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March 30, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
There was no ceremony before or after the game. Instead, there were little moments that spoke volumes. Before the game, players braided her hair, talked with her, laughed with her - cherished the moments spent with a teammate who inspires them every day. During the game, they turned to her and smiled or gave her thumbs up as they ran to the sideline. This was the first time Katie Bednarek had been on the same field with her Cherokee girls' lacrosse teammates since the final game of last season, the first time since Bednarek learned she had brain cancer.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON Stuart Rabner rose from the ranks of federal prosecutor to New Jersey's chief justice with accolades from his former boss, Chris Christie. As U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Christie recommended Rabner to Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who recruited Rabner in 2005 as his chief counsel. Within 18 months, Corzine had nominated Rabner to the Supreme Court. Calling Rabner "a fabulous choice," Christie said: "There is not a job in the law that Stu Rabner could not do well.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coatesville Area School District has chosen Cathy Taschner, assistant superintendent of Susquehanna Township's school district, as its new superintendent, the district announced Friday night. "We congratulate Dr. Taschner and welcome her to our Coatesville Area School District family," the district said on its website. "Please join us in giving her our community's full support as we strive towards restoring our Coatesville Pride. " The district said it would soon announce the date of a school board vote to formalize Taschner's appointment.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
With no bargaining talks scheduled between SEPTA and transit workers, the president of the agency's largest union accused it of trying to provoke a strike. The contract between SEPTA and 4,700 city bus drivers, subway operators and maintenance workers represented by Transport Workers Union Local 234 expired at midnight Friday. TWU leaders did not call for an immediate strike, saying they would wait at least until after suburban driver and mechanic contracts expired during the first week of April.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A higher-than-usual number of accidents due to lingering conditions after a heavy winter storm overwhelmed Pennsylvania Turnpike responders during the massive Valentine's Day pileup in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, turnpike officials told a Senate panel Tuesday. Mark Compton, the Turnpike Commission's chief executive officer, told the Transportation Committee that there were "gaps" in the agency's response. But he said the high volume of accidents across the turnpike during the morning rush hour on Feb. 14 because of scattered, fast-forming icy patches tested the agency's ability to reach the 100-plus vehicle pileup between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
John L. Reader Jr., 82, who retired as police chief in Brooklawn in 1991, died of a blood infection on Thursday, March 6, at Cooper University Medical Center in Camden. Born in Brooklawn, Mr. Reader graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1950 and was a Marine Corps airplane mechanic in Korea for a time during his 1952-1955 active duty. Mr. Reader had inherited his mechanic's skills. "My grandparents owned an automobile garage in Brooklawn," son John L. III said in a phone interview.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
WENONAH After only a year in the job, Wenonah Police Chief Joseph Harrison has been fired, officials confirmed Thursday. It was not entirely clear what led to the termination, which they said was approved unanimously Feb. 27 by the borough council during a closed-door session. Officials announced in early January that Harrison would be placed on a leave of absence, "attending a variety of classes so as to become intimately familiar with New Jersey specific statutes and judicial procedure.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
David P. O'Brien, 57, of Lower Gwynedd, a college sports executive and educator for more than two decades, died Saturday, March 1, of cancer at his home. Born in Montclair, N.J., Mr. O'Brien graduated from Immaculate Conception High School, Moravian College with a bachelor's degree in political science, and Seton Hall University with a law degree. He worked as a high school teacher and coach before launching a career as an athletic director at Long Beach State University in 1991.
SPORTS
March 2, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The most powerful man in college sports was in a basement auditorium Friday at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Sansom Street, talking at a symposium. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, the event's keynote speaker said nothing particularly incendiary. A trial is due to start in June where, among other issues, it could be decided whether athletes should be compensated for their likenesses. Meanwhile, a drive to unionize college athletes has begun, at a Big Ten school, Northwestern.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Lorenz Bethea, 17, takes her one-mile walk to school pretty quickly. With no one on the streets in the early morning and a 10-block walk, "it's a long stretch if something were to happen," she said. Once inside Woodrow Wilson High School, she said, it's common to start her day weaving through fights in the hallways. "Sometimes it just feels like this isn't school," Bethea said. "Sometimes it's chaos, it's a party all the time. " On Thursday, in a move to make Bethea and all city students safer, Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard announced a five-point safety plan for the district where, last year, 50 percent of students reported feeling unsafe and violent incidents in schools climbed from 138 to 163. At the same time - echoing President Obama's call to abandon zero-tolerance policies because they are often enforced inequitably - Rouhanifard said he wants to reduce unnecessary police calls and arrests while still ensuring that incidents are accurately reported to the state.
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