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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
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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.
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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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January 22, 2015
NEW GOV. Wolf has made increasing state aid to public education one of his priorities, but to do anything about it now would be putting the cart before the horse. Before the debate begins in Harrisburg over how much to give the public schools, a decision should be made on the formula by which the money is handed out. A special commission is looking into the matter and its recommendations are due in June. One thing everyone agrees on is that the current method is out-of-date and unfair.
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January 11, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Collingswood's Tyree Mann-Barnes hasn't had the best of luck playing one-on-one with his older brother Tyrone, a record that mirrors the Washington Generals' log against the Harlem Globetrotters. Yet the Collingswood senior has enjoyed much greater success against high school competition, and a lot of that can be attributed to the tutoring from his older brother. A senior guard, Tyree is averaging 13.6 points for a Collingswood team that has won six in a row since a close opening-night loss to Haddonfield.
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January 10, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The day began with a robbery, and ended with a multicounty chase. The Medford News Shop on Stokes Road was the starting point. A man wearing a heavy brown coat and black pants barged into the Medford store around 9:05 a.m. Thursday, showing a handgun and demanding money. Once he had driven off, township police notified other agencies about his gold pickup. A few hours later, according to several people involved in the investigation, the suspect was found in Camden. Then came a pursuit that carved through Camden and Burlington Counties, and brought out multiple agencies - and a state police helicopter - before it ended around 1:30 p.m. in Wharton State Forest, where the suspect was caught after bailing from his vehicle, police said.
TRAVEL
December 29, 2014 | By Melanie Stanek, For The Inquirer
The first Christmas I spent away from home turned out to be the best day of my life. Though not with family, I went to the next best place: Bethlehem. I had been studying in Israel for five months and had been dreading this moment: How was I going to celebrate Christmas so far away from home, in a country that doesn't take the 25th of December as a national holiday? I actually had an exam scheduled for Christmas Day, but I decided to risk a poor grade and hopped on a bus to Jerusalem on Christmas Eve. The city was surprisingly calm.
SPORTS
December 23, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
JOHN MOSCO waited patiently as his point guard fielded questions just outside of Archbishop Wood's makeshift locker room. The second-year coach hadn't yet addressed his victorious Vikings, but his court marshal was snatched for an interview ahead of time. Eyeballing his affable coach, Tom Funk flashed a giant grin when Mosco was asked if he needed the 6-0 junior. "Nah, [I'm waiting on him]," Mosco joked as assistant coaches also laughed. "He's got to talk to the team, I'm not. It's his team.
SPORTS
December 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Minutes after the Phillies traded the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia, the man who inherited that title said farewell in the form of a written statement distributed by the Phillies. And, no, Chase Utley did not request to join Jimmy Rollins in Los Angeles. "The Dodgers are very lucky to acquire a player like Jimmy," Utley said. "I've said it time and time again that Jimmy makes everyone around him better. The team will miss his leadership on the field and his infectious smile, but most of all, I will miss our pregame handshake.
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November 29, 2014 | By Brielle Urciuoli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two decades ago, Therese Halscheid quit her job as a teacher at Van Sciver Elementary School in Haddon Township and sold most of her belongings, uncertain about what her future had in store. Since then, she has not owned a home, and her list of possessions is short. But still, this teacher-turned-poet and national traveler considers herself to be living a successful life. "I don't really define success in monetary terms," said Halscheid, 56, a Haddonfield native. "It's becoming your highest self, whatever that is to you. " To Halscheid, who is currently bouncing from home to home in the New Hope/Lambertville area through various house-sitting jobs, her "highest self" is the one she achieved traveling around the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Do reality shows by their nature cheapen and dumb down the lives they depict? Probably. But Lifetime's surprising docu-series The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns , may very well be an exception. Created by the folks behind Breaking Amish , it's about five women in their 20s who are considering taking the veil. Despite cleaving to most of the reality TV conventions, it manages to be serious and respectful - up to a point. The six-episode first season premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
November 25, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Regional Rail engineers have asked federal regulators to require SEPTA to follow a safety rule designed to limit fatigue. SEPTA wants the Federal Railroad Administration to renew a waiver that the transit agency has had from the work rule for two years. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen asked the federal agency to deny SEPTA's request and hold a public hearing on the issue, citing accidents at other railroads caused by fatigued engineers. A sleep-deprived engineer was blamed for a fatal accident in New York last year in which a Metro-North Railroad train derailed while taking a 30 m.p.h.
SPORTS
November 21, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the quiet moments before his last home football game on Friday night, Chris Liggio will bow his head and say a prayer for his father and mother. He will touch the urn in his locker and run across the Holy Cross High School field, where he spread his father's ashes on the 50-yard line on the day before the start of his senior season. And if he stays true to form and scores another touchdown or two - he has 15 along with 1,364 rushing yards for a team with a 10-0 record entering the semifinals of the state tournament - he will point to the sky in celebration.
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