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November 16, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The young waitress at the Jersey Shore was not expecting to hear from her best friend after he boarded a plane to Greece to commit to a prearranged marriage in his home country. But there he was, this short-order cook, calling long-distance to say he had canceled the wedding. He had fallen in love with her at the diner where they both worked and during their strolls on the beach. After a storybook start 40 years ago, George and Colleen Catanakis' life together developed into a tale of sweat and perseverance as they opened several South Jersey diners.
NEWS
November 15, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Less than three weeks after the Walter Palmer charter school abruptly closed its high school, another Philadelphia charter said it was shuttering because it was on the brink of financial collapse. At a meeting that drew dozens of angry and sobbing parents, staff, and students, the board of Wakisha Charter School in North Philadelphia voted Thursday night to close Dec 23. The move affects 261 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who attend the charter at 800 W. Jefferson St. "Unfortunately, because we don't have enough students, we cannot meet our financial obligations," board chairman Miguel Pulido said before the board voted to close the school right before the holidays.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
FALCONS FLYING away from their nest under the Girard Point Bridge in 2011 caused a flap, but the lasting furor has been the alleged fibbing over who did it. After almost three weeks of testimony in a federal courtroom, jurors yesterday began to hear closing arguments in a case involving three defendants and whether they lied to federal authorities. On trial are Nikolaos Frangos, 38, the boss of the Liberty-Alpha Joint Venture, which was refurbishing the double-decker bridge that carries Interstate 95 over the Schuylkill; George Capuzello, 43, a painting foreman; and Mikhail Zubialevich, 42, a worker.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Voters were lined up when the polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Tredyffrin Township municipal building. Another unexpected rush came at 11:15 a.m., before the typical lunch-hour crowd. An hour later, someone shouted "We hit 500!" - nearly 25 percent of the precinct's registered voters. Poll workers cheered. For a midterm election with polls suggesting few tight races, experts had predicted a light turnout on Tuesday. As the polls closed, figures were still trickling in. But across the region, officials and poll workers were surprised by the legions who chose to vote.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER DEBATING FOR hours, SEPTA and its largest union reached a tentative agreement on a months-long contract dispute. Sources close to the negotiations said the transit authority and Transport Workers Union Local 234 had signed a two-year labor contract late last night, avoiding a strike, though no further details were immediately available. Late last night, several SEPTA executives, including General Manager Joseph Casey and board chairman Pasquale Deon, joined the proceedings, signaling positive progress.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
X'Aria Elliott had been hearing rumors for days that the Walter D. Palmer charter might close its high school program. But the senior was stunned nevertheless when she got a call from a friend Sunday night saying her school was shutting down immediately. "I didn't get a reality check until the next morning," said Elliott, 17. "I just wanted to cry. " Elliott, who enrolled at Palmer after being home-schooled in seventh and eighth grades, said her senior year had been ruined.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Gov. Corbett is closing the gap. But the gap remains. The race for Pennsylvania governor has tightened a smidgen entering its final days, with Democrat Tom Wolf still enjoying a 13 percentage point lead over Corbett among likely voters, according to a Franklin and Marshall College Poll released Wednesday. That's down from a 22-point lead for Wolf in F&M's June poll. Among voters who said they were very interested in the race and certain to vote on Tuesday, Wolf had the support of 53 percent to 40 percent for the Republican governor, the new poll found.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The collapse of New Jersey's hospitality industry, driven by the closure this year of four casinos in Atlantic City, is one reason the state's economy is not faring as well as the nation's, an economist said Tuesday at a business forum. "It's really a tale of two economies - the national economy vs. the state economy," said Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors Inc. in Bucks County. "If I had to give the state economy a grade, maybe I'd give it a 60 out of 100. It's not doing too well.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
      X'Aria Elliott had been hearing rumors for days that the Walter D. Palmer charter might close its high school program.       But the senior was stunned nevertheless when she got a call from a friend Sunday night saying her school was shutting down immediately.       "I didn't get a reality check until the next morning," said Elliott, 17. "I just wanted to cry. "       Elliott, who enrolled at Palmer after being home-schooled in seventh and eighth grades, said her senior year had been ruined.
SPORTS
October 29, 2014
THE FIFTH season of Philadelphia Union soccer concluded yesterday, another stoppage-time goal allowed signifying the end of a 10-12-12 campaign. A tap-in by Columbus midfielder Bernardo Anor negated a late equalizer and sent the visiting Union out with a 2-1 defeat at Crew Stadium. The Philly club finished the season with 42 points, four fewer than last year and five fewer than the fifth-place New York Red Bulls, in missing the postseason for the fourth time in 5 years. For most of its season finale, the Union played from behind, Jairo Arrieta's 13th-minute goal marking the game's lone score for more than 80 minutes of play.
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