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NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Michael Tarm, Associated Press
JOLIET, Ill. - Defense attorneys told jurors at Drew Peterson's murder trial Tuesday that the state's case against him is "garbage evidence. " Prosecutors said it's just common sense that the former suburban Chicago police officer killed his third wife. Jurors were expected to begin deliberating the case Wednesday, a day after both sides presented their closing arguments. Prosecutors contend Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, because he feared a pending divorce settlement would wipe him out financially.
SPORTS
July 27, 2012 | David Murphy
AN HOUR before game time, a soft breeze lapped against the pennants hanging on the flagpoles in centerfield, a cloudless blue sky painted above the heads of a grateful city that had spent most of the previous 2 months in sweltering heat. High above leftfield, the multimillion-dollar videoboard flickered to life, a closed-circuit video feed of Ruben Amaro Jr. and Cole Hamels appearing in high definition as the early birds trickled into their seats. What unfolded over the next half-hour was the latest milestone in the Phillies' improbable rise from National League doormat to major league Goliath, the general manager and the homegrown superstar fielding questions about the 6-year, $144 million contract extension they had consummated the night before.
NEWS
July 27, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. will be paid $300,000 annually under a five-year contract endorsed Wednesday by the School Reform Commission. It's a big salary, but about $50,000 less than his predecessor, the controversial Arlene C. Ackerman, was paid. "We were very mindful of the history of the School District," SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos said at a special meeting. "This agreement is a better deal economically for the taxpayers of Philadelphia than the previous two deals.
SPORTS
July 3, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
A SELLER IS only a seller after something has been sold. So calling general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. a seller at this point would be incorrect. Jim Thome does not count — he just made no sense for the Phillies when it became clear that he could not play in the field anymore. Trading him to Baltimore for prospects was just normal baseball business — a sale, yes, but not necessarily a harbinger. Because the Phillies cannot give up yet. It isn't just that the sport is replete with recent teams that have played like stink for long stretches of the season, only to get hot at the end and make a run in the postseason.
NEWS
June 30, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
The landmark Supreme Court ruling Thursday upholding key tenets of the federal health-care overhaul was a victory for common sense. It offers hope to so many Americans who thought health insurance was beyond their reach.   Even as both parties jockey for advantage in November, the five justices who upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) pulled the nation back from a disastrous U-turn on reform efforts soon to reach full stride. At stake was not only the future aim of providing for almost two-thirds of the 50 million uninsured, but also major structural reforms under way in a sprawling sector of the U.S. economy that accounts for $2.7 trillion in spending, or $1 in every $6. Already, people are benefiting from popular provisions of the 2010 law, which fully kicks in 18 months from now: Retirees, and all women, now have access to preventive care like mammograms and wellness visits.
NEWS
June 30, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
Well, now. So how's that hope and change thing working for us? I'd say, after Thursday, pretty darn good. The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold President Obama's besieged signature legislation - the Affordable Care Act - constitutionally validated the law that cleared the path for providing universal health care for everyone. Which should be as American as apple pie. You'd think. Yet since the historic law passed two years ago, conservatives have spit out "Obamacare" as if the very word were arsenic.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA and Daily News Staff Writer
The bid submitted by Nu-Juice officials to the Philadelphia School District in 2010 for the work with "persistently dangerous" schools such as West Philadelphia High School includes statements that are either incorrect or impossible to confirm. Among the statements are that Nu-Juice founder Eric Ward was awarded a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. Ward attended Swarthmore from the fall of 1971 until spring of 1973, but didn't graduate, according to a school spokeswoman.
NEWS
January 29, 2012
1. d. Thetford. 2. c. Corsets. 3. b. 1774. 4. a. Pennsylvania Magazine. 5. c. Bordentown City, N.J. 6. True, as early as 1775 in the essay "African Slavery in America. " 7. b. "Common Sense. " 8. c. "Rights of Man. " 9. d. "Dissertation on First Principles of Government. " 10. a. "The American Crisis. "
NEWS
January 29, 2012
To mark the 275th anniversary of the birth of Revolutionary War pamphleteer Thomas Paine, answer these questions about his life and essays. 1. Where in England was Paine born? a. Lewes. b. London. c. Sandwich. d. Thetford. 2. For a time, Paine was a master stay-maker, with his own shop. What product did stay-makers produce? a. Anchors. b. Buttons. c. Corsets. d. Upholstery tacks. 3. When did he arrive in Philadelphia?
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