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May 17, 2014
New Montgomery County Sheriff Russell J. Bono has chosen the man who for years was his second-in-command at the Norristown Police Department as his second-in-command in the sheriff's office. At a news conference on the courthouse steps Thursday, Bono introduced Willie Richet as his new chief deputy, saying, "I literally trust this person with my life. " The two have known each other for about 40 years. They rose through the ranks after partnering as officers in the Norristown Police Department.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
Philadelphia philanthropists Ralph and Suzanne Roberts may provide a gift that could resolve the Philadelphia Theatre Company's financial struggle, but first, they have asked for help in determining whether the company is viable. The Comcast Corp. founder and his wife have hired outgoing Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser to examine the theater's finances and operations. He is expected to issue a report at the end of May to help guide their next step. "I think, in this case, Ralph and Suzanne want to do the right thing, but have significant financial concerns about the future of the company," said Kevin Feeley, their spokesman.
SPORTS
May 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Before Jake Diekman walks to the bullpen, the place where he honed a twisting motion to generate the hardest fastball thrown by any lefthanded reliever in baseball, he will ascend the dugout steps Sunday and join a line of his Phillies teammates. The public-address announcer at Citi Field will ask fans to remove their hats. Diekman does not remember the last thing he said to his mother, Billie, before she suffered a heart attack Feb. 4, 2007, and died in a Nebraska hospital.
SPORTS
May 11, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WHEN HE WAS coaching at FCS East Tennessee State, Marcus Satterfield saw Marcus Smith play at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Ga. Only he didn't watch the guy the Eagles just took with their No. 1 draft pick play defensive end or outside linebacker. At that time, the 6-3, 250-pounder was still a quarterback. And a pretty good one. "It's ironic, because you could recruit him, but you knew he was going to be a BCS-type kid," recalled Satterfield, who's now in his second year as Temple's offensive coordinator.
NEWS
May 11, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The hum of gas-powered generators and the smell of mildew filled the air Friday at the Manayunk Brewing Co. as a crew worked. Cases of the company's canned beer on wooden pallets lined a wall outside the 18,000-square-foot restaurant, brewery, and banquet room on Main Street in the city's Manayunk section. What was missing on this afternoon was the lunchtime crowd - and the lights. More than a week after torrential rain caused massive flooding in the community along the Schuylkill, the 18-year-old craft brewery remained without power after 51/2 feet of river water deluged the former textile mill and ruined its electrical system.
NEWS
May 11, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano and Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two unions that failed to accept new work rules at the Convention Center belatedly offered signed agreements to center management on Friday in hopes of retaining employment there. The apparent reversal on the rules was rebuffed, however, with center management saying it considers the matter closed. As things stand, neither the Carpenters Local 8, viewed by management as the center's most difficult and disruptive union, nor the Teamsters Local 107 will be permitted to work at the center after their contracts expire at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
At St. Mary of the Angels Academy, an all-girls Catholic prep school in Haddonfield, skirts had to cover the knee. A nun would speed up the tempo of her classroom piano-playing to help students become faster typists. And in the early years, during winter break, girls were expected to tidy up classrooms and polish floors in the Kings Highway mansion that was home to an institution they loved. "They were four of the best years of my life," says Geri (Egizi) Borbe, 69, of Voorhees, a leading organizer of the first reunion for all St. Mary's alumnae.
SPORTS
May 7, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
MOST LIKELY, 76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams just about wrapped up the rookie of the year contest before the team played in Oklahoma City in early March. But it was during that game in which he and coach Brett Brown had a heated discussion on the sideline of a lopsided loss, in the midst of a 26-game losing streak. It was a back-and-forth that occasionally occurs between coach and player during the season. This one, however, came during a game, right along the sideline, for all to see in person and on television.
SPORTS
May 2, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Steve Mason skated back to his crease and hung his head, taking a second to stare up at the famous cabled roof of Madison Square Garden. To his right, a Rangers fan threw white confetti in the air, most of it landing on the ice. There were 2.3 seconds left on the clock, but with the faceoff inexplicably located at center ice, the white flag on the Flyers' season was being run up the pole around the same time the confetti hit the ice. Still, Mason took the briefest of seconds to look around the Garden, wondering what could have been.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
CENTER CITY It has been a long, steady decline, one that Giovanni's Room owner Ed Hermance did not envision when his bookstore seemed headed toward $1 million in sales from its home at 12th and Pine Streets. The trailblazing niche retailer of gay-themed books was riding so high in 1992, it had $100,000 in inventory and wholesaled to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. "In one year, we sold books to 88 bookstores in 17 countries," he said. The Internet, however, has been relentless in its gradual destruction of the store and cultural landmark.
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