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SPORTS
September 24, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
You think sports crowds in this city are rough on visitors? Michael Lahoud, a midfielder for the Union, described how he played in an African Nations Cup qualifier earlier this month in the Congo to the accompaniment of a crowd chanting, "Ebola! Ebola!" "For 90 minutes," Lahoud said, "playing away in Africa is the toughest thing to do in the world. " Lahoud was representing his native country, Sierra Leone, which Monday ended a three-day lockdown after government officials had ordered everyone in the country into their homes to try to stem the spread of the Ebola virus.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sign in the window reads "Save Meadow Brook Golf Club," but there seems to be no fight left. The carts are gone. The pro shop is a vacant stretch of green carpet. The phones go straight to a message-less voicemail. Last Friday, the club along Route 29 just outside Phoenixville became the property of the Phoenixville Area School District. It marked what might be the final chapter in a story that inflamed emotions last year when the district seized the 50-acres by eminent domain, saying it needed the land for a new school.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Fresh from appearing with the fabled Vienna State Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin was at the epicenter recently when shockwaves rippled through the cultural world, as that company's chief conductor, Franz Welser-Möst, abruptly walked out with minimum explanation. "Surreal" and "very quiet" was Nézet-Séguin's report from the belly of the beast. But after his successful debut in the Austrian capital conducting The Flying Dutchman , should Philadelphians worry that Vienna is prowling after the Philadelphia Orchestra's popular and still-newish music director, as the Metropolitan Opera has long been rumored to be doing?
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday unleashed harsh criticism of the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, framing the probe as a "partisan pursuit" prolonged by Democrats desperate for media attention. At a Statehouse news conference, Christie accused Democrats of leaking information to reporters while he led a trade mission to Mexico this month, saying, "These are people who are addicted to MSNBC and the front page of your papers. And nobody wants to cover it anymore.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to sell 11 shuttered school buildings - including Germantown High - in a group of transactions that would net just $2 million. The sales were met with alarm in some corners. Germantown residents in particular said they had no idea the property, which closed to students in 2013, was about to change hands. "You took us all incredibly by surprise," retired teacher Karel Kilimnik told the SRC. Germantown neighbors have been meeting for a year to discuss possible uses for the high school site.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
APPLE'S RELEASE of the Apple Watch and iPhone6 makes it clear that Silicon Valley's future will be directly tied to its ability to protect tech users' privacy. Securing Americans' personal information in an increasingly tech-dominated world has to be a higher priority for tech leaders and the valley's congressional and legislative delegations. Their failures up to now have left them, shall we say, exposed to the point of embarrassment. The confidence Apple executives expressed in their ability to protect customers' private information would be more believable if the whole world hadn't just seen nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities courtesy of hackers who broke into supposedly secure private Apple accounts.
SPORTS
September 15, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Based on the last several days, the NFL's inactives on Sunday will include Self Control, Moral Clarity, and Common Sense. As weeks go, the NFL just had a doozy. In substance and appearance, it might have been the worst in the league's history. TMZ obtained and released the security video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in an Atlantic City casino elevator, knocking out his wife, Janay, with a left hook. With that, the outrage that already had been simmering over NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's meek two-game suspension of Rice finally reached a bubbling boil.
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE 5-YEAR-OLD girl allegedly abducted from school and raped was able to identify the outside and inside of the West Philadelphia home of the woman charged in the case, a detective testified yesterday. After driving the girl to the home, on Walton Avenue near Cobbs Creek Parkway, while walking behind the home, "she started jumping up and down and said, 'This is the driveway,' " Special Victims Unit Detective Daniel O'Malley said. The girl also recognized a stainless-steel barbecue grill and trash can out back, O'Malley said, and told investigators about brown furniture, including leather sofas, in the home that defendant Christina Regusters shared with an aunt and other relatives.
SPORTS
September 9, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
Players of the weekend National: Andre Heidari kicked a career-long, 53-yard field goal with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left to give Southern Cal a 13-10 win at Stanford, which had won an FBS-best 17 straight at home. Local : Sixth-year senior Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) passed for four touchdowns as West Chester, ranked 10th in Division II, opened with a 35-30 win at New Haven.   Around town Navy 31, Temple 24 After starting with a 30-point win at Vanderbilt (which just lost to Mississippi at home by 38)
BUSINESS
September 7, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement gave online gambling company Betfair Interactive US L.L.C. permission to intervene in writing in proceedings on the closing of Trump Plaza on Sept. 16. Betfair, which is based in London, England, is Trump Plaza's online gaming partner and will be able to continue operating until the Trump Plaza license is revoked, but may need to find a new bricks-and-mortar casino partner to keep operating in New Jersey thereafter. Betfair's attorney said in an Aug. 25 letter to regulators that Trump officials have not responded to any requests for information about the closing.
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