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ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Having had some of his best successes with Tchaikovsky symphonies, conductor Rossen Milanov gave his Symphony in C ensemble a more complicated challenge on Saturday night: the Manfred Symphony , which stands apart from the composer's numbered works in that medium and, for all its grandeur, has a white-elephant reputation that may or may not be expungeable. Ambitious, imposing, and full of the literary underpinnings of Lord Byron's dramatic poem "Manfred," the symphony isn't first-rate Tchaikovsky, though it can sound like it when played with interventionist conviction.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
After a stroke, a 15-hour surgery, and 154 days of hospitalization, Derek Marshall set a goal: To walk with his Winslow Township High School graduating class. "I knew it would be hard," he says. "But when I did it, I realized, 'I don't have to stop now.' " That was in 2012. And he hasn't stopped since. At 21, Marshall is midway through his freshman year at La Salle University, working as an intern at Independence Blue Cross, and maintaining an attitude of gratitude. "Derek . . . is a fighter," Independence Blue Cross CEO Daniel J. Hilferty says via e-mail, adding, "I know Derek possesses the dedication and commitment to achieve incredible things.
NEWS
December 20, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The three losing bidders and the owner of the city's only existing casino all are heading to the state Supreme Court to challenge the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's decision to grant a second casino license for a gambling complex proposed near the South Philadelphia sports complex. The gaming board issued the license last month to Live! Hotel & Casino, a joint venture by Cordish Cos. of Baltimore and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, which also owns Parx Casino in Bensalem. The companies argued that a stadium-area casino would draw sports fans and appeal to gamblers who wanted to arrive by car. The losing applicants had 30 days to appeal to the state's high court, and all were expected to file challenges by the end of Thursday - as lawyers did by late afternoon on behalf of proposed Center City casinos Market8 and the Provence.
NEWS
December 20, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia prosecutors agreed Thursday to halt efforts to seize the homes of two of the lead plaintiffs in a widely publicized federal suit challenging the city's use of civil forfeiture laws in drug cases. But Christos Sourovelis and Doila Welch, both of whom saw their houses threatened after police arrested a relative dealing drugs on their properties, said they intended to keep on fighting. In agreements of dismissal filed in Common Pleas Court, the District Attorney's Office agreed to drop its cases against properties owned by Sourovelis and Welch as long as both owners took "reasonable measures" to ensure no further drug crimes occurred there.
NEWS
December 12, 2014
IT'S HARD enough managing one's own money, but navigating through financial issues with another person can be even more frustrating. I often get questions about marriage and money during my weekly online chats. The following are answers to two recent questions. "What happens when someone with a FICO score of 800-plus marries someone with a score of 400? I anticipate getting engaged soon but am not sure where to start dealing with financial matters. I love my boyfriend, but financial management is not one of his strengths, though it is one of mine.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Selling medicine - versus, say, televisions or toasters - for profit has inherent conflicts, and those challenges played out in several places Tuesday with drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline. In the morning at the Navy Yard, company officials handed out $40,000 to each of nine Philadelphia-area nonprofit organizations. In the afternoon, President Obama visited the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where scientists are working on the first Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans, an effort involving tax dollars and hundreds of GSK employees in this region.
SPORTS
November 26, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
IF HISTORY can be any indicator, at least recent history, Temple is well-prepared to take on the offensive juggernaut coming to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. The Owls took care of then-No. 21 East Carolina on Nov. 1, limiting the Pirates - who were averaging a league-best 36 points - to just 10 points. Temple narrowly lost to American Conference leader and offensive powerhouse Memphis, 16-13, on a last-second field goal earlier this month. And on Saturday, the Owls - one win away from becoming bowl-eligible - host Cincinnati, the top scoring offense in the league.
NEWS
November 18, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia next year will be the largest event in the city's modern history - and possibly its most daunting security challenge. The city's police force has been preparing for months, spurred by the potential of the high-profile guest and more than one million people expected to flood the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see him celebrate Mass on Sept. 27. The added risks will likely equal one thing: added resources, according to Steven Bucci, a homeland security expert at the Heritage Foundation.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie will turn his attention Wednesday to Atlantic City, which is still reeling from casino closures that have put thousands out of work. The governor was expected to attend a follow-up gathering to a summit meeting held two months ago that brought together state and local officials to discuss the Shore resort's future after four casinos closed this year - though Christie has not announced a strategy the state might pursue. The situation in Atlantic City is just one of the pressing issues in New Jersey confronting Christie, who recently completed a cross-country tour campaigning for candidates as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Republicans may have cemented their majority by picking up more seats in the state Senate in last week's election. But that has not bought them unity. On Wednesday, legislators are scheduled to choose leaders for the two-year session beginning in January. And the race for Republican leadership positions in the Senate has stolen the spotlight. On Monday, Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R., Lancaster) wrote a letter to his colleagues saying he intended to challenge President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson)
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