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SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jay Wright gave his Villanova players the opportunity to celebrate their Big East Conference regular-season championship with commemorative T-shirts, and he even donned one himself Saturday after the Wildcats concluded an exceptional run through the league. But once the Wildcats finish enjoying themselves, they will begin the really hard work. And that's not just on the basketball court. The sixth-ranked Wildcats showed they had no intention of relaxing with the title safely in hand, rolling to a methodical, 77-59 victory over Georgetown before a crowd of 18,828 at the Wells Fargo Center.
NEWS
March 9, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officials and parents at two charter schools that the state has ordered to close at the end of June said the action came before changes instituted this school year could be proven effective, and vowed a challenge. School community members of the Renaissance Regional Leadership Charter in Pemberton Township and the D.U.E. Season Charter in Camden said the action denied them an opportunity to show improvement that was afforded other schools. "Needless to say, we are devastated," said Lorna Hassel, Renaissance's head of school.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two South Jersey schools must close at the end of the academic year following a state decision Wednesday to revoke their charters because of poor performance. The state announced the closure of Distinctions in Urban Education Season Charter School (DUE) in the Liberty Park section of Camden and Renaissance Regional Leadership Charter in Browns Mills, Pemberton Township. Ten New Jersey schools had charters renewed, though four of them were put on probation, including ECO Charter School in Camden.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Carolyn Davis, and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
As another winter storm rumbled toward the region Sunday night, schools closed, officials declared emergencies, plow trucks rolled - and winter-weary residents searched for salt, all the while yearning for signs of spring. Philadelphia public and Archdiocese schools announced they would close Monday. So did Lower Merion, Radnor, Upper Darby and other suburban districts. Several in Chester County announced two-hour delays. In South Jersey, the list of Monday closures included Cherry Hill, Lenape, and Washington Township schools.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FOUR FINALISTS have emerged in the potential sale of six recently closed school properties, district officials announced yesterday. The finalists are: Mastery Charter for Anna Shaw Middle School in Kingsessing; Orens Bros. Real Estate Inc. for Alexander Wilson Elementary in Cedar Park; Maritime Academy Charter School for Stephen Douglas High School in Port Richmond; and Drexel University Development LLC (a joint venture between Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology LLC) for University City High, Charles Drew Elementary and the Walnut Center, all in University City.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
One could almost sense the relief in both John Giannini and his players after La Salle had finally snapped a five-game losing streak in a season that hasn't come close to meeting expectations. The Explorers saw the streak end with Wednesday's 75-67 Atlantic Ten victory over St. Bonaventure at Tom Gola Arena. Not since the 2009-2010 season, when La Salle lost eight in a row, had they endured such a long streak. So while Giannini wouldn't suggest that the win had cured all the ills of his 13-14 team that is now 5-8 in the A-10, he gave an idea of what going through this season, and this particular stretch, has been like.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Updated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday:   Click here for our updated story on both deals being done. The Eagles are taking care of in-house business and are close to completing contracts with wide receiver Riley Cooper and center Jason Kelce, according to NFL sources. The Kelce multiyear extension could be announced as early as Thursday morning, followed by an afternoon news conference. Cooper, who is slated to become a free agent March 11, is also expected to receive a multiyear deal that may be announced this week.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOCHI - Vladimir Putin hoped these 2014 Winter Olympics would show the world that a bright, new, and modern Russia had emerged from a nation with a mysterious and often dark past. In case anyone missed the point, it was reemphasized spectacularly Sunday night during closing ceremonies rife with 21st-century technology and augmented with the same artistic sensibility with which Russia launched the Sochi Olympics 17 days ago. Laser-lit and with special effects worthy of Hollywood, the colorful and musically rich ceremonies at Fisht Olympic Stadium marked the official end of an Olympiad that not only informed the world but astounded it. Logistically, the Sochi Games were, to a remarkable extent for so vast an enterprise, trouble-free.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
VILLANOVA HAS won in blowouts and been blown out a few times. If the game is close, these Wildcats don't lose. It was so again Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Villanova trailed for just 90 seconds against St. John's, but was never comfortable. Every time it looked like the 'Cats would get a working margin, the Red Storm pushed back. Finally, Villanova played the perfect possession, a microcosm of a game that was much less art than survival. Holding on to a three-point lead with 3:20 left after a Ryan Arcidiacono banked trey, the Wildcats found a foolproof way to win - don't give up the ball.
TRAVEL
February 17, 2014 | By Kate Overath-Speck, For The Inquirer
My twin sister contacted me in early 2013 with a proposal: "We are going to celebrate our 66th birthday in Salthill, Galway, Ireland. " She had lived in Salthill for two years and the people and place had entranced her. She rented an apartment on the Promenade in Salthill. The "Prom" is a walkway along the Galway Bay and beaches. Salthill is to the Irish as the Jersey Shore is to Philadelphians. There are a couple of casinos, a bingo hall, an aquarium, and many restaurants and cafes.
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