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September 22, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The crowd came out to Parx Racing to see a star on Saturday in the 35th running of the Pennsylvania Derby, and California Chrome looked perfect for the role of a Hollywood hero as he walked regally around the paddock, accepted Victor Espinoza onto his back, and stepped onto the track to play his part. And then they ran the race. Someone messed with the script, just as they had in June at the Belmont Stakes, when Chrome wasn't able to parlay wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes into Triple Crown immortality.
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September 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Someday, Flyers prospect Sam Morin hopes to remind folks of his idol, Chris Pronger. That's why Morin seeks advice from the former standout defenseman whenever he gets the chance. After Saturday's opening day of rookie camp in Voorhees, Morin recalled a conversation he had with the once-menacing Pronger, who had a simple message: Play mean, but play smart. "I got into an incident this past year with my stick, and he just told me not to do it again," said Morin, a 6-foot-6, 224-pound defenseman who has gained 13 pounds in the last year.
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September 12, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When "do it," the new show of original works at the Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, opens Friday evening, it will already be the world's longest-running art exhibition. It's not that the show is permanent (on the contrary, it closes Dec. 6). It is, however, the latest in a series of related doings in more than 50 museums and galleries around the world over the last two decades. Together, they form an ongoing, open-ended art project based on a compendium of instructions by 250 curators and artists, including Sol LeWitt, Yoko Ono, and David Lynch.
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August 31, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A squawking, swearing macaw, an anonymous tip based on an overheard conversation, flashes of memory from a traumatized 5-year-old girl. Those tenuous leads led to the arrest of alleged kidnapper Christina Regusters, a Philadelphia police detective testified Friday. "I focused on the bird," Daniel O'Malley told a Common Pleas Court jury hearing the kidnapping and sexual assault trial of the 21-year-old ex-day-care worker. It made sense. It was a clue that was never made public, O'Malley said.
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August 22, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
ONCE YOU KNOW the story, how police say the hulking, stocky robber stalks and targets vulnerable elderly victims, usually hitting and knocking them to the ground, the surveillance video of the moments leading up to the most recent attack is all the more chilling. An 87-year-old man, slight and a little hunched, walks unsuspectingly into the Sunoco store at Cottman and Castor avenues in the video from around 10 a.m. Aug. 13, which police released yesterday. He leans down to pick up a newspaper.
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August 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Fern Rock lawyer convicted in 2011 of accepting delivery of parcels containing 243 pounds of marijuana has been disbarred, the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Board announced Friday. Samuel Foley Jr., 62, had been suspended from practicing law since 2012 while he appealed his conviction. In February 2013, the Superior Court affirmed his drug and conspiracy conviction. Foley could not be reached for comment. According to the Disciplinary Board's report, on June 25, 2009, Foley signed for four boxes delivered to his North Broad Street law office by UPS. The UPS driver was an undercover Philadelphia police officer working with the state Attorney General's Office, and the four parcels contained marijuana with an estimated street value of $486,000.
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August 8, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
All Billy Cress has to do to become inspired is take a walk. The 29-year-old Fishtown resident walks the streets of Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, Fitler Square, and elsewhere in Philadelphia. He looks at the houses along them, searching for the unusual and the beautiful. And when one catches his eye, he pulls out his iPhone and snaps a photo. He's an Instagrammer. Cress, who works for a soccer retail company in King of Prussia, began posting his photos on Instagram a few years back with the hashtag he created, #phillyhomeportrait.
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July 31, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cory Ambrose remembers his father as the guy he could call at any time, the dad who rewarded him with a quarter every time he pitched a baseball through the center of a tire. Ambrose also remembers his father, Kevin, as the guy with a short fuse, the man who spiraled into drunken and anger-fueled binges, particularly after his longtime marriage fell apart two years ago. "The past two years he was like a whole different person," said Cory Ambrose, 27, of Glassboro, one of Kevin's four children.
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July 18, 2014 | BY LARI ROBLING, For the Daily News
OVER the July Fourth weekend, Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park was alive with the sounds and smells of grilling. Once a year, over the past seven or eight years, about 300 friends, family and neighbors from North Philadelphia have gathered at Lemon Hill in unity and fellowship to share a meal, dance and enjoy the outdoors. On the most recent holiday, Kareem Bryant was overseeing two 6-foot-long covered grills, cranking out 160 pounds of mesquite-smoked chicken or, as he described it, "dancing around the grill.
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July 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - The moment was staged for TV. Red Sox manager John Farrell instructed White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to wait until Fox returned from a commercial break between the third and fourth innings of Tuesday's 85th All-Star Game. Ramirez stepped onto the field at 8:31 p.m. Central time. A lone cameraman trailed him. Frank Sinatra crooned over the loudspeakers. Derek Jeter, a reluctant participant for this national farewell, acted as if he were surprised. But Major League Baseball, in conjunction with Fox and Jeter, plotted the celebration details before Tuesday's first pitch because the Yankees shortstop loathes gratuitous attention.
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