitting our head against a brick wall," said Kelley Collings, a teacher at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences who is running for a vice president position.
NEWS
February 23, 2016
There's some advice on doing battle, often attributed to Napoleon, that says: Don't interfere if your enemy is making a mistake. That wisdom seems to be in use now in the Second Congressional District, where three Democrats are challenging U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's bid for a 12th term. Fattah, as you may have heard, is scheduled to start a federal trial on racketeering charges on May 2 - six days after the April 26 primary. His primary opponents sure hope you've heard about it. Because they are loathe to speak a word about Fattah's legal woes.
NEWS
February 23, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
A group of city educators who think their union has grown complacent and needs challenging is making a run at the leadership of the powerful Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The Caucus of Working Educators, a grassroots group of about 500 school staffers and others, said it has tried to effect change - more contact with members, better organization of the union's 11,000-plus members, a stronger focus on social justice - from the inside. "But we just felt like we were hitting our head against a brick wall," said Kelley Collings, a teacher at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences who is running for a vice president position.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Admitting a 20-year whiff in bringing competition to the $20 billion cable-TV box industry, federal regulators voted Thursday to open cable-box standards for Google and other technology companies. The goal is for them to devise new ways for consumers to search TV channels and on-demand streaming on television. The Federal Communications Commission voted along partisan lines, with three Democrats voting for the proposal and two Republicans voting against it. The measure, if ultimately successful, could undermine a longtime profit center for Comcast and pay-TV companies that have a monopoly on the business of leasing tens of millions of cable, or set-top, boxes to consumers.
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