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SPORTS
July 19, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - The 76ers' final summer-league game had a lot of excitement and no-goes. In the end, the Sixers defeated the Houston Rockets, 100-96, in an NBA Summer League consolation game on Friday at Cox Pavilion. That enabled the team to finish 1-4 here and 2-6 this summer. The franchise also fielded a squad with a lot of different players that went 1-2 in the Utah Jazz Summer League. "It's definitely good to go out with win," said second-year swingman JaKarr Sampson, who only played in Las Vegas.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
A landmark Cherry Hill restaurant that for decades has served up seafood, Sunday brunch, dance parties, and charity events will soon close its doors. The Coastline Bar & Grill, which filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago, will close after the case's settlement, which likely will be early next year, according to a lawyer for the Brace Road restaurant. "They are - and I guess they still are - a great institution," former Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt said. "I remember it before it was the Coastline.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was with a heavy heart that a Cistercian monk who headed a monastery in a heavily populated South Jersey town prepared last July for a trip to the Casamari Abbey. Up for debate in a cloistered hall just south of Rome was the future of his spiritual community, established 54 years ago on about 120 acres of farmland off a bumpy dirt road in Mount Laurel. The Rev. Lino S. Parente was concerned because he and another monk at Our Lady of Fatima monastery had retired from their longtime jobs of managing and preaching at the adjacent St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, leaving only two other monks fully employed at the monastery, recalled James Cattanea, a longtime church deacon and close friend of Parente's.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Pennsylvania closed gaps in student achievement, the payoff would be enormous, according to a study released Monday. Had the Commonwealth wiped out achievement shortfalls based on race and ethnicity, family economic status, and parental education a decade ago, its gross domestic product would be as much as $44 billion higher and its students would sit near the top of U.S. and world rankings, according to the analysis by the RAND Corp. The study, commissioned by Temple University's Center on Regional Politics, found that each group of Pennsylvania students stands to gain up to $5.1 billion in lifetime income earnings and overall benefit to society if graduation-rate gaps fall away.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D. Pa.) told House members on Thursday they should "say no to Oreo" because Mondelez International Inc. has decided to close the Philadelphia plant that manufactures Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers and relocate the production to Mexico. The Northeast plant employs 350 workers. "Now, keep in mind this is a company, Mondelez, that is in no way in financial disarray. In fact, their revenues last year topped $50 billion," Boyle said on the House floor in Washington.
NEWS
July 7, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
NEWS
July 7, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ANITA COTTON snapped a selfie just before 3 p.m. Saturday, wearing an American-flag shawl and a smile. "Happy 4 of July," she tweeted with the photo. Normally, such a snapshot would be nothing more than a silly memory posted online by a 17-year-old heading to college in the fall. Instead, it's become a memorial image of the young mother, retweeted nearly 200 times by her friends and family. Twelve hours after the shutter on her smartphone closed, police say, Cotton was stabbed to death in a neighborhood spat that reached catastrophic proportions.
SPORTS
June 26, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Left winger Lawson Crouse and right winger Travis Konecny, best friends since their early years, could be drafted in the opening round of Friday's NHL draft - and there's even an outside chance both will be selected by the Flyers. Getting drafted in the first round "has been a dream of ours," Konecny said at the scouting combine in Buffalo earlier this month. "I hope we're able to experience that together. . . . As much as we're best friends and help each other, we're also competitive and we push each other.
SPORTS
June 25, 2015
NEW YORK - Ballpark radar guns should soon be reintroduced to Ken "100 Miles" Giles. Giles, who pitched with diminished velocity early in the season, is again nearing triple digits with his fastball. The Phillies' 24-year-old setup man has eclipsed 98 m.p.h. 10 times over the last week, according to the PITCHf/x pitch-tracking system. Entering Tuesday's game, eight of Giles' 98-plus-m.p.h. heaters this season came in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park.
NEWS
June 21, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vine Street Expressway (I-676) will be closed late at night next week, as state Department of Transportation crews work on overhead bridges. All lanes will be closed between the I-76 and Broad Street interchanges from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday to Thursday. Similar overnight closures are expected to continue through early July, PennDot said Friday. Traffic will be detoured onto surface streets. The closures are part of the initial phase of a four-year, $64.8 million project to replace seven structurally deficient bridges over I-676 between 22d and 18th Streets, and to make landscaping and streetscape improvements above the expressway.
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