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NEWS
October 13, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time he stood on Locust Street drinking a beer Sunday afternoon, Michael Kammerer had already had a busy weekend celebrating gay rights. Saturday night he attended a gay wedding – something he used to doubt he would ever have the chance to witness. And Sunday morning he sang with the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus at City Hall for a flag-raising ceremony. "We've had a lot of progress," said Kammerer, 31, of Northeast Philadelphia. He was one of thousands who filled 10 square blocks of Center City on Sunday for OutFest, a joyous celebration for Philadelphia's LGBT community.
SPORTS
October 11, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
To remain undefeated, Temple must contain a hot quarterback on a team that is coming off its best game of the young season. The Owls (4-0 overall, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) will host Tulane (2-2, 1-0) in Saturday's noon AAC game at Lincoln Financial Field. Last week Tulane earned a 45-31 home win over visiting Central Florida. Tulane sophomore Tanner Lee, who completed 16 of 33 for just 109 yards in last year's 10-3 home loss to Temple, fired four touchdown passes last week.
SPORTS
October 11, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Its nonconference schedule concluded, Penn State now can hunker down for Big Ten play, a seven-game stretch where the Nittany Lions will see how they stack up in the loaded East Division with top-ranked Ohio State, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 18 Michigan. For players like sophomore tight end Mike Gesicki, it's an exciting time. "This is the part of the season that you work for all year," Gesicki said this week. "You play the nonconference games and we were able to get through them.
NEWS
October 7, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rep. Brian Sims has been in the Republican-controlled state House for nearly three years, and in that time, the Center City Democrat has had no legislation become law. Sims says that won't deter him from seeking a seat in another GOP stronghold, the U.S. House. He announced his candidacy Tuesday, bringing to three the number of Democratic challengers to the embattled 11-term incumbent, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Sims said he was warned by fellow Democrats after winning his 182d District seat in 2012 that the Republicans who control the state House would stymie him. "It drives me crazy some days that we're not able to move more of my legislation forward," Sims said while acknowledging that the U.S. House "may be even more divisive.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state judge has dismissed challenges by three Cumberland County landowners to Sunoco Pipeline's exercise of eminent domain, reinforcing the Philadelphia company's effort to build its cross-state Mariner East pipeline. The company, whose plans to transport Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids to Marcus Hook have encountered resistance, said the decision is consistent with rulings by other courts and with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's determination that Mariner East is a public utility service.
NEWS
October 3, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, now facing public corruption charges, may soon have a third challenger in next spring's April 26 Democratic primary. State Rep. Brian Sims on Thursday sent out invitations to a fund-raiser next week for the "Brian Sims for Congress Exploratory Committee. " The invitation asks donors to "Join Rep. Sims for a candid conversation about bringing ethical behavior back into Philadelphia Area Politics. " Gold sponsors for the Tuesday event are asked to contribute $2,700 – the maximum individual contribution allowed in federal election campaigns.
NEWS
September 27, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
UNITED NATIONS - Pope Francis on Friday hailed the role of the United Nations in promoting human rights, peacekeeping, and advancing the rule of law, and urged its member nations to do more to protect the environment and the world's neediest. Before a stage of world leaders, Francis amplified the themes he has struck during his historic North American journey. Speaking in his native Spanish, his message was more fluid - and at times more pointed - than the unprecedented address he gave in halting English to Congress on Thursday.
NEWS
September 24, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roland Lamb keeps a spreadsheet, updated daily, with 750 numbers, each representing a client in drug treatment whose life will be disrupted by the pope's visit. These are people who must receive methadone every day, in person, to avoid the awful withdrawal sickness that used to keep them on heroin. But some of their clinics will be closed. Other people take bus routes that are being so snagged by security measures that it would add two to three hours to their travel time. So clinic staff and city officials have been spending hours a day for the last month finding ways around the problem.
SPORTS
September 19, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon Lovett isn't planning on a breakout season. "I'm just trying to have a breakout week," Lovett said. That narrow focus is part of the reason that Lovett, a junior running back and defensive back at Cherokee, is one of the most promising young players in South Jersey football. His speed, strength, and skill are part of the package, too. "He's special," Cherokee coach P.J. Mehigan said. Lovett and his teammates face a big challenge on Friday as Cherokee, the No. 7 team in The Inquirer's Top 25 rankings, visits No. 1 Timber Creek in a West Jersey Football League interdivision clash.
SPORTS
September 18, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The numbers for Christian Hackenberg's first two games of 2015 have not wowed people. Anyone who followed the Penn State quarterback's first two seasons knows he had some games when his current total of 231 passing yards would have been about an average amount for him after three quarters of a single contest. But with the slow start for the offensive line and other challenges faced by the Nittany Lions, Hackenberg seems to be pleased that he has adapted his style of play to this point while not worrying about statistics.
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