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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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
November 18, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
KHALIL ROANE was at it again for Ss. Neumann-Goretti last week. After 70 carries and 379 yards in his last two games, the 5-8, 185-pound running back put the Saints on his back again in a 12-6 victory against Prep Charter in the Class AA city title game. Jack Taylor, a senior linebacker for the Saints, actually ended the game with an interception with 47 seconds remaining. Roane, already the city's leader in attempts (now 283), supplied the offense. He logged 31 more totes for 171 yards and both N-G touchdowns.
SPORTS
November 1, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT SURE seemed that Nate Allen was going to practice yesterday, during the loosening-up drills reporters were allowed to watch. But the Eagles' safety said afterward he hadn't done much, "little light movements and stuff," and the team officially listed him as not having practiced. Which brings us to Earl Wolff. (Brings us to Earl Wolff. According to Chip Kelly, if Allen can't play, the Eagles might start special-teams ace Chris Maragos Sunday at Houston, or even rookie corner Jaylen Watkins, who later classified himself as only an "emergency" safety.
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