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NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's biggest hurdle in securing the 2016 Democratic National Convention was convincing the selection committee it could come up with the money, organizers said. Now that the gig belongs to the city, it comes with an $84 million fund-raising challenge. Amid celebration Thursday were promises Philadelphia can bring in the money, even with a concurrent fund-raising push to raise $45 million for Pope Francis' visit in September. Mayor Nutter said the plan was to rely on federal and private dollars and use no city funds for the weeklong political fest.
SPORTS
February 13, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - One player's loss is a teammate's gain. Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams had to pull out of tonight's Rising Stars Challenge game in Brooklyn as part of All-Star Weekend due to a strained right big toe. Taking his place will be teammate Robert Covington. Carter-Williams was also scheduled to participate in the Skills Competition on Saturday, but his hurt toe will also keep him out of that. He has missed the past three games due to the injury. "This is great," Covington said last night.
SPORTS
February 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently asked Peter Luukko to meet with Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola and possibly get involved with their franchise, the former Flyers president was reluctant. Luukko, who 14 months ago abruptly resigned as president of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, was content with his new lifestyle. "I told him I had businesses I was involved with and was having a lot of fun," Luukko said Friday. "I was watching my boys play [hockey]
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said in legal papers Wednesday that the special prosecutor who built a criminal case against her lacked any legal authority and that his work should be discarded as unlawful. Her lawyers noted that the state law authorizing the appointment of special prosecutors expired a dozen years ago. Under current law, they said, only the attorney general can lead a statewide investigative grand jury. This, they said, rendered invalid the decision by a Montgomery County Court judge to appoint lawyer Thomas E. Carluccio as a special prosecutor to investigate whether Kane illegally leaked secret material in an apparent bid to embarrass a critic.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter, with a nod to the candidates running to succeed him, on Thursday laid out for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce a seven-year history of measured accomplishments and continuing challenges. Nutter's walk-on music - "Run This Town" by Jay-Z and Rihanna - served as a reminder that he holds the office for an additional 11 months. The two-term mayor used his final annual chamber address to tout economic development, citing $8.5 billion in construction projects completed, underway, or announced in the last year.
NEWS
January 30, 2015
IT'S NICE to be recognized. And it's even nicer to recognize what you've already got. If this first month of 2015 is any indication, this will shape up to be the year of the flattering mention, with national publications blaring their editorial trumpets in favor of fair Philadelphia.   The New York Times stuck us at No. 3 on its list of "52 Places to Go in 2015. " We beat out a bunch of stateside and worldwide destinations, edged only by Milan, Italy, and Cuba - not that it's a competition.
SPORTS
January 29, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IT WAS LATE. Petr Straka slept in. With the AHL on its All-Star break, it was one of the rare days of the season Straka didn't have to wake up early to get to the rink. Or, so he thought. When he rubbed his eyes and reached for his phone yesterday morning, Straka had more than a few messages and missed calls - which set off a mad dash from Allentown to the Wells Fargo Center last night for his NHL debut. "I got up quick and picked up the phone and started going," Straka said.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has won a state Supreme Court order barring a district attorney from bringing criminal charges against her until the high court rules on her challenge to the legal status of the special prosecutor who built the case against her. The court announced the freeze Thursday. The hold on any action by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman will last six weeks or more. The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for March 11 in Philadelphia on Kane's challenge.
SPORTS
January 20, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The 76ers have another tough task. Two days removed from a 107-89 drubbing on the road by the Detroit Pistons, the Sixers have to face the Washington Wizards on Monday afternoon at the Verizon Center. On paper, this appears to be a tougher matchup for the young Sixers (8-32). At 28-13, the Wizards have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. They have an NBA all-star in point guard John Wall. And they ranked fourth in assists (24.9 per game) and sixth in points allowed (97.4)
NEWS
January 20, 2015
MAYBE IT'S FITTING that when the sun sets on the day Tom Wolf is sworn in as Pennsylvania's 47th governor, we get a new moon. That's tomorrow. Perhaps he'll howl. Astrologers say a new moon symbolizes new beginnings, a time to lay out intentions for things you'd like to create or develop. So, you know, pretty good timing for the Wolfman's start. And whether or not he believes celestial bodies influence human affairs, ya gotta think the new guv wants any help available, even astrological.
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