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SPORTS
April 13, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
ED SNIDER as visionary also included his own mortality. When he started his youth hockey foundation in 2005, he said quite casually, "This will be my legacy. " The aim of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation is to serve city kids in the region. But it's more than hockey camps and skating lessons. "I just wanted to do what I could, and doing it through hockey is the most appealing thing to me," Snider once told the Daily News. "We talk about the hockey aspect of it, but these kids have to get good grades.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Columnist
On the day Ed Snider died, South Philadelphia was alive in a manner he would have relished. Monday was the Phillies' opening game this season at Citizens Bank Park, and Xfinity Live - the six-pub pleasure complex on the site where the Spectrum once stood - was full with patrons. The ballgame was still hours from starting. The customers held beer glasses to their lips and took hellacious bites of buffalo chicken wraps. A Janet Jackson song thumped inside the building; a cover band blasted Dave Matthews Band outside.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
YouTube sensation Ed Bassmaster took a pay cut to star on his own TV show. Born Edwin Rodriguez in Northeast Philadelphia, Bassmaster has made a name (and a living) for himself by pulling pranks on unsuspecting victims - like dressing up as a zombie and going through a fast-food drive-through (30 million views) - and creating characters like Teste, Mumbles, and a CIA agent who conducts undercover operations at Kmart. Last year, Bassmaster made national news when he took credit for destroying HitchBOT , a hitchhiking Canadian robot that met its demise in Philadelphia (he didn't actually destroy it)
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Ed Snider, 83, the billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded the Flyers and displayed more passion than many fans sitting in the nosebleed seats, died Monday morning after a long battle with bladder cancer. The news was confirmed by the team, which issued a statement written by Mr. Snider's children. "Our Dad was loved and admired for his big heart, generosity of spirit, and dedication to his family," they wrote. "Despite his considerable business achievements and public profile, he was first and foremost a family man. He never missed a birthday, important family event or the opportunity to offer encouragement.
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ED SNIDER hopped a cyber ride this weekend, Lauren Hart holding up her cellphone toward the singing fat lady he and his team made an eternal hockey symbol, an unintended symbol of his world view as well, even before he personally gave those Rooskies hell. "If Ed Snider can't be in the arena," Hart told anyone who asked, "I'll bring the arena to him. " Up on the scoreboard, Kate Smith was still a robust 67 years old, belting out her piece of God Bless America. Grainy a bit but no worse for the wear, she and her voice suspended forever in 1974, forever in time, or at least for as long as the Flyers play hockey.
SPORTS
April 2, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Ed Snider, the Flyers' chairman and the man most responsible for bringing the franchise to Philadelphia 50 years ago, is battling health issues and was resting in his California home Thursday while the team photo was taken at the Wells Fargo Center. But his presence was felt 3,000 miles away. Fact is, his presence has been felt all season even though he has only attended a few games. Right winger Wayne Simmonds said the Flyers have focused on making the playoffs for the 83-year-old Snider.
SPORTS
April 1, 2016 | By Vegas Vic, Ed Barkowitz @ Bob Vetrone Jr
VEGAS VIC It's still a day away, but my keyboard is tingling, so we're gonna jump right into the Final Four. Start with the late game and grab Syracuse plus 9.5 points over North Carolina. Of course, we would suggest that you buy the hook, and push this line up to plus-10 if you have that option with your guy. We do, and we will. Jim Boeheim's nine-game suspension for impermissible benefits, academic misconduct, drug-policy missteps and a failure by the school to control its athletics department seems to have lit a fire under the Orange.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey lawmakers on Wednesday scrutinized Gov. Christie's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, as a key committee appeared in Collingswood to take input from interested groups and residents on issues ranging from school funding to poverty. The Assembly Budget Committee and its Senate counterpart are holding hearings across the state to review the $34.8 billion budget that Christie, a Republican, presented to the Democratic-controlled Legislature last month. One top issue the Assembly committee considered Wednesday at the Scottish Rite Auditorium was education.
NEWS
March 10, 2016
By Kelvin A. Jeremiah The surge of growth and prosperity in many Center City neighborhoods is having little impact on Philadelphia's 400,000 families living below the poverty line. Struggling daily to meet basic needs, a Philadelphia family must earn $45,400 annually to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a 2014 report issued by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. However, the 2015 average annual income of Philadelphia Housing Authority's (PHA) current and wait-listed families remained at $15,300.
NEWS
March 10, 2016
By Kenyatta Johnson As our communities develop, we must protect everyone, including long-term homeowners with low to moderate incomes. To ensure these residents aren't priced out of their homes, we must extend the Longtime Owner Occupancy Program (LOOP). LOOP is a 10-year real estate tax discount for longtime city homeowners whose neighborhoods are experiencing rapid development and drastic increases in property assessments under the Actual Value Initiative (AVI). Originally called "Gentrification Relief," LOOP is designed to prevent unaffordable real estate spikes in gentrifying neighborhoods.
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