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SPORTS
September 30, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
The average annual gas price was $1.08. President Bill Clinton was embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And the Eagles, under coach Ray Rhodes, went 3-13 and placed last in the NFC East. The year was 1998. It marks the last time Catholic League powerhouses La Salle and Archbishop Wood squared off on the gridiron. That 16-year break ends Friday night when the Vikings, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, and the No. 2 Explorers meet at William Tennent for area bragging rights.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Abington Health is exploring a "unique" partnership with Center City's Jefferson Health System, Abington told employees in a letter Wednesday from chief executive Larry Merlis and chief of staff John J. Kelly. The Montgomery County health system said the talks were part of a broader effort to find a partner. "We are pleased to inform you that Abington Health is exploring options for aligning with another major health system through a strategic partnership that will ensure Abington will thrive in the future as we care for our patients in the rapidly evolving health-care environment," the letter said.
SPORTS
September 25, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
For Spencer Patton, every second that ticked off the scoreboard clock at Lower Bartley Field felt like a minute. His La Salle soccer team was up a goal in a taut game against visiting St. Joseph's Prep, and the final few minutes dragged on and on for the sophomore tricaptain. Every cleared ball didn't seem to go far enough, and every free kick for the Hawks looked like a dangerous opportunity. But then the whistle finally blew Tuesday afternoon, and the Explorers' 2-1, come-from-behind win was complete, propelled by two goals in a four-minute span of the Catholic League game.
SPORTS
September 17, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his team moments away from another tie, Jason Dandy delivered on Monday afternoon. The La Salle senior scored with 25 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Explorers past Conwell-Egan, 1-0, in a Catholic League boys' soccer game. La Salle tied Holy Ghost Prep, 1-1, on Saturday. Nonleague. A.J. Marcucci made four saves and assisted on Ramon Gallegos' go-ahead goal in the second half of Episcopal Academy's 2-0 win at Phelps.   Girls' Soccer Emily Wasserleben headed in her own rebound six minutes into overtime to secure a 2-1, Suburban One National win for William Tennent at Abington.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Recognizing rapidly deteriorating conditions in Atlantic City, which is losing four casinos this year, Gov. Christie last month called for a summit on the city's future. The closed-door summit, expected to last up to 90 minutes, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the offices of the Casino Reinvestment Development Corp. in Atlantic City. Turmoil in Atlantic City showed no signs of letting up as rumors intensified Friday that the owner of Trump Taj Mahal would file for bankruptcy.
SPORTS
September 1, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pat Shurmur recalls the countless pass-and-catch sessions in the backyard, watching his son make surprisingly crisp and accurate throws. The youngster, when it came to organized play, showed more natural ability on offense. "He's never been a good tackler," his father said with a laugh. Jon Runyan remembers the Tuesday afternoons, while at home and recovering from another exhausting NFL game, when he would test his namesake's hand-eye coordination. "I would have him run across the room and wing the ball at him," he said.
SPORTS
August 30, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
In gearing up for a return to the powerful Suburban One League National Conference, North Penn will open the football season Friday night vs. La Salle in the first of three nonleague contests against solid Catholic League opponents. A difficult early-season slate strengthened the Knights last year. After an 0-3 start, including a 34-7 loss to the Explorers, they won 10 straight games in advancing to the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA final. This year, after La Salle, North Penn's schedule will continue with West Catholic, the reigning Catholic League Class AA champ, and Archbishop Wood, the defending AAA state titlist.
SPORTS
August 22, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME La Salle High entered a football season with a title other than "defending Catholic League champions" preceding its name was the start of the 2008 campaign, which sparked the first of five consecutive PCL crowns for the Explorers (Roman Catholic beat St. Joseph's Prep in 2007). Of course, after St. Joseph's Prep unseated La Salle last season, the Explorers are once again title-less. However, revenge isn't their focus, at least not yet. "With our schedule, that's the last thing on our minds right now," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
You may know Philadelphia public radio station WXPN-FM as the sponsor of the annual star-studded XPoNential Music Festival. This year's XPoNential had a bit of a Southern kick, thanks to an appearance by CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Chenier is one of the founding saints of contemporary zydeco, and his performance - complete with accordion riffs - was for more than concertgoers' entertainment. Another reason Chenier was at the festival was to generate buzz about WXPN's latest endeavor, the ambitious, 15-month-long Zydeco Crossroads project.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2014 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
While hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through the Philadelphia Museum of Art each year, drawn in by its world-class collections or the cultural mythos of the Rocky films, Sonya Cobb's debut novel, The Objects of Her Affection , explores a part of the museum that few people ever see: the administrative offices. A balance between writing what you know and dramatic exaggeration, Objects (by a former Philadelphia mom with a museum curator husband) tells the story of Sophie Porter, a freelance web developer and mother of two in Philly whose husband, Brian, is a curator at the Art Museum.
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