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August 29, 2012 | By Nicole Laporte, New York Times News Service
LOS ANGELES - "Some people say: 'Maude Apatow is my spirit animal.' I get that a lot," Maude Apatow said. "They tweet it to me. " Over a coconut milk smoothie at a trendy vegan restaurant in Los Angeles, Maude was describing the rather intense fascination she has inspired on Twitter, where she has more than 62,000 followers. That may not compare to Lady Gaga's total, but considering she is a 14-year-old just out of braces, not a celebrity and not someone who has done anything outrageous on YouTube, it's an impressive fan base.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 1986 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Wise thinks about Phil Bengtson. "Most people never heard of us, Phil Bengtson and me," he says, "because there is no slot in the record books for what you might call famous followers. " Phil Bengtson, you may not remember, was coach of the Green Bay Packers for three years in the late '60s and early '70s. All he had to do was follow the legendary Vince Lombardi, whose teams won league championships in each of the three years before Bengtson's takeover. Bengtson never made the playoffs during his three years as head coach.
NEWS
September 17, 2010
ISEE THE leftists are screaming about Christine O'Donnell's "shady past. " Maybe they should look into Obama's past, and the czars he has around him. Ayres. Holdren. Holder. Jennings. Lloyd. Dunn. Jarrett. Sunstein. Nice Marxists, all of them. Pat Dougherty Philadelphia
NEWS
April 25, 1988 | By PAUL BAKER, Daily News Staff Writer
Three former Church of Our First Love members say church leader Anthony Marcolongo has an unquenchable desire to control the lives - and minds - of his followers. The three, who spoke on condition that they not be named, say Marcolongo, who started his church in 1983, made rigorous demands on his group. Marcolongo, a 33-year-old Glenolden native, demanded that followers fast Wednesday through Friday, attend one-hour morning prayer sessions five days a week and evening prayer services three times weekly, they said.
NEWS
December 1, 2002 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jingduan Yang's mother wants him to shut up. Stop talking, she tells him in her phone calls from China. Her youngest son, a Thomas Jefferson University Hospital psychiatrist, is only getting his big sister in more trouble. "She's in again and it's all because of you," Yang said his 79-year-old mother, Sun Yixia, told him. "Don't say anything. Be quiet. " But Yang refuses. The 40-year-old native of Hefei, in China's Anhui Province, wants anyone who will listen to know that his sister, Jingfang Yang, is imprisoned in China because of her belief in the spiritual meditation practice of Falun Gong.
NEWS
May 21, 1997 | By David O'Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Her devotees believe she is the Hindu goddess of knowledge: a reincarnation of Divine Mother Saraswati, consort of Brahma. But officials at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wynnewood say Hindus have no business using their Christian campus to promote their beliefs. Yesterday, the seminary canceled tonight's scheduled lecture by Indian holy woman Sri Karunamayi, who is in her late 30s and is nearing the end of a 13-city U.S. tour that began April 5 in Dallas. "It is our understanding that this woman is representing Hinduism," said Scott Rodin, vice president for advancement at the 460-student seminary.
NEWS
September 16, 1990 | By Fen Montaigne, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last Sunday morning, Alexander Menn, one of the most beloved Russian Orthodox priests in the Soviet Union, set out on his accustomed route to church. It was 6:30 a.m. The stocky, handsome, gray-bearded priest left his wooden house, set in a grove of birch and pine, and headed for the train station of this country town. His route took him through a 300-yard stretch of forest cloaked in early morning gloom. The train would take him 15 miles to the village of Novaya Deryevnya, where he was a fabled preacher during the long years of Soviet religious oppression.
NEWS
November 26, 1994 | By William R. Macklin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David Brandt Berg, leader of the embattled Children of God religious sect, apparently has died the way he lived: shrouded in mystery. His followers say they don't know where or exactly when he died, or under what circumstances. But spokesmen for the sect in the United States and Europe say Berg's wife notified them Tuesday - in a letter from an unknown location - that their 75-year-old leader, in hiding since the early 1970s, had died. If Berg is gone (international police authorities are expressing doubts)
NEWS
October 9, 1995 | By Analisa Nazareno, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, a national leader for African American Muslims who preaches personal responsibility and brotherhood between the races, urged his followers yesterday to practice love in the family and in government. "No one can become a believer or have faith until he practices love between his brothers and sisters," he told about 400 African American Muslims who gathered in the auditorium of Willingboro High School. The event was sponsored by eight New Jersey masjids, or congregations.
NEWS
March 7, 1993 | By Andrew Maykuth and Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Death seems to follow Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman like a distant echo - there often seems to be a connection to his words, but it's never quite clear. There was the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat, which reportedly came after the blind Muslim cleric issued a decree denouncing Sadat's negotiations with Israel. There was the 1990 slaying of radical Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York. There was the killing two years ago of a Muslim man in Brooklyn who had clashed with the cleric.
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April 7, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Caitlin McCabe, STAFF WRITERS
A failure to follow one or more safety rules designed to protect rail workers likely played a role in the Amtrak crash that killed two men Sunday, sources with knowledge of the crash said. The National Transportation Safety Board has said the communication between dispatchers and the work crew on the track will be one of the factors examined in the investigation. On Tuesday, several sources said a possible focus was on the failure to properly secure the permission that work crews need to safely access tracks.
NEWS
March 30, 2016
By Peter Binzen This is a war story - actually an after-the-war story. I was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, the so-called "ski troops" of World War II. It's true that we trained on skis in Colorado before shipping overseas. But once we entered combat against the Germans in Italy's Apennines, skis were forgotten. We were ordinary foot soldiers. The 10th entered the fray in January 1945. The Apennines were white with snow and the fighting was static.
SPORTS
March 26, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Imagine for a moment that Babe Ruth hit his 714 home runs, compiled his 2.28 career ERA, and won his seven World Series titles and then went on to became the best manager in baseball history. That, essentially, is what Cael Sanderson is in the process of doing in the world of college wrestling. You can have an argument about who is the greatest college wrestler of all time, but you can't have it without including Sanderson. Your odds of winning by backing somewhere else are slim.
SPORTS
March 25, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - This is Ryan Arcidiacono's team. Villanova coach Jay Wright has said as much, many times. So have his teammates, to a man. And it's been his team for a while. Thursday night, "Arch" played like someone who didn't want this to be his last college game. The way the Wildcats followed his lead, maybe the next one won't be his last, either. In their first Sweet 16 game in seven years, he came out and set the tone. The first eight minutes belonged to him. And to Villanova, even after top scorer Josh Hart took a seat on the bench with two fouls.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Cousin Danny's Exotic Haven, a West Philadelphia strip club, has closed in the wake of a report in the Inquirer and Daily News detailing violence in the area of the club. The Department of Licenses and Inspections issued several violations after an inspector tried unsuccessfully to meet with the club's owner over the last two weeks, L&I spokeswoman Karen Guss said. The March 4 story reported that eight people have been killed since 2009 within two blocks of the club, in the 300 block of South 52nd Street.
SPORTS
March 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first two starts for Aaron Nola this spring have been a search for consistency. What must the 22-year-old righthander improve upon? "Pretty much everything," Nola said Thursday after a 6-6 Phillies tie with Detroit. "Throwing all three of my pitches for quality strikes when I need to. The biggest thing is getting ahead of most guys. That's what I want to be better at than I was today and my last outing. " Nola needed 65 pitches to complete just 22/3 innings.
SPORTS
March 11, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - So, just how much will Jay Wright miss Ryan Arcidiacono, whose Villanova career is now down to somewhere between two and eight games? "I have to stop myself from thinking about it, I really do," Wright conceded Thursday afternoon while standing outside the New York Knicks' locker room at Madison Square Garden after his Wildcats had beaten Georgetown for the second time in six days, this time by 14, in a Big East quarterfinal. "But lately I've found myself thinking about it more than ever.
NEWS
March 9, 2016
ISSUE | CATHOLIC CHURCH Tough to follow Just when you think it's possible that the Catholic Church may have cleaned up its act, another vile story of the systemic cover up of child sexual abuse is revealed - this time in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese ("Bishop vows change after abuse report," Friday). This is another nail in the coffin of whatever is left of the church's moral capital and credibility. While not relinquishing my faith, I haven't attended church in years. I find it difficult to understand the "Catholics in the pews" who blindly accept the church's regressive stance on the ordination of women, married priests, homosexuality, contraception, and other issues.
SPORTS
February 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When the new-look Phillies debut in six weeks at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark, it is possible that two players in the starting lineup will make $33.5 million while the other seven account for a total of $6.5 million. The team's payroll could dip below $100 million for the first time since 2006. That is by design. "Sometimes where we spend our money is pretty public, in the case of a major-league player contract," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said.
SPORTS
January 19, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The Eagles appeared to value Doug Pederson's connection to Andy Reid when they picked him to be the next head coach, but it does not sound as if Pederson will bring any of Reid's assistants from Kansas City to Philadelphia. That could be a factor at offensive coordinator, where Pederson's background with Brad Childress, the Chiefs' spread game analyst/special projects coach, led to speculation that he could be a possibility. Childress was Pederson's quarterbacks coach in 1999 and is a former Eagles offensive coordinator and Minnesota Vikings head coach.
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