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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.
NEWS
January 19, 2016
Prisoner swap draws a range of reactions from local lawmakers and candidates. A4. Iran gains economic relief, but moderate leader still faces challenges. A4.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
DVL Group's Mike Beck can't find technicians for his Bristol air-conditioning company. Or even fresh electrical engineering graduates: "They want more money than ever," he said. At Penn Jersey Paper Co. in Northeast Philadelphia, human resource manager Adam Carne would like to know how to retain $15-an-hour warehouse workers. "It's a little bit of a challenge," he said. "The company is hiring at all levels. " "Retention, retention, retention - that's our number one initiative for 2016," said Kelly Andress, president of Sage Senior Living, a Springfield, Delaware County, company that owns and operates assisted living facilities.
FOOD
January 15, 2016 | Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
These days, if you want to impress your food-obsessed friends from New York with the culinary prowess of Philadelphia, you'd have no trouble dropping five figures on a ridiculously elaborate dinner at any one of this city's fine restaurants. But you might be surprised to hear that same boast was made by a group of well-to-do food enthusiasts from Philadelphia in 1851, and the bill from the resulting meal was in the same ballpark: between $1,000 and $1,500 (or between $29,000 and $47,000 today, depending on how inflation is calculated)
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | BY SIGNE WILKINSON
IN 1879, the then-wildly popular Puck Magazine published a cartoon by Joseph Keppler called "The Religious Vanity Fair. " In a two-page drawing, Keppler mockingly depicted "The Arcade of True Faith," featuring a Catholic priest selling indulgences, a hook-nosed Jew, a financial trickster Presbyterian, a polygamist Mormon, a mortify-your-body Methodist, a dotty Episcopalian priest, a rotund new-age preacher pushing the "Love Road to Heaven" and...
SPORTS
January 6, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
AS THE Eagles struggled through three seasons of their Chip Kelly-dictated 3-4 defense, there was always speculation about whether they'd be better off running a 4-3 setup, as they did for 14 years under Andy Reid. It was useless speculation, because Kelly wanted his offense to work against a single high safety 3-4, the defense he thought was the toughest match for an attack that tried to spread the field from sideline to sideline. Even if Kelly had jettisoned defensive coordinator Bill Davis somewhere along the way, as so many fans urged, Kelly would have burdened Davis' successor with the same system.
SPORTS
December 22, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Toledo's running attack has been described as a two-headed monster, but the Rockets have more weapons than that. The ability of Temple (10-3) to stop the Toledo ground game will be a major key Tuesday when the teams meet in the Boca Raton Bowl. Junior Kareem Hunt and sophomore Terry Swanson have rushed for more than 800 yards apiece, but opponents can't let up when neither is in the game. "We have more than me and Terry," said Hunt, who has rushed for 894 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games for the 9-2 Rockets.
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