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NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
As 17-year-old Soham Bharne drove through Texas last week, the new driver was cautious. He remembered to check his mirrors. He was careful to obey the speed limit. He let impatient 18-wheelers speed by him. And he made sure to track how much battery power he had after charging the small solar car. "It was terrifying," Bharne said. Bharne, of Norristown, and 11 of his classmates on Devon Preparatory School's solar car team were the only Pennsylvania students to compete in last week's annual Solar Car Challenge.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
His mother sells empanadas from their home in Honduras. He shines shoes - $5 a day. Add to their woes the constant threats: Join or be killed by deadly gangs. Now, gap-toothed Kevin, 14, is atop a speeding Mexican train called "the Beast," aiming to cross the U.S. border illegally, to face new uncertainties amid the "big towers" and "great cities" he sees on TV. Officials say tens of thousands of children like him are fleeing Central America, primarily Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Studies have shown that practicing moments of gratitude can improve your health, boost your energy, increase your sense of well-being, and speed progress toward goals. But can the same be said for moments of #gratitude? LeeAnn Mallorie thinks so. The 34-year-old Northern Liberties resident, a conscious-dance instructor and personal-growth consultant, often takes to Facebook to emote semi-publicly, hashtagging everything from business breakthroughs ("company culture change in Taiwan.
SPORTS
July 22, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is no longer any question that Nick Foles is Chip Kelly's quarterback this season. As Foles enters his third training camp with the Eagles, the coach said that Foles must work on the "intricacies" that can take a quarterback "from good to great. " The "good to great" ascension can be difficult - a best-selling business book is devoted to the concept - and Foles will attempt it as he follows his record-breaking 2013 with a season that could determine his future with the Eagles.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
MARION, Iowa - Inside a diner crammed with television cameras and national reporters in this town just outside Cedar Rapids, Joe Mallie gave a glimpse of the challenge Gov. Christie could confront in wooing conservative voters to elevate him to the White House. Awaiting Christie's entrance Thursday at MJ's Restaurant, a camera around his neck, Mallie praised the governor's charisma. "People pay attention when he talks, and they feel like listening," he said. "You feel you understand when he's talking.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mandatory minimum sentences for gun- and drug-related offenses are in limbo across Pennsylvania, delaying trials and causing confusion in hundreds of cases as courts grapple with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued last year. Despite the frustrations, some in the legal community are hoping the turbulence will draw fresh attention to a hotly disputed practice and stimulate further debate. The issue bubbled up in Bucks County in June, when five county judges signed an opinion siding with an alleged heroin dealer whose attorney had argued that the mandatory minimum sentences she was facing were unconstitutional.
SPORTS
July 4, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - When the father and trainer of world light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia forgot challenger Rod Salka's name at a news conference Wednesday at the Barclays Center, the boxer clutched his name card and raised it toward Angel Garcia. "Sada, socka, sacka," said Angel Garcia, trying to correct the pronunciation. "I'm a sock-a you. " Danny Garcia said his father never remembers anyone's name. The 26-year-old from Juniata Park will defend his WBA and WBC titles in the Brooklyn arena on Aug. 9 against Salka.
NEWS
June 30, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Warren Faulk won't forget the little blue shoe. It belonged to Brandon Thompson, 4, who had just been shot dead in front of his mother. On Aug. 4, 2008, Faulk - who spent most of his law career representing newspaper people - had been serving as Camden County prosecutor for all of a month. He left his Cherry Hill dinner table for the scene of an outdoor, broad-daylight gun battle in Camden's Whitman Park section; a shoe like one his grandson wore lay on the pavement, near a pool of blood.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III on Wednesday denied a county row officer's request to intervene and appeal his ruling that overturned Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney had asked Jones to halt same-sex marriages in the state until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on the issue. She argued that marriage is for states to decide and said Jones' May 20 ruling - which declared Pennsylvania's marriage ban unconstitutional - left her duties as Schuylkill County's issuer of marriage licenses unclear.
SPORTS
June 20, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
WANT TO SEE Brian Westbrook in action again? The former Eagles running back will be among the ex- NFL players and other celebs who will play in next month's "Tribute to Heroes" Flag Football Challenge at the Wells Fargo Center. Westbrook will play for the NFL Stars alumni team that will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputees squad on Military Appreciation Night on Monday, July 7. The flag football tilt will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the Soul vs. Orlando Predator's AFL game at 8. The Wounded Warriors are comprised of veteran service members use prosthetic devices.
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