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May 19, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Tom Wolf may have had them at "hello. " The York businessman aired his first campaign TV ad at the end of January - the one showing him behind the wheel of his old Jeep, honking the horn and waving. He's never looked back. Wolf's spots ran virtually unchallenged for seven weeks, building a lead that has put him in a commanding position heading into Tuesday's Democratic primary for Pennsylvania governor, according to the latest polls. Still, strategists expect 25 percent of registered Democrats to show up at best - about one million voters - and some surveys suggest many remain undecided.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gwen taking Christina's chair   TMZ says it has learned Gwen Stefani has signed on to be a judge on The Voice , subbing for the enceinte Christina Aguilera during Season 7, which starts taping in June. Producers started looking for new blood in February after Aguilera announced she was pregnant. NBC (which had no comment) reportedly wanted her to stay during her pregnancy, but she's having a difficult time already and ultimately bowed out. (She was just fine on Saturday, though, tweeting, "So blissful in taking this time for creating all things blossoming new on the horizon . . . album, baby & beautiful music to come.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN School district administrators spent around $56 million more than they brought in over the last two years, contributing to a budget gap - whose extent has not been fully determined - facing the district in the 2014-2015 school year. Interim Business Administrator John C. Oberg announced the findings at Monday's advisory school board meeting, which was led by Assistant Superintendent Peggy Nicolosi. She sat in for superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard whose wife gave birth to a baby boy on Friday.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER UPLAND The Chester Upland School District is laying off nine administrative staff members as part of an effort to reduce a $20 million spending gap, officials said Wednesday. "Given the deficit we face and mandates to rightsize the administrative staff, we have no choice but to reduce the staff size," said state-appointed receiver Joe Watkins, who has been charged with implementing a recovery plan for the ailing Delaware County district. The cuts, which the district had first said would affect 10 employees, will save $1.4 million in next year's $125 million budget.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A higher-than-usual number of accidents due to lingering conditions after a heavy winter storm overwhelmed Pennsylvania Turnpike responders during the massive Valentine's Day pileup in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, turnpike officials told a Senate panel Tuesday. Mark Compton, the Turnpike Commission's chief executive officer, told the Transportation Committee that there were "gaps" in the agency's response. But he said the high volume of accidents across the turnpike during the morning rush hour on Feb. 14 because of scattered, fast-forming icy patches tested the agency's ability to reach the 100-plus vehicle pileup between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - It would be easy to look at the Seahawks following their dominating 43-8 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and envision what might have been for the Eagles, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles, in theory, could have had Seattle's entire starting lineup, and, in fact, once had linebacker Chris Clemons on their roster. But the same could be said for virtually every other team in the NFL, and detailing every missed opportunity would be an exercise in futility.
NEWS
December 22, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the call of the wild. A&E's Duck Dynasty was the unlikely TV megahit no one understood. No one understood how popular it would become, setting records for nonfiction cable shows and becoming the No. 1 nonfiction show on cable, No. 2 overall (to AMC's The Walking Dead ). No one understood how closely audiences would identify with the Robertson family of West Monroe, La., and their conservative Christian values. And no one, evidently, saw the Duck Dynasty disaster coming.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
The frosty weeks before the holidays were always the hot season for Andre Butler. He would head downtown, looking snappy in his "blacks and whites" - industry argot for tuxedos - to work as a bartender, server, or host in Center City's finest hotels. But postrecession, those parties have become fewer and smaller. The only reminder for Butler of those days is the constant ache in his legs and hips from the years of lugging heavy trays. He needs tests to pinpoint the cause of his pain, but lacks insurance or the money to pay out-of-pocket.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Volunteering at a summer church camp for needy children in Chester was an eye-opener for Andrew Hicks, whose comfortable life as a West Chester high school student centered on sports, family, and friends. "It changed his heart," said his mother, Karen. He would come back from Chester fired up about social justice and wondering why more couldn't be done to help the youngsters he taught to swim. But Andrew, who loved soccer, hockey, and the TV show Entourage , never got that chance.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles is a charming, naturalistic family drama. It has no agenda, no big ideas, just an excellent cast portraying characters who feel like family - which is saying quite a lot. It is exactly the kind of play that gets nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for drama (as it did this year), and exactly the kind of play the Philadelphia Theatre Company favors. Mary B. Robinson directs with a light, affectionate touch. In the middle of the night, Leo (the excellent Davy Raphaely, looking like a young Mark Ruffalo)
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