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September 2, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Among many enlightenments realized from the controversy over the "Speak English" sign at Geno's Steaks was this: The cheesesteak experience in Philadelphia is a situational one, varying from vendor to vendor and griddle to griddle. Now comes a former financial planner whose goal is to bring consistency to the recipe - with a franchise. At Wit or Witout? - Philly-speak for whether you want onions - gentility in addition to high-quality products will be served in sun-splashed, roomy dining areas, says Tony Altomare, the man behind what is now a two-store chain (in Mayfair and Red Lion)
SPORTS
August 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Ryne Sandberg felt it necessary to engage one of his players in a private chat regarding a perceived slight against the first-year Phillies manager. He sought Cole Hamels, who pouted when removed from Tuesday's game at 84 pitches and issued a calculated message afterward. On Wednesday, Sandberg diffused the situation with his talk. "It was brief," Sandberg said. "It wasn't a big deal. " This one instance was not. The pattern of clubhouse unrest, however, is alarming.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
JAY BARUCHEL and "How to Train Your Dragon" director Dean DeBlois had more than their Canadian upbringing to bond them during the making of the first film. They were both sort of artsy, skinny kids who grew up in the hockey-mad, rough-and-tumble Great White North, not sure how they were going to fit in - not unlike skinny little Hiccup, the Viking boy in "How To" who's a misfit among his burly countrymen, not to mention his burly countrywomen. "It's a story that I lived through, and I know Jay did as well.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
BEFORE YOUR time, and my time, there was a television show called "This Is Your Life. " It is the first thing that comes to mind as Jimmy Rollins stands on the cusp of Phillies history. For 15 years, he has been the franchise and the franchise has been him and everything that that means. The funny thing is that it means different things to different people, and it always will - because people are different, arriving at any conversation with a variety of experiences and preconceptions.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Eagles' practice concluded Monday, most players scurried off the field. Quarterback Nick Foles stayed behind and held a conversation for nearly 10 minutes. He spoke with team owner Jeffrey Lurie. The conversation was innocent enough - Foles said they discussed the practice that had just concluded, which opened the team's third week of organized team activities. Lurie's presence is not a surprise at Eagles practices, even in the offseason. But the relationship between quarterback and owner is an important one, because Foles might soon merit a significant sum of Lurie's money.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
WITH A projected $125 million opening weekend and an incredible 94 percent "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes, it appears "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set to not only revive the mutant franchise but take it to new heights. Fox certainly has confidence in the film, as there has been talk among producers that "Days Of Future Past" could lead to as many as 10 new or rejuvenated X-film franchises. These include already-confirmed "X-Men: Apocalypse" in 2016, a third "Wolverine" film starring Hugh Jackman in 2017 and a "Gambit" solo film starring Channing Tatum.
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City Hall courtyard filled with 1,000 people on May 17, 1994, to celebrate Jeffrey Lurie's introduction as owner of the Eagles. Mayor Ed Rendell and Eagles players, Mummers, cheerleaders, season-ticket-holders, and the Keystone jazz band all welcomed him. They snacked on cheesesteaks, hoagies, and soft pretzels. Lurie spent a then-record $185 million to buy the Eagles, fulfilling a dream of owning a professional sports franchise. The Boston native was an outsider prepared to make Philadelphia home.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Herb Hauls grew up far from environmental nirvana, in an asphalt-heavy North Philadelphia neighborhood where buses and cars junked up the air and blades of grass were few. He earned a degree in electrical engineering at Drexel University, working first at Peco Energy Co. and then for the Navy in ship acquisitions, overseeing vessels' electric plants and control systems. He cleared six figures last year, he said. Now, he's mowing lawns for a living. This is not an act of desperation.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
As matchmaking goes, this is as unromantic as it gets: hooking up small contractors with commercial-property managers. But a Kansas company has been at it with great financial success since the late 1990s, and now it wants to break into the Philadelphia market. City Wide Maintenance hopes to have franchises open here and in Pittsburgh within the year to manage commercial-space upkeep in these regions. Despite its name, City Wide's target market would not be the Comcast Center or other downtown properties, but, rather, suburban complexes of 10,000 to 100,000 square feet.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 76ers decided to rebuild through the draft, everyone knew they would slip significantly. It was just a question of how far the tanking Sixers would fall. The answer is that the Sixers, two years removed from the postseason, are on par with one of the most infamous teams in sports history when it comes to consecutive losses. They suffered a 103-77 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It was their 20th consecutive defeat, tying the franchise record set by the 1972-73 squad that finished 9-73.
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